Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. MRNY has centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; and Brentwood, Long Island. With a membership of over 15,000 from over forty-one different countries, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing immigrant families, including housing, education, workplace justice, youth, and LGBTQ issues. Its model strives to both meet immediate needs and place those most acutely impacted by inequity at the forefront of advocating for solutions.
A 2016 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported MRNY’s response to the Supreme Court decision to prevent implementation of President Obama’s immigration relief program (DAPA and expanded DACA). This program, announced by the president in November 2014, would provide relief from deportation—and the terrible fear of family separation—to over four million immigrants in the US and hundreds of thousands in New York. MRNY holds community meetings to explain the legal implications of the decision and connect those who might be eligible for other programs to legal support, reaching at least 500 people. These meetings also engage community members in local and national struggles for immigrants rights—from non-citizen voting to federal immigration reform.