Community Work is Under Attack
Furious that he is facing a bold challenger, current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened the funding of progressive community organizations. Plain and simple, the Governor is putting his political ambitions over the well-being of immigrants, homeless families, our youth, all New Yorkers. Days after New York Communities for Change, Make the Road Action, and Citizen Action of New York endorsed Cynthia Nixon for Governor, he reportedly went as far as saying that he pulled tax filings of those groups, and that anyone who funds them can “lose [his] number”.
With Donald Trump in the White House, the last thing we need is a Democratic Governor undermining democracy in one of the most progressive states in the country. New Yorkers deserve more than to be a tool to further Andrew Cuomo’s political ambitions. We deserve a Governor who empowers our right to organize, our rights to our homes and our right to our communities. Stand up against Governor Cuomo's bullying -- support our Community Defense Fund.
We hope you will support community organizations in this difficult moment. A healthy democracy depends above all on a healthy civic infrastructure, and that’s what our community organizations represent. Give your political, moral, and financial support today.
New York Communities for Change
With neighborhood groups in Brownsville, Sunset Park, East New York, Crown Heights, Flatbush, Bushwick, the South Bronx, Southeast Queens, Upper Manhattan, and in both counties on Long Island, New York Communities for Change lifts the voices of workers, tenants, immigrants, low income families across New York. Together in the past year, we won 10% of new luxury condominium units for homeless families; helped pass the Car Wash Accountability Act impacting thousands of tipped wage workers; challenged and beat two corrupt school board members in one of the state’s lowest-performing school districts; and convinced the nearly $200 billion New York City pension funds to stop investing in oil and gas corporations, which will benefit generations to come.
Community Voices Heard Power
We seek out, politically educate, train, encourage and support aspiring candidates of color; as well as persons that ideologically align, support, and further our agenda to advance low-income communities of color across our five New York chapters -- New York City, Westchester Co., Orange Co., Rockland Co., and Dutchess County-- and subsequently New York State.
Citizen Action of NY
Citizen Action of New York is a grassroots, multi-racial membership organization with chapters in Buffalo, Rochester, Utica, Binghamton, Albany/Schenectady, Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island working to promote social, racial, economic and environmental justice. We organize everyday people, train and develop them as community leaders, and build grassroots power to win on issue campaigns and elections. We fight for a fair tax system where the rich pay their fair share, fully funded public schools, health care for all, worker and climate justice and a vibrant healthy democracy centered on voters, not big donors.
How The Fund Works
These threats are not idle. They could result in reductions of vital programs and services in our communities. We have created this fund to replace threats with freedom and restore faith in the democratic process. Your support will enable our organizations to serve our communities without fear.
Donations will go to Community Defense Fund, a project of The Advocacy Fund.
This fund will be jointly managed by a council of representatives from each of the impacted organizations referenced here. This will ensure a proper distribution so that the great frontline community organizing and services provided by these organizations can continue.
Voices at Stake
"I have lived in my rent stabilized apartment in Hempstead, New York for 5 years, and even though my building was supposed to have a $0 increase for this year, the landlord is increasing the rent anyway. I pay exactly $1,200 a month but he is trying to raise it to over $2,000. The State of New York and Governor Cuomo are not doing anything to help us out at this time.” -- Member, New York Communities for Change
“I’m a Dreamer and I’ve been fighting with my brothers and sisters at Make the Road Action (MRA) for years to pass the New York Dream Act. Passing this bill would mean that immigrant youth wouldn’t have to take 10 years to finish college, like it took me, because they would be able to get financial aid and not have to work several jobs. MRA helps immigrant New Yorkers like me hold elected officials accountable to our communities and demand policies like the Dream Act to protect us and expand the opportunities available to all.“ - Member, Make the Road Action
"My children and grandchildren deserve every opportunity. No one should be able to take away those opportunities from my family or from any child, anywhere. That's why I work with Citizen Action of New York to build a powerful grassroots organization that demands a quality public education for every child." - President, Citizen Action of New York