WHAT YOU CAN DO
“For as long as there is residential segregation, there will be a de facto segregation in every area of life. So the challenge is here to develop an action program.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fortunately, groups of engaged residents across New York City are taking action to end segregation and remedy its effects. As their work shows, when residential segregation is reduced, disparities in mortality rates, educational achievement, salaries, and employment levels are also reduced. Check out and support our partners.
Fair Housing Justice Center
A nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination, promoting policies that foster open, accessible, and inclusive communities, and strengthening enforcement of fair housing laws.
Right to Counsel NYC Coalition
A coalition of advocates that led the campaign to ensure that low-income tenants are represented in eviction cases by free attorneys when they defend their rights and their homes. The Coalition is actively organizing and advocating while this law is being phased in. https://www.righttocounselnyc.org/
Teens Take Charge
A group of teenagers leading a movement to integrate NYC schools. Members study present-day educational inequity and its historical roots, develop policy proposals, and lead advocacy campaigns targeting the city and school officials with the ability to enact their solutions.
Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Using research, public education and policy advocacy, PROP aims to expose and end the current ineffective, unjust, discriminatory and racially biased, practices of the NYPD. Join PROP’s Court Monitoring Program and sit in on proceedings at different arraignment and summons courts in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
New York Healing Justice Program at the American Friends Service Committee
Supports communities devastated by mass incarceration by challenging the political and economic root causes of these injustices, including the racism embedded in our criminal legal and related systems.
Youth First Initiative
Seeks to end youth imprisonment entirely by establishing a new national consensus against the imprisonment of kids in favor of investments in community programs that can put kids on track to success.
696 Build Queensbridge
A community-based youth program for residents ages 16 to 24. The program works to engage with youth to build relationships and reduce violence. 696 comes from the six blocks and 96 buildings that make up Queensbridge Houses. In 2016, the first year the program was implemented in Queensbridge, there were no shootings for over 359 days.
Located in the South Bronx, AIRnyc’s community health workers meet people where they live to improve health, connect families to social care and build health equity at the community level.
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
A Harlem-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.