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New York City Community Organizations
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.
CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities (also known as Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence) was founded by Asian women in 1986 as one of the first organizations in the United States to mobilize Asian communities to counter anti-Asian violence. CAAAV focuses on institutional violence that affects immigrant, poor and working-class communities such as worker exploitation, concentrated urban poverty, police brutality, Immigration Naturalization Service detention and deportation, and criminalization of youth and workers.
Community Voices Heard (CVH) is an organization of low-income people, predominantly women with experience on welfare, working to build power in New York City and State to improve the lives of our families and communities. We are working to accomplish this through a multi-pronged strategy, including public education, grassroots organizing, leadership development, training low-income people about their rights, political education, civic engagement and direct-action issue campaigns. We are currently working on welfare reform, job creation, public housing and other economic justice issues that affect low-income people, particularly low-income women of color.
Critical Resistance is a national grassroots organization committed to ending society's use of prisons and policing as an answer to social problems. Our experiences show us that prisons do not work; they primarily target communities of color, and they do not help us deal with crime or violence. We are busy creating a community space where we can engage in dialogue, build community solutions that work for all of us, and decrease the power of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) over us. The success of this movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC, which is reflected by the makeup of our New York City chapter.
Desis Rising Up and Moving is a multigenerational, membership organization of South Asian immigrants in New York City. DRUM was founded in early 2000 to build power of South Asian low wage immigrant workers, families fighting deportation, and youth in New York City. We build the power of our members, particularly youth and women, to win full civil and economic rights for immigrants, including legalization and an end to deportation policies. Our long-term vision is to build the power of immigrant workers in the U.S in unity with all low-wage workers and communities of color to win rights and dignity.
Founded in 2000, Domestic Workers United is an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all. Their vision is that, one day, all work will be valued equally.
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) is a Brooklyn-based, multi-racial organization made up of almost exclusively women of color. We are organizing low-income families to build power to change the system so that all people's work is valued and all of us have the right and economic means to decide and live out our own destinies. We use direct action, leadership development, community organizing and political education to win the changes our members seek. Our guiding principle is that those directly affected by the policies we are seeking to change should lead the organization.
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is an organization of Afrikans in America/New Afrikans whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our community. We understand that the collective institutions of white-supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism have been at the root of our people's oppression. We understand that without community control and without the power to determine our own lives, we will continue to fall victim to genocide. Therefore, we seek to heighten our consciousness about self-determination as a human right and a solution to our colonization.
Decent housing, traffic safety and environmental justice campaigns have led to other changes in the neighborhood such as renovated buildings, redeveloped and new parks, and safer streets. These changes were the result of organizing by MOM – a determined group of parents and community residents who refused to let our community’s children be victims of racism and neglect. Long-time member, Joyce Culler says that MOM is a “very needed organization in the community. It would be a very sad day if there wasn’t our MOM here in our community for our voices to be heard on real critical issues that our residents face in the Longwood/Hunts Point community.”
The NYC AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN) is a membership organization comrpised and led by low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Given that housing is a human right, it is our mission to empower low-income people living with HIV/AIDS to organize our community including the nonprofits that serve us, to advocate for more housing, better housing and sound public policies for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Picture the Homeless was founded on the principle that homeless people have civil and human rights regardless of our race, creed, color or economic status. Picture the Homeless was founded and is led by homeless people. We refuse to accept being neglected, and we demand that our voices and experience are heard at all levels of decision-making that impact us.
Queers for Economic Justice is a progressive non-profit organization committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation. Our goal is to challenge and change the systems that create poverty and economic injustice in our communities, and to promote an economic system that embraces sexual and gender diversity.
WE ACT for Environmental Justice (West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.) is a non-profit, community-based, environmental justice organization dedicated to building community power to fight environmental racism and improve environmental health, protection and policy in communities of color. WE ACT accomplishes this mission through community organizing, education and training, advocacy and research, and public policy development.