Learning Connection Students Join with Make the Road New York
Women from The Learning Connection traveled to Washington on January 14 to speak out for immigrants with Make the Road NY. 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.
Their holistic approach to reducing poverty and empowering communities, enables MRNY to win meaningful, broad-based reforms that New Yorkers can feel every day. The organization works to strategize against systemic violence and to celebrate the strength and unity of the immigrant population.
The group met in the Episcopal church where Martin Luther King, Jr gave his first speech. They prayed, heard talks and chanted, “ Here we are and we won’t go and if they throw us out we will return.” In Spanish they repeated, “What do we want? Justice!”
There is fear among these women as they listen to the rhetoric emanating from the incoming administration. New York’s immigrant community is frustrated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to rehear arguments in the case challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform. These women and others like them are joining in the fight to preserve their future and that of their children.