What We’re Doing
We support individuals in their fights against utility shutoffs and unjust utility rates, by making those fights collective. Using tactics like public protest, we come together to pressure big utilities monopolies like Central Hudson to treat folks fairly and respond to our demands. By pairing this public protest strategy with a legal strategy, we’ve prevented dozens of families from being displaced and called attention to a system that puts corporate profit before human need. We know that public pressure works!
At Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, we believe that those most affected by the issues should be leading the fights. For this reason, we prioritize the empowerment of members to take on leadership of their own fights, campaigns, and our entire organization. We do this by training members in organizing skills, using leadership bodies like organizing committees and leadership teams to make collective, member-led decisions about our group, and encouraging folks to step up at every opportunity. Check out our movement school project for more information.
Nobody Leaves is a core member of the Right to the City Alliance along with dozens of other organizations across the country. As members of this alliance, we are able to broaden our impact, from local to regional and national. We’re connected to and inspired by ally groups in the Northeast region like City Life/Vida Urbana in Boston and Springfield No One Leaves in Springfield, Mass., who are engaged in similar struggles against displacement.
Utilities have legal components that can be used as organizing tools. With the help of legal allies, members, and organizers, we provide support to members dealing with consumer law as a means of fighting back.
To build a strong movement, we have to build strong, supportive communities. Our organization is made up of people who are going through similar struggles, and allies who are there to fight with them. We encourage folks to “leave their shame at the door” when they come to their first meeting. By putting the blame for foreclosure and utilities struggles on the big corporations, and not ourselves, we’re more empowered to fight back. If you’re facing utilities issues, visit our Get Help page.