Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is a grassroots community organization that brings together the people most directly impacted by injustice together to fight around the issues that most deeply affect our community, and to challenge the systems of power that are at the root of these problems. Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is committed to building working class power in order to strengthen social movements, end oppression, and realize a world that puts people before profit.
We initially formed to fight foreclosures and evictions resulting from the 2008 financial crisis. We hired our first paid staff in 2014. In late 2014, we passed a city ordinance requiring banks in Poughkeepsie to post a $10,000 bond to the city for each foreclosed or vacant property they own.
By 2015, gas and electric utility affordability and power shutoffs had become a critical issue for low-income people of color in the area and statewide. In response, we began our Utility Justice Campaign. Since this shift, we have won a state investigation into the Mid-Hudson Valley’s utility monopoly, which led to policy changes that will reduce power shutoffs, especially for people of color. We also won an expansion of a statewide low-income utility assistance program by $69 million in funding and 550,000 households in eligibility.
In late 2016, we started our Education Justice Campaign. The focus of the campaign is shutting down the PACE program, a discriminatory “alternative” middle-high school education track contributing to the school-to-prison pipeline. In May 2017, we helped two school board candidates who endorsed our social justice policy platform unseat long-time incumbents who opposed shutting down PACE.
In 2017, we hired bilingual (Spanish-English) staff and began our Immigrant Justice Campaign. The campaign organizes immigrants to win demands such as statewide driver’s license accessibility, municipal IDs, a clean DREAM Act, and meaningful protection for all 11 million undocumented immigrants. This campaign is contributing to our geographic expansion throughout the Hudson Valley.