Who we are
We are a multiracial, intergenerational, grassroots organization building power for a Hudson Valley, New York State, and country that works for all of us.
We build power by organizing people around issue-based and electoral campaigns.
We are one of the fastest growing grassroots organizations in the state.
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 Climate & Energy 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 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.
At the end of 2019, we surveyed 1,000 Hudson Valley residents to determine our community’s biggest needs and our 2020 campaigns.
Based on that survey, in 2020, we added our Healthcare for All, Housing for All, and partisan Independent Political Organizing campaigns to our ongoing campaigns for Immigration Justice, Climate and Energy Justice, and Civic Engagement.