We bring together community members in their fights against utility unaffordability and shutoffs, against unjust and punitive schooling, and against deportation and xenophobia. As individuals, we lack the power to change the institutions that dictate our lives. But together, we have the people power needed to transform the systems at the root of our problems.
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 the 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, running paid internships for high school students, and encouraging our members to step up at every opportunity.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is a Steering Committee member of the New York Energy Democracy Alliance, which advances a just transition to a clean and affordable energy economy in the state. We are also a member of the New York Immigration Coalition, which provides a vehicle for collective action for the state’s immigrant communities, and we are a core member of The Right to the City Alliance, a national coalition of over 50 community organizations. As members of these alliances, we are able to broaden our impact from local to statewide, regional, and national. We’re connected to ally groups such as City Life/Vida Urbana in Boston, Springfield No One Leaves in Springfield, Massachusetts, Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia in Minneapolis, and Causa Justa :: Just Cause in the Bay Area, who are engaged in similar struggles.
We know that elections matter. In the Hudson Valley, elections at the local and state-level can be determined by just a handful of votes — and our communities can’t afford to lose to the rising force of xenophobia and white supremacy. That’s why we’re fighting for representative elections by registering voters and increasing voter turnout amongst students, working people of color, and new Americans.