About Us

The Coalition was formed in response to growing discrimination against immigrants in this country. Its purpose was to heighten the vital role that immigrants play in our communities and to rectify the lack of democratic voice experienced by 1.3 million legally-residing adults in New York City. Initially under the leadership of New Immigrant Community Empowerment, the Coalition was comprised of immigrant-rights organizations, groups promoting broader democratic participation, and representatives from universities, unions, social service non-profits, and small political parties. Coalition members helped write legislation granting voting rights in city elections (for mayor, controller, city council, and borough presidents) to non-citizens who have been legally residing in NYC for at least 6 months. The bill was introduced in the Council in 2005, but did not garner enough support to be brought to a hearing. The council member who introduced the bill was elected to the State Senate one year later, and the possibility of moving the legislation forward died with his departure.

In 2009, term-limits produced a large turnover in the composition of the Council, and the Coalition saw an opportunity to re-introduce the legislation. We approached the new Chair of the Immigration Committee, who agreed to sponsor a slightly revised piece of legislation. It was introduced in November 2010 as the “Voting Restoration Act [Intro 410].” Simultaneously, Coalition members set up meetings with individual council members to enlist support for the legislation, answering questions and concerns and informing them of the number of constituents within their district who would be affected. Within two months of its introduction, 21 out of 51 council members had signed on as co-sponsors.

Steering CommitteeSupporting Members

Steering Committee
David Andersson
Humanist Party
Cell Phone: 917 378 8758
Ron Hayduk
Professor of Political Science, CUNY
Humanist Party NYC
New York Immigration Coalition
Queens Community House
United Neighborhood Houses
Cheryl Wertz
Co-Founder of the Coalition

Supporting Members
African Refuge
Alianza Dominicana
Alliance for South Asian American Labor (ASAAL)
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee New York (ADC-NY)
Website: http://adc.org/
Andolan Organizing South Asian Workers
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF)
Asociacion Tepeyac de New York
Batey Relief Alliance (BRA)
Breakthrough: Building Human Rights Culture
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Law & Social Justice at Medgar Evers College
Website: http://clsj.org/
Cidadao Global
Coalition for Asian American Children & Families
Community Service Society
Community Voices Heard
Council of Peoples Organization
Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
Dominican Bar Association
Dominico-American Society
Ecuadorian International Center
El Centro de Hospitalidad
Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI)
Guyanese-American Workers United
Hispanic Federation
International Socialist Organization
La Fuente
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement LCLAA
Latino Commission on AIDS
Latino Youth for Higher Education
Make the Road New York
Minkwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC)
Myanmar Youth Association
National Association of Korean Americans (NY Chapter)
National Institute for Latino Policy
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Nepal America Cultural Association Inc (NACA)
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
New Jersey Immigration Policy Network
New York City Labor Against War
New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH)
New York Youths International Inc
NYU Law Students for Human Rights
Organization: Center for Human Developement BD
Peruanos En Accion
Professional Staff Congress (PSC)
Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund
Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY)
Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx, Inc. (RCCMB)
Sikh Coalition
St. Pat’s for All Parade
Sukhi NY
The Black Institute
The Latin American Workers Project
Unite Here
United Neighborhood Houses of New York
Urban Justice Center- Human Rights Project and Street Vendor Project
VOCAL New York (Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders)- formerly NYC AIDS Housing Network
Voter Enfranchisement Project (Bronx Defenders)
Women of Color Policy Network
World Policy Institute
Young Americans for a Better America
Youth Congress of Bangladeshi-Americans (YCBA)