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.

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Steering Committee

David Andersson
Coordinator Humanist Party
Cell Phone: 917 378 8758 Website: Visit Website
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Kevin Douglas
Co-Director of Policy & Advocacy United Neighborhood Houses
Work Phone: (917) 484. 9321 Website: unhny.org
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Ron Hayduk
Professor of Political Science, CUNY PSC
Cell Phone: (917) 691-4153 Website: Visit Website
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Latino Justice PRLDEF
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Dennis Redmond
Queens Community House
Cell Phone: (917) 658-6261 Website: Visit Website
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Steven Sacco Esq., MSW
The African Services Committee
Work Phone: 212-222-3882 x2146
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Cheryl Wertz
Co-Founder of the Coalition
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Supporting Members

32BJ SEIU
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Adhikaar
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African Refuge
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Alianza Dominicana
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Alliance for South Asian American Labor (ASAAL)
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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee New York (ADC-NY)
Website: http://adc.org/
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Andolan Organizing South Asian Workers
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Asociacion Tepeyac de New York
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Batey Relief Alliance (BRA)
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Breakthrough: Building Human Rights Culture
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Center for Constitutional Rights
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Center for Law & Social Justice at Medgar Evers College
Website: http://clsj.org/
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CHHAYA CDC
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Cidadao Global
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Coalition for Asian American Children & Families
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Communications Workers of America (CWA)
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Community Service Society
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Community Voices Heard
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Council of Peoples Organization
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Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
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Dominican Bar Association
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Dominico-American Society
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Ecuadorian International Center
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El Centro de Hospitalidad
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Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI)
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Guyanese-American Workers United
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Hispanic Federation
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Humanist Party NYC
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Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc.
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International Socialist Organization
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Jackson Heights Green Alliance
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La Fuente
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Labor Council for Latin American Advancement LCLAA
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Latino Commission on AIDS
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Latino Youth for Higher Education
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Literacy Assistance Center
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Make the Road New York
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Minkwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC)
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Myanmar Youth Association
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National Association of Korean Americans (NY Chapter)
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National Institute for Latino Policy
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National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
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Nepal America Cultural Association Inc (NACA)
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New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
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New Jersey Immigration Policy Network
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New York City Labor Against War
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New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH)
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New York Immigration Coalition
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New York Youths International Inc
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Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)
Website: www.nmic.org
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NYU Law Students for Human Rights
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Organization: Center for Human Developement BD
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Peruanos En Accion
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Professional Staff Congress (PSC)
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Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY)
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Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx, Inc. (RCCMB)
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SEVA
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Sikh Coalition
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St. Pat’s for All Parade
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Sukhi NY
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The Black Institute
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The Latin American Workers Project
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Unite Here
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United Neighborhood Houses of New York
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University Settlement Society
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Urban Justice Center- Human Rights Project and Street Vendor Project
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VOCAL New York (Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders)- formerly NYC AIDS Housing Network
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Voter Enfranchisement Project (Bronx Defenders)
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Lewis Webb
Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
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Women of Color Policy Network
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World Policy Institute
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Young Americans for a Better America
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Youth Congress of Bangladeshi-Americans (YCBA)
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