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October 1, 2007

Make the Road Goes "Back to School"


Make the Road New York began the 2007 school year with a lot to celebrate.  Our partner high school, the Bushwick School for Social Justice, graduated 87% of its first-ever senior class last year, due to the diligent efforts of school staff, BSSJ students, and their families. Previous graduation rates in the Bushwick community hovered at around 20 percent. Make the Road New York also welcomes 2007 BSSJ graduates Santy Zambrano and Adilka Pimental as part-time organizing interns at our Bushwick location. Both young women have been members of our organization since the school’s founding in 2003, when they were incoming ninth graders. Both are currently first-year students at York College.

We also celebrate the opening of our new partner, Pan American International, which supports recent immigrant students in obtaining a high school diploma and moving on to college. Pan American International is a program of the New York City Department of Education, and is currently admitting ninth grade students who have arrived in this country within the past four years and are interested in developing strong English language skills while building on their knowledge of Spanish, exploring Latino heritage and history, and becoming active change-makers in their community. To enroll, contact the school at (718) 392-0198, ext. 2.


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Announcing a Major Expansion of Paid Sick Days

It's a new day for working class New Yorkers!

On January 17, Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and members of the City Council announced an exciting new proposal to expand New York City's Paid Sick Days law, which MRNY and our partners helped to win last spring!

Under the original law, set to take effect this April, employers with 15 employees or more will be required to provide 5 paid sick days -- impacting one million workers. Mayor de Blasio's proposal would extend this requirement to businesses with 5 employees or more.

The new proposal also includes manufacturing workers (who were left out of the original law). Hundreds of thousands more New Yorkers will be able to take a paid day off to care for themselves or a sick family member. Read more...