As my grandmother would say, it’s been a tough row to hoe for most Americans during this Great Recession. For low income New Yorkers, it’s been even more distressing as jobs that pay a living wage are hard to find and food prices are skyrocketing. For those with children, the promise of a quality public education is being broken by everything from the lack of available pre-kindergarten to a college-readiness rate of 25% of high school graduates—13% for Black and Latino/a students.
To combat these stats, a lot of remarkable work is being done throughout New York by people and organizations that care about homeowners facing foreclosure, underpaid workers struggling with 12 hour workdays, and students forced to fight for their right to a quality public education.
Today NYCOFI launches its new website—but it’s more than that. In just the last decade, communication systems and strategies have changed dramatically. People have hundreds of “friends” who they may rarely see—and may not have seen in years—but are as up-to-date with as their nearest and dearest friend. Researchers no longer toil for days in dark and lonely libraries, because tons of data and millions of research studies are as close as their fingertips. Company websites are often more important than physical offices. Organizing by text can create a mass turnout in a few hours.
NYCOFI strives to become an essential advocacy, policy, and research resource, and a trusted and respected source of concrete, reliable information. In order to achieve this, we plan to provide regular communications that will become a reliable source of information on progressive organizing activities.
We hope you will visit our website (www.nycofi.org), Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter (@NYCOFI). Read, comment, offer feedback and resources. Join us as we empower low- and moderate-income New Yorkers to help themselves, and improve the economic security and well-being of low-income and people of color communities throughout New York.