Our 2022 Justice Agenda

At Citizen Action of New York, we envision a world where every person’s basic needs are met, where equity is the norm and oppression, in all forms, is eradicated. The world we want is possible, but it will only exist if we work together. To achieve this vision, we have developed our 2022 Justice Agenda laying out our priorities for a more just, equitable New York State.

Childhood Lead Poisoning

New York State holds the unforgivable title of being the state with the highest number of lead-poisoned children in the country. In fact, most New York cities test positive for poison lead at 5 times the rate of Flint, MI during the height of the crisis.

Congress: Build Back Better!

The proposed $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act is critical to invest in the social, economic, & environmental well-being of our communities. This plan will dramatically reduce extreme poverty, and will help families afford healthcare, child care, education, quality housing, and more. We are calling on Congress to pass the full $3.5 trillion package and pay for it by finally making billionaires and mega corporations pay the taxes they owe.

Our Democracy Is at Stake

Since the 2020 election, 19 states have enacted 33 new laws making it harder to vote. Congress must pass The Freedom to Vote Act to protect and enhance voting rights, and must keep public campaign financing in the legislation to keep big corporate money out of politics.

Make Polluters Pay

Corporate polluters have devastated our environment, leaving the rest of us to deal with the consequences – stronger hurricanes, devastating heat waves, and other extreme weather events. Enough is enough. We are fighting for the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA), New York’s pathway to a cleaner, brighter future.

The Less Is More Act has been signed!

STATEMENT: “We applaud Governor Kathy Hochul and Lt. Governor Benjamin for signing the Less is More Act and taking an important step toward reducing the number of incarcerated people at Rikers Island amidst a humanitarian crisis. While this bill doesn’t solve the horrors of Rikers Island, it is a necessary step towards decarcerating Rikers and jails across New York State.”

Join the Movement for Justice!

Citizen Action of New York is a statewide grassroots membership organization taking on big issues that are at the center of transforming society—issues that will achieve social, racial, economic and environmental justice in our communities.

Our Victories


Full Foundation Aid

With our allies at the Alliance for Quality Education, we won the decades-long fight for full funding for our public schools.

Passed HONDA

The Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act will allow the state to convert unused hotels into permanent, affordable housing.

Progressive Candidate Endorsements

We’ve endorsed a whole slate of progressive candidates across New York State.

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