Tell Congress: Pass a People's Bailout!

30 million people are newly unemployed and millions more are being forced to choose between paying their bills and avoiding coronavirus. We urge Congress to ensure people have money in their pockets and our communities can fund education, health care and housing.

Stop Unprecedented Cuts to Education!

Our schools are in dire need of funding and facing devastating cuts that will impact students who need more resources during this crisis, not less. Governor Cuomo must tax the rich to fund public schools.

Pass the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act!

No one should have to worry about being evicted or losing their home during a pandemic! We need universal rent and mortgage suspension for the duration of COVID-19, to house our homeless and ensure a  Homes Guarantee for all.

Don’t allow Medicaid cuts in New York!

Congress is writing the next economic relief bill right now. But one part of the relief proposal would allow Governor Cuomo to make cuts to Medicaid here in New York. We have time to keep this attack on Medicaid out of the final law. Make the call now to protect Medicaid.

Protect people, not corporate polluters!

The federal stimulus needs to prioritize public health, protections for frontline workers, relief for struggling tenants and funding to keep our kids’ schools operating – not the profits of Exxon. Congress needs to hear from you!

Essential Workers Need Paid Sick Leave

Right now, an estimated 61 million workers— those deemed essential, including many health care professionals on the frontlines of this pandemic—do not have access to paid sick or family leave. Congress has the power to change this in the next federal stimulus, and our representatives need to hear from us!

Tell Amazon: Protect Workers, Not Profits

Amazon and its billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos are forcing workers to choose between their health and their economic security during COVID-19. Workers at these facilities should receive full pay and benefits for the duration of the crisis. Our New York elected leaders need to hear from you.

Every New Yorker Counts!

Have you been counted yet in the 2020 Census? Your response will help increase funding for communities that need the most support. The census takes about 10 minutes to complete online, by phone, or by mail. Visit now! Click here to help your neighbors get counted.

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


Raised Minimum Wage

We fought and won important victories to improve our rights in the workplace, including a minimum wage of $15/hour.

Passed Pretrial Laws

We won new bail, discovery, and speedy trial laws allowing thousands of legally innocent people to await trial from home.

Passed New Tenant Laws

We won the strongest tenant protection laws in the history of New York State.

Join Us for a Celebration!

Our members, leaders and allies are fighting every day to win justice for our communities. And now more than ever, we want to honor the extraordinary strength and sacrifices of our essential workers, community leaders and activists in every corner of our state.

Join us for our biggest annual fundraiser, Our Everyday Heroes Awards on Tuesday, October 6, in New York City!

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Dear Activist, It’s been a while since our last check-in, and I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well. So much has happened over the past few weeks. We took a week off here at Citizen Action for much-needed rest and recuperation, but we’re back to...

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Dear Activist, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and doing well. The moment of truth has come. State leaders delivered a final budget agreement that is disappointing, to say the least. The choice was clear: cut vital funding during a global crisis or raise taxes...

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