Black August 2020

Join us for a series of panel discussions for Black August – a month to commemorate Black resistance movements and the fight for our liberation. We will be joined by community leaders, activists and families across the African Diaspora.

Victory: New Police Reform Laws

We won three Safer NY Act priorities: Repeal of 50-A, the Police STAT Act and the Special Prosecutor law. Together, these laws improve transparency and accountability of police departments and are important steps toward advancing real safety for Black, Brown, and Indigenous New Yorkers.

Tell Congress: Pass a People's Bailout!

47 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

See What’s happening in our communities


Activist Check-in: Juneteenth

Activist Check-in: Juneteenth

Dear Activist,  Yesterday was Juneteenth, the official holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America. On June 19, 1865, Black communities in Texas learned of their freedom, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. We celebrate Juneteenth on June 19, not on...

Activist Check-in: Police Reform & Accountability

Activist Check-in: Police Reform & Accountability

Dear Activist, This week, we won significant police reforms! After years of grassroots organizing by family members of people killed by law enforcement and our statewide coalition, Communities United for Police Reform, the governor signed a package of 10 police reform...

Activist Check-in: Who We Are

Activist Check-in: Who We Are

Dear Activist, This week and the weeks leading up to it have been extraordinarily heavy, to say the least. We’re in the middle of a pandemic and a revolution. In communities across the country, people are demanding an end to state-sanctioned violence against our Black...

Connect With Us On Social Media