Header Image Mobile Header Image

Expanding Opportunity in Suffolk County

Expanding Opportunity, Security & Dignity in Suffolk County

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), Make the Road NY (MRNY) and New York Communities for Change (NYCC) are laying the groundwork for such partnerships in Suffolk County, NY, seizing new opportunities to confront long-standing patterns of inequity.

Long Island’s immigrant population has more than doubled since 1980 to just over 465,000 residents, accounting for more than 16 percent of the general population. More than half of all immigrants arriving on Long Island since 2000 have been from Latin America. Long Island is also home to sizeable African-American communities...

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), Make the Road NY (MRNY) and New York Communities for Change (NYCC) are laying the groundwork for such partnerships in Suffolk County, NY, seizing new opportunities to confront long-standing patterns of inequity.

Long Island’s immigrant population has more than doubled since 1980 to just over 465,000 residents, accounting for more than 16 percent of the general population. More than half of all immigrants arriving on Long Island since 2000 have been from Latin America. Long Island is also home to sizeable African-American communities.  Brentwood and Central Islip, for example, are more than 25% African-American.  In addition, the county is home to a growing population of West Indian immigrants from nations like Haiti and Jamaica. 

These communities confront a host of shared challenges—a lack of good jobs, a limited supply of affordable, quality housing and law enforcement practices that are neither respectful nor effective. 

Over the course of the last year, CPD has worked alongside MRNY and NYCC to develop a deeper understanding of such shared challenges and to build trust between Black and Latino residents, laying the groundwork for collaborative efforts to confront these issues together.

Through a series of one-on-one conversations and cross-cultural meetings, MRNY and NYCC explored the issues most important to residents of the county’s communities of color, beginning to build bridges of communication and understanding between Black and Latino residents. CPD provided organizational, research and analytical support for this process, helping to identify areas of shared concern and opportunities for collaborative action.  In the coming year, CPD and its partners will use the information gathered to develop collaborative strategies for securing policy changes that reflect the needs and priorities of Suffolk County’s communities of color.  Through this process, CPD is distilling valuable lessons about multiracial organizing that can be applied nationwide.

 

media