From Our Electeds

It is an absolute pleasure to extend my greetings as you gather with Make the Road New York (MRNY) to celebrate its Dignity, Community, and Power Awards Gala. I am proud to stand with Make the Road NY, an exemplary organization fighting hard every day to achieve dignity and justice for New York’s immigrant and working-class communities.

 

Through community organizing, policy innovation, transformative education and the provision of legal and survival services, Make the Road New York plays a vital role in the continued growth and strength of our city’s population. Though this year has been severely challenging, Make the Road New York demonstrated true resiliency in supporting and protecting many members in our communities. It is through the dedication and generosity of everyone joining tonight, especially this year’s honorees, that MRNY can continue its noble efforts to enhance the lives of countless New Yorkers.

 

Thank you all for your commitment to the mission of Make the Road New York. It is my hope that Make the Road New York will continue to serve our communities for many more years to come. Best wishes for a wonderful gala and please stay safe.

 

— United States Senator Charles E. Schumer

Congratulations to tonight’s Make the Road New York’s Dignity, Community, and Power Awards Virtual Gala honorees. Thank you to all of Make the Road’s board members, staff and members for your commitment to fulfilling the vision and goals of this vital organization. And a special thank you to Co-Directors Deborah Axt and Javier Valdes for your invaluable service, advocacy and leadership. Under your direction this organization has championed immigrant New Yorkers with a bold and visionary agenda.

 

Make the Road New York’s unwavering commitment to promoting equity and equality and to empowering the immigrant and working-class communities in New York and around our nation has changed our state and country for the better. It is my sincere hope that this work inspires others to invest in community development and join you in aiding New Yorkers in need.

 

Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful event and for many more years of continued success.

 

— United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

2020 has been a tremendous year, during which communities around the nation and the world have faced unprecedented challenges amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As leaders continue our push to provide relief, and as families continue to rebuild, it has taken the support and collaboration of each of us working together to ensure the path to recovery remains intact.

 

Make the Road New York (MRNY) has worked tirelessly throughout New York communities to assist our city’s immigrant and working-class families to help them achieve dignity and justice. Congratulations to each of this year’s champions: Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Natasha Duncan, sister of Shantel Davis; Israel Rocha and the Care Team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst; Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director and Cristina Jiménez, Co-Founder of UNITED WE DREAM – for their efforts to call for justice, unity and support of communities in New York and across the country.

 

MRNY has been tremendously successful in its efforts to organize members of Latino communities and around the nation to provide educational services, support and resources to help implement innovative policies and programs to address immigration, poverty and help improve the lives of immigrants and working class New Yorkers. This year, MRNY truly stepped up to provide COVID-19 relief resources for families during this crisis, and as a result made a significant impact throughout New York Latino communities.

 

We are resilient and we will get through this. I am proud to recognize Make the Road New York for its efforts to help keep our communities strong and to help keep our communities safe. May God continue to bless each of you.

 

— United States Representative Adriano Espaillat

I would like to extend my best wishes and congratulations to Make the Road New York in celebration of the 2020 Annual Dignity, Community and Power Awards Gala. I am so grateful for the integral work you do everyday to promote justice for those that need it most.

 

Thank you to Make the Road New York for their years of dedication to uplifting our community, protecting those that cannot protect themselves, and pushing this country in a more progressive direction. Since its inception, Make the Road New York has been an invaluable partner in progress to all of those that seek to improve the material conditions of the community.

Now more than ever, we must come together to support one another in these unprecedented times. Thank you for all you have done to serve underserved communities and for pushing New York City to live up to its reputation as the world’s melting pot.

 

While I wish we could be celebrating as a community in person, I look forward to witnessing your continued accomplishments and I wish you great success.

 

—  United States Representative Yvette Clarke

I am delighted to extend my heartfelt greetings to all gathered at the Make the Road New York Annual Dignity, Community & Power Awards Gala.

 

Since its inception, Make the Road New York has worked tirelessly to ensure that our city’s immigrants and working families achieve dignity, equality and justice in all sectors. Make the Road New York upholds its model of serving the community through legal and survival services, transformative education, community organizing, and policy innovation. Through its model and Make the Road New York’s hard-working members, it continues to provide events and information to create a more just neighborhood, city, and state. 

 

I commend Make the Road New York for establishing itself as a cornerstone of our diverse city and look forward to continuing our work together to further strengthen our vibrant immigrant communities. 

 

Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful gala and much continued success! 

 

—  United States Representative Grace Meng

I have been so privileged to join many others in calling Make the Road a second home since its foundation. At this year’s Make the Road Gala, we bid farewell to two brilliant leaders Javier H. Valdés and Deborah L. Axt. Javier and Deb have led the organization to countless victories for New York’s working families, tenants, and all immigrants.

 

At this year’s gala, we celebrate the resilience and strength of our City’s frontline workers, social justice advocates, and progressive champions. I wish Make the Road New York many more years of activism and wins for our immigrant and working class communities.  

 

— United States Representative Nydia M. Velazquez

I am pleased to join you in celebrating this year’s Make the Road New York Dignity, Community and Power Awards Gala.

 

Tonight’s event gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding success Make the Road New York has had in fulfilling its mission to help our city’s immigrant and working-class communities achieve dignity and justice.

 

I would also like to extend my own congratulations and deepest thanks to this evening’s honorees: Gwen Carr, Natasha Duncan, Israel Rocha, the Care Team at NYC Health + Hospitals Elmhurst, Greisa Martinez Rosas, and Cristina Jiménez– your work alongside Make the Road New York in support of working-class people and immigrant communities has been beyond essential to the lives of countless New Yorkers. On behalf of the Borough of Manhattan, I wish you all another year of success and tireless service to the New Yorkers who need it most.

 

— Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer

On behalf of the City of New York, I would like to offer you my congratulations as you mark your annual Dignity, Community, and Power Awards Gala. Make the Road New York has been dedicated to driving progress for immigrant and working class communities in New York and across the country for over a decade. While we cannot gather in person to celebrate and support your work this year, I want to extend my immense and emphatic thanks for all that you have done and continue to do amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

I want to offer particular congratulations to this year’s honorees:

  • Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner
  • Natasha Duncan, sister of Shantel Davis
  • Israel Rocha and the Care Team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
  • Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director, UNITED WE DREAM
  • Cristina Jiménez, Co-Founder, UNITED WE DREAM

 

Organizations like Make the Road New York are vital in building power, demanding dignity and justice, and creating change for communities too often marginalized. Your mission is laudable, and your successes are admirable and appreciated. Now, amid the pandemic, it is perhaps even more crucial, while at the same time likely more challenging. Tonight we celebrate, and tomorrow we get back to work. Congratulations, and I wish you success for many years to come.

 

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams

It is my pleasure to extend best wishes to all attending Make the Road New York’s Annual Dignity, Community & Power Awards Gala.

 

Since 1997, Make the Road New York (MRNY) has supported immigrants and underrepresented communities. MRNY is committed to advocating for critical policy reform on behalf of thousands of New Yorkers every day. From taking the streets for criminal justice and immigration reform to providing social services, MRNY has made significant strides to empower New Yorkers. I am confident MRNY will continue to make a positive impact on our City’s immigrant communities for years to come. 

 

Congratulations to tonight’s honorees: Gwen Carr, Natasha Duncan, Israel Rocha and the Care Team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, Greisa Martinez Rosas, and Cristina Jiménez. Their commitment to the Make the Road NY is evident in all they do.

 

Thank you to Make the Road New York for bringing us together tonight to celebrate community and service. Please accept my best wishes for continued success.

 

— New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

On the occasion of your Annual Gala, we celebrate Make the Road New York’s great work fighting for a better state.

 

Make the Road New York served working class and immigrant New Yorkers during an incredibly difficult year. We built off the successes of last year – including our Green Light Law and the DREAM Act – to protect all New Yorkers during a global crisis. While we have more to do – including delivering real rent relief, supporting our small businesses, and ensuring a covid-19 vaccine is delivered equitably to all communities – we will always be able to do more together. I thank Make the Road New York for your ongoing partnership.

 

New York State Senator Michael Gianaris

Congratulations to Make The Road New York, a true grassroots organization fighting for the rights of immigrant and working class New Yorkers.

 

It’s an honor to celebrate with you tonight at the Dignity, Community and Power Awards Gala, and to celebrate the achievements of Gwen Carr, Natasha Duncan, Greisa Martinez Rosas, Cristina Jimenez, Israel Rocha and the Care Team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.

 

You have progressive allies in Albany who will continue to stand by your side as we take on the big issues, from getting ICE out of our courts to repealing the statute on “Walking While Trans” to making sure our state’s COVID-19 recovery includes all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.

 

I look forward to working with Make The Road New York for many years to come.

 

— New York State Senator Brad Hoylman

Congratulations to Make the Road NY (MRNY) on its 2020 Virtual Gala. Though this year has presented significant challenges, I commend MRNY on its resilience and willingness to meet these challenges head-on.

 

To the individuals honored at this event, your compassion, wisdom, and vision are necessary to continue building pathways to a better future. The work being done now to address the tremendous holes that COVID-19 has exposed is crucial, and requires strong leadership for it to continue. I am proud to recognize MRNY for filling that leadership role, and it is my hope that this will continue in the years to come.

 

Congratulations again, and best wishes for a successful event.

 

— New York State Senator Shelley Mayer

 

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to Make the Road’s 2020 Dignity, Community and

Power Gala. I would like to extend my most sincere congratulations to this year’s honorees:

Gwen Carr, Natasha Duncan, Israel Rocha and the Care Team at NYC Health + Hospitals

Elmhurst, Greisa Martinez Rosas, and Cristina Jiménez. Thank you all for your commitment

to advancing the work of justice and equality in both New York State and our country.

 

Make the Road consistently shows dedication for developing the political power of immigrants, and working class communities. Your passion in ensuring dignity and rights to all New Yorkers is truly commendable. 

 

Best wishes for your event and the continued success of Make the Road.

 

— New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi

It’s that time of year again, and what a year it has been!

 

Friends and supporters of Make the Road New York are gathering virtually to celebrate the hard fought victories in another year of successful advocacy on behalf of our city’s immigrant and working class communities, to celebrate those who have fearlessly led us through these trying times, and honor those we have lost.

 

On behalf of New York State Senate District 13, we extend our sincere congratulations to honorees Gwen Carr and Natasha Duncan for their advocacy, Israel Rocha and the care team at Elmhurst Hospital for all they do to keep our communities safe, and to Greisa Martinez Rosas and Cristina Jiménez for their unwavering dedication to our immigrant communities.

 

I wish all that have joined virtually and all members of Make the Road New York continued success in all of your endeavors.

 

— New York State Senator Jessica Ramos

This year we come together virtually in celebration of the work MRNY has done to lift up our city’s immigrant and working-class communities during these incredibly difficult past several months.

 

MRNY is on the frontlines of our fight for the safety of essential workers and to make sure workers excluded from government programs get the relief they’re due by raising taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers, both fights I support wholeheartedly.

 

As the economic crisis drags on and the pandemic makes a comeback in New York, it’s important to recognize our real heroes of this year: MRNY and the immigrant communities they support who have kept our city running. Thank you.

 

— New York State Senator Robert Jackson

I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Make the Road New York (MRNY) and their honorees as they gather today to celebrate their annual Dignity, Community, and Power Awards Gala. 

 

For decades, Make the Road New York has fought relentlessly to empower immigrant, poor, and working-class New Yorkers by providing them an array of services designed to uplift them. Their commitment to achieving this honorable goal has been particularly demonstrated this year as we continue to face an unprecedented public health crisis and political, social, and economic unrest. 

 

It is my pleasure to congratulate this year’s honorees, Israel Rocha and the entire care team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst for their heroic work and going beyond the call of duty to provide comprehensive and quality care to one million New Yorkers and counting regardless of immigration status or health insurance coverage in one of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19.

 

I look forward to continue working with Make The Road New York and all the communities they diligently serve in our fight for justice and equality.

 

— New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera

This gala is a beautiful reminder that everything we have was fought for and won by people who refused to accept injustice. Make the Road has been — and continues to be — an invaluable part of that fight.

 

Tonight we honor Gwen Carr and Natasha Duncan, who’s strength and determination in facing the most heinous of injustices is a north star that all of us can follow as we endeavor to build a better future.

 

I wish you all a wonderful evening, finding hope and joy in celebrating the millions of hard-won battles that have gotten us this far, and the extraordinary community of people we know will continue to fight alongside us.

 

— New York State Senator-Elect Jabari Brisport

Congratulations to this year’s honorees! Your outstanding service to our community ensured that our neighbors were supported and protected during these turbulent times. Now more than ever, our immigrant community— particularly our undocumented neighbors —  needs allies who will tirelessly fight to protect their health and safety. Thanks to the work by Make the Road New York, our most vulnerable populations are provided with quality support and assistance. Deb and Javier — you have been allies and friends in the fight for justice. Best of luck on your next adventures! I look forward to working with Theo, Arlenis, and Jose in their new leadership roles!

 

— New York State Assembly Member Catalina Cruz

I extend my congratulations to Make the Road New York (MTRNY) on their 2020 Dignity, Community, and Power Awards Gala. This year, our communities endured continued attacks from the federal administration, a global pandemic, and increased harassment from law enforcement; despite these obstacles, MTRNY continued to champion immigration and intersectional issues and always centered the needs and experiences of the most vulnerable. 

 

Through fierce advocacy and grassroots initiatives, MTRNY was instrumental in the passage of the Protect Our Courts Act (POCA), the Wage Theft Protection Act, and language access legislation and has been a tireless advocate and ally in our fight to #FundExcludedWorkers. 

 

As we celebrate MTRNY, I also want to also thank Deborah Axt and Javier H. Valdés for their leadership and for nurturing a space where impacted individuals, advocates, legislators and allies come together to fight for justice and the dignified treatment of working class and immigrant communities.

 

As Make the Road transitions to new leadership, the United States will too, and in light of this promising future, I look forward to continuing to work closely with MTRNY to protect  immigrant communities, hold the new administration accountable, and advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.

 

— New York State Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020 Annual Dignity, Community, and Power Awards Gala with Make the Road New York. I hope you will join us tonight in celebrating the indelible triumphs and accomplishments of the outstanding organizers, activists, and supporters of Make the Road New York on this historic occasion.

 

Since its inception in 1997, Make the Road New York has been a bastion of hope for the movement for social and economic justice in our communities. Whether it has been pioneering justice for immigrants, housing, the environment, the LGBTQIA+ community, or for working class communities of color, Make the Road New York has consistently showed up and fought for what is right.

 

On behalf of the New York State Assembly, I congratulate Make the Road New York for their continued and dedicated service to our community, and extend my best wishes for a successful evening.

 

— New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim

I want to congratulate everyone at Make the Road New York, as well as tonight’s honorees. Tonight’s event gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding success Make the Road has had in fulfilling its mission to help our city’s immigrant and working-class communities achieve dignity and justice – especially through New York’s time of need through the pandemic. I hope everyone in attendance enjoys tonight’s Gala and honors all the hard work done this past year. 

 

— New York State Assembly Member Harvey Epstein

I want to thank Make the Road for the work they continue to do helping immigrants fight for the rights they are legally entitled to. Our Country is truly a nation of immigrants, and always has been. Our ancestors came here looking for a better life, and the promise of America. I thank Make the Road for helping immigrants find that better life, and for helping immigrants obtain the promise of America.

 

— New York State Assembly Member Brian Barnwell

¡Felicidades to you and to all the friends and supporters of Make the Road New York (MRNY) on the occasion of your Annual Gala!

 

Tonight’s event gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding success Make the Road New York has had in fulfilling its mission to build power amongst our city’s immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice.

 

Tonight is also a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to your distinguished honorees. Congratulations!

 

I hope all of those in attendance enjoy tonight’s Annual Gala and I wish everyone who is part of  Make the Road New York‘s familia continued success and continued progress towards justice together.

 

— New York State Assembly Member-Elect Jessica González-Rojas

I want to extend my warmest greetings to Make the Road New York on the occasion of your Annual Gala. This has been a year of great tragedy, crisis and, at last, some small rays of hope. New York’s immigrant and working class communities have suffered the greatest burden. That’s why I’m so grateful to Make the Road New York for your consistent and courageous advocacy, rooted in a vision of dignity and justice for all. Tonight’s honorees have demonstrated similar heroism—you have my deepest congratulations and solidarity!  I look forward to working alongside you for more just New York in the years to come. 

 

— New York State Assembly Member-Elect Emily Ghallagher

It is an honor to welcome you all to Make the Road New York (MRNY)’s Annual Gala.

 

This past year has posed tremendous, unforeseen challenges for our city, nation, and country. Since the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, Make the Road New York has been on the frontlines protecting our most vulnerable. Now more than ever, I am grateful for MRNY’s  advocacy for the advancement of dignity and justice within our city’s immigrant and working class communities; tonight’s event offers a great opportunity for us to celebrate these achievements.

 

I would also like to extend my sincere congratulations to this evening’s distinguished honorees. Thank you for your work to further MRNY’s mission and ensure that New York City remains a haven for immigrant communities.

 

I hope all of those in attendance enjoy tonight’s Annual Gala, and I look forward to continuing to work together as we ensure that our city rebuilds with equity and fairness for our immigrant communities top of mind.

 

— New York City Council Member Antonio Reynoso

Congratulations to Make the Road New York on another successful Annual Gala. Tonight, friends and supporters stand with you to celebrate your commitment to helping and uplifting our city’s immigrant and working class communities. I also extend sincere congratulations to our evening’s honorees.

 

I hope all of those in attendance will enjoy tonight’s Annual Gala, and I wish everyone at Make the Road New York continued success in all of their endeavors.

 

— New York City Council Member Margaret Chin

Congratulations to the honorees and to all the members and staff of Make the Road NY.

 

Fighting for Black and Brown communities, for immigrant and working-class families has never been more important. We’ve seen firsthand the disproportionate health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community. We also saw our community come to bat for New York during the worst moments of this pandemic in so many ways, from stocking grocery stores and delivering our food, to attending to those as they battled this novel virus.

 

We all had a part to play––whether that meant fighting for burial assistance regardless of immigration status, getting more PPE to Elmhurst Hospital or increasing funds for food pantries––and I can’t imagine how we could get through this crisis without the advocacy, partnership and commitment of everyone present.

 

I want to commend the work of our honorees to combat systemic racism, to fight for justice and dignity, and for their courage and dedication to treat and save as many lives possible when we were the epicenter of the epicenter of COVID-19.

 

Thank you Gwen Carr, Natasha Duncan, and all the Justice Committee members; Israel Rocha and the Care Team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst; and Greisa Martinez Rosas, Cristina Jiménez, and the United We Dream team.

 

— New York City Council Member Francisco Moya

Dignity, Community and Power is what Make the Road builds every day in the hearts and minds of each member.

 

I represent a district with a prominent immigrant community, many of which are essential workers. As chair of the Immigration Committee at the New York City Council, I have had the privilege of having Make the Road as an outstanding partner in the fight for immigrant rights.

 

In a time of so much uncertainty for the immigrant community amidst a hostile federal administration that uses xenophobic rhetoric, Make The Road has been the beacon of hope for our communities.

 

Felicidades to Deb Axt and Javier Valdes for laying the foundation we see today. And to the new leaders, the trio of justice, Theo Oshiro, Arlenis Morel and Jose Lopez – they have my support as they take this blessed institution into the next chapter, a brighter one for us all.

 

The Presidential election has marked the end of a monstrous administration, but we have a lot of work to do and we need Make The Road more than ever. So please give generously, to ensure they have the resources necessary to keep fighting for the dignity of our communities. This way we can have the power to shape our democracy and a just future here in New York City and across this country.

 

— New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca

Make the Road New York is an important ally for thousands of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Whether it is education equity, immigration justice, or housing justice, Make The Road is at the vanguard in taking the fight to those who prey on our communities. I am proud to stand with Make The Road New York in their fight for equity and justice against the man in the White House and anyone else who threatens our hardworking diverse communities.

 

— New York City Council Member Ben Kallos

Make the Road New York’s organizing, community-building, and movement leadership is a bright light in the darkness of this year. I am grateful to stand with you to mourn those we’ve lost, and honor the everyday heroes who are fighting hard to support immigrant families, demand police accountability, and build the power of immigrant and working class New Yorkers.

 

— New York City Council Member Brad Lander

It is a pleasure to send my highest praise to Make the Road New York at this year’s annual Dignity, Community and Power Awards. Make The Road New York continuously strives to improve housing, civil rights, workplace conditions, public education, and healthcare services, empowering the Latino and working class community in our City.

 

I would like to congratulate this evening’s honorees: Gwen Carr, Natasha Duncan, Israel Rocha and the Care Team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, Greisa Martinez Rosas, and Cristina Jiménez. Your work has helped improve the lives of the most marginalized individuals in New York City. Congratulations to all and please accept my best wishes for continued success! 

 

— New York City Council Member James Van Bramer

I am delighted to welcome you and all the friends and supporters of Make the Road New

York (MRNY) on the occasion of their annual gala. Tonight’s event gives us the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding success Make the Road New York has had in fulfilling its mission to help our city’s immigrant and low-income communities achieve dignity and justice.

 

MRNY’s work is a testament to this mission. For years, they have organized with members of the community and have provided educational services aimed at implementing policy innovations. Their work helps combat poverty and improves the lives of so many immigrant and working-class New Yorkers.

As a Council Member representing the communities of Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, I congratulate tonight’s distinguished honorees, all of whom have made our city a better place. I wish Make the Road New York and their supporters continued success in the years ahead.

 

— New York City Council Member Danny Dromm

Welcome and congratulations to all the friends and supporters of Make the Road New York (MRNY) in celebration of this years’ virtual Annual Gala.

 

This evening we come together digitally in a year unlike any other we have experienced as a city to celebrate the outstanding success Make the Road New York has had in fulfilling its mission to help our city’s incredible immigrant and working-class communities on their path to justice.

 

This has been no easy feat as we battle both a global pandemic and hostile federal leadership, that have both unfairly and indiscriminately targeted our city’s immigrant communities. Through it all Make the Road New York has shown incredible poise and dedication in its mission and has helped countless New Yorkers through this incredibly trying year.

 

Tonight is also a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to your distinguished honorees for your advocacy, your stories, and your action in making our city a better place for individuals of all backgrounds. You are an inspiration to all New Yorkers!

 

I hope all of those in attendance enjoy this evening’s Annual Gala and I wish you and everyone associated with Make the Road New York continued success in your endeavors and a safe year ahead.

 

— New York City Council Member Mark Levine

I am pleased to offer my appreciation to Make the Road on the event of your Dignity, Community, and Power Awards Gala for the essential work you do day in and day out. This year has challenged us more than any year in generations, with unspeakable suffering due to COVID, a recession, and an autocratic President dedicated to the destruction of our democratic institutions. And yet, organizations like Make the Road have given us glimmers of hope for a better future. Congratulations to the admirable honorees, Gwen Carr, Natasha Duncan, and Israel Rocha and the Care Team at H+H/Elmhurst for all they continue to do in the cause of justice, service, and compassion.

 

— New York City Council Member Stephen Levin

 

Warm greetings to Make the Road New York and all your friends and supporters as you celebrate your Annual Gala!

 

Tonight’s event is an important opportunity to reflect on the critical contributions made by Make the Road toward achieving justice and dignity for New York City’s immigrant and working class communities. MRNY’s work is more important than ever in these very challenging times.

 

Tonight we also pay tribute to your distinguished honorees. On behalf of the New York City Council, I join you in honoring the work and dedication of Gwen Carr and Natasha Duncan; Israel Rocha and the Care Team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst; and Greisa Martinez Rosas and Cristina Jiménez of United We Dream.

 

I wish MRNY and its allies and partners much strength and success in the ongoing fight for justice – in New York City and across our country.

 

— New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal

 

Greetings to you and to all the friends and supporters of Make the Road New York (MRNY) on the occasion of your Annual Gala.

 

Tonight’s event gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding success Make the Road New York has had in fulfilling its mission to help our city’s immigrant and working class communities achieve dignity and justice.

 

Tonight is also a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to your distinguished honorees. On behalf of the residents of District 16 in the Bronx I extend our sincere congratulations to this evening’s honorees.

 

I hope all of those in attendance enjoy tonight’s Annual Gala and I wish you and everyone associated with Make the Road New York continued success in all of your endeavors.

 

— New York City Council Member Vanessa Gibson

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