Organizing For Equity, ny (OFENY) is a coalition of community members, educators, and leaders who organize through social and political action to demand equity for the children of New York.
December 2017: OFENY launched with a "Movement Meeting" in East Harlem, Manhattan. Over 60 educators, students, parents, and community leaders shared their stories and ideas, beginning to envision what equitable policy for kids in New York City can look like.
January 2018: OFENY's second "Movement Meeting" held in Fort Greene, Brooklyn built on the momentum of December's launch event. New and returning members worked together to identify trends across the dozens of stories gathered between the two meetings.
February 2018: OFENY headed to Lower Manhattan to host a free, public screening of "Backpack Full of Cash", a documentary studying the nationwide trend of K-12 school privatization. Following the film, over 30 New Yorkers stuck around to discuss the film's implications on New York City.
March 2018: OFENY held an "Issues Assembly", taking the over 25 issues gathered since December and caucusing with 50 members in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to narrow our focus to three areas of concern.
June 2018: OFENY held a "Platform Assembly", where over 50 members deliberated and voted on potential policy proposals, eventually landing on the three demands that make up our official advocacy platform.
November 2018: OFENY gathered in East Harlem with organizations like Teens Take Charge, IntegrateNYC, Fairplay Coalition, and nycASID, building power for our campaign to cap suspensions in NYC at 20 days (instead of the current 180).
Step 1: Community
Through a series of "House Meetings", we work to identify the issues that students of color and families with low-income in New York City are coping with on a daily basis.
Step 2: Research
After narrowing our focus to three areas, we've deployed three "Issue Action Teams" to research potential legislative solutions to the problems identified in House Meetings.
Step 3: Action
Partner with courageous public leaders and other organizations to introduce and pass legislation, aimed at building more equitable public institutions for students of color and families with low-income.