Coalitions and Campaigns

Advocacy Coalitions

FPWA leads and co-leads a number of advocacy coalitions and task forces with our member agencies and community partners to engage in strategic policy advocacy work.

We are known as an organization that brings people together on critical issues and galvanizes unified action to address root problems. Below are the wide-range of coalitions and task forces that FPWA coordinates.

Campaign for Children (C4C)

  • FPWA serves of the Steering Committee on the Campaign for Children, and co-chairs the Mobilization Committee and participates in the Government Relations Committee.

Economic Justice and Social Welfare Network (Formerly the Welfare Reform Network)

  • EJSWN, sponsored by FPWA, is a coalition of organizations and individuals that advocates for humane income security policies, founded in 1989 in response to welfare reform.  As we have seen income inequality grow, the group has expanded from its original focus on welfare issues to include a broad range of policies around economic equity, earned and unearned income, poverty alleviation, and economic mobility.  EJSWN strives to provide space for advocates to come together across sectors to address issues of economic justice through information sharing, policy advocacy, and creative collaboration.

    EJSWN holds monthly general membership meetings at FPWA.

Empire State Economic Security (ES2) Campaign

  • FPWA is a member of the ES2 Campaign, a statewide coalition of over 200 social service providers, faith based groups, and concerned citizens coming together to improve the lives of low and moderate income New Yorkers by challenging state leaders to make better choices for our families. Specifically, ES2 promotes ongoing access to education and training; good jobs for all; affordable, high quality health care; income security for all; decent, affordable housing; high quality, affordable child care; and affordable, accessible transportation. 

Federal Tax and Budget Response Team

  • The Federal Tax and Budget Response Team is a state-based coalition whose members include FPWA, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, Fiscal Policy Institute, New York Housing Conference, LiveOn NY, Human Services Council of New York, United Neighborhood Houses, and more.

    Stay informed by signing up for regular updates on information, process, action items, and advocacy via email here.

FPWA’s Aids Leadership Coalition

  • The AIDS Leadership Coalition is an advisory group primarily composed of members of the FPWA. It was formed to take collective action through partnership with community organizations in identifying and shaping humane and just public health policies for New York communities affected by HIV and AIDS.

To find out more information about a specific task force, please contact Director of Policy Jeanette Estima.

Campaigns

FPWA is collaborating with our member agencies and allies to launch several campaigns to build a city of equal opportunity.

Access Health NYC

FPWA is a lead agency of Access Health NYC, a city-wide initiative that funds community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide education, outreach, and assistance on how to access health care or coverage. Access Health NYC CBOs target New Yorkers who are immigrants, LGBTQ, formerly incarcerated, and/or homeless, and are experiencing barriers to health care or coverage. The lead agencies train, monitor/evaluate, and provide technical assistance/guidance to the CBOs as well as support a consumer helpline.

Download the new multi-language Guide to Your Health Care Rights & Options community education guide.

For more information, contact Director of Policy Jeanette Estima.

Day Laborer Workforce

The Day Laborer Workforce Coalition estimates that there are currently 8,000-10,000 day laborers in New York City. An investment in day laborer centers supports the expansion of the existing four day laborer centers to provide services in all five boroughs. These services include dignified physical space for day laborers to meet, referrals to jobs or support services, legal services to address issues such as wage theft, and workforce training and development.

For more information, contact Senior Policy Analyst Osman Ahmed.

Campaign for Successful Aging

Ensuring that seniors have maximum independence and continue to contribute to the city’s economic well-being is a key priority for FPWA. In the spring of 2014, we launched a campaign to promote policies and services for New York seniors. We are working with a coalition of aging advocates to create a set of policy recommendations to curb chronic underfunding of senior services, fragmented service delivery, and lack of involvement by older adults in setting priorities.  We are also working with member agencies to advocate for an intensive case management model to support seniors with more complex needs.

For more information, contact Director of Policy Jeanette Estima.

Campaign for Worker Cooperatives: Building Opportunities and Wealth

Since 2013, FPWA has been organizing a campaign to increase worker cooperatives in New York City. Worker cooperatives are democratically owned enterprises that tend to provide higher wages and better economic benefits than other small businesses. Consequently, they are a solution to address long-term unemployment, low-wage jobs, and income inequality. We have been and continue to work with dozens of member and partner organizations to advocate for stronger city policies and funding to expand worker cooperatives.

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For more information, contact Senior Policy Analyst Osman Ahmed.