Vision Statement: The New York 2 New Orleans Coalition (NY2NO) is a youth-led, consensus-based organization made to create a network of young people who are interested in organizing and mobilizing across New York City. NY2NO works in solidarity with those most affected by the social, racial, and economic inequalities in both New York and New Orleans. Through this, the youth breaks down barriers and works together to combat racism and classism and move towards an egalitarian society.
How We Operate: Whether it be in an organizational meeting or in a debrief, NY2NO operates through consensus decision-making, in order to eliminate a minority of people who will be displeased by a majority rule decision. This also encourages groups thinking and feeling together in a free space called the People's Circle. NY2NO believes that by using consensus they are creating a model of participatory democracy and focusing on the constant forward process of the entire group. In order to ensure that decisions are made by consensus, a member of the People's Circle takes on the role of facilitator to mediate the emotions, decisions and progress of the discussions. When a decision cannot be made because a group or individual within the circle feels strongly enough to not stand aside on the issue, the decision is discussed further until a consensus can be reached.
Organizing Trips: Bring groups to participate in service-learning based on urban agriculture, racial economic and gender justice, and youth empowerment. We do this by working the farm at OSBG, facilitating workshops, or community outreach. NY2NO hosts both New Orleans and New York Trips.
Growing Youth Organizers: Training youth to develop analytical skills and organizing techniques, as well as engaging students in meaningful service-learning opportunities across New York.
Outreach Collaborations: Partnering with community organizations, urban farms, and YCCA chapters across the United States to foster youth empowerment, viable alternative education, and direct action.
Fundraising: Through a wide variety of fundraisers, we raise money that is used to donate to the organizations that we work with in New Orleans and provide financial aid in order to ensure we have a diverse group of young people on our trips.
Fundraising: Over the past few years we have had many different types of fundraisers, from stoop sales to jazz festivals. Many of these events have been planned by group members from our trips, as we strongly believe in a collective effort to make our trips stronger. Over this time, we have raised over $90,000, which has allowed us to purchase and maintain our school bus, make donations to the organizations that we work with in New Orleans, as well as provide financial aid for everyone who has needed it.
New Orleans Trips: Since the summer of 2007 we have organized 33 New Orleans brigades, bringing over 1000 high school students back to New York with organizing skills and a drive to keep working. Students have composted, planted, gutted houses, created workshops, done community outreach, and organized with staff from Our School at Blair Grocery.
Presentations: In doing outreach for our trips and trying to raise awareness, we have made presentations at about 40 schools across New York City.
Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace is an ecumenical agency whose mission is to help forward the struggles of oppressed peoples for justice and self-determination and they are also NY2NO's wonderful Fiscal Sponsor. They provide our 5o1c3 official non-profit status that enables us to receive tax exempt donations, they also facilitate our finances. IFCO/Pastors for Peace have always been incredibly supportive of all of our visions and projects and without them none of our work would be possible.