Civic Engagement

The New York State Civic Engagement Table is a collaborative effort of 501(c)(3) organizations across New York State that do non-partisan voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote work, as well as other kinds of civic engagement work.

Through the Civic Engagement Table we will strengthen the organizing and outreach capacity of all of our member groups and help them each empower their communities to have a larger and louder voice. The Table will help member groups achieve their policy and civic engagement goals, and build long-term power, especially in communities of color. The Table will enable participating groups to have access to the most sophisticated voter list and voter contact technology and technical support currently available. These technologies make civic engagement more effective and more efficient, and enable participating groups to build their lists in a systematic way. The database and tools also make sophisticated targeting possible, so that groups can engage specific neighborhoods, specific ethnic groups, or other specific constituencies. Through sharing the technology we are able to provide it affordably to the participating organizations, many of whom are smaller community based groups that could not otherwise access this level of technology. As the Table develops, we also hope to build the capacity and process for working together collaboratively on building and implementing our civic engagement programs. This will significantly strengthen each of the programs, as well as each of the organizations, over time.

Goals

1. Provide 501c3 organizations that do civic engagement work with the technology to make that work more effective and efficient. This requires consistent access to the catalist database, the Voter Activation Network, and technical support. These services are too costly for most groups to access on their own – by creating a collaborative we can share the costs and raise external funding as well.
2. Share information among the groups on effective civic engagement techniques.
3. Collaborate on developing civic engagement plans so that groups are doing complementary not competitive work.
4. Share training, message development, materials, and legal support if resources allow.

Participating Groups:

Coalition for Economic Justice
Common Cause Education Fund
Community Voices Heard
Education Voters Institute
Families United for Racial & Economic Equality
Good Old Lower East Side
Housing Here and Now
Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
Long Island Immigrant Alliance
Make the Road NY
Metro Justice
Minkwon Center
New Immigrant Community Empowerment
New York City AIDS Housing Network
New York Immigration coalition
New York Jobs with Justice
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition
Public Policy and Education Fund of NY
Research and Education Project of Long Island
Russian American Voter Education League
South Asian Youth Action
Syracuse United Neighbors
Westchester Hispanic Coalition