The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is a new national organization based in New York City that promotes equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy by partnering with grassroots organizations around the country to build power and transform the state and local policy landscape.
Working with base-building groups in North Carolina, New York, Maryland, Colorado and elsewhere, CPD provides legal and strategic support on state and local legislative campaigns that advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda. CPD also collaborates with emerging grassroots groups as they develop and refine their community organizing methodology and internal management, fundraising and communications infrastructure.
CPD grows out of the successful policy innovation and community-based organizing model of Make the Road New York (MRNY), a membership-based organization of more than 9,500 low-income, primarily immigrant New Yorkers. CPD will bring MRNY's model to scale, achieving and replicating high impact city and state victories that working families can see, touch and feel every day, while also helping to build a base for a broader shift in values and national priorities.