ALIGN | The Alliance For a Greater New York

Contact Information

50 Broadway, Suite 1602
New York
(212) 631-0886

Our Mission

ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York’s mission is to create good jobs, vibrant communities, and an accountable democracy for all New Yorkers. Our work unites worker, community, and other allies to build a more just and sustainable New York. 

Our History

ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York was formed in 2011 through the merger of New York Jobs and Justice and Urban Agenda. With a track record of 25 years combined experience, our partnership and merger increased our collective resources and positioned us to win larger, more systemic change for our communities, our city and our state. From the beginning, we have focused on building a more sustainable economy and environment by winning concrete victories that build momentum to make greater victories possible.

Our Goal

As a coalition building organization, we build power to advance the movement for social and economic justice. Using organizing, policy and communications strategies, we develop, drive and win campaigns that increase opportunity for all, improve our environment, and hold government and corporations accountable.

Our Approach


We build strong coalitions in which organizations with varying missions and strategies can work together to achieve common goals, build long-term relationships and develop a collective vision that transcends individual campaigns, politics, geographies and organizational agendas. Our work has brought together labor, community-based, faith, student, policy, academic, business, political and other allies to win campaigns that make a real impact in our communities and shift power and resources toward more progressive ends.

»Advancing Innovative Policy Solutions

We produce timely analysis, action-oriented research and forward-thinking policy solutions for our campaigns. We also work closely with national and local policy experts and allies to interpret and design policy options that meet multiple coalition demands. We have driven innovative collaborations such as One City/One Future and the Green Collar Jobs Roadmap, which brought together diverse stakeholders to propose innovative and actionable policy solutions to make our city more equitable, livable and green.

»Building Power for Working People

We organize, train and build the capacity of people to take action by creating opportunities for community and labor leaders and grassroots rank-and-file members to come together outside of their organizations and across movement sectors for joint trainings, educational sessions, and civic engagement efforts. We have conducted non-partisan voter education and mobilization, built strong cross-sector relationships through trainings and statewide strategy sessions, organized grassroots actions, and garnered broad support for workers fighting for justice.

»Increasing Public Awareness

We use strategic communications and technology to educate, inform and organize stakeholders, opinion leaders and activists, and to promote progressive frames and messages in the media that shift public opinion about our issues. We have built out a communications infrastructure to quickly and effectively communicate our campaign messages and mobilize allies by tracking and responding to the media, launching a new website, and engaging our fast-growing activist base using social media and online advocacy tools.

News Articles

Partnership for Working Families | November 27, 2013

ALIGN and the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition launched an exciting new campaign to make the city’s trash industry cleaner, more efficient and better for workers and communities. Anchored by ALIGN, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16 & Local 813, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, more than 100 coalition members and supporters gathered at City Hall on October 2nd to launch the campaign.

Partnership for Working Families | November 6, 2013

More than sixty municipal waste professionals, progressive funders, environmental justice advocates, and worker justice leaders joined the Partnership-hosted “Transforming Trash for Jobs, Climate and Community Health” webinar on October 17. The webinar offered key lessons for people who want to build environmental and economic resilience by transforming trash and building a recycling economy in their own cities, and shared case studies from around the country.

Partnership for Working Families | November 26, 2012

On Black Friday, shoppers looking for holiday bargains weren’t the only ones at Walmart.  Walmart workers and supporters rallied in 1,000 protests across 46 states. The actions had two goals: educating shoppers about the abysmal working conditions in Wal-Mart stores and suppliers; and showing strong solidarity to prevent Walmart bosses from retaliating against participating workers.    

Alliance for a Greater New York | September 12, 2012

In July 2012, ALIGN and dozens of other members of the New York-New Jersey Coalition for Healthy Ports conducted a series of observational surveys at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey container ports to assess compliance with the Port Authority’s dirty truck ban and the efficacy of the two-year-old Clean Truck Program, designed to take dirty port trucks off the road.

Alliance for a Greater New York | September 11, 2012

As part of the effort to raise consciousness about the solid waste crisis in New York City, ALIGN and a growing coalition of community, labor, and policy organizations are coordinating the North American premiere of Trashed, a documentary film about the impact of solid waste on public health, the climate, and the environment.