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Rachel Laforest

 

 

WATCH: Rachel Laforest on Bill Moyers, discussing the Fight for Fairness with LAANE co-founder Madeline Janis

Rachel LaForest, Right to the City

New York, NY

 

Rachel LaForest is a social activist and community organizer. Since 2011, she has served as executive director of Right to the City, a nationwide organization dedicated to halting the displacement of low-income individuals, people of color, and other marginalized groups from urban neighborhoods.

 

 

 

WHY WE LOVE RACHEL AND RIGHT TO THE CITY:

  • Under Rachel’s watch, Right to the City has grown into a national alliance of economic, environmental, and racial justice organizations in 11 states
  • Rachel knows how to get people organized — she once led a union of 35,000 New York City transit workers, organizing large-scale strikes and demonstrations, including the 2005 NYC transit strike
  • LaForest fought to raise the New York State minimum wage by $2 — and succeeded!