Advocacy & Community Organizing

Activists hold signs reading Homes not Hotels
Our Law Project and tenant activists rallying with Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal to defend affordable housing in 2016

Goddard Riverside advocates on local, state, and federal budget and policy issues of concern to our community. We also organize legislative forums and candidate debates and encourage civic participation throughout the community. Our advocacy work is strictly non-partisan.

Voting and Census

Goddard Riverside believes strongly in voting and participating in the Census as a vital part of being an American. This year has brought unique challenges, so we want to make sure you have all the information you need to do both.


This count of all Americans, which happens every ten years, is crucial to making sure New Yorkers are fully represented in Congress and fully funded in the federal budget. COVID has wreaked havoc on the Census’ traditional outreach methods. In addition, the Trump administration, after agreeing to extend the reporting period to October 31, has done an about-face and shortened it to September 30. Former Census Bureau directors say that will make it exceedingly difficult to get an accurate count. 

What you can do: First, if you haven’t yet, go to and fill out your form! It only takes a minute and you don’t need to have any information or ID on hand. 

Then, ask everyone you know if they’ve done their Census! If they need help, walk them through the process. Response rates have been low for people who left the city to escape COVID, so reach out to anyone you know who fits that description.

Lastly, visit the NYC Census website to help spread the word! They have great tools to help you contact friends and family, as well as opportunities to volunteer. 


You must register to vote by October 9 to participate in the November election. Register here: or confirm your registration:

Absentee: If you won’t be in the city on November 3, or you don’t want to vote in person due to COVID concerns, you should request an absentee ballot right away. There are several ways to do this, including phone, email and online. Request your ballot here:

  • You must apply for your ballot remotely by October 27, 2020 or in-person by November 2, 2020
  • Ballots will be mailed beginning on/after September 18, 2020.
  • They must be postmarked by November 3 and reach the Board of Elections no more than 7 days after the election.

Given uncertainties about the status of the Post Office, do everything early to be sure your vote is counted!

Early Voting: New York will allow voters to cast ballots from Saturday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 1. There will be fewer polling places than on election day so you will probably not be voting at your usual site. Find your Early Voting location here:

Election Day Voting: Polls will be open as usual on November 3. Check your polling site here:

Current Campaigns

Click on the links below to learn more and take action.

  • Goddard Riverside is a proud member of the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition. We helped win the nation’s first law guaranteeing legal representation to low-income residents in Housing Court. We are now working with the coalition on a number of goals including canceling rent for New Yorkers in light of the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • We believe deeply that Black Lives Matter. Please read a statement from Executive Director Roderick L. Jones here.

Larry Wood

Director of Organizing

593 Columbus Ave.

New York, NY 10024