Become a Legal Observer
Ever notice the folks in green hats at your last protest? Established in 1968, the Legal Observer Program was designed to deter interference with mass assemblies by creating a watchdog-type role. Observers are trained and overseen by attorneys who are members of the National Lawyers Guild. Email the NYC Chapter to sign up for their next training: firstname.lastname@example.org. Not currently living near campus? Find your local chapter here: https://www.nlg.org/chapters/#northeast
Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness' NYC-Metro Chapter (NAMI) in supporting those with mental health support needs. NAMI's #IWILLLISTEN campaign provides resources and information for allies, and includes free access to a classic/contemporary rock album titled #IWILLLISTEN: songs to break the stigma of mental illness. Find out more here.
NYC Jails Action Coalition
Rates of psychiatric comorbidities are notoriously high in jail and prison populations. NYC JAC continues ongoing initiatives to abolish solitary confinement and end sexual abuse of incarcerated persons, among other advocacy work. Get involved at their upcoming general body meeting on Monday, February 24th at 6pm, and find more info about this organization here.