Oona currently serves as one of the co-Executive Directors of her organization. She is also an Ashoka Fellow! Over the decade of the organization’s existence, MRBW expanded substantially, adding a Workplace Justice Project, LGBT organizing project, and Youth Power Project in 1998 and an Environmental Justice Project in 1999. In subsequent years, MRBW began working on public education reform and healthcare access, expanded its legal team, grew the Adult Education Program, helped to found the Bushwick School for Social Justice, and deepened work with students in public high schools. Finally, in 2007, Make the Road New York (MRNY) was created through the merger of Make the Road by Walking and the Latin American Integration Center, two of New York City’s most innovative and effective grassroots organizations.
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Oona Chatterjee co-founded Make the Road by Walking, an organization based in Brooklyn, NY. Emphasizing education and collective action, Oona has helped her community secure expanded welfare and legal services, create a food pantry capable of feeding 500 people, and mobilized community residents behind youth empowerment and a cleaner environment.
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