We the people

Educational Alliance’s Initiative Against Hate

Following the 2016 presidential election, there has been an increase in hate speech and hate crimes in New York City targeting religious, racial, and ethnic minorities. We are doubling down on our work to ensure that every person, regardless of their color, language, or creed will be treated with respect.

To that end, we are proud to announce our “We the People” initiative, promoting inclusiveness and protection from the hateful and divisive rhetoric targeted at vulnerable populations, including immigrants, Muslims, Jews and LGBTQ+ youth served by EA.

Below you will find a list of community resources organized by Educational Alliance along with ways that you can get involved. The Lower East Side and East Village remain a place where all people are welcome and we’re here to ensure it stays that way.

Community Partner Program

We invite businesses in the Lower East Side and East Village to join our movement as Community Partners. Our partners across the city have our “Everyone is Welcome” graphic (pictured above) displayed in their storefront, signifying that they stand with us and that their establishment is a place where all are welcome. If you are interested in becoming a community partner, please reach out to Director of External Engagement Brittany Spatz at bspatz@edalliance.org.

Community Resources


Parenting Support | New Parents Group, Breastfeeding Support, Newborn Care and other free classes at our Parenting Center. Call 646.395.4251


Job Support | One-on-One Counseling, Resume Help, Computer Lab and other job support services at our Educational Alliance Job Services. Call 646.395.4260

Teen Support | Mentoring, College Preparation, Recreational Activities and other services at our Teen Center. Call 646.395.4295

ESL/GED Classes | Tuition free ESL & high school equivalency (GED) classes at Manny Cantor Center’s new sister site: Educational Alliance’s Center for Recovery & Wellness. Call 646-395-4384

Older Adults

Benefits Enrollment |Medicaid, Medical Services Plan, Nutrition Assistance, Housing Rent & Heating Bill Assistance at Weinberg Center. Call 646.395.4270

Social Services | Long-term care planning, Crisis Intervention, Supportive Counseling at Weinberg Center. Call 646.395.4270

Meals & Activities | Breakfast & Lunch, Stress Management Workshops, Exercise Classes and other activities. Call 646.395.4270

Get Community Help in the Lower East Side

Free Mental Health Services, Benefits Screening, and Legal & Financial Services available at:

Henry Street Neighborhood Resource Center 

University Settlement

Get Immigration Help in the Lower East Side, New York City, and Nation-Wide

Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC  | 139 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002 | Immigration-Related legal and other services for  immigrants, refugees, asylees, and their families.

Guide to Immigration & Citizenship Resources in NYC 

Legal Aid Society: Immigration Concerns Under President Trump

Immigrant Legal Resource Center Guide To What Immigrants Can Do Now

ACLU Know Your Rights Guide

Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s Message to Immigrant New Yorkers

Get Centered

Mental Health Support Hotline | Call or text NYC-Well or txt WELL to 65173, if you or your loved one is feeling anxious about the future. Free & confidential.

Trauma, Social Media & Self Care: Tips to balance social media usage and self-care

How You Can Help: Get Involved

Yes, I’ll Walk My Neighbor NYC | Sign Up To accompany neighbors on their commute in light of recent harassment spikes.

Yes, I’ll Lend A Hand | Volunteer at Manny Cantor Center to translate materials into English and Spanish, teacher computer class, serve lunch to older adults in the community and more.

What To Do If…

You witness harassment

You witness every-day bigotry

You experience Islamophobic harassment

For Parents

Your kids ask about the post-election environment

For Educators

Your students ask about the post-election environment 

Practical ways to get involved 

For Teens

You are harassed in school

You are stopped or questioned by the police