Close Rikers protest in front of City Hall. A man with locs looks down in the background, while another bald man in glasses holds a megaphone.

Policy & Advocacy

Trinity Church Wall Street has a long history of advancing social justice in alignment with our belief that every person is created in the image of God and has dignity and value. This page details our current advocacy priorities, which are informed by, build on, and complement efforts across the church including our direct services, programming, grantmaking, mission investing, convenings, and neighborhood supports. They also reflect the urgency of the moment as our city strives for an equitable recovery, recognizing that those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout are Black and brown New Yorkers.  

While the challenges facing the city are great, so is the opportunity to foster systemic change and ensure the well-being of our most marginalized neighbors, particularly youth. As such, Trinity uses a multi-pronged approach to support young people that integrates direct services, programming, grantmaking, and advocacy efforts. These and additional priorities are detailed below. To move them forward, we leverage Trinity’s resources and standing as a faith-based anchor institution. We also join campaigns, collaborate with those with lived experience, service and advocacy allies and policymakers, and engage in targeted government relations and communications efforts.  

Testimony to City Council

Trinity has testified before NYC City Council to support policies and provide policy recommendations in key areas to improve the lives of our neighbors and fellow New Yorkers. Click through to read the full testimonials.