Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: More than Fifty Georgia Elected Officials, Faith, Community, and Labor Leaders Condemn ICE Raids

For Immediate Release
More than Fifty Georgia Elected Officials, Faith, Community, and Labor Leaders Condemn ICE Raids
Atlanta – The Georgia #Not1More coalition today released a statement condemning the recent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which targeted Central American women and children seeking asylum in this country.  “It is deeply troubling for ICE to target mothers and children seeking refuge from persecution, murder, and torture in their home countries in Central America for deportation back to those same conditions and worse,” read the statement signed by more than fifty elected officials, faith, community, and labor leaders.
“I deplore these recent raids by ICE.  How can they defend deporting women and children who fled for their lives from violence?  Surely we should shelter those seeking refuge here from rape and murder.  We call on ICE to stop these raids,” said State Senator Nan Orrock.
The signers called for ICE to immediately halt the raids and for the federal government to provide a fair process for asylum-seekers to pursue their claims.  Representatives of the Georgia #Not1More coalition hailed the statement and further denounced the raids.
“Georgia community leaders are horrified by the raids targeting women and children seeking a safe haven in our state.  Such tactics of intimidation and deception have no place in Georgia.” – Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South.
“We urge an independent investigation of the ICE office here to uncover and stop its abuses. It’s not a coincidence that the raids centered on Georgia where ICE agents are well practiced at intimidation tactics to get into our homes. We denounce the Obama Administration as it authorized, coordinated, and executed such actions against families who have been forced to flee horrible and violent conditions in their homelands.” – Adelina Nicholls, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR).
“The latest round of raids and intimidation from ICE is not new, and once again, the lives of immigrant families, refugees, mothers and children become nothing more than numbers in a national deportation quota.  We are proud to stand with political and community leaders of this region and Georgia who say no more to these deportation-driven operations that sow fear where we see sanctuary and possibility. ” – Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Southerners On New Ground (SONG).
“We can all agree that mothers and children who have fled violence and oppression in their home countries to live and work in Georgia should not be made victims a second time by a rogue agency. The breadth of support for this statement shows that these raid tactics do not have the general support of our communities or our leaders and should stop immediately.” – Xochitl Bervera, Racial Justice Action Center.
“These women and children have fled from Central America to our nation for asylum and safety.  Our political leaders need to welcome them into our nation with open arms instead of deporting them potentially to their deaths.” – Neil Sardana, Atlanta Jobs with Justice.
Georgia #Not1More coalition is a coalition made up of: Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Southerners On New Ground (SONG), Project South, Atlanta Jobs with Justice, US Human Rights Network, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Georgia WAND, Racial Action Justice Center, coalicion de lideres latinos-CLILA, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Southeastern Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN), Women Watch Afrika, Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, Georgia Detention Watch, GA Moral Mondays, and American Friends Service Committee – Atlanta.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy New Year, Let's Hit the Ground Running!

Happy New Year! Atlanta Jobs with Justice Members, partners, and supporters.

2016 is here and we are getting geared up for the year's work. Our new staff duo of Executive Director, Shannan Reaze and Coalition Coordinator, Neil Sardana are focused on growing the organization
We are excited to focus on four areas that strategically build our coalition’s power to win progressive economic change for Georgia

Increasing Wages - We look forward to contributing energy that helps expand the conversation and efforts to increase Georgia's minimum wage. $5.15 is a joke and nobody can survive on $7.25. Our efforts will help unleash the power to win wage policies that reflect the needs of Georgia workers and families. We will continue to support coalition partners with efforts like the #Fightfor15 in both public and private sectors. With rising interest rates, housing costs, healthcare costs, etc. our efforts to raise wages for Georgia workers are imperative workers and families.'s base and strengthening our networks.

Healthcare Access - 2 million Georgians are still uninsured and almost half live in the metro Atlanta area. The state's failure to expand Medicaid in addition to the high numbers of Georgians still unable to afford health insurance is an undue burden on Georgia workers and families. Inaction by federal and state government is unacceptable. We will be exploring ways that our organization can effect meaningful change on this issue. Stay tuned, because we have to stay healthy to win!

#Not1More Deportation - We look forward to continue coordinating with the Georgia #Not1More Coalition in our efforts to stop the profiling, detention, and deportation of immigrants from Georgia. As we speak, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) is ramping up raids splitting up Georgia's immigrant families. ICE is coordinating with local law enforcement and building their presence in the local jails to expand their draconian practices in targeting immigrants. We are coordinating with immigrant communities to challenge these raids and prevent the collaboration with local law enforcement and ICE.

Grow Our Power Show Our Power - Georgia’s elections in 2016, 2017, and 2018 matter. In light of everything above and the many other issues our members and partners are working hard on, we know we need change in Georgia’s Tuxedo Park. We look forward to launching voter registration and engagement efforts that help us grow our power and show it in the streets and at the polls. We have to get excited in 2016 and stay engaged because we are on a hunt for an Atlanta Mayor we can be proud of in 2017, and winning the Governor’s Mansion in 2018.

We will make the most of our added capacity at Atlanta Jobs with Justice. We look forward to working with our members, partners, and community to have a powerful year for our organization as well as Georgia's workers and families. 

Please see the events, meetings and activities Atlanta Jobs with Justice will host in 2016: bit.ly/AtlantaJwJ2016cal

Friday, November 6, 2015

We STRIKE for Care! on Nov 10th

Seniors, people with disabilities, & their families are joining the #FightFor15!
We Are Caring Across Generations! November 10th: 5 PM
Make sure to join the Caring Across Generations contingent of home care workers, seniors, people with disabilities, and their families on Nov 10th in front of Atlanta City Hall. We will all be standing together!

Transport: Starting at 4pm "Care"avan Shuttle to and from ATL City Hall
Meet and park at IBEW Building Lot: 501 Pulliam St SW Atlanta, GA 30312

Call: 404-913-9595 if you have any questions.

Seniors, people with disabilities, allies, and their families are all joining the #FIGHTFOR15 on the November 10th National Day of Action! We will all be standing in solidarity with our home care workers and all underpaid workers across Atlanta ON STRIKE to fight for fair wages, the right to form a union for all workers, and for affordable and accessible home care services for all in need.

We are calling on our elected representatives to use their power to make decent wages at a minimum of $15 an hour a reality in the State of Georgia.

We are also demanding that our elected leaders fix our broken care system to make it work for all care workers, care clients, and families including providing full affordable access to home care services for all in need. When we come together we can make a difference for generations to come!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Atlanta Says Shut It Down! Mass Mobilization to #StopTPP

Thursday, October 1 • 12 - 7 pm

Make Some Noise #StopTPP Rally: 12 - 2 pm

(Bring instruments & noisemakers)
The People Shut It Down! #StopTPP Mass Rally: 5 - 7 pm

Gather For Rallies At: Woodruff Park - International Peace Fountain
Peachtree St & Auburn Ave • Downtown Atlanta, GA (Map: bit.ly/ATLStopTPPMap)

Website: bit.ly/ATLStopTPP

Contact: StopTPP@atlantajwj.org | 404-913-9595

The Atlanta #StopTPP Coalition calls on all allies across the US and the world to join us on Oct 1st to Shut It Down to #StopTPP!

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks are coming to Atlanta in an effort to finalize the pro-corporate deal, the Atlanta  #StopTPP Coalition and the broader Atlanta community says, “Shut it down!” We as citizens in the global community won’t stand for a wholesale auction of our rights, our freedoms, and our democracy to multinational corporations who put profits over people.

Community members and concerned citizens from labor, faith, youth, senior, environment, LGBT, and others are coming together and inviting all within our United States and the global community to draw a line in the sand in Atlanta and to demand that the TPP shall not pass!

We will not stand for the TPP corrupting our democracy and eliminating our rights by putting corporations such as Walmart, Chevron, Cargill, and McDonalds in greater control of our daily lives leading us into a global race to the bottom. The undemocratic and secretive TPP would threaten good jobs, public services, access to affordable life-saving medicines, the environment and our climate, consumer health and safety and much more in our communities across the world.

We call on all allies across the world to join the Atlanta community on Oct 1st as we take on the TPP! We shall not be moved, we shall #StopTPP!

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Regional Transportation Info: bit.ly/ATLStopTPPTransportation

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Atlanta Jobs with Justice is Caring Across Generations

Atlanta Jobs with Justice is launching a brand new campaign to organize seniors to revolutionize the home care industry in Georgia and across the nation. Atlanta Jobs with Justice is Caring Across Generations!

What is Caring Across Generations?
Caring Across Generations is a campaign organized by Atlanta Jobs with Justice as a part of a national movement to transform the way we care in this country. We are harnessing the power of social action, storytelling, and grassroots organizing to spark connections across generations, strengthen family and caregiving relationships, and call for policy solutions for all to live and age with independence and dignity.

Why Now?
The demographics of our country are changing. And so is our culture. Every eight seconds, another baby boomer turns 65. Our population is about to be older than it has ever been. Far from a crisis though, our “Elder Boom” is a blessing. We’re living longer and have the opportunity to spend more time together. The question is how we live as we age.

Right now, our country has no comprehensive plan to care for our aging parents and grandparents, despite the fact that seven out of ten of us will need some form of long-term care at some point, due to disability or the simple process of getting older. And while the vast majority of us – 90% in fact – would prefer to age at home instead of a nursing home, our only care option is still too often a dehumanizing institution.

Care is not and doesn’t have to be confined to institutions. We have an unprecedented opportunity to bring care back home – where we feel most safe and secure and surrounded by love – and to create much needed quality home care jobs in the process. We can build the care infrastructure we need to address the realities and values of 21st-century families.

We Believe That
  • Everyone should have access to quality, dignified, affordable care choices. Families shouldn’t have to bear the burden of caregiving alone.
  • Caregiving can create jobs and contribute to local communities.Caregiving jobs should be good jobs, with adequate wages and benefits.
  • Home care workers should be able to build their skills to provide higher quality care, and should have a clearly defined career ladder to climb.
  • Quality care and a strong home care workforce requires an improved immigration system.

How Do We Work?
  • Caring Across Generations is building a “caring majority” by executing on four program areas: culture change work; local, state and federal policy advocacy; online campaigning; and field activities and civic engagement.
  • We are a part of a national coalition of more than 200 labor, consumer, advocacy, and policy organizations. We are advocating for a comprehensive approach to long-term care that expands and supports a strong home care workforce and makes care both affordable and accessible.
  • Working with the entertainment, advertising, and media industries, we are using storytelling to shift how Americans feel and instead create a culture that embraces aging, multigenerational relationships, and the value of care.
  • We are working to protect what we have already earned. Programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are essential for a decent quality of life for seniors, people with disabilities, and their caregivers.

How Can I Learn More and Join the Movement?
  • Join us online: www.atlantajwj.org | facebook.com/AtlantaJwJ | twitter @AtlantaJwJ
  • Contact Us at: caring@atlantajwj.org or reach out to our Senior Organizers:
    • Jean Davis: 404-219-4847
    • Chuck Ware: 770-377-6795