Thursday, April 16, 2015

"The Hand That Feeds" Film Screening

"The Hand That Feeds" Film Screening by Atlanta Jobs with Justice
May 11, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM)


Plaza Theatre Atlanta: 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306


Tickets: $10 Suggested Donation;

            $5 Suggested Donation for Low-Income, Immigrants, & Students

Get Tickets: bit.ly/HandThatFeedsATL

Directed by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick, "The Hand That Feeds" is a poignant and timely documentary that follows a group of undocumented immigrant workers as they decide to fight back against their employer, a New York cafĂ©, by unionizing. In one year, they will have to overcome pressure from their bosses and dissidence within their own group as they receive the support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters. “The Hand that Feeds” puts a face to the daily struggle of thousands of undocumented immigrants.

Watch The Trailer:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

We need you there with us 4/15!

On April 15th (4/15), people of all walks of life will join together nationwide for a historic moment to fight for $15You won’t want to miss it.
http://bit.ly/415ATL
For every hard working minimum wage worker who dreams of a better future for their family — and for every person who believes that’s a dream worth fighting for, this is it. This is the day to be louder, stronger, and more united than we’ve ever been. Do it. Show your support: tell us you’re in for $15 on 4/15. And then, tell everyone you know.

You already know why this rally matters so much: the Fight for $15 is a fight for gender pay equality, racial justice, union rights and equal opportunity. It’s a fight for what’s right. While corporate executives, Wall Street investors and other one-percenters bounce back from the most serious economic recession in 100 years, everyone else continues to face a punishing, decades-long reality of stagnant wages. Too many of us are forced to choose between keeping a roof over our heads, paying our bills or feeding our kids.

On April 15, we are teaming up with other organizations across the United States to stand together to yell, “enough!” All of us: fast food cashiers and cooks, home care and childcare providers, college and university faculty, retail employees, airport workers, and anyone who believes in standing up for the rights of workersTogether we’re turning the tide in favor of working people and our families. And we’ll need everyone’s help — including yours — to make this a reality.

On April 15, we’re taking to the streets to participate in dozens of historic demonstrations in cities across the country — from Philadelphia, PA to Phoenix, AZ — to call for $15 an hour and a union rightsStand with us.

We’re fed up with working families being forced to survive on poverty wages, while being exploited by companies raking in billions of dollars of profit. On April 15, 2015, we are taking to the streets. Pledge today that you will stand up on April 15 and be one of millions demanding the fair pay, respect, and the future we deserve! We need to know we’ve got your support.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Take Action to Give Georgia a Raise!

Take Action Now at: bit.ly/RaiseGA

Georgia workers making just $7.25 an hour leaves a family of three stuck below the poverty line. We see everyday families and workers struggling to get by in our communities and neighborhoods for no reason. Workers deserve better pay and we can change their lives by making sure that Georgia State Legislators vote for our communities and our families this year by raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

We deserve better in our state, we deserve leaders and politicians that care about the needs of our families and communities.  We need Georgia State Legislators to walk into the capitol and show us that they have the backs of hardworking Georgians instead of big business and multinational corporations. We need them to vote in the interests of everyday working people and put the needs of our state's residents above all else.

Currently, our state minimum wage is $5.15. If it weren't for the Federal Government Minimum Wage at $7.25 thousands of workers in our state would be making even less than they already do.  All the while some Georgia Politicians claim that there is no need for a minimum wage at all. However, across the nation and especially here in Georgia, workers are standing up and saying that enough is enough.  Workers in our communities are demanding $15 an hour and won't rest until their wages are raised! Thousands of workers making minimum wages are demanding a raise in wages so they can take care of themselves and their families without having to rely on public assistance.

Friday, October 24, 2014

#WageExposed Top 5 Next Steps

1. Vote Early! You can find early vote locations at My Voter Page: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

2. Talk to your candidates! Call your state reps, senators, and statewide candidates and ask them these questions that matter to working families:
  • ATL Raise Up and Home Care Fight For 15: Will you do whatever it takes to help workers win $15 and hour and a union?
  • UNITE HERE Local 23: Do you commit to fighting for a living wage for all workers at the Atlanta Airport? Also, Where do you stand on raising the minimum wage and what steps will they take if elected to make it happen?
  • 9 to 5 Working Women Atlanta: Do you support policies like Ban the Box and other efforts to end employment discrimination against the formerly incarcerated?
  • IATSE LOCAL 927: What will you do to address the misclassification of Georgian Workers?
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance Atlanta Chapter: If elected, what do you plan to do to address the gap in health care left by our state not expanding Medicaid?
3. Help get out the vote! Tell your friends and neighbors to early vote, and join some upcoming get out the vote events:
  • Souls to the polls this weekend, Sunday the 19th and the following weekend, Sunday the 26th, churches all over Atlanta will be getting members of their congregation and community members out to vote. Locations:
    • First Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Ave SE
    • Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave NE at 11am
  • Get out the vote phone banking every Tues & Thursday 1 to 7pm at the Rush Center at 1530 Dekalb Ave - contact charmaine@9to5.org to sign up
  • Get out the vote phone banking between 4pm and 8pm for the Clayton County Transit initiative - contact angeliawilliams@ymail.com to sign up
  • #TakeOverPolls a march to the polls on Tuesday October 28th
4. Connect with our organizations! You can get more involved with Jobs with Justice, ATL Raise Up, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, 9to5 Atlanta, UNITE HERE Local 23, IATSE 927, AFSCME Local 3 and Workers United. Check them out on facebook and follow them on twitter at:
To get more involved with Jobs With Justice you can sign up for our email list at our website: www.atlantajwj.org, join our monthly meetings every 4th Tuesday of the Month, (next one on October 28th 6 - 8 pm at the Georgia Hill Community Center 250 Georgia Ave Room 309 Atlanta, GA 30312) and finally, if you are a part of an organization reach out to our organizer Neil Sardana (neil@atlantajwj.org | 404-913-9595) if you are interested in having your organization, union, or church join our coalition.

#WageExposed Worker Speakout & Election Forum

Atlanta Jobs with Justice kicked off its Low-Wage Workers Table by hosting the #WageExposed Worker Speakout and Election Forum on October 16th.

To start the speakout we honored our great leader and one of the original founders of Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Reverend James Orange. Our Organizing Director, Neil Sardana read a statement from Atlanta Jobs with Justice detailing his legacy of organizing and building leadership within the Atlanta community and in particular in support in building the Atlanta Jobs with Justice coalition. Reverend Orange's son Cleon Orange was in attendance to receive the dedication and tribute to his father on behalf of the Orange Family.

Reverend Greg Fann from AFSCME Local 3 moderated the #WageExposed event and introduced the panel of workers struggling for higher wages and respect on their jobs. The worker panel consisted of 5 workers who shared their personal struggles and organizing efforts as members of worker organizations that are affiliates of the Atlanta JwJ Coalition.


Speaking on the Worker Panel:
(Pictured above from left to right)
Valerie Redmond - NDWA Atlanta
Bernice Hancock - UNITE HERE 23
Colleen Higgins - 9 to 5 Atlanta
Chanel Simpson - Home Care Fight for 15
Antwon Brown - ATL Raise Up

We had two candidates running for GA statewide elected offices in attendance listening to and hearing testimony from the workers: Robbin Shipp running for Georgia Labor Commissioner and Daniel Blackmon running for Georgia Public Service Commission.


After the worker panel, we hosted an election forum for the candidates in attendance. They were each asked 6 questions by the workers on the panel representing the concerns and issues facing the organizations those workers represent. 
  1. ATL Raise Up & Home Care Fight For 15: Will you do whatever it takes to help workers win $15 and hour and a union?
  2. UNITE HERE Local 23: Do you commit to fighting for a living wage for all workers at the Atlanta Airport? Also, Where do you stand on raising the minimum wage and what steps will they take if elected to make it happen?
  3. 9 to 5 Working Women Atlanta: Do you support policies like Ban the Box and other efforts to end employment discrimination against the formerly incarcerated?
  4. IATSE LOCAL 927: What will you do to address the misclassification of Georgian Workers?
  5. National Domestic Workers Alliance Atlanta Chapter: If elected, what do you plan to do to address the gap in health care left by our state not expanding Medicaid?
  6. Atlanta Jobs with Justice: Are you willing to push for the reversal of unemployment benefit cuts to Georgia's School Workers? In what ways would you be willing to support these workers who will in crisis when they no longer will receive their unemployment benefits?