Friday, January 27, 2017

J'17 ATL --> DC Trip & Womens March

To kick our work in 2017, Atlanta Jobs with Justice organized and lead the J’17 ATL --> DC Young Leaders Unite Trip with 18 young leaders and community members from the Atlanta area. This trip was designed knowing that no matter who won the 2016 Presidential Election that we would need to turn up in DC and show the new administration that we are ready to take action, fight for our rights, and continue marching on a path towards justice with a progressive vision for our nation.

On the first full day in DC and the last day of the Obama Administration, we took our group to the National Museum of African American History & Culture. This was to ground ourselves in the history of our nation to better understand the roots of racial oppression in our nation and what it took for freedom fighters to move our nation forward from the age of slavery to the civil rights movement and then to the election of President Obama.

        

On the second day in DC, AtlantaJwJ hosted a strategy session to discuss our vision for 2017 (outlined below) and to discuss organizing strategies and perspectives on the Atlanta community towards the effort of moving forward on a long term effort of building and achieving a vision for a more just and progressive vision for Atlanta.
On the third day in DC, AtlantaJwJ lead our trip participants to the National Women’s March on DC on the National Mall. There we so many people at the March that it wasn’t possible to hear the speakers, so we provided some excitement and energy in the areas around our group. We lead several chants, played protest music, and got the energy up in the crowd around us.





On our last day in DC, AtlantaJwJ had a closing session and debrief with all our trip participants and then gave them the opportunity to take a walk to see major US Government institutions including the Supreme Court and the US Capitol Building.


Monday, October 17, 2016

The March to November 2016!

In our run up to the Nov 8, 2016 General Election, Atlanta JwJ has been busy getting workers registered and ready to vote in this crucial upcoming election. Check out all our updates from Fall 2016 below!

Atlanta JwJ Marches with Pride At Work ATL:
Atlanta JwJ joined the newly formed ATL Pride at Work chapter with CWA 3204 and Unite Here 23 to march in the 2016 Pride Parade. We had a blast and got the word out that we all need to #VoteWithJustice in the upcoming Nov election! "Queer workers united will never be defeated!"
#FightFor15 Rally Against Sexual Harassment & #VoteWithJustice Blitz:
On October 6th Atlanta JwJ join ATL Raise Up to speak out against sexual harassment on at work which is particularly rampant in the fast food industry. Later on Oct 14 & 15 we and ATL Raise Up came together for the #VoteWithJustice worker blitz in Atlanta, reaching out to workers across the city to turn up for the #FightFor15 by voting in the upcoming General Election on Nov 8th, 2016!

Many Rivers to Cross Festival:
We had a great time at the Many Rivers To Cross Festival which took part on Oct 1 & 2 outside the City of Atlanta. This was an amazing festival featuring musicians, artists, and community leaders supporting efforts to win justice for our communities in Georgia and across the nation.


Fulton For $15:
On September 21st, the Fulton County Commission approved, 5-2, increasing the base salary for County employees to $31,000 or $14.90/hr over the next five years. 

Labor Day 2016: 
Hope everyone had a great labor day this year! We would like to thank our partners at the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council for hosting us at their Annual Labor Day Celebration Picnic.
Back to School Roll Call Blitz:
The last week of August, we conducted our Back to School Roll Call Blitz & Voter Registration Drive where we sent people out to 216 worksites & had 1033 conversations and got 305 people pledged to vote about getting organized and prepared to vote in the upcoming 2016 Election.


Stop OSD Rally & Canvass:
-Atlanta JwJ rallied and canvassed with ATL for ALL to encourage our community to vote No on OSD/GA Ballot Proposal 1 that will allow the state to takeover schools! #VoteNoOSD.


Fight For $15 National Convention:
Atlanta JwJ went on the road with ATL Raise Up for the national #FightFor15 Convention in Richmond, VA.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

#VoteWithJustice 2016


Thursday, March 10, 2016

#MAYDAYATL 2016 Call To Action

#MAYDAYATL FESTIVAL 2016
Credit: Eric Drooker
MAY 1st, 2016
INTERNATIONAL WORKER’S DAY
1 - 6 pm at MLK Historic Site

bit.ly/MAYDAYATL

This year Atlanta Jobs with Justice and our coalition partners are excited to inaugurate a galvanizing leftist community gathering in honor of International Worker’s Day (May Day). Join us in making the #MAYDAYATL Festival 2016 a staple gathering this spring for all leftists in Metro Atlanta.

HISTORY

Credit: Molly Crabapple & John Leavitt
International Worker’s Day began May 1st, 130 years ago when more than 300,000 US workers walked off their jobs. That strike ensured that unregulated capitalists faced the power of people demanding prosperity and dignity for all or none. State violence and political imprisonment suppressed the working class uprising, but solid gains like the 8-hour workday were won in these struggles. For over 130 years, May Day has been a rallying point for people’s movements around the world. The history of May Day is extensive and diverse.

Here in the United States, A Phillip Randolph’s call to action for black workers to march on Washington against discrimination was made May 1st, 1941. In 2006, the US Immigrant Rights movement’s May 1st mobilizations rallied the country. Occupy Wall Street’s 2012 May Day call to action also harnessed the powerful history of this day. This year our #MAYDAYATL Festival looks to give grounded space for Georgia’s pride in economic and social justice movements. Rooted in the rich history of all who have resisted capitalist oppression here in Georgia and abroad, we will celebrate our history of struggle and victory. Lastly and most important!!! We said galvanizing right? Galvanizing for what?


CALL TO ACTION
Our coming together on May 1st is our political Mardi Gras in Georgia. From May 2nd through May 24th we have to unleash leftist power to show no confidence in any elected state official who is complacent about the Georgia minimum wage of $5.15 an hour, state school takeovers, legalized LGBTQ discrimination, restricted voting rights, mass incarceration and criminalization, failure to expand Medicaid, attacks on reproductive rights, attacks on immigrants, privatization and outsourcing of jobs — the list of crazy attacks against our communities is endless. The history is clear when we fight we win.

So this #MAYDAYATL is a festive call to take action the entire month of May. We don’t get another opportunity to shift power in this state until 2018. During the entire month of May, we call on the left community to stand up to any candidate or elected official complacent with the oppression of people in the State of Georgia. On May 24th we will #VoteWithJustice in our hearts and minds. Carpe diem Georgia leftists! On May 1st gather the family and let’s collectively ground our duty to bring progress to Georgia this May. We are calling on the progressive community to organize and mobilize this May. Know our state official’s positions on the issues and take direct action on complacent officials and candidates. Then we mobilize to the polls on May 24th to make it clear that change is here. We aren’t fazed by the presidential white supremacist foolery; we have real fish to fry come this May 24th and November 8th, 2016.


FESTIVAL

#MAYDAYATL is for our entire community to join the movement. We rally and march year round often with our neighbors cheering us from the sidelines. Not this May 1st. Let us bring our neighbors into this movement by showing our pride in our work and celebrating our connections to the history of people’s movements. We will roll out the good music, good food, grounded history, political education, costumes, amazing ARTivism, and lots and lots of FUN!! So get your political costumes and art together for #MAYDAYATL. We will be announcing the winner of the BeyoncĂ© Formation Concert tickets at the festival. Like Mardi Gras we know this family friendly party is for the real work in the month ahead.
ARTivism
We are excited for #MAYDAYATL to showcase the beauty of organizing and ARTivism. Thus, WE NEED ALL LEFTIST ARTISTS ON DECK!!!

Organizations
Credit: Xavier Viramontes
Show your organizational pride at the festival. Grab all your creative members and come up with how you will represent your mission and history. We are excited to pair local artists with Atlanta Jobs with Justice coalition members to help create great visuals for the festival. Please fill out this form if your organization is interested in being paired with a local artist or want to display a visual for your organization at the festival.

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE MUST BE IN BY APRIL 7TH, 2016 AT: bit.ly/MAYDAYATLRegistration



Credit: Barbara Jones-Hogu
ARTivists
We are excited to showcase ARTivist musicians, performance artist, and visual artist. Visual ARTivists have an opportunity to be paired with a social justice organization to create an amazing visual for the festival environment. If you are interested in doing visual, musical, spoken word, or performance art please fill out this form.

ARTivists MUST SIGN UP BY APRIL 7TH, 2016 AT: bit.ly/MAYDAYATLRegistration

Credit: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
JustART SHOWCASE
Art connected to Atlanta and Georgia social justice movements is highly encouraged. Art connected to international justice movements is also encouraged. Please fill out this form if you are interested in submitting work to the special JustART Showcase.

JustART SHOWCASE SUBMISSIONS MUST BE ENTERED BY APRIL 7TH AT: bit.ly/MAYDAYATLRegistration


VENDORS & ORGANIZATION TABLES

The #MAYDAYATL Festival will have a space for organizations to showcase their work and for vendors to sell their products and services. We want to include vendors and organizations that are committed to our communities and are relevant to the values and struggles highlighted in the #MAYDAYATL Festival.

We ask that all vendors and organizations joining our festival join us in a manner that is respectful and inclusive of all the diverse identities represented in the festival.
REQUESTS FOR VENDOR/ORGANIZATION TABLES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY APRIL 7TH, 2016 AT: bit.ly/MAYDAYATLRegistration

SUPPORT & MEMBERSHIP

#MAYDAYATL is just a few weeks away, so we need lots of support to make this festival great. In addition to preparing your festive swag, we ask you to join the festival planning committee (Email admin@atlantajwj.org to join). If you are unable to give your time, please make a donation to the success of this event. DO it NOW please and thanks! Don’t forget that every person who becomes an Atlanta Jobs with Justice member or donates time, or money before April 23rd is entered into Atlanta JwJ’s contest to win two BeyoncĂ© Formation Concert tickets. This concert is also on May 1st after the festival and two lucky Atlanta Jobs with Justice members will have an extra extra special #MAYDAYATL!

SAVE THE DATE: MAY 1ST 2016

At the very least save the date: May 1st - #MAYDAYATL and tell a neighbor there is a progressive festival with a purpose coming to town. We look forward to working with the artist community. Coalition members, let’s make this festival a righteous celebration honoring people’s movements and grounding us for a month of action to bring progressive values to Georgia.

Atlanta Jobs with Justice #MAYDAYATL Committee


#MAYDAYATL REQUEST & REGISTRATION FORM: bit.ly/MAYDAYATLRegistration