Thursday, November 29, 2012

**Event Cancelled** Mark Harris, We Will Do What it Takes to Save Your Home!

On Monday December 10th join Mark Harris, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta (OOHA), Teamsters Local 728, Atlanta Jobs with Justice, and American Friends Service Committee for a candle light vigil and prayer at the home of Catherine "Candy" Lasher, the regional director of Fannie Mae. Candy can decide whether or not to throw Mark Harris - A US Desert Storm Veteran and 20 year UPS Teamster out of his home.

December 10th is "Human Rights Day" and what better way to celebrate than lifting up the need for fair housing for all people, including US combat veterans.

1/3 of Atlanta's homeless population are US veterans, and for every one of them there are six empty homes, many of which are owned by Fannie Mae. Atlanta doesn't need another homeless combat vet, and we don't need another boarded up eyesore in our community.

This marks a critical turning point where worker organizations are taking a stand against the greed of Fannie Mae. We understand the leading cause of foreclosure is unemployment. We need full and fair employment for our community members and we will to fight to keep workers in their homes. Unions stand with workers inside and outside the workplace.

Our message to Catherine "Candy" Lasher and Fannie Mae: "We are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep Mark Harris in his home." 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Right to Organize in the South. Justice for School Workers.

Atlanta Jobs with Justice travelled to the School of the Americas (SoA) Protest at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA to stand with unlawfully fired school bus drivers that were organizing for better working conditions on the job.  Taylor Motors, a contracted company on the military base fired Miss Glenda and Miss Olivia for their leadership in the work place.

This effort is part of the Justice for School Workers campaign that aims to reinstate all earned unemployment benefits (WITH FULL BACK PAY) for Georgia School Workers as well as organize Georgia school workers in a broad, transformative way.  The Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler unilaterally denied earned unemployment benefits to 64,000 Georgia School Workers for the first time this summer (many school workers get laid off over the summer and other school breaks), throwing many workers into economic devastation.

We will not tolerate any employer that blatantly violates protected union organizing activity in our state of Georgia.  Taylor Motors is a federal contractor and therefore must be held to basic standards outlined for all federal contractors.

We met with Taylor Motors bus drivers including Miss Olivia as well as UNITE HERE to collect petition signatures in support of the bus drivers.  We collected over 1300 petition signatures in support of the drivers in just 1.5 days!

We would like to thank the good people of SoA Watch for their consistent and effective organizing against US imperialism in the Southern Hemisphere and their willingness to support a broad agenda for economic and social justice. With no prior notice, SoA watch listened to the plight of the bus drivers and gave a big shout out to the work here:

And we want to give a big shout out to Connie Jones who collected 168 petition signatures in support of the school bus drivers !!!!!!  Check out Connie working her magic below:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stand Up with Unlawfully Fired School Bus Drivers at the School of the Americas Protest.

Justice for School Workers.

Every November, thousands of social justice activists gather at the School of the America's (SoA) in Columbus, GA to protest the school that has trained Latin American soldiers to murder and shut down political dissidents and democratically elected governments in the region.

Atlanta Jobs with Justice will be going to Columbus, GA specifically to support two recently fired bus drivers (Miss Glenda and Miss Olivia) who worked at Ft. Benning.  Miss Glenda and Miss Olivia are leaders in the "Justice fo
r School Workers" campaign that aims to reinstate unemployment benefits denied to laid off Georgia school workers and organize for union protection on the job.  This led into union organizing in their workplace where they are both dynamic leaders. Miss Glenda and Miss Olivia were unlawfully fired by their company (Taylor Motors - which has a contract at the military base) because they were standing up for their rights on the job. The company made this move to intimidate other workers out of organizing. We cannot tolerate any acts of retaliation against organizing workers in our state. We must hold this company accountable.

We will provide transportation and lodging for anyone that is willing to put 2 hours of time into collecting petition signatures and spreading awareness at the SoA protest in support of Miss Glenda and Miss Olivia. The rest of the time, feel free to enjoy the general events. This event is critical because there will be thousands of social justice advocates converging in Columbus, GA.... And we know that Taylor Motors holds federal contracts throughout the Southeastern United States. We aim to raise awareness and push for action against Taylor Motors until they agree to rehire Miss Olivia and Miss Glenda.

We will meet at our office location at 7:00 am in order to car pool down to the SoA protest. Our office is located here: 250 Georgia Ave. Room 309 Atlanta, GA 30312. Meet in the parking lot. We would like to offer two options for participants to either return from Columbus later on the night of November 17th, or stay the night in Columbus and return to Atlanta the afternoon of November 18th.

Join the Facebook Event HERE

HERE is more information about the School of the Americas (SoA) schedule of events and history

HERE is more information about the Justice for School Workers Campaign

Hold Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler accountable.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Meet Our Elected Leadership.

Charmaine Davis is Co-Chair elect of Atlanta Jobs with Justice and is the Georgia State Director of 9to5 Working Women.
Charmaine Davis is originally from Lorain, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2005 with a BA in both Political Science and African American Studies.  After graduating from Ohio State Charmaine became a political organizer with the national organization Project Vote. The first campaign Charmaine worked on was the Minimum Wage campaign in Ohio. She recruited, trained and managed a staff of over 40 field canvassers who collected over 250,000 petition signatures from registered Ohio voters who supported raising the state minimum wage. The initiative made it on the Ohio ballot in 2006. Charmaine helped to mobilize Ohio voters to vote in favor of it. Charmaine successfully helped to raise the minimum wage in Ohio from $5.15 to $6.85. This was a huge victory for low-wage workers in Ohio.
In 2007 as a community organizer in Flint, Michigan, Charmaine built the membership of Young Urban Voters, a branch of Project Vote, to over 2,500 members. She had the opportunity to work with and develop many young adults and into active community leaders through one-on-one meetings and mentoring. Later in 2007, she was promoted to national staff with Project Vote; she managed several voter registration drives across the country that registered more than 1 million voters.
In 2010 Charmaine moved to Atlanta to become the Lead Organizer for the Atlanta chapter of 9to5, The National Association of Working Women where she is continuing to help build a movement to achieve economic justice by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions.


Ben Speight is Co-Chair elect of Atlanta Jobs with Justice and the Organizing Director of Teamsters Local 728. Teamsters Local 728 is comprised of 7,000 truck drivers and helpers in Georgia.  Speight is a 14 year veteran of social and economic justice struggles in Georgia and in the last year has organized over 1,000 workers in the Atlanta and Savannah areas. Speight also works in solidarity with the immigrant rights movement and serves on the board of WRFG community radio.


George Kimbrough Johnson is the Chair of the Atlanta Jobs with Justice Workers' Rights Board A native of Houston, TX, George Kimbrough Johnson is a 1996 recipient of a Master of Divinity degree from The Chicago Theological Seminary and a 1993 cum laude graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.
He is the former College Chaplain and Instructor of Religion and Ethics of Wiley College in Marshall, Tex. He served as Pastor of the Corona Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Corona , NY (New York City-Queens), New Birth United Methodist Church of Longview, TX., Bethel United Methodist Church of Queen City, TX., and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church congregations of Jefferson and Texarkana, TX.
Johnson’s ministerial service has been enhanced by his participation as a student intern and ambassador for The Black College Fund of The United Methodist Church, as well as his experiences in missionary work South Africa and Namibia.
Johnson is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was inspired to join this fraternal organization by the example of his former pastor, Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. of the Oklahoma Annual Conference. He was initiated into the Delta Ganna Boule of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity in Tyler, TX.
He currently serves on the ministerial staff of the Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Atlanta, GA and as the Chair of the Workers' Rights Board of Atlanta Jobs with Justice. 
His greatest accomplishment is marrying his college sweetheart, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Rev. Maria Church Johnson, Pastor of the Richards Chapel United Methodist Church of Covington, GA.


Milt Tambor is the elected Treasurer of Atlanta Jobs with Justice and Chair of the Metro Atlanta DSA.  Milt moved to Atlanta from Detroit in 2001 and is currently retired. He worked for Michigan American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 25 as a staff representative and education coordinator. As staff representative he represented public sector workers in collective bargaining and grievance appeals. As labor educator he conducted classes in collective bargaining, steward training, labor history, economics, strategic planning and health and safety. With a Ph.D. in Sociology, Milt also taught classes as an adjunct faculty at Wayne State University's School of Social Work.

Neil Sardana is the elected secretary of Atlanta Jobs with Justice. He is originally from Metro Detroit and holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan where he focused on social policy advocacy, community-based health promotion, community organizing, and economic development. Most recently, Neil worked as a public health analyst in Atlanta, GA and focused on issues of health disparities, environmental justice, food security and nutrition, access to healthcare, and chronic disease. Previously, he worked as urban planning and development researcher on issues of employment, economics, education, land use, and demographics. As an organizer and social justice educator, Neil has collaborated with labor unions, community organizations, student activists, and NGOs around the defense of human rights rights, fairness and equality, economic justice, and the environment. In Atlanta, Neil has focused on building Atlanta Jobs with Justice, supported worker’s rights campaigns, and he organized with Healthcare Now Georgia focusing on the right to healthcare.
As a student, Neil worked with labor unions in South Africa and Cambodia, assisting them with their organizing campaigns, communications to partners and employers, and research efforts. He also worked with Amnesty International India in supporting the development of a campaign to repeal India’s draconian Armed Forces Specials Powers Act, 1958.  He was a leader with the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) serving as a member of the group’s Coordinating Committee and as a leader at USAS affiliates at Michigan State University and University of Michigan.  Neil was a social justice educator at the University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations, where he taught a course on intergroup dialogue, social identities, and anti-oppression. During his time as angraduate student instructor he served as steward for the U of M GraduateEmployees' Organization. 


Roger Sikes is the Organizing Director of Atlanta Jobs with Justice.  He built campaigns in collaboration with food service workers and students on 5 college and university campuses in Atlanta, GA to improve working conditions and win union recognition. Roger helped to build a broad coalition of labor unions and community organizations to defeat Georgia’s SB469 – a bill aimed to gut unions and criminalize effective non-violent protest.  He campaigned against the closure of Grady Hospital’s public dialysis clinic, the clinic ultimately closed, but the pressure caused private dialysis providers to take on some of the patients.