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.

E-mail: Charmaine@9to5.org

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.

E-mail: bensp8@gmail.com

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.

E-mail: gkjohnson1906@yahoo.com

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.

E-mailmltambor@yahoo.com

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. 

E-mail: neil@atlantajwj.org

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. 

E-mail: roger@atlantajwj.org