Monday, December 30, 2013

Organize the South, Donate to Atlanta Jobs with Justice.


In 2013 we won big victories and laid important infrastructure towards organizing the South.  Let's be clear, our city of Atlanta is critical to the regional, national and global struggle to build an economy that works for EVERYONE. The South must lead. Building an unapolagetically progressive organization that unites community, labor, students and faith communities in effective campaigns and movements for economic, racial and social justice is a tall task anywhere, but especially in the South.

There is no more important work than organizing our city and state.  We must do so.  Atlanta Jobs with Justice is able to take strong and decisive action on issues confronting working families because we raise our own money from our base and from our member organizations.

Donate to Atlanta Jobs with Justice so that we can continue our trajectory of fighting unapolagetically for working families in the South.  We raise our own resources, we create our own local agenda.

Here's what we accomplished in 2013:
  • Led the statewide "Justice for School Workers" campaign that won back $8,000,000 dollars in unemployment benefits for over 4,000 contingent, low wage school workers.  This catalyzed x3 union organizing drives, two of which were victorious with food service workers at Clark Atlanta University and Agnes Scott College. (mobilized 1800+ participants throughought this campaign)
  • We expanded our member organizations from 19 in 2012 to 30 in 2013, greatly expanding our base and capacity.
  • We coordinated fast food worker strikes in Atlanta, GA with workers from over 14 stores participating.  We shut down x2 fast food stores for hours during these actions and shifted the media dialogue to focus on raising the minimum wage (mobilized 425+ people over x2 days of action).
  • Member organization AUC Alliance for Fair Labor won campaign urging Spelman College to sign on to the Workers' Rights Consortium.
  • Forged a partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to hold Publix accountable to farm workers, (organized 250+ person picket event).
  • Play an anchoring role in bringing the Moral Monday movement to Georgia (First action around Medicaid Expansion to be held on January 13th!).
  • Participated in program to develop international solidarity with the trade union movement in India and played a key role in developing the United Workers Congress.
  • Supported member organization the National Domestic Workers Alliance - Atlanta Chapter in grass roots pressure campaign for Medicaid Expansion in Georgia.

These are just some of the highlights from 2013. Atlanta Jobs with Justice supported many other organizations, campaigns, communities and movements in the city of Atlanta and across the state of Georgia that would not have happened without 
YOU.
We pledge to fight for economic, racial and social justice in the South. Help us remain independent and able to address the roots of poverty by 
funding our work.
Build Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Donate.  Your donations are tax deductible.

We are very excited for 2014 to unite low wage workers across our city and state to win campaigns led by our communities in the South.

In Solidarity,
Atlanta Jobs with Justice 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Atlanta Fast Food Strikes Dec. 5th (D5) !

https://www.facebook.com/AtlantaJwJ/events

This Thursday December 5th fast food workers in Atlanta will be going on strike. Fast food workers are demanding $15/hour and an end to retaliation against workers who choose to organize.  Fast food workers are taking some risk here and support from the Atlanta community will help to give them more protection.

The first action on December 5th will happen bright and early:

Thursday December 5th
5:30 am  (Yes, 5:30 am)
Corner of Moreland Ave. SE and Glenwood Ave SE Atlanta, GA
The Facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/672715699426836/

The second action on December 5th will take place:

Thursday December 5th
5:00 pm
Cleopas R. Johnson Park (Corner of Atlanta Student Movement Blvd. and Northside Dr. SW Atlanta, GA)
The Facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/609467805793891/

In Atlanta we are building all of the low wage worker campaigns together.  We believe that Walmart workers, campus food service workers, adjuncts and all other low wage workers must unite to raise the floor for everyone.  There will be campus food service workers and other low wage workers standing with the fast food workers on Thursday.

The event times and locations are now PUBLIC so please spread the word to your networks and invite your friends to the Facebook event!

Twitter:
@atlantajwj
#fastfoodstrikes
#fightfor15