Friday, December 1, 2017

Atlanta Jobs with Justice 30th Year Anniversary Organizers' Ball

Spend your last Saturday in 2017 Celebrating 30 Years of Atlanta Jobs with Justice!

Date: December 30, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location: Westin Peachtree Plaza: Chastain Room (6th Floor)
210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

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We are proud to celebrate and honor 30 years of Atlanta Jobs with Justice!

From 1987 until today in 2017, Atlanta Jobs with Justice has been working as a coalition with progressive grassroots leaders across Atlanta, bringing together labor unions, community based organizations, faith based organizations, youth organizations, and individuals to lead and support campaigns for economic and social justice in our workplaces and in our communities.

This December 30th, 2017 we launch the next 30 years of Atlanta Jobs with Justice as we celebrate with a fancy New Year's Eve-Eve Organizers' Ball.

In honor of our resilience, we will celebrate at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Downtown Atlanta. We first demanded justice with Westin workers in 1987 and we stayed on them for 20 years until they unionized in 2007. Congrats to our partners at UNITE-HERE 23, this is also their 10 year anniversary at the Westin! We a very excited to PARTY in this union hotel.

We look forward to getting fancy with all our friends, family, and coalition partners to celebrate together, reliving and retelling the stories and struggles we have been through together over the years!

Dress: Festive Formal Attire 🎩 e.g. Come Get Fancy With Us 🍾 🥂 🍸 ✨

$75 - 🍽 Dine & Dance Ticket - Includes Dinner & 1 Drink
$30 - 🎉 Party People Ticket - General Admission

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Atlanta JwJ Membership: Become a member of the Atlanta Jobs with Justice coalition as an individual or organization.

$60 - 📣 Individual Member
$100 - 💪🏾 Power Member (For Individuals & Small Organizations)
$500 - ⚪️ Pearl Anniversary Member (For Individuals & Small Organizations)

Organizers' Ball Sponsorship: Sponsors of the 30th Anniversary Organizers' Ball are honoring the legacy and investing in future growth of Atlanta Jobs with Justice. We are winning on the frontlines in the Fight For $15 in Georgia. Together, with your sponsorship, we will hold the line and push forward on our agenda for economic equity in 2018.

$1,000 - ✊🏾 Solidarity Sponsor
$5,000 - 📢 Movement Builder Sponsor
$10,000 - 🏆 Work to Win 2018 Sponsor
$20,000 - 💎 30th Anniversary Legacy Sponsor

You can buy multiple tickets, memberships, or sponsorships by increasing the quantity when you purchase them at:

Atlanta JwJ Staff will contact sponsors to provide them their included tickets:
Solidarity Sponsors can receive 2 Dine & Dance or 4 Party People Tickets.
All Sponsors $5000 and above can receive 10 Dine & Dance Tickets or 20 Party People Tickets.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Is your candidate a CHAMPION or SUPPORTER of Justice? Find out in the 2017 #VOTEwithJUSTICE Elections Catalog!

We have been hard at work with our coalition partners making sure issues and real justice solutions stay central in the upcoming November 7th Elections. We are excited to announce that the 2017 #VOTEwithJUSTICE Municipal Elections Catalog is finally here.

You can view the 2017 Elections Catalog at: right now!

Is Your Candidate a CHAMPION or SUPPORTER of Justice?

Over 20 organizations came together to ask candidates their position on solutions to 13 issues our communities face. See how the mayoral candidates fared right here:

*Candidates who supported this question have all stated it was done in error and they are fully opposed to any and all forms of discrimination against LGBTQ people. A no (oppose) vote is often a vote that protects our communities.

Check out and share their answers from the Atlanta JwJ Facebook Page.
Also, you can call us at 404-913-9595 to request paper copies.


We will be canvassing sharing the 2017 Election Catalog every:

Monday - Thursday from 2 pm - 7 pm

Saturday & Sundays from 10 am - 3 pm

Meet us at the Georgia Hill Center Room 212: 250 Georgia Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312

Join us on the doors we need your support!

Thursday, June 22, 2017


City of Atlanta Restores Commitment to Living Wages, Passing $15 minimum wage for City Workers

(Atlanta, GA) – The City of Atlanta unanimously approved raising all city workers to a $15 minimum wage as a part of the FY2018 Budget vote. City of Atlanta workers will receive at least $13 per hour on July 1, 2017, $14 per hour in 2018, and finally to a $15 minimum wage in 2019. Over 1000 firefighters, sanitation, parks & recreation, watershed, and other employees will now see their wages move up to at least $15 an hour, moving many of them out of poverty.

Seven year Atlanta parks and recreation worker Marquee Scales who earned just $12.85 before the move said “I am abundantly thankful that the Council and the Mayor have decided to prioritize the needs of all workers in this budget”.

Atlanta Jobs with Justice held the first fight for $15 rally in 2013 to support fast food workers going on strike for $15 and a union. The courage of workers that day showed that today’s victory for workers was possible. Atlanta Jobs with Justice has been working with city workers, community, labor, and faith organizations since 2016 to advocate that the City of Atlanta restore its promise of living wages from 2005.

“Now with this vote, city workers can see a brighter future that provides for their basic needs, especially as the cost of living in the city has been rapidly increasing.”, Neil Sardana Atlanta Jobs with Justice Coalition Coordinator.

Atlanta is the latest victory in the Fight for $15 movement which has swept the nation with workers of all backgrounds standing up for fair wages and the right to unionize. per hour for their employees. This win today is proof that Georgia and the South are still moving forward with a commitment to living wages and working families.

“Let this victory tell all working people that we must continue our fight for progressive values and our community’s needs in spite of the recent surge in conservative ideology.”, Shannan Reaze Executive Director of Atlanta Jobs with Justice

This policy stands in stark contrast to Georgia’s minimum wage of $5.15 an hour, one of the lowest state minimum wage policies in the nation. It also raises a concern over Georgia’s Minimum Wage Preemption Law which forbids city and county governments from raising the minimum wage in the private sector. Atlanta Jobs with Justice will continue to fight to make sure all workers earn a living wages.

The Atlanta $15 minimum wage ordinance championed in partnership between Atlanta Jobs with Justice, ATL Raise Up, AFSCME 1644, PACE Atlanta, Atlanta Professional Fire Fighters, individual city workers, Councilmembers Felicia Moore, Andre Dickens, and Carla Smith.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#MAYDAYATL 2017 A Historic & Record Breaking* Success

Concerned Atlanta Residents came together for #MAYDAYATL 2017 on April 30th & May 1st to celebrate #MayDay, International Workers Day and speak truth to power in The City of Atlanta.

On April 30th, Atlanta Jobs with Justice and the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council hosted the #MAYDAYATL Prep Rally & Workers Memorial Day to honor the memory of Georgia Workers who lost their lives working on the job. We also educated our community on the history of May Day, our many historic labor and social justice heroes, and share the work of our many partner organizations.

On May 1st, #MayDay2017 Atlanta Jobs with Justice and GLAHR hosted the historic #MAYDAYATL 2017 Rally & Speakout in Atlanta City Council. We made history on May 1st, 2017 by having the most people in Atlanta's history speak in the Atlanta City Council meeting.

Hundreds of workers, immigrants, women, youth, and other Atlanta residents united behind demands for $15 for City of Atlanta Employees, Atlanta to be a sanctuary city, affordable housing and a community benefits agreement for the Turner Field development, decriminalization of marijuana and criminal justice reform, and the city to shift to 100% renewable energy.

These concerned residents took action to speak truth to power by braving the wind and rain at the outdoor rally in the morning, waiting for up to an hour to sign up to speak in Atlanta City Hall, and participating in about 5 hours of public comments to voice their concerns and demands for justice in Atlanta.

*Media Source: "May Day in Atlanta; history-making crowd attends City Council meeting", Tim Darnell, 11 Alive News, May 1, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017


#MAYDAYATL 2017 Rally & City Council Speakout

WHEN: Monday, May 1st: International Worker's Day

WHERE: Atlanta City Hall: 68 Mitchell St. SW Atlanta, GA 30303

11 AM - #MAYDAYATL Rally Outside City Hall

1 PM - #MAYDAYATL Speakout in City Council Meeting


Workers, immigrants, women, LGBTQI, Formerly Incarcerated, artists, activists; EVERYONE TAKE THE DAY OFF to unite and stand up together at Atlanta City Hall for a historic day of action on #MayDay, May 1st International Workers Day!

The resistance of working people is more critical this year than it has been all of our lives. Join us in making the #MAYDAYATL 2017 a moment for resistance and worker power that this city won't forget.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

March Rewind

Atlanta JwJ Leader Chartisia Featured on WABE on GA Fair Scheduling Preemption Bill

Our leader, Chartisia Griffin, was featured by WABE Atlanta's NPR News for speaking out about the need for fair scheduling for shift workers! She was speaking out against HB 243 a bill proposed in the GA State Assembly that would prevent local municipalities from requiring businesses to compensate their employees when they send workers home early or cancel their shifts with little to no notice.

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ATL Economic Freedom Leader Training

This march Atlanta Jobs with Justice kicked off our ATL Economic Freedom Leader Training. We have workers and community members of all ages who have committed to a 6 week training series that covers the basics of organizing, winning economic justice and $15 in Georgia, the JwJ Way model for winning campaigns, mind/body/soul leadership in organizing, the legislative process and more.  We're excited to offer our community this training and look forward to building new leaders within our movements. This won't be the last training, look for announcements for additional training opportunities in the future!

#MAYDAYATL Organizing Kickoff at GA Beer Garden

In Mid-March, Atlanta Jobs with Justice kicked off our #MAYDAYATL with community and labor leaders from across Atlanta with an exciting gathering at the Georgia Beer Garden. People are getting fired up and ready to take action at #MAYDAYATL May 1st International Workers Day. We are continuing to organize for #MAYDAYATL 2017, check out the plan of action at Atlanta City Hall and look for info on #MAYDAYATL Organizing Meetings above.

Atlanta March for Farmworker Justice: #BoycottWendys

Atlanta JwJ joined Freedom University in welcoming the the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to Atlanta. We all came together to call on Wendy's to return to the fields of Florida and make a real, verifiable commitment through the Campaign for Fair Food to guarantee respect, dignity, and justice for farmworkers.

Solidarity with Teamsters 728 Zep Workers

Atlanta JwJ stood with Teamsters 728 Zep Workers on March 17th to help defend their jobs. New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm based in NY, is attempting to rob black Zep workers in Atlanta of living wage jobs and a union contract. We stand with Teamsters 728 and Zep workers in being able to keep their jobs, maintain their wages, and have New Mountain Capital respect their union.

International Women's Day March

Atlanta Jobs with Justice stood with women leaders from across the Atlanta area leading the resistance against Trump and his right-wing cronies on March 8th International Women's Day. As a part of A Day Without Women, women leaders from the environmental, economic justice, criminal justice reform, movement, and Black Lives Matter spoke out about the injustices facing our communities. They then led a march in the streets to demonstrate their resistance to attacks on women both locally in the GA State Assembly and from US Congress and the Trump Administration.

Monday, March 20, 2017

February Rewind

College Park City Rally and Community Prayer

Atlanta JwJ stood with employees of College Park and AFSCME 1644 as workers rallied to have the city recognize their union on Feb 23. The workers were joined by the International President of AFSCME Lee Saunders to show unequivocal support for workers organizing in the Atlanta area. Also joining these workers were faith leaders and local politicians encouraging the City of College Park to respect their employees decision to unionize.
Rally Against ICE Raids on Day Without Immigrants

Atlanta JwJ stood with our partners the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights to call for an end to ICE Raids across targeting residents across the State of Georgia. This all happened as we saw immigrant workers take off work and businesses shutting down as a part of A Day Without Immigrants. We stand firm calling on our elected leaders to put an end to mass detentions and deportations of immigrant workers in our communities! #Not1More
Economic Justice Day at the Capitol

Atlanta JwJ joined the Economic Justice Day at the Capitol on February 15th to advocate for $15 Minimum wage in Georgia. In addition the the rally outside the capitol, Atlanta JwJ members were able to meet with a few of their elected representatives to voice their position on several bills impacting working Georgians.

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.