Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 Q1: We've been in the Streets and Working with Our Partners!

Atlanta Jobs with Justice has been busy in the streets and collaborating with our partners since the start of 2018. Here is a brief update of what we've been up to for the first quarter of 2018.

Atlanta JwJ Celebrates MLK's Birthday in the MLK March

We started off the year with our workers and family members coming together for the annual Atlanta MLK March in Atlanta to fight for MLK's vision of justice, freedom, equality, and fair wages for all! That is why we #FightFor15!

Atlanta Demands Poverty Creator Chick-Fil-A Pay $15!

We kicked off 2018 with an action to demand that Chick-Fil-A pay $15 an hour to its employees. Atlanta community members watched as Dan Cathy, CEO of multi-billion dollar low-wage employer of Chick-Fil-A, spun the opening of his new Vine City Chick-Fil-A into a corporate PR stunt that supposedly involved 30 CEOs camping overnight before the opening in order to urge the “revitalization” of Atlanta’s Westside and call attention to homelessness. The Atlanta community could not accept the hypocrisy of this company and its CEO and immediately called on Chick-Fil-A to start paying $15 an hour to make sure their workers don't have to continue making poverty wages.

Atlanta JwJ 2018 Strategy Social & New Office Grand Opening!!!


We continued to kick off the year by opening up our new office to the public for its grand opening on January 30th. We invited Atlanta community leaders and our coalition members to come see our new office, to showcase our plans for 2018, and to discuss how we can come together to and support each others efforts and plans of action for the year.

Economic Freedom Leaders Kicked off Black History Month & Celebrated Transit Equity Day


Georgia Stand Up, The Poor People's Campaign, Fight For $15 and Atlanta Jobs with Justice came together to kick off Black History month and take action on Transit Equity Day at the Atlanta City Hall and the Georgia State Capitol to promote public transit as a civil right and deliver the demands of the 2018 Poor Peoples Campaign.

Atlanta honors the 50th Anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Strike

Atlanta #FightFor15 took actin on Feb 12, 2017 to honor and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike. Fast food and service sector workers followed in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Memphis Sanitation workers by taking action in streets demanding that McDonalds and other wealthy corporations pay a minimum of $15 an hour to all workers! #FightFor15

Women build leadership at Work2Win Retreat and join Working Peoples Day of Action



We organized the Work2Win 2018: Race, Gender, and Economic Justice Retreat to build up a brand new crew of young women of color leaders. These women completed a three day intensive mind, body, and soul economic justice training and retreat that culminated in joining the national Working People’s Day of Action in solidarity with all our Union coalition partners!

Black Women's Economic Justice Day at the Georgia Capitol


On February 28th, the last day of Black History Month and to open Women's History Month, black women from Georgia came together at the Georgia capitol to make it clear that 2018 is the year for black women's economic, reproductive, and social justice issues to be the agenda that Georgia answers to. 2018 is the year to hear black women's demands and to follow their lead.

Time Worked, Time Paid Campaign Press Conference


Atlanta JwJ stood with the Painters Union IUPAT DC-77, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Atlanta Labor Council, and Georgia Stand Up for the launch of the Time Worked, Time Paid campaign dedicated to stopping wage theft in the Atlanta area and making sure that workers get paid for the time that they work.