Rochester Organizing for Social, Economic, and Racial Justice!

Metro Justice is a progressive member-driven, grassroots organization dedicated to social, economic, and racial justice in Rochester, NY. Founded in 1965 as Friends of FIGHT, in a struggle for equal access to good jobs at Kodak, our organization was born fighting for justice and equality for all people. 

Since that time, Metro Justice has evolved, taking on many important issues and growing as we go. Today, with around 1,000 members our Fight for Economic Justice Campaign works to put an end to the incredible wealth inequality and the poverty that our city experiences as a result of that inequality. When we join together to demand a more fair and just society, our individual voices are louder, our efforts more effective, our power greater.


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CURRENT CAMPAIGNS

Metro Justice currently is working on an array of different campaigns! There is no dull moment or bad time to get involved with us, and there is always something to do within Metro Justice. Click on the header above to learn more about what we're currently working on and where you can fit in!

METRO JUSTICE COUNCIL

Metro Justice is led by an elected body of members, our Council. The Council makes most of the major decisions of the organization, both politically and financially. Council members are some of the most active members of the organization and are elected every year at our Annual Members Meeting. Click on the header above to meet our Council members!

OUR STAFF

Metro Justice staff take on the day-to-day job of coordinating the efforts and ideas of the Metro Justice membership. They help to implement and organize our campaigns, educate our community, work with community allies, build our membership and keep the doors open. Click on the header above to meet our staff!

TASK FORCES

Metro Justice also has three Task Forces that work on specific projects that are member-driven: The Rochester Committee on Latin America (ROCLA), Ciudad Hermana, and Peace Action and Education. Click on our header above to learn more about our Task Forces!

INTERNSHIPS AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

At all times, Metro Justice has great internship opportunities for youth and students to learn the ropes of social justice organizing. Click on the header above to learn about what types of internships we offer, and what job opportunities we have available!

 

CONTACT US

For general inquiries that are not time-sensitive, you can always reach Metro Justice by mail, phone, or e-mail at:

Metro Justice
1115 East Main Street
Suite 207A, Box 16
Rochester, NY  14609
(585) 397-3540
action@metrojustice.org

Please see our staff page (link above) for contact information related to specific departments and campaigns.

The Metro Justice office operates between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday - Friday and is available to members and volunteers to engage in the work of the organization.

Please contact our Operations Manager, Jay Rowe, at 585-397-3538 or jay@metrojustice.org to check space availability.

Please work directly with a staff person to reserve office space after hours.


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    Statement in Reaction to Minimum Wage

    We were told only months ago that raising the minimum wage to $15 was necessary to restoring opportunity and basic dignity to workers and their families across New York State. Political decision-makers in our state just told us that that’s only true if you live south of Westchester County.

    If you live in cities like Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse – some of the poorest cities in the nation – the recent minimum wage decision in New York State condemns you to continual poverty in the future. To raise Upstate wages to $12.50 by 2021 is too little, too late.

    Working people in our city are forced to choose between rent and groceries this month. That rent will not wait until 2021. They cannot turn off their electricity and wait until 2021 or even 2025 when they finally get $15.

    We do not intend to wait. The fast-food worker movement taught us that when working people take bold, public action we can change the narrative of the entire country. Working people from retail, agriculture, fast-food, home-health, and more will continue to demand $15 now.

    We congratulate our brothers and sisters in New York City that have won significant wage increase at a fast pace. The Fight for 15 has won major victories and raises for millions of workers across this country. This will only inspire us to continued action. The fight is not over.

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