Rochester Organizing for Social, Economic, and Racial Justice!

Metro Justice is a 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. 

In our 50th year, our focus is the Fight for 15. We are working alongside fast food workers as they fight for a living wage, respect, and the right to a union without retaliation. We know that the only solution to poverty everyday people organized to have the power to change the world for the better. Fast food workers are doing that, and we're standing alongside them to win!

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To learn more about the other fights we're involved in, go here.

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    50th Anniversary Social Justice Film Series

    housing_march.jpg2015 is the 50th anniversary of Metro Justice; we plan on celebrating this by continuing with our duty of educating our region about social justice how we all can be a part of the progressive movement towards social justice. To do this, we plan to hold multiple events aimed at educating and incorporating the next social justice leaders in our community. The first event will take place in August with a 5-week film series.

    Metro Justice will screen a documentary on different topics that highlights our involvement in social justice including; race, women’s equality, clean money in politics, poverty and the fight for $15/hour and a living wage, and the unfortunate pipeline of schools to prison.

    Each screening will end with a discussion with expert speakers in the respective topic. Films will be shown each Sunday at 3pm at The Little Theatre at 240 East Ave. Admission is free and open to the public.

    We invite those interested in learning more about these topics, to come with questions and take an active step in better understanding the issues that obstructs social justice and how they can be a part of the solution.

    The films will include:

    Miss Representation, August 2, 3pm

    miss_representation.jpgThe documentary harnesses a wealth of clips, interviews, and statistics to show that women are being depicted on TV and online as poorly as ever, with dangerous potential side effects for girls sitting on the other side of the screen. Among the film's shocking stats is the claim that 65 percent of women suffer from disordered eating behavior, and many times as a result of comparing their own looks to those of airbrushed models. The problem lies behind the camera, as well: While the average teenage girl consumes upwards of 10 hours of media a day, women hold just 5 percent of clout positions in the industry.

    White Like Me, August 9, 3pm

    white_like_me.jpgWhite Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today. For years, Tim Wise's bestselling books and spellbinding lectures have challenged some of our most basic assumptions about race in America. White Like Me is the first film to bring the full range of his work to the screen -- to show how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, electoral politics, and government policy in ways too many white people never stop to think about.

    Pay 2 Play, August 16, 3pm

    Pay2Play_Poster_1.pngPAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis' quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes is the layman's guidebook to taking back our democracy.

     

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