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The Metro Justice Education Committee in a joint effort with TEEN Empowerment, the Alliance for Quality Education and Advancement Project have written a new report on school discipline in the Rochester City School District. Click on the image below to read the full report and learn more about how you can join us in ending the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Today, 50 years after the historic fights for an end to poverty wages in Rochester's black community, Metro Justice (formerly Friends of FIGHT) is working with fast food workers to demand $15/hr and a union. Let's stand by these courageous workers as they help to end poverty wages for all of us!

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    Single Payer Public Hearings

    CNYH_Logo.jpgMomentum is building for Single Payer health care in New York State! The sponsor of New York's Single Payer bill, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried is holding a series of hearings across the state about the need for genuinely universal health care. This is an incredibly important opportunity for Metro Justice members to show how much support there is in our region for Single Payer. We can't let this hearing happen without our vocal support! Join us, along with our allies in Healthcare-NOW, New York State Nurses Association, and Physicians for a National Health Program in making this a powerful event in support of Health Care as a Human Right!

    This series of public hearings around the state will review the effects and costs of the current health coverage system on patients, health care providers, employers, labor, taxpayers and health and health care. It will review how the single-payer system would work in New York.

    Persons wishing to testify or attend should complete the hearing reply form below and return as indicated as soon as possible, but no later than the dates indicated on the reply form. It is important that the form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation. If time does not permit all witnesses to testify in person, they may still submit written testimony.

    If you're interested in giving testimony, please contact Kelly Spahr at (585)857-9738. 

    We also need to fill the auditorium with as many supporters as we can. Show up, bring friends, and wear your Metro Justice shirts!

    WHEN
    December 08, 2014 at 10am
    WHERE
    Workers United Hall
    750 East Ave
    Rochester, NY 14607
    United States
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    Alternative Fair!

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    THE FAIR IS 2 DAYS--Friday Night and Saturday Morning!

    Metro Justice’s values are integral to our annual Alternative Fair. You can enjoy FAMILY HOLIDAY SHOPPING with a conscience at Metro Justice’s 33rd annual Alternative Fair, featuring thousands of unique fair trade, earth friendly, and locally produced goods that support a strong local economy and a just and sustainable world.

    This is holiday shopping at prices the whole family can afford, and for many families, it’s their #1 shopping destination each year.  Sale items include pottery, textiles, jewelry, fine art, toys & games, ornaments, and much more — all fair trade imports or hand crafted by local artists.

    There is a suggested donation of $3 for all those over age 12, and free child care is available for young children and babies. Bring the whole family for several hours, and enjoy the festive atmosphere as you shop with a conscience. Chances are you’ll see many friends, too!

    Want to volunteer?

    Want to be a vendor? 

    Want to play music?

    WHEN
    December 05, 2014 at 5pm
    WHERE
    First Unitarian Church
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  • Featured post

    No Stopping Women’s Equality

    Women’s Equality Agenda report

    By Shaina Capellupo

    The 2014 legislative session came to a close with the Assembly and Senate in a deadlock over the Women's Equality Act for the second year in a row. Although the WEA did not pass, Metro Justice has been on the frontlines working with the Statewide and Finger Lakes Coalition ready to make equality for NY women a reality for the future.

    In May, Metro Justice focused much of our efforts on speaking with and targeting NY State Senator Joe Robach. We held a rally outside his office on May 9th and lobbied on May 15th. In the beginning of June, the Metro Justice campaign committee coordinated efforts asking our members in Sen. Robach’s district to call him and demand a vote on WEA.

    On June 16th, Metro Justice, along with Alternatives for Battered Women, Genesee Valley Chapter of the NYCLU , Greater Rochester Area Branch of the American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters of Rochester Metropolitan Area, National Organization for Women - Greater Rochester Chapter, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Rochester Section, Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, SEIU 1199, and YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County helped coordinate a visibility event at the American Association of University Women on East Avenue in an effort to continue to show the public and our senators that we support all ten components of the Women’s Equality Act. We had nearly 100 attendees, plus press coverage of the event. We showed our true power and what we are willing to do to win.

    The hard work of all our MJ members, Finger Lakes Coalition Partners, and by our legislators to push the WEA has made a big difference. Anyone who advocates for social justice knows we have to be in this for the long haul to ensure Women’s Equality! I’m so proud of the work that we’ve done this year, and I know that with your continued support and enthusiasm for justice we will get the Women’s Equality Act passed in 2015.

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