“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass.
Metro Justice lives this quote from Frederick Douglass. We seek a better, more just world, free of economic, racial, and social injustice. We know that the way to move closer to this world is through an organized, collective struggle for justice. All of our work is meant to build the strength of our communities to win that struggle for justice, but we can't do it without you. Below you'll find some of our events and on-going campaigns where you can join us on the path to a brighter future.
We maintain an online calendar of our upcoming events here. We post these events as far in advance as we find possible. Here you'll find rallies, educational events, inspirational speakers, and volunteer opportunities. To get announcements of these events via email, sign up for our list here.
As part of a nationwide struggle for economic justice, fast food workers are standing up and demanding $15/hr and a union. Workers at McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and many other fast food chains are done making poverty wages for some of the wealthiest corporations in the country. They are demanding a fair wage, respect, and a voice at work. In Rochester, Metro Justice is leading this effort. Find out more here.
Metro Justice maintains a long-standing commitment to stronger, equitably-funded, public schools that incorporates a genuine community voice to meet real educational needs. Our Education Campaign is currently focused on ending the school-to-prison pipeline through implementation of restorative justice measures in school discipline policy. Find out more here.
The Elder Justice Campaign's goal is to change the nature of nursing homes from hospital-like holding institutions into meaningful and fulfilling homes for elders. We work to ensure a real voice for our elders in finding justice to add years to their lives. To join this effort, sign up here.
Because we believe that every person should have access to quality, affordable health care, we are working with our partners across the state to get a single payer system of health care adopted in New York State. To do this work, we partner with the Campaign for New York Health. Get involved by signing up here.
Because we believe that poverty and structural racism are interwoven in our society, combating institutional racism is a central part of our fight for economic justice.