Metro Justice Council

President –Aaron Micheau

Aaron has been a member of Metro Justice since 2003 and has served as Secretary and Personnel Chairperson in the intervening years.  He held the Vice Presidency on the 2016 and 2017 Councils as well.  He also helped to draft contracts and assist with the incorporation of the 501(c)(4).  Last year, Aaron also began the process of pushing forward Metro Justice’s climate justice work stemming from the strategic plan.

Vice-President - Abby Comstock-Gay Güner

Abby is the co-chair of Metro Justice's new Communications Committee. Locally, she is also involved with the Democratic Socialists of America. Before moving to Rochester, Abby lived in Turkey for four years, where she taught English and studied in a history and sociology graduate program in Istanbul. While there, she witnessed and participated in the Gezi Park Protests and saw the struggles of the movement as the government tightened control; living in Turkey also gave Abby a more intimately critical view of US imperialism. Abby currently teaches Turkish at University of Rochester and pursues literary translation projects on the side.

Secretary – Evelyn Evans

Evelyn is president emerita of the Federation of Social Workers; an IUE-CWA local, and currently holds the position of Women’s Committee Chair. She is a Trustee for the Rochester Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the treasurer for the Rochester Finger Lakes chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and a member of the Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter of Pride At Work.

Treasurer – Rachel Larson

Rachel joined the Metro Justice Council late in 2017 to fill the open Treasurer’s seat. She leads SunCommon’s new Community Solar Outreach program, helping to link individuals’ concerns for climate change into local, tangible empowerment for green energy and a safer planet. Rachel loves working in all aspects of people care, utilizing her twenty years of nonprofit management as a coordinator, motivator and general force for common good. She proudly serves on the Executive Team of Rochester’s People Climate Coalition. She has a Master’s degree in Community Development from Portland State University. Her family made Rochester their home in 2009

Racial Justice Rep. - Robert Hoggard

In Reverend Hoggard’s early organizing career as an undergraduate, he founded the only college chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Later, he moved to Rochester to study at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, earning a Master’s degree in Kairos Studies (Theology and Social-justice). While studying at Colgate, he was the Director of Fundraising and Membership at Metro Justice. After moving on from the Metro Justice staff, Robert taught English and Journalism as a long-term substitute in the Rochester City School District (RCSD) before he assumed his current position at Keuka College in July of 2017 as the Counselor in The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). He is also the co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce, which will address xenophobia, racism, sexism, classism, ableism and homophobia at Keuka College.

 

Our At-Large members: 

 

Tracey Harrison-

Tracey’s activism has linked him to several community based organizations. He served as a member of the Rochester City School District Advisory Committee for several years. He is a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).  He is a past member of the NAACP’s Rochester Chapter. He is a delegate to the Rochester and Vicinity Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  Tracey currently works as an Administrative Organizer for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. He represents over 1500 Union employees at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital, and the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center. Tracey is an ardent labor movement advocate for social and economic justice for the underserved and underrepresented in our community.  He is firmly committed to achieving justice for all working people, whether in a contract negotiation, an arbitration hearing, in a rally, or on the picket line.

Ravi Mangla-

Ravi is the Communications Manager for Citizen Action of New York and the Co-Director of ROCitizen, a nonprofit organization committed to electing more progressive leadership and increasing political engagement. He has written on social justice issues for a number of magazines and journals, including The Atlantic, Salon, The Nation, Pacific Standard, and The Baffler. He is a card-carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and former Campaign Coordinator for Monroe County for Bernie Sanders.

Christine Noble-

Christine Noble volunteered with Metro Justice before becoming a member. She has worked for the Working Families Party and NYPIRG and been a volunteer with Citizen Action New York, Planned Parenthood, and worked on electoral campaigns as a professional canvasser and volunteer since Jerry Brown's '92 bid for the Democratic nomination. She was raised to be a trouble maker, and a trouble maker she remains.

Lydia Rodriguez-

Lydia is passionate about quality education and serves as the current Chair for Alliance for Quality Education/Metro Justice Education Committee and also serves on the RCSD Advisory Committee and the RCSD Budget Advisory Committee. She is also connected to state-wide activists’ networks as a Board Member of Citizen Action of NY.  Lydia is also active in her faith community, Faith Chapel Apostolic church.

Ken Traub

Ken Traub has been a member of Metro Justice since 1969.  He was a member of Council and a VP during the 1970s and chaired the Tax Task Force which sought to replace the educational portion of the real estate tax with a progressive State or County income tax.  He, along with other members was ordained a Universal Life Church Minister in a mass ordination. He applied for a property tax exemption for his home as the new Shalom Universal Life Church to bring attention to the problem of large numbers of tax exempt properties in the city. Ken had been Secretary of the Liberal Party and is a member of the Working Family Party, was a draft counselor during the Vietnam War, and was a nursing home ombudsman for 10 years.  Ken currently co-chairs the Metro Justice Elder Justice Committee.

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