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Metro Justice has some ambitious plans for 2019. We need your help if we're going to accomplish them!
Attend our Annual Meeting to find out what we're doing and how you can get more involved.
This year we've had some significant victories, which wouldn’t have been possible without our dedicated members who volunteer their time to ensure that we stay on the front-lines of the Fight for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice. That said, we also face historic and unprecedented challenges in the months and years to come.
Now is the time for us to come together to strategize and resist unchecked authoritarianism, fascism, racism, and xenophobia. On Saturday January 26th, the membership of Metro Justice will hold its Annual Member's Meeting at a location yet to be determined at 10 am.
In additional to updates from our President, Treasurer, and staff members, we will have a new slate of Council nominees and proposed updates to the by-laws for the approval of the membership.
Attend our Annual Meeting to stay connected and find out what we're doing, make your voice heard, and how you can get more involved.
Read about the 2019 Council Nominees HERE
Read about proposed by-laws changes HERE
This is an open meeting but you must be a member in order to vote. To renew your membership please click here.
Join us on Feb. 8th at 6:30 to watch the 2012 documentary film United in Anger: A History of Act Up. The film provides a history of the AIDS activism movement and centers on the experiences and perspective of people fighting the epidemic.
This months screening is co-hosted by our LGBT+ Committee who are mobilizing to push lawmakers to abolish the "trans/gay panic defense" as a legal strategy in hate crimes cases. Come hang out, watch the film, and learn with us!
Join Metro Justice and other members of the Start SMART New York Coalition, with the Drug Policy Alliance, including Roc NORML and Rochester VOCAL-NY - Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders, in Albany to demand the decriminalization of marijuana! We will be traveling from Rochester to take action in Albany on Tuesday, February 12th. By fighting for the passage of the MRTA Bill (Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act), Metro Justice is joining the statewide movement to take a foundational step towards ending the failed War on Drugs and resulting mass incarceration crisis, which has disproportionately targeted and incarcerated our low-income and of color communities. As long as the War on Drugs and the resulting mass incarceration continues, we will have a “justice” system that sacrifices the lives of thousands of citizens so that corporations can profit from full prisons and a virtually free labor force in the prison population.According to the Drug Policy Alliance, New York has made nearly 800,000 arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana in the last 20 years, making it the marijuana arrest capital of the world. An average of 60 people are arrested a day for marijuana possession in New York State currently. Furthermore, despite data showing that consumption and sales of marijuana occur at similar rates across racial and ethnic groups, more than 80% of those arrested statewide for a marijuana related charge in 2016 were Black or Latino. Marijuana arrests not only subject people to crippling fines and the abuses we know that occur during incarceration, but these arrests also hinder people’s ability to participate in society by preventing them from obtaining employment, housing, and student loans -- all because New York State criminalizes a plant that even the New York Department of Health says should be legalized and regulated instead.So, we need you to join us in resisting what Michelle Alexander termed the “New Jim Crow.” Join us in demanding the decriminalization of marijuana, the reinvestment of revenue from a legal recreational marijuana industry into communities that have been harmed by the drug war, the expungement of criminal records for marijuana related charges, and quality jobs in the recreational marijuana industry. Like we experienced with the Fight for $15 and a Union: when we fight, we win!Transportation will be provided; meet-up time and location have yet to be finalized. Expect to meet up at about 5:45 AM to depart for Albany by 6 AM. Expect to return to Rochester by 7 PM. RSVP below to register and ensure your spot:
SAVE THE DATE!Join Our Streets Transit Coalition which includes Metro Justice, ATU Local 282, Rochester People's Climate Coalition, Mother's Out Front Rochester, NY and Reconnect Rochester, meeting up with a contingent of the Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU in Albany for a lobby day on Feb 12!We'll be pushing our legislators for increased funding for upstate public transit systems; implementation of a carbon pricing and remediation study; and rider representation on transit authority boards. This is our opportunity to move both legislative houses towards action on these bills that are of critical importance to working class communities, communities of color and climate justice. Our asks are:1) increasing money for upstate transit systems by 50% over the next five years.2) support for a carbon tax study (A00107-S02846)3) rider representation on transit authority boards (A11139-S0516A)4) legalize electric bikes (A07791C-S06029C)Get on board!Detailed transportation information forthcoming.