“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.
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. Below you'll find some specific ways you can join us on the path to a brighter future.
FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT: JOIN A COMMITTEE OR TASK FORCE
Our internal Committees either tackle campaigns for specific social justice demands or help keep Metro Justice running. Our Task Forces are external organizations functioning under the Metro Justice umbrella. For more information and to get involved with our committees, click the links below.
Rochester for Energy Democracy (R.E.D.): Metro Justice is focused on the disproportional impact of climate change on poor, working class, and communities of color. Join us to build a future in which energy is 100% renewable, clean, and a public good controlled by communities.
Campaign for New York Health - Rochester: Join partners across the state to get a single payer, universal system of health care adopted in New York State because health care is a human right.
Elder Justice: Join our fight to enable elders to live purposeful, self-directed, meaningful, and dignified lives in their homes and communities.
Finance: No matter the work you're passionate about, the finance committee has a hand in supporting it.
Fundraising & Membership: The massively important, behind the scenes work to engage existing members and new members and raise money to fund our movement.
Justice Choir: Justice Choir Rochester provides a creative outlet for our Metro Justice community through singing.
Rochester Mutual Aid Network (RMAN): Metro Justice is honored to be the 501 c(3) sponsor of the grassroots Rochester Mutual Aid Network. RMAN is a cooperative network that was started during the COVID-19 pandemic to help our community sustain itself.
Rochester Rapid Response Network (RRRN): Metro Justice remains a dedicated ally and 501 c(3) sponsor of the Rochester Rapid Response Network. RRRN is an ally group formed to support immigrants facing detention or deportation by engaging in community-based strategic actions and public education guided by their directly-affected immigrant families.
ROCLA: Founded in 1973, the Rochester Committee on Latin America seeks to build bridges between the Rochester, NY community and the people of Latin America.
Ciudad Hermana: Ciudad Hermana Task Force organizes a sister city program, based in the solidarity model, with El Sauce Nicaragua.