About Us

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The Economic Justice Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Athens, Georgia. Our mission is to educate, advocate and organize for quality jobs with living wages and benefits.

Strategic Goals:

1. Negotiate with authorities that can make a difference in the treatment of workers for living wages and benefits.
2. Educate the public on issues of working without a living wage.
3. Voter registration and education towards civic involvement.
4. Incubate Social Enterprise Start-ups.

In 2003, we began working to increase civic engagement among workers through voter registration and Get Out The Vote activities in minority neighborhoods. Since 2004, we have registered over 11,200 new voters.

As we worked to increase political engagement, our living wage efforts also saw great success. The Athens-Clarke County government adopted a living wage with benefits and the University of Georgia raised their “minimum hiring rate” from $12,000 to $23,000 for full-time regular employees.

Today, the Economic Justice Coalition is an active and dynamic organization with roots in every corner of the Athens-Clarke County area. Our programs and campaigns are helping workers get a fair wage, helping low-income families achieve sustainability, and stimulating voter turnout and engagement.

 

Our Mission

EJC promotes justice for workers and builds avenues for workers to succeed.

There are many ways to help EJC accomplish its mission. Some already volunteer multiple hours in service to the community by helping us register people to vote, pushing for fair wages, and attending events and meetings. If you would like to help us in our endeavors, we invite you to volunteer and to donate to our cause. We thank you in advance for your time and support for living wages for workers and a better quality of life for our communities.

 

EJC Values

• Civic Engagement
• Diversity
• Empowerment
• Living Wages and Benefits
• Respect
• Right to Organize
• Workforce and Skill Development

Please click on the tabs above to donate and to see the wonderful things we do!