Our Work

Good Jobs Now (GJN) is a grassroots membership-based organization that fights for the economic, social and political power of low-income Detroiters.

Made up of the Good Jobs Now Education Fund and the Good Jobs Now Action Fund, GJN is a hosted project of the Center for Popular Democracy and CPD - Action.

We are building a powerful movement that will transform Detroit through leadership development, issue and electoral organizing, legislative advocacy, and grassroots mobilization.


Good Jobs Now envisions a vibrant and thriving economy where all Detroiters have access to living wage jobs, safe neighborhoods, high quality public education, reliable public transportation, and affordable housing. We believe that in order for achieve this vision, low and moderate-income Detroiters, but especially people of color within the city, must develop power to affect change at the state level, in city hall and within their neighborhoods. We Believe In:

One Detroit For All: Overwhelmingly neighborhoods of color are most likely to suffer from high rates of unemployment and poverty; homelessness; and substandard schools, healthcare, and other basic services. Everyone deserves a place to call home. We're fighting to stop foreclosure, end homelessness, and make sure Detroit neighborhoods are strong, safe and viable.

Economic Justice:  Full-time work shouldn't leave a family in poverty. Workers deserve dignity and respect on the job, a fair wage and a safe workplace. We are fighting for equitable policies to end poverty and ensure that those who currently are impoverished are not punished or exploited because of their economic status.

Fair Chances for All: Detroit remains challenged in providing resources for all its citizens - especially the estimated 5,000 citizens returning to Wayne County each year from prison. Poor people, especially people of color, face a far greater risk of being fined, arrested, and even incarcerated for minor offenses than other Americans. Detroit cannot fully come back without providing opportunity for all its residents.

Supporting Youth & Investing in Public Education:  The next generation of leaders must be given the opportunities they need to thrive. This means coming up with creative solutions to create jobs and career paths for our youth.  Uplifting the youth and young adults starts with investing in strong public schools and dismantling the barriers that prevent young people from establishing a firm foothold in the community.

Democratic Participation:  We can't make real change if we don't have a seat at the table. Identifying, training and supporting progressive candidates of color to run for elected office and holding elected officials accountable for decisions that impact our community is vital for achieving progress on issues that affect Detroiters of color. Every vote matters, and we are mobilizing our communities in order to reach significant electoral victories.