I am excited to write to you as the new Executive Director for Good Jobs Now. I am excited to carry on the rich legacy of fighting for an equitable Detroit that was created by my predecessors at GJN. Our organization has a special role in the movement for economic justice in Michigan and we've got a lot of work to do here in Detroit to continue that fight.
I believe that the 2016 elections not only changed the political landscape of our country moving forward, but showed us in Detroit that we cannot take any votes for granted. Instead, civic engagement must be year round and must be about the issues that we care about in our neighborhoods. No longer can we afford to have a city that only works for billionaires. We have to fight to close the chapter on our "Tale of Two Detroits". To create the type of change that we need, we must build an unprecedented amount of power - political and economic - that can strengthen our fight at the Coleman A. Young Building, in Lansing or in Washington, D.C. To build that power, we'll continue the work of recruiting and training candidates, mobilizing our base and fighting for issues that matter to us. We'll continue to bring neighborhood leaders together with labor leaders, bring the working poor together with the middle class, and bring adults together with youth all while centering the leadership of people of color.
I am honored to be the new Executive Director of GJN and look forward to working with you!
"Good Jobs Now" was featured in a write up in the New York Times on August 24th 2017.
"The S.E.I.U. conducted a pilot project during the 2016 campaign in which it canvassed groups of voters largely in two heavily African-American wards of Detroit using a small-scale version of the campaign it plans for the year ahead.
Over all, about 62 percent of voters the union talked to during the pilot project cast ballots in the presidential election, versus turnout of about 38 percent of voters who it did not talk to, according to data provided by the union.
Applying the same percentage to all of Detroit’s voters would have produced about 40,000 more total votes in 2016, an amount that would have almost certainly secured the state for Mrs. Clinton."