News from Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan

June 6, 2017

Contact: Dessa Cosma, 231-631-4469,

Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan Unveils Public Policy Manual at Capitol Lobby Day

Manual lays out policies to provide opportunity for  low income and unemployed people

LANSING — Today, the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan (EJAM) released its first ever public policy manual highlighting policies that will benefit low-income and unemployed people in Michigan. The manual includes researched-based white papers on issues including earned paid sick time, wage protection, regulating corporate subsidies, affordable child care, and others.

“For too long, the issues facing low-income and unemployed people have been put on the backburner in Lansing. Our hope is that this policy manual, coupled with today’s citizen lobbying, will give our elected officials more exposure to these important economic issues,” said Autumn Butler, executive director of the Pontiac Policy Council. “However, we know the work for economic justice won’t be completed in one day, so we are all committed to returning to our communities to continue the important work we started today.”

Activists from across the state lobbied their representatives on issues in the policy manual and told their personal stories. The day culminated with a legislative luncheon that gave elected officials and their staff an opportunity to break bread with activists to learn first-hand how the lack of action on these common sense economic issues affects Michigan families.

“Low-income and unemployed people don’t have high-paid lobbyists to meet daily on their behalf, making days like today important,” said Randy Block, director of Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network. “Our hope, and expectation, is that our representatives learn about these important issues and move toward passing policies that will lead to economic justice in Michigan.”

The organizations that supported today’s lobby day were:

Adams Blvd. Area Neighborhood Association

Detroit Jews for Justice

Pontiac Policy Council

United Hispanic Workers of Detroit

Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights

Sugar Law Center

Detroit People’s Platform

The Ezekiel Project


Mothering Justice


Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network