|The Ujima Justice Collective (UJC)|
|Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:25|
UJC, a collective of Mommy's TLC, Roots, and black leaders of DC-based organizations, is a new and dynamic collaboration between ONE DC and economic justice allies in the DC metro area. Over the summer, 35 adults and young people participated in a series of house meetings in Wards 1, 7 and 8 and identified individuals passionate about joining a grassroots movement that is addressing Black unemployment in DC. UJC will join in ONE DC's Right to Live and Work in DC campaign focused on enforcement of the First Source Agreement, which will ensure that more than 500 DC residents are hired to work at the Marriott Marquis Hotel slated to open in 2014.
UJC's immediate priority is community organizing and movement building for equity to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate DC's high levels of Black unemployment, underemployment and economic segregation. The goal is to redirect billions of dollars in economic development projects to create new opportunities for African Americans to work and live in DC as valued members of the community.