rally crowd from behind--dreamstimeFounded upon the principle that economic and social rights are civil rights and human rights, the Sugar Law Center seeks to empower low-income communities, working people and their families.

Our work is multifaceted, but includes policy education, advocacy, litigation and technical and resource support to organizers, grass roots organizations, worker committees, concerned individuals and many others working for economic and social justice for all.  

Ongoing work focuses on:  COMMUNITY JUSTICE initiatives through our Stronger Michigan Communities & Community Benefits project and Democracy Emergency campaign; and WORKPLACE JUSTICE initiatives including Wage Justice (ending wage theft, raising the minimum wage, ensuring a living wage for all, paycheck matters, etc.) and Job Loss Fairness  (advance notification of worksite closings and mass layoffs, unemployment insurance, wrongful termination).

Thank you for stopping by our site and if there is an issue within your community or at your workplace where we might be able to help your efforts, please do not hesitate to contact the Sugar Law Center or our staff!

Our Mission

The Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice is a national, nonprofit organization, dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of working people and their communities. Driving Sugar Law’s work is the principle that civil, economic and social rights are inseparable from human rights.


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Sugar Law Belongs

The Sugar Law Center is proud to be affiliated with the National Lawyers Guild, and to conduct all its work under contract with UAW Local 2320.

Michigan attorneys, you can meet your State Bar pro bono commitment with a donation to the Sugar Law Center; download the printable Access to Justice form here, or simply designate "This gift is for Sugar Law Center Operations" on the form you received from the Bar. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Ongoing through March 31, 2014: Debra Evenson Social Justice Writing Award. The award will be granted annually to a law student based on a writing competition with a topic focusing on social justice and workers’ rights issues. A panel of judges will select the winning entry with a $500 cash award to be presented to the winner. The winning article will be submitted for publication to the National Lawyers Guild Review (selection for publication is at the sole discretion of the NLG Review). For more information, see here .

February 28, 2014: Sugar Law is participating in Willamette University College of Law's Symposium on Fiscal and Regional Difficulties Facing Local Governments. For more information, see here .

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