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Founded 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 and 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.

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Thank you for stopping by our site.  If there is an issue within your community or at your workplace where we might be able to help, 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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Upcoming Events & Notices

SUGAR LAW CENTER'S NEW YORK CITY RECEPTION - The Sugar Law Center is honored to be hosting a reception and fundraiser at the offices of Levy Ratner, P.C., 80 Eighth Avenue, 8th Floor on Tuesday September 29, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing our NYC supporters later this month! Please RSVP: rashida@sugarlaw.org.

LEONARD GROSSMAN MEMORIAL LECTURE & ESSENTIAL ADVOCACY - The Sugar Law Center is honored to be hosting poet Jamaal May for the Leonard Grossman Memorial Lecture on November 12, 2015. Leonard Grossman was one of the founding board members of the Law Center and a true Detroit hero. The lecture honors his work and spirit. This year Jamaal May will be reading from his work. The Sugar Law Center's Essential Advocacy fundraiser and strolling reception will follow the lecture. Further details coming soon.

CRIMINALIZING THE UNEMPLOYED - A great piece in the Metro Times covering problems with the state unemployment insurance system. Sugar Law filed suit in April to end the state's practices.

VIDEO: COMMUNITY BENEFITS BUILD STRONG COMMUNITIES - SLC VIDEO with Interviews with many people including John Philo, Executive Director and Legal Director of Sugar Law Center, and Ken Harris, President and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce discussing the importance of Community Benefits Agreements for all communities.
The video was first shown at a Community Benefits conference held on June 5, 2015 in Detroit, titled "Justice for Our Neighborhoods"..

TAKE ACTION! Earthjustice filed suit on behalf of the Sugar Law Center and a coalition of groups seeking to end decades-long delays at the EPA in responding to environmental justice complaints. SUPPORT THESE EFFORTS by telling the EPA to act on these civil rights violations. To send a message to the EPA, click HERE.

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