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OUR WORK

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.For more information on our ongoing initiatives click HERE!

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!

NEW SELF-HELP RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR LOW-WAGE WORKERS!

Materials are now available ONLINE for low-wage workers and others on wage and pay issues! The materials include an extensive toolkit informing workers of their rights, identifying common issues, and providing guidance with filing complaints before federal and state agencies and in court. The materials are available at Michigan Legal Help. Additionally, an interactive questionnaire is available to advocates assisting clients to identify wage and pay issues. The questionnaire is available through LegalHelp Interactive. These resources were developed by a coalition of Michigan Legal Help, the Sugar Law Center and other organizations and volunteers.

These resources were made possible through the generous support of the Michigan State Bar Foundation

Fight Against Emergency Managers In The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

The legal challenge to Michigan’s Emergency Law in Phillips v. Snyder is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. The appeal seeks to restore voting rights and first amendment claims to the case. Click on the link and you can read our APPELLATE COURT BRIEF. The ongoing crises in Flint and in Detroit’s school system show the perils that nontransparent and unaccountable governance by emergency managers invites. The Sugar Law Center is confident that the Court of Appeals will find in our favor and restore the dismissed claims and if the legislature is unwilling to repeal the law, that P.A. 436 will be struck down by the courts.

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.

Contact Us

Address: 4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit MI 48201 | Phone: (313) 993-4505 | Email: mail@sugarlaw.org

This website provides general information to people interested in the Sugar Law Center. Visitors should not consider the information available via this website to be an invitation for an attorney-client relationship, should not rely on the information provided herein as legal advice for any purpose, and should always seek the legal advice of competent counsel in the relevant jurisdiction regarding specific facts and legal issues.

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. Our can donate through Access to Justice online, or simply designate "This gift is for Sugar Law Center Operations" on the form you received from the Bar. Thank you!

Brochure

Download our latest brochure by clicking here.

NEW RESOURCES FOR LOW-WAGE WORKERS!

SELF-HELP RESOURCES FOR LOW-WAGE WORKERS are now available ONLINE for low-wage workers and others on wage and pay issues! These resources were developed by a coalition of Michigan Legal Help, the Sugar Law Center and other organizations and volunteers.

These resources were made possible through the generous support of the Michigan State Bar Foundation

COMMUNITY BENEFITS NOW!

COMMUNITY BENEFITS BUILD STRONG COMMUNITIES - SLC VIDEO with Interviews from community members, John Philo of the 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. .

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.

TAKE ACTION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE!

Earthjustice recently 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.