Saru Jayaraman, Advocate for Restaurant Workers, to Deliver Keynote Address at March 18 Annual Dinner of Michigan for Coalition for Human Rights

Saru Jayaraman, Advocate for Restaurant Workers, to Deliver Keynote Address at March 18 Annual Dinner of Michigan for Coalition for Human Rights - News - Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers, P.C. - Saru_Jayaraman_--_Director%2C_Food_Labor_Research_CenterDetroit – Saru Jayaraman, a noted advocate for restaurant workers, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 annual dinner of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. The group’s 38th dinner will be held on March 18, 2018, at Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, Mich. 48213. Reception at 4 p.m., with dinner and presentations beginning at 5 p.m.

Jayaraman is co-Founder and co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California/Berkeley. She is an attorney and long-time advocate of higher wages and better working conditions for restaurant workers.

ROC United was originally established to help restaurant workers affected by 9/11 and the World Trade Center tragedy. ROC United evolved to become an organizing and training center for all immigrant workers in New York. Currently, the group has over 25,000 restaurant employee members in 15 states and 300 restaurant owner members.

At the dinner, Michigan Coalition for Human Rights will also honor the following local human rights leaders and organization with three activist awards:

  • Rev. Ed Rowe will receive the group’s Lifetime Activist Award.
  • Charles and Sandra Simmons of Hush House will receive the Community Activist Award.
  • Allied Media Project will receive the Media Activist Award.

Single tickets for the dinner are $75 (until Feb. 26) and $100 (after Feb. 26). Tables for eight are $500 (until Feb. 26) and $700 (after Feb. 26). Individual, corporate and organizational sponsorships are also available starting at $250.

Purchase dinner tickets or sponsorships online at

For additional information contact dinner coordinator Ali Imam at or 248-794- 0206. 

About Michigan Coalition for Human Rights

Michigan Coalition for Human Rights promotes awareness of, commitment to, and advocacy for human rights and the environmental rights of planet Earth through education, community organization, and action. MCHR opposes forces that suppress human dignity, freedom, and justice -- locally and around the world. More information at

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