Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for the dignity and potential of every person. We are committed to a participatory democracy at every level, an economy that works for the many, and a society that dismantles racism while uplifting our common humanity. To ignite the power of our communities and shift the balance of power, we cultivate the leadership of those directly affected by injustice, and build popular institutions for the future.
In 2012, the Michigan Organizing Project (MOP) and the Alliance for Immigrant Rights (AIR) merged to form a statewide organization of churches, labor, and community groups to ensure that our economy works for the many, our civil rights are protected, and our democracy is strong. Together, along with our member institutions and individuals, we seek to affirm the fundamental dignity of working families, shape our political future, and achieve an economically and racially just society for our communities.
MOP is a faith-centered community organizing project based in West Michigan, with membership in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and smaller towns in the area. For 20 years, MOP has fought to ensure that working families and people of color have a say in the important decisions being made about their neighborhoods and lives. MOP has led successful campaigns to increase health and dental care access for low-income families, and eliminate employment barriers for ex-offenders. Currently, the Kalamazoo MOP Council is working to support the civil rights of immigrants, build power with immigrant workers, to fund a Kalamazoo County homeless housing and prevention program, and to secure the votes of the Michigan Congressional delegation for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).
AIR is a statewide coalition of 50 labor, faith, social service, civil rights and business groups working to stand up for the civil rights of immigrant workers, families and students. AIR also conducts extensive community organizing of low-income Latino and Arab American families in Metro-Detroit. Since its founding in 2009, AIR has won important victories, including a new, stronger national policy against immigration enforcement at schools and churches, stopping state E-Verify legislation, and earning the votes of Michigan senators and a Republican Congressman for the DREAM Act. The AIR Coalition has recently been engaged in the fight for administrative relief, community education and implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, and securing the votes of the Michigan Congressional delegation for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).