We are MEJC Action!

Our Story

MEJC Action! is a charitable non-profit with 501(c)(4) status sponsored by Allied Media Action Fund.

We are a coalition of diverse communities: urban and rural, Black, white, Indigenous, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islanders, and working class. We convene and work together to engage in electoral politics with a bold climate agenda for Michigan.

Advisory Board

Our advisory board is composed of environmental organizers and community leaders from diverse coalitions in Michigan. We vote by majority to advance any new major campaigns or accept funding.

We believe in:

  • Collectivism and people. Power for and from those traditionally left in the margins.
  • Redistribution of resources from the top.
  • The Sacredness of the Earth and all its life, human and other-than-human.
  • Indigenous rights, which must be in focus.
  • Politicians that represent the people, and who work with and on behalf of people.
  • Intergenerational work focusing on youth. The highest stakes are in the future.
  • Creating more space for People of Color leadership. Climate is not a white issue.
  • Valuing the survivance of those devalued in the current system. The least of us should not be minimized as market value. Our lives matter.

Biidaaban Reinhardt

Rural Fellow 2020

(she/her/hers) Anishinaabe Ojibwe woman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Alumni of Northern Michigan University with a Masters degree in Sustainable Construction from SUNY ESF.

Rebecca Williams

Rural Fellow 2020

(she/her/hers) Member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Mom of six teenagers. Currently majoring in Youth and Community Development at Western Michigan University. 

Juan Jhong Chung

General Coordinator

(he/him/his) Queer Latinx immigrant of Chinese and Quechua Chanka ancestry. Currently pursuing dual Masters degrees in Environment and Sustainability + Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan.

Advisory Board

Jesse Deerinwater

Advisory Board Member

(he/him/his) Community Organizer-Citizens Resistance at Fermi 2 (CRAFT)
Board of Directors-North American Indian Association of Detroit (NAIA) 

Michelle Martinez

Advisory Board Member

(she/her/hers)  Latinx-Mestiza environmental justice activist, writer, and mother born in Detroit. Acting Executive Director and Statewide Coordinator for Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition.