Council Member Brenda Jones was elected to serve the citizens of Detroit in November 2005, she began her second term in January 2010. Council Member Jones was appointed unanimously by her colleagues to represent the Detroit City Council on the Fire and Police Pension Board. She serves as Chairperson of the Internal Operations Standing Committee and as Vice Chairperson of the Public Health and Safety Standing Committee and the Budget, Finance and Audit Standing Committee. She is also a member of the Rules Committee. In addition, Jones is the Chairperson of the Skilled Trades Task Force, Disability Task Force, and the Keep Detroit Beautiful Task Force.
Brenda Jones is the former President of Communications Workers of America, Local 4004, where she represented over 1,000 union members and "advocated tirelessly for fairness and equal rights in the workplace". She currently serves as a Board Member for several organizations: the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights; the Detroit Metropolitan Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues; Secretary for the Communications Workers of America National Minority Caucus; Trustee of Michigan Minority Networking Women – Detroit Chapter; Trustee of Elise Bryant Educational Scholarship Foundation; and 1st Vice President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute – Detroit Chapter. In addition, Jones is a member of groups such as: the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; the Trade Union Leadership Council ; lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and a NEP Delegate for the Coalition of Labor Union Women .
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Meeting with Venezuelan Ambassador
On June 14, 2006, Ambassador Bernado Alvarez Herrera, Venezuela's envoy to the United States met with the Legislative Black Caucus in Lansing with several Detroit city officials, including council members JoAnn Watson, Brenda Jones, Kwame Kenyatta, Martha Reeves and Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to discuss how to expand his country’s programs that help the poor. He said that his country, under President Hugo Chavez wants to provide heating assistance and free eye surgery to needy Detroiters. Herrera's visit was facilitated by MI State Rep. Lamar Lemmons III. His consulate, General Martin E. Sanchez of Chicago traveled with him. Shortly prior to Herrera's visit, several African American civil rights leaders, including Harry Belafonte and Dr. Cornel West had visited Caracas. Herrera stated that such visits were integral: "They provide a catalyst to the assistance his country is now offering to low-income families and help foster the relationship it wants to build with Blacks in America." That evening, the visitors and city officials attended community reception featuring a "grassroots potluck" dinner, hosted by Michigan Welfare Right Organization which was attended by approximately 150 people. The event was supported by the U.S./Cuba Labor Exchange, Justice for Cuba Coalition, Latinos Unidos, International Action Center and Call ’Em Out. At the reception, Alvarez announced a new program to extend the free eye surgery program begun by Cuba to the U.S. Midwest.
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center
In 2007, Brenda Jones was a member of the Honorary Host Committee for the Essential: Advocacy for Workplace Justice Reception & Silent Auction. The reception, which was held on Nov. 14, 2007 is the annual fundraising event to benefit the far left National Lawyers Guild-affiliated Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice. The guest of honor at the reception was Andy Levin, son of Congressman Sander Levin, and Deputy Director at the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth.
In 2009, Brenda Jones was a member of the Host Committee for the Essential: Advocacy for Community Justice Reception & Silent Auction which was held at the Atlas Global Bistro, Detroit. The reception, which was held on Nov. 18, 2009 is the annual fundraising event to benefit the far left National Lawyers Guild-affiliated Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice. Remarks were made by Steve Tobocman and the Maurice Sugar Voice for Justice Award was presented to Marilyn Mullane, Executive Director, Michigan Legal Services.
Van Jones award host committee
On November 18, 2010, the far left Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice presented "The Maurice Sugar Voice for Justice Award" to Van Jones "Human Rights Activists and Green-Jobs Advocate", at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, 660 Woodward Ave, Suite 300.
Members of the Honorary Host Committee were;
- Jeffrey Breslin, RN, President, Michigan Nurses Association
- Hon. Hansen Clarke, Michigan Senate
- Hon. Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr., Detroit City Council
- Diana Copeland, Executive Director, East Michigan Environmental Action Council
- David Elsila, Retired Editor, UAW Solidarity Magazine
- Leslie Fields, National Director of Environmental Justice, Sierra Club
- Michael Garfield, Director, The Ecology Center
- Ponsella Hardaway, Executive Director, MOSES
- W. Kim Heron, Editor, Metro Times
- Charity Hicks, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
- Hon. Brenda Jones, Detroit City Council
- Bob King, President, UAW International
- Chris Kolb, President, Michigan Environmental Council
- Andy Levin, Acting Director, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth
- Hon. Claudia Morcom, Retired Wayne County Circuit Court Judge
- Kary Moss, Executive Director, ACLU of Michigan
- Hasan Newash, Palestine Office of Michigan
- Fred Redmond, International Vice President, United Steelworkers
- Hon. JoAnn Watson, Detroit City Council
- Ed Wendel, General Counsel, United Food & Commercial Workers
- Saundra Williams, President, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO
- Diann Woodard, President, American Federation of School Administrators
- City of Detroit, About Brenda Jones
- City of Detroit, About Brenda Jones
- Detroit Public Library, Detroit City Council 1919 to present
- Pan-African News Wire: Free Eye Surgery, Heating-oil for Detroit Venezuela Ambassador Announces, by Kenneth Snodgrass, circa June 2006 (accessed on Feb. 11, 2011)
- Michigan Citizen: Venezuela offers help to Detroit, by Bankole Thompson, circa June 2006 (accessed on Feb. 11, 2011)
- Pan-African News Wire: Venezuelan ambassador discusses ‘offensive against poverty’, by Cheryl LaBash, June 30, 2006 (accessed on Feb. 11, 2011)
- MCHR website, accessed Feb. 1, 2011
- Sugar Law website: Essential: Advocacy for Workplace Justice 2007 Event flyer (accessed on Feb. 11, 2011)
- Sugar Law Center website: 2009 Essential: Advocacy for Community Justice Reception & Silent Auction (accessed on Feb. 11, 2011)
- Sugar Law Center for Economic k Social Justice website, accessed Jan 25, 2011