About Me

Justin Wedes is an educator and activist based in Detroit, Michigan. A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Physics and Linguistics with High Honors, Justin has taught formerly truant and low-income youth in subjects ranging from science to media literacy and social justice activism. A founding member of the New York City General Assembly (NYCGA), the group that brought you Occupy Wall Street, Justin continues his education activism with the Grassroots Education Movement, Class Size Matters. He founded the Paul Robeson Freedom School.

In 2014 Justin returned to his native Detroit to co-found the Detroit Water Brigade, a non-profit advocacy and rapid relief organization responding to the city’s aggressive water shutoff program. In May, 2015, he left the leadership of this group to spin off a new community organization called Detroit Workers and Builders which trains and employs Detroiters fixing Detroit’s blighted homes, public buildings and infrastructure.

In his (fleeting) spare time, Justin enjoys biking, running, chess, and playing the ’77 Fender Rhodes stage piano to his heart’s delight.

“A young rebel.” -Stephen Colbert

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