I think of queer or LGBT spaces as political, since we are the targets of so many bad laws. Anyway, there is an interesting activist job opening in Brookfield, so I thought I would share with this group.
Six Part-Time Grassroots Organizers
Application deadline: Interviews are being conducted on a rolling basis, so interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) seeks experienced community and/or political organizers to do part-time grassroots organizing in six congressional districts between February 2006 and June 2006. Each organizer's goal will be to persuade his or her member of Congress to vote for medical marijuana legislation that will be brought up for a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in June or July of 2006.
The six congressional districts are located in and around:
- Bridgeport, Connecticut (the district of Congressman Chris Shays)
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida (the district of Congressman Clay Shaw)
- Addison, Illinois (the district of Congressman Henry Hyde)
- Stafford, Texas (the district of Congressman Tom DeLay)
- Herndon, Virginia (the district of Congressman Frank Wolf)
- Brookfield, Wisconsin (the district of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner)
Each grassroots organizer must live in one of the above congressional districts and will need to execute the following tasks:
-Build a coalition of supportive community leaders and local organizations;
-Collect the names and e-mail addresses of hundreds of "rank-and-file" constituents who are interested in subscribing to MPP's e-mail alerts (which will ask the constituents to use MPP's Web site to e-mail or fax pre-written letters to their congressperson);
-Generate handwritten letters from constituents to the congressperson;
-Arrange meetings between medical marijuana patients, physicians, nurses, and other credible constituents with the congressperson and/or his staff members;
-Organize "visibility" events, such as holding up placards at busy intersections or distributing brochures outside of the congressperson's local office;
-Promote the "visibility" events and other newsworthy developments to all local print, radio, TV, and Internet news outlets;
-Generate letters-to-the-editor, op-eds, and meetings with the editorial boards of all local newspapers; and
-Recruit and manage local volunteers to assist the grassroots organizer with all of the above activities.
Interested applicants must demonstrate exceptional oral communication skills, the ability to work independently, a high level of organization, and a professional appearance. Experience with managing volunteers is a plus.
Each grassroots organizer will receive a stipend of $1,000 per month and be paid as an independent contractor. As such, the position does not include health insurance or other benefits. All six grassroots organizers will report to the National Field Director in MPP's office in Washington, D.C.
(Organizers who excel at their job will likely be offered other paid opportunities to work for MPP in their congressional district or another state after June 2006.)
Please see http://www.mpp.org/jobs/process.html to apply for a part-time grassroots organizer position.
MPP is an equal opportunity employer. There are 19 staffers in MPP's D.C. office, two staffers in California, one in Nevada, and one in Vermont. With more than 18,000 members and 120,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, MPP is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. We work to minimize the harm associated with marijuana -- both the consumption of marijuana and the laws that are intended to prohibit its use -- and believe that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is imprisonment. For more information about the organization, please visit http://www.mpp.org.