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Senior Defending Democracy Fellows - 2 Positions
July 16, 2018 - December 20, 2018

About the fellowship:
Western States Center is initiating a new fellowship program to train organizers and researchers in strategies to counter white nationalism across the country.

Once a contained fringe social movement, white nationalism has morphed into a mass movement with significant public support. The white nationalist movement and its “alt-right” coalition is shaping public narrative on national policies, endangering community cohesion, and limiting the rights of people of color, immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized communities.

White nationalism is jeopardizing the gains we’ve made over the past 50 years and endangering democracy here and abroad. That is why preparing our movements to effectively counter the threat of white nationalism is a critical priority in this moment. Western States Center has created this fellowship because the need for leaders in this area of work is increasing.

Description of work, opportunities, and location:
Fellows will learn about organized racist movements through independent study and collaborative work, guided by leaders in the field. Fellows will also undertake projects to directly counter white nationalism through research and/or organizing, designed in partnership with Western States Center’s Defending Democracy program. Fellows may be based anywhere in the United States. Some availability during Pacific time zone working hours should be possible.

Applicant criteria:
For the inaugural fellowship cycle, we are seeking early-career candidates with leadership potential. The ideal candidate will have a clear racial justice analysis, experience in community organizing or investigative research (at least two years, including as a student), and an interest in engaging in anti-hate work over the course of their career.

Duration and stipend:
The fellowship will last until mid-December, and fellows will be expected to dedicate approximately 300 hours (an average of 15 hours per week) over the course of the fellowship. A stipend of $4,500 is available for each fellow.

Application deadline and instructions:
The application deadline is June 8. The fellowship will begin on July 16. To apply, please submit your application materials online at this link.


Reproductive Justice Fellow - 1 Position
June - September 2018

Western States Center is recruiting for an innovative Reproductive Justice Fellow to join our team and provide creative ideas to help achieve our goals of providing quality, culturally appropriate reproductive health information and messages to individuals with mixed immigration status.

The Center is looking for an individual with experience in community organizing, utilizing of various social media platforms, who understands millennials and who identifies firsthand, with people of mixed immigration status.

Who we are:
Western States Center is an organization committed to strengthening inclusive democracy (people-centered, transparent, and accountable) in the United States by mobilizing progressive political, economic, and cultural power in the West to advance racial, gender and economic equity.

Purpose: 
On August 15th, 2017, groundbreaking reproductive health legislation was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown. The Reproductive Health Equity Act expands and protects the full range of reproductive health care services regardless of gender identity, citizen status or type of insurance or income.

We are looking for an individual to assist and participate with the Oregon Health Authority’s Community Partnership and DACA Community Workgroup to develop a comprehensive, culturally appropriate social media campaign and outreach aimed at reaching individuals who identify with mixed immigration status.

This Fellowship will work closely with Western States Center’s We are BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity) Program Director and the Center’s reproductive justice program.

This position is also available for academic credit. The Fellow is responsible for acquiring all necessary paperwork and process for acceptance.

Hours and wage: 
$18 per hour for 20-25 hours per week, from late June - September 2018

Primary Responsibilities:
The Reproductive Justice Fellow will assist in developing strategies, materials, messages and content designed to increase awareness of expanded reproductive health services for individuals whose immigration status excludes them from qualifying for OHP or private health insurance. This Fellow will:

  • Participate in developing and implementing outreach strategies in collaboration with the DACA Community Workgroup.
  • Assist in developing and implementing social media strategy and guides for youth and DACA population across online working platforms
  • Conduct online outreach and promotion of newly expanded reproductive health services
  • Attend strategic outreach and community networking events (ability to do limited travel).
  • Coordinate and lead a Youth/ DACA advisory working group

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bicultural and bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
  • Firsthand, experience with people of mixed immigration status and familiar with youth vernacular
  • Proficient in multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc.
  • Comfortable with computers, and using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability in, and enjoyment of, organizing events, trainings and conferences
  • Solid understanding of the issues involved in organizing for justice, and a strong commitment to meeting the particular challenges facing communities-of-color, low-income communities, LGBT and queer communities and organizations working in rural communities.
  • Self-directed and able to work with limited supervision
  • Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas
  • High school degree or equivalent; must be enrolled in an accredited university/college program to receive academic credit
  • Ability to travel within the Portland Metro and Salem area, including some weekends and evenings
  • Works primarily in Portland at the Western States Center office.

To Apply:
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and references electronically in .pdf format by June 8th at 12pm to Amy Casso, BRAVE Program Director at amyc@wscpdx.org. Please submit your email with a subject that includes first initial, last name and the term Reproductive Justice Fellow.