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Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Seeks Communications Officer

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

THE MARY REYNOLDS BABCOCK FOUNDATION seeks a values-driven Communications Officer with at least five years experience and a passion for economic and social justice to fill a new position. A key goal of the Foundation is to increase investment in and visibility and impact of nonprofits in the Southeastern US that are helping people and places move out of poverty. This is an exciting professional opportunity in a progressive and innovative organization to work closely with the Executive Director and Program Team to create the Foundation’s communications strategy, policies and activities for accomplishing this goal.

WE SEEK A COLLEAGUE WITH SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE TO HELP US BUILD FROM THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:

  • Our focus is on increasing investment and impact on moving people and places out of poverty, not on promoting the Babcock Foundation. The communications function is integrated into the Foundation’s Program Team and annual program goals. Our primary audiences are investors, policy makers and practitioners who are, or could be, working to reduce poverty in the Southeastern US.
  • Partnerships with grantees and other foundations are our preferred way of doing business. We also seek partners for shared communications goals and strategies.
  • We believe communication is a live, two-way encounter; therefore, relationships are at the core of effective communications.

Each year, the Babcock Foundation makes between $6 million and $7 million in grants to local, statewide and regional nonprofits in the Southeastern US that have established track records of helping low-income people build assets and transform economic conditions in their communities. In addition to grantmaking, the Foundation also provides Program Related Investments (PRIs) to achieve its objectives, as well as supporting organizational development and capacity building opportunities for its grantees.

The Babcock Foundation is based in Winston-Salem, N.C., an attractive community in the mid-Atlantic region. For more information on the Babcock Foundation, go to www.mrbf.org.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS Is APRIL 8, 2011 or until position is filled.
Please electronically submit a resume and letter of application to Leslie White, administrative secretary, at lwhite@mrbf.org. Letter should describe applicant’s experience and skills relevant to the following position description. We look forward to
receiving applications from a diverse pool of candidates. The Babcock Foundation is an Equal OpportunityEmployer committed to maintaining a diverse staff.

The Babcock Foundation offers competitive salary and benefits based on individual experience.

MARY REYNOLDS BABCOCK FOUNDATION
Communications Officer
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Winston-Salem, NC
The Communications Officer is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating communications strategies that support fulfillment of Babcock Foundation values, mission and goals. The Communications Officer will be a member of the Foundation’s Program Team, providing communications expertise to accomplish team goals. He/she will report to the Executive Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIES

  • Develop understanding of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in the Southeastern US as it relates to moving people and places out of poverty, including the Foundation’s current and historic investments in the region
  • Working closely with staff and board, guide the development of communications strategies and policies consistent with the Foundation’s values and long-term goals
  • Develop, implement and evaluate an annual communications plan to support the work of the Foundation and grantees, in collaboration with the Program Team
  • Plan, prepare and oversee the production of Foundation communications using a broad range of communications tools, including the Foundation’s website and new media
  • Write and edit Foundation communications, including stories on grantee impact; website and social media content; speeches, presentations and talking points; articles and reports,
  • Keep abreast of emerging trends in strategic uses of communications and new media; ensure that the Foundation’s communications strategy and practices are suitably adapted
  • Maintain strong and effective relationships with media and news organizations covering the Foundation and its grantees
  • Maintain effective and efficient administrative systems for supporting communications, including a system for tracking the impact of communications activities toward annual and long-term program goals

WORK COLLABORATIVELY AS A MEMBER OF THE PROGRAM TEAM

  • Help Program staff and grantees build their capacities for employing strategic communications to build and maintain relationships, advance public discussion about moving people out of poverty, and create systemic change in thinking, practice and policy
  • With Executive Director and Program Officers, develop and sustain a network of partnerships with grantees, foundations and others to achieve shared communications goals
  • Understand and use the Foundation’s outcomes tracking system as a source of stories on grantee impact and lessons learned
  • Participate as a thought partner to help develop, support and enhance programmatic work
  • Contribute to a transparent organizational culture where ethical policies are practiced.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors degree required (communications, journalism, public relations, public affairs or related discipline preferred)
  • At least five years of increasingly responsible work experience in a communications-related field (communications experience with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations a plus)
  • Commitment to, and passion for, Babcock Foundation mission and values
  • Knowledge of the Southeastern US
  • Direct experience with nonprofits related to the Foundation’s mission
  • Experience planning and implementing communications strategy, including partnerships with shared communications goals
  • Experience with website creation, management, content development and technology; familiarity with Web 2.0 and social media, electronic publications, blogs, and communications tools to advance the Foundation’s communications goals
  • Experience in media relations and working with print, radio, television, and on-line media outlets
  • Proven ability to develop and use project management systems to coordinate and complete projects on time, within budget, all focused on goal accomplishment
  • Demonstrated capacity to collaborate successfully with staff, consultants, vendors, and external partners
  • Proven track record of working independently and exhibiting mature judgment within a team-oriented environment
  • Excellent writing, interviewing and editing skills; a demonstrated ability to tell compelling stories and translate complex concepts and practices into easily understandable language
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent technology and software skills, including proficiency with MS Office

RFP: We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

We Are All Brooklyn (WAAB) Fellowship
Leading By Giving

Request for Proposal
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Deadline for Submission: March 23, 2011

Background
We Are All Brooklyn (WAAB) is a coalition of more than 75 community and faith-based organizations in Brooklyn born in the aftermath of 9/11. WAAB brings leaders from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds together to solve
quality of life issues affecting their communities. The We Are All Brooklyn (WAAB) Fellowship is a leadership development program dedicated to advancing the next generation of Brooklyn’s young diverse leaders. WAAB fellows come together to learn how to utilize diversity as an asset to themselves, their agencies, their communities, and Brooklyn. Through their shared experiences and participation in WAAB, the fellows come to understand that through building, broadening, and strengthening ethnic, cultural, and religious ties in Brooklyn there is far more that unites us than divides us. Ultimately, fellows discover how they can help communities share resources, manage dynamic tensions, and collaborate on solving problems.
Leading By Giving is the 2010-2011 grant-making committee of We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship.

Purpose
The 2010-2011 Leading By Giving committee aims to promote the values of the fellowship by awarding a grant up to $1,000 to support and empower a Brooklyn-based organization that fosters entrepreneurial activities through intergenerational relationships.

To be eligible applicants must be:
• Brooklyn-based non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status (headquartered in Brooklyn or with a satellite office location in Brooklyn) or organizations fiscally sponsored by a non-profit organization.
• Organizations promoting (or seeking to promote) entrepreneurial activities using intergenerational relationships.
• Organizations with an annual operating budget of less than or equal to $250,000.

Guidelines for Eligible Projects
Favorable consideration will be given to projects and programs that:
• Encourage diversity, understanding, and inclusiveness among participants through entrepreneurial activities. An entrepreneurial activity is any activity that promotes the transformation of an idea into an economic venture. Entrepreneurial skill-building activities are eligible.
• Emphasize interaction and relationship building between different generations (i.e. teenagers and seniors; middle aged adults and young adults; etc.)
• Propose unique and innovative strategies for addressing the needs of the target population.
• Create and/or build upon a program that will reach into the community.
• Demonstrate an efficient use of the funds for measurable impacts and sustainable outcomes.
• Organizations not affiliated with a current WAAB Fellow.

Application forms can be downloaded at www.WAAB.org.
While we prefer email applications, mail, fax, and hand-delivery are also acceptable.

Completed applications from eligible candidates must be received (not postmarked) by March 23, 2011 to:

We Are All Brooklyn
c/o Jewish Community Relations Council of New York
1 Penn Plaza
Box 6103
New York, New York 10119
Email: waabrfp@gmail.com
Fax: (212)983-4084

For any additional information, please contact Samara Elias at waabrfp@gmail.com or 212-983-4800 x120.

RFP: We Are The Bronx (WATB) Fellowship

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Request for Proposal
Release Date: February 14, 2011
Deadline for Submission: March 31, 2011

Background
We Are The Bronx (WATB) is a Fellowship of over 25 non-profit organizations in the Bronx that was created in 2009. WATB provides non-profit professionals opportunities to network and training in leadership development. The We Are The Bronx Fellowship represents a diverse group of community leaders working to strengthen both the non-profit sector and the Bronx as a whole, through partnership, understanding, and capacity building. The 2010-2011 Grant-Making Committee was created to provide project funding to a Bronx-based individual or
organization that shares the WATB mission of strengthening the borough.

Purpose
The 2010-2011 Grant-Making Committee will award a grant of up to $1000 to a Bronx-based individual or organization that engages youth in leadership development or community empowerment endeavors.

Eligible Applicants

  • Bronx-based individuals and organizations that have 501(c)(3) status or are fiscally sponsored by a
  • 501(c)(3) organization
  • Organizations with a program budget (not agency operating budget) of less than or equal to $250,000
  • Programs and projects that are less than 5 years old

Guidelines for Eligible Projects

  • Serves residents of the South Bronx (defined as areas under jurisdiction of Community Boards 1, 2, and 3)
  • Serves youth ages 10 through 18 years old
  • Promotes community empowerment and quality of life in the Bronx and/or provides youth with leadership
  • development
  • Demonstrates an efficient use of the funds for measurable impacts and sustainable outcomes

Application forms can be downloaded at www.communityuplink.net/watbapp.doc
Applications may be submitted by email, mail, and fax.
Completed applications from eligible candidates must be received (not postmarked) by March 31, 2011 to:

We Are The Bronx
c/o Jewish Community Relations Council of New York
1 Penn Plaza
P.O. Box 6103
New York, New York 10119

Email: watbRFP@gmail.com
Fax: (212)983-4084

For any additional information, please contact
Adeline Medeiros at watbrfp@gmail.com or 212-983-4800 x122.

Website: www.communityuplink.net/watbrfp.pdf

LAST NIGHT’S FEMINIST PARTY 2: Photos!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Thanks to everyone for coming out last Thursday to our second ever last night’s feminist party!

Ever seen a Reproductive Justice photobooth?

Check out your great photos on Facebook and on Flickr.

We look forward to more silly radicalism with you all in the future!

If you’d like to share them with friends who couldn’t make it, you can direct them to the slideshow at lastnightsfeministparty.com

Many thanks again and hope to see you in a few months for the next “last night’s feminist party.”

Hiring: Online Community Organizer And Campaigner For The Drop The I-Word Campaign

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Founded in 1981, the Applied Research Center (ARC) is a racial justice think tank and home for media and activism, built on rigorous research and creative use of new technology.  Our goal is to popularize the need for racial justice and prepare people to fight for it.  With offices in New York, Chicago, and Oakland, we have three programs that serve these ends: Media and Journalism, Strategic Research and Policy Analysis, and the Racial Justice Leadership Action Network.

The Online Community Organizer and Campaigner (OCOC) will work out of the New York office.  In conjunction with the Drop the I-Word Campaign Coordinator and other team members, the OCOC is responsible for online campaign strategy development, coordination of email marketing, project management, and online outreach efforts, including online fundraising, to grow the DTIW community.

Responsibilities
Development and implementation of online community strategy.
Coordinate with DTIW team to ensure timely, efficient and high quality implementation.
In conjunction with DTIW team and key partner organizations, develop lists for outreach and email blasts, maintain interesting and informative flow of information to maintain, grow and mobilize online community, Solicit and process member ideas, suggestions, requests and community-building activities.
Manage DTIW presence and initiatives in social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, and other similar social media outlets.
In conjunction with DTIW team, support the development of compelling editorial content for website, blogs and regular outbound emails, including calls to action and other advocacy tools.
Manage online activist database, including list segmentation and implementing strategies to grow the list.
Serve as the key coordinator for DTIW Email Campaign Updates and Action Alerts and other e-mail communications that include graphic elements.
Research or fact checking as needed for reports, briefings and/or other DTIW publications or call to action releases.
Post articles to website and create internal links and paths that tie content on different pages together.  Includes updating website (find and remove and/or replace outdated content) including some design work.
Develop and analyze email and web metrics, and analysis of online constituent mobilization campaigns. (ex. Pledges, email open rates, list size, etc…)
Promote consistent integration of DTIW online campaign across the whole of ARC and Colorlines online presence. Assist on occasion with reviewing, formulating and executing other efforts in the ARC and Colorlines online community.

Required Skills
Understanding of Internet technology and communication and its applications to advocacy campaigns. Significant experience with blogs, social networking sites, and email list communications
Experience in building online campaigns, especially grassroots organizing and mobilization.
Ideally some experience building online fundraising strategies into online advocacy campaigns
In-depth knowledge and understanding of racial justice, immigrant rights and other social issues and movements.
Well organized and able to manage multiple priorities.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
Must thrive on change, innovation, teamwork, and particularly understand the dynamic and sometimes unpredictable nature of advocacy campaigns
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or 3+ years experience
Passion, Integrity, and Energy!

Qualifications

1. Minimum of three years experience in managing online activities for a nonprofit advocacy organization, including responsibility for website content and experience using web-based activist and outreach systems.
2. Proven track record of building online activism and/or web traffic for a nonprofit advocacy organization or other online marketing success.
3. Experience in using graphics and photos to enhance web pages and e-mail messages, familiarity with basic web design and HTML.
4. Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and progressive social change and experience working in a multiracial and multilingual organization.
5. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
6. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and balance multiple projects.
7. Bilingual/Spanish a plus.

Compensation:
This is a full-time, six-month position based in New York City, with a salary range of $40,000–$45,000, DOE.

Application Process: Applicants should submit a cover letter and
resume to: spena@arc.org.by March 15, 2011.

ARC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women, people of color, and
LGBT are especially encouraged to apply.

Union Square Awards hiring for Program Officer

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Established by an anonymous donor in 1998, the Union Square Awards supports grassroots activism in New York City. It identifies organizations that have not yet received substantial funding or recognition but that are making notable contributions to the City. As of 2010, more than 225 organizations had received the Award and more than $15 million distributed. Regrants and technical assistance programs are also offered to help recipients build long-term sustainability.

The Union Square Awards seeks a Program Officer to work closely with and report to the Executive Director. The position will have administrative oversight of the Union Square Awards regrants and technical assistance programs with responsibility for evaluation, grants management, strategic planning and development of dynamic programs. It requires significant experience in the nonprofit community as well as strong organizational, analytical, evaluative, program management, and communication skills.

The Union Square Awards consists of a five-person staff in a highly collaborative and organized workplace to meet the needs of community and grantee organizations; staff members participate in creating workplans and in developing programs, along with meticulously documenting office processes and best practices. The organization also partners with foundations and other philanthropic organizations in New York City to create joint programs that build capacity that supports progressive social change. The ideal candidate will value maintaining our current systems and processes as well as the opportunity to develop them further in the future.

Areas of responsibilities:

1.    Grants Administration

·    Overall responsibility for regrants administration, proposal review, assessment and evaluation, and distribution.

·    Conducts site visits, prepares written evaluations, and writes organizational profiles to submit for panel review.

·    Prepares requests for proposals and coordinates review process.

·    Manages contracting process.

·    Monitors reporting and contract compliance.

·    Engages in ongoing assessment of project grantees and their needs.

2.    Organizational Assistance & Support

·    Assesses needs, conceptualizes programmatic ideas and strategies, and generates proposals for program development.

·    Liaison with consultants and vendors engaged in technical assistance programs.

3.    Strategic Planning and Program Design

·    Assists with program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

·    Provides programmatic expertise and identifies priorities, gaps, and trends.

·    Assists with writing a wide range of materials such as RFP’s and grantee evaluations.

4.    Other Duties

·    Oversees and monitors grant-related financial and reporting documents.

·    Engages in other duties as needed and assigned by the Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum of five years experience in the nonprofit sector with, at least, three years of experience in program evaluation and grant making or in a leadership role in a nonprofit.

Knowledgeable about a range of social, legal, and financial issues facing nonprofit groups and organizations.

·    Experienced strategic thinker, planner and doer: able to synthesize varied experience, information, and context in order to create solutions.

·    Minimum of three years of experience in program design and implementation.

·    Outstanding writing skills: capable of composing a wide range of written materials that communicate effectively with regard to format, style, and grammar usage.

·    Highly organized, unusually detail-oriented, and able to handle a variety of administrative and other tasks accurately.

·    Demonstrated high-quality work ethic: strives to do the best work at all times.

·    A problem solver with a ‘can-do’ attitude and creative energy: believes that all things are possible, seeks new and inventive solutions to challenges and needs, and is eager to learn.

·    Extremely capable of working independently and also a real team player: someone with initiative, enthusiasm, flexibility, and able to collaborate with the other members of the organization.

·    Fluency in Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google apps.

·    Strong interpersonal skills: a warm and energetic individual capable of communicating respectfully and openly with people of varied ages, races, and class backgrounds.

·    BA required. Graduate degree or equivalent experience in a related field preferred.

·    Community organizing experience a plus.

BENEFITS: Competitive salary and benefits.

TO APPLY: Please send the name and address of two professional references, your resume, and a cover letter including responses to the following two questions:

1.    What specifically draws you to the position and the organization?

2.    If you were selected as the Union Square Awards Program Officer, what principles and processes would guide your recommendations about the organization’s grant making?

Send to search@unionsquareawards.org by March 7, 2011. Please put ‘Program Officer’ in the subject line of your email and respond to the above two questions in less than 1.5 pages. Applications must be received no later than the closing date. No fax or telephone inquiries.

The Union Square Awards is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to having a richly diverse workplace.

Campaign for Community Change hiring for an Online Communications Director

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Campaign for Community Change is looking for a temporary Online Communications Director in the DC area.   If interested, you can send your resume and cover letter to hiring@fissionstrategy.com.


About the Campaign for Community Change

The Campaign for Community Change (The Campaign) aims to increase the profile of policy issues that matter to low-income people and people of color; educate and empower communities to act on those issues; and influence the federal legislation to benefit low-income families and communities. Specifically, the Campaign works to equip low-income, immigrant and communities of color with the skills and resources to participate year-round in the electoral process. The Campaign’s goal is to ensure that these communities–historically underrepresented in voter turnout–are recognized as constituencies to which every candidate is accountable. We aim to promote a culture of civic participation and assist our constituencies to become fully engaged in American democracy.

One of the most distinctive elements of the Campaign is that it is driven by local grassroots groups and leaders.  The Campaign provides guidance and support, but the ownership is in the hands of the people from these communities and the organizations to which they belong. The Campaign will provide partner organizations with an array of support and resources to help them reach their electoral goals through voter education, registration, mobilization and protection, as well as efforts designed to strengthen the membership and leadership within their organizations. For further information please visit our website at www.campaignforcommunities.org

Position Overview:

For the past year and a half, the Campaign for Community Change has worked with a large coalition of local and national organizations committed to passing humane immigration reform.
The coalition has worked on multiple fronts, generating policy recommendations, reaching potential supporters through a coordinated online and offline field campaign, raising issue visibility in the media, and mobilizing voters to support pro-immigrant candidates.
After successfully building large and powerful mobile and email lists, as well as a web and social media presence, the coalition is entering into it’s next phase. While the field plan of the coalition will be “dormant” it will be the job of the Director to both transition the lists while engaging in tactics and strategies to aggressively grow them. The Campaign for Community Change is seeking an Online Communications Director with 3-5 years experience in managing complex online campaigns. The Online Communications Director should be a self-starter, a web and data “geek”, and an experienced organizer with a clear vision about how to use the Internet and online tools to mobilize thousands of supporters. The ideal candidate will have a history of proven success in list building, leveraging technology for grassroots organizing, developing and implementing effective online advocacy and fundraising strategies, project management, and staff management.  Previous experience working with coalitions and distributed teams successfully is a plus.

This position is temporary.

The Online Communications Director reports to the Director of New Organizing.

Principal Responsibilities:

Work with coalition partners to transition campaign lists into new phase of campaign “dormant” mode.
Work closely with partner groups and the Communications team to develop effective online/offline strategies and messaging.
Develop a detailed online campaign budget including technology and design costs, paid marketing and staffing.
Hire staff as needed and coordinate sharing of staff resources with coalition partners.
Manage and update the coalition website; contract and work with vendors as needed.
Develop a strong email communications plan to engage list members in campaign activities, promote local and state level messages and maximize growth.
Work with partner organizations that  support the campaign and have stake in the listbuilding work.
Work with the coalition and partner organizations to maximize the campaign’s reach online – including website traffic, blog coverage, social network reach, etc.
Provide training and support for coalition members and partner organizations around practical application of online technology and new media tools in both community organizing and issue advocacy campaigns.
Manage the coalition list-building project, including:

The keeping of a project timeline that lays out the steps needed to achieve list-building goals.
The convening of meetings and following up with partners as necessary to ensure that all milestones are being met.
Manage partner relationships and new list sharing terms.

Qualifications:

Strong project management skills. Experience in staff hiring and management.

A commitment to the passage of just and humane immigration policy An internet visionary constantly looking for new and innovative ways to organize campaigns online.
Knowledge of basic HTML, CSS and image manipulation.
Understands the online political space and political blogosphere.
Able to track a lot of moving parts and manage complex projects.
Maintain attention to detail, while keeping the big picture in mind.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.

Able to write compelling email copy, with an understanding of what makes some emails more effective at generating action than others.
Experience working with partner organizations on an issue campaign.
Familiarity with Action Kit or similar program (Blue State Digital, Convio, Capitol Advantage, Get Active, etc).
Familiarity with SMS advocavy work and/or experience with a platform like Mobile Commons (Revolution Media etc).
Familiarity with best practices in list segmentation, message personalization, and email/SMS response tracking.

Familiarity with online organizing practices, including social network and blogger outreach.
Familiarity with the use of voter file data and modeling for reaching potential campaign supporters, a plus.
Experience with providing training and support around online organizing practices, including social network and blogger outreach.
Specific experience around practical application of online technology and new media tools in community organizing and issue advocacy campaigns a plus.
The ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

Salary & Benefits:
Campaign for Community Change offers a competitive salary. Temporary employees receive all legally mandated benefits.

Closing Date of Position:
Open until filled

How to apply:
Please submit resume, cover letter that includes salary expectations and at least two writing samples to: hiring@fissionstrategy.com

Smith Bill Update: Rape Redefinition Removed

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Chalk one up to the many activists, organizations and political commentators who took on Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for their attempt to redefine rape as part of a new bill Smith introduced, the “No Tax Payer Funding for Abortion Act” [PDF]. As originally drafted, the bill proposed to narrow the Medicaid funding exception that currently provides coverage for abortions in the case of rape to only cover a new category of “forcible” rape. Now, after five days of whirlwind outrage, such as the #DearJohn Twitter campaign and Jon Stewart’s segment on “Rape Rape” vs. “Rapish” (below), the clause was finally removed this morning.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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www.thedailyshow.com
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Let’s not breathe a sigh of relief yet. There is so much yet left to challenge in the Smith Bill that would damage our ability to determine what happens to our bodies. The “forcible rape” clause was only one in a series of attacks on our reproductive and health options, especially for young people, low income people, and people of color.

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP) released a statement that calls the bill on its racist ramifications.

This bill would strip a woman of her right to decide which options best suit her health care needs and would add cruel restrictions for victims of sexual violence. Access to abortion is critically important for women of color and immigrant women who are disproportionally poor. Presently, 25% of poor women who want to choose abortion can’t because the federal government refuses to pay for it.

Among a slew of other attacks on women’s access to healthcare, the bill would destroy private insurance coverage of abortion with broad reaching impact.

Mother Jones explains that although the proposal “has a stated aim of making the Hyde Amendment (a rule that has to be renewed every year that prohibits federal funding of abortions through Medicaid) into permanent, government-wide law” it could be “a Trojan horse for the elimination of private insurance coverage for abortion.” Specifically,

Smith’s bill would create a huge incentive for employers to only offer health insurance that doesn’t cover abortion. Insurers would respond to what their customers wanted, and the percentage of health plans offering abortion coverage—currently 86 percent—would undoubtedly plummet.

…The employer tax exemption for health insurance is the government’s largest tax expenditure. It affects nearly every American who gets health insurance through their employers. If the abortion rights advocates are right, the tax section of Smith’s bill would affect far more people (and more money) than any other portion of the law.

We need to see this win — the removal of the “forcible rape” clause — as only the first step of many in knocking apart the Smith bill. My greatest fear is that we allow ourselves to celebrate or to be distracted: this is not a compromise. As a community of activists who care about protecting the health and well-being of the people who are most vulnerable to the harsh impacts of abusive legislation, we need to see the larger picture.

Every part of this bill is a systematic attack on our access to safe, high quality and affordable healthcare, and we need to sustain our efforts to change it.

FIERCE hiring for 2 positions – Executive Director and Organizer

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FIERCE is launching a new national search for an Executive Director, and we need your support to find an experienced, committed, fabulous and humble leader to join the FIERCE team!

Our ideal candidate for Executive Director is an experienced campaign organizer deeply committed to youth-leadership; movement-building; positive organizational culture cultivation and team-building; and racial, economic, and gender justice values. The candidate will also be a humble, facilitative manager with experience in leading, overseeing, and training others in effective organizational development processes, and diverse fundraising strategies.

If that’s you or someone you know, please apply or help us spread the word by sending the announcement out to your networks. Click HERE to read the full job description and application instructions. To download the announcement click HERE.

Applications are now being accepted and will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial review will begin on February 18, 2011.

ORGANIZER

FIERCE is hiring a new Organizer. Please help us find an enthusiastic, creative, and passionate community organizer to lead and direct our Base Building program.

The Organizer is responsible for the outreach, recruitment, and retention of FIERCE members. The Organizer provides strategic guidance in the development of organizational base building plans, coordinates members of the Outreach Team, supervises & mentors Base Building Interns, and trains and supports members in conducting base building.

If you, or someone you know, would be a good candidate please apply or help us spread the word by sending the announcement out to your networks. Click HERE to read the full job description and application instructions. To download the announcement click HERE.

Applications are now being accepted and will be accepted until February 15, 2011.

Three Open Positions at Third Wave!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

It’s exciting times here at Third Wave Foundation, where we’ve got big changes happening and are seeking three fabulous activist-philanthropists to join our crew! As Third Wave enters the milestone of it’s 15th year, we’re looking for a few more movers and shakers who can help us empower young women, trans and gender non-conforming activists to create change in their own environments. (Edited, Feb 8 2011: thank you all for your interest. We are no longer accepting applications for these positions.)

We promise, you’ll get to meet some of the smartest, savviest and world-changing-est youth-led activist projects out there.

We are looking for:

External Relations Manager

Third Wave Foundation is seeking a dynamic individual to help manage and grow our external relations (fundraising and communications) program. A new position in the organization, the External Relations Manager will be responsible for diversifying, expanding and managing relationships with the community of people and institutions giving to the foundation.

External Relations Associate

Working under the supervision of the External Relations Manager and closely with the Executive Director, the External Relations Associate is responsible for executing administrative work and the daily operations of Third Wave’s development and communications department, including major donor relationship support, event planning, and scheduling.

Administrative Assistant

Working under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for supporting the day to day operations of the Third Wave Foundation.