We’re hiring: Fall 2021 Palestine Youth Advocacy Network Fellows

Taking Our People Power to Congress

Join the network of young organizers transforming U.S. policy towards justice

Grassroots movements make political change possible. That’s why at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights we’ve spent two decades resourcing grassroots movements for justice for the Palestinian people and four years training organizers to turn people power into policy change through our grassroots advocacy leaders network.

Since February 2020, we’ve built a national network of dedicated youth organizers within our broader grassroots advocacy network to share lessons learned with each other about how we can translate grassroots power—local boycott campaigns, student divestment wins, and local policy changes—into change in the federal policies that invest our tax dollars into oppression of the Palestinian people.

Two levels of engagement & responsibility in the network: Paid fellows & unpaid members

Any young people (15-35) engaged in Palestine organizing can join the network as a volunteer or apply for the paid fellowship (deadline August 15)

Through the fellowship program, we nurture rising leaders and their local campaigns to transform U.S. policy towards justice. Fellows bottomline organizing and foster shared leadership of a local campaign that builds political power to force policy change from elected officials, with an ultimate goal of ending the federal policy of funding and supplying weapons and diplomatic cover to Israel’s settler colonialism. Through direct mentorship from our team and peer coaching from a group of former fellows, we build concrete organizing skills of fellows for organization base building & campaign escalation, leadership skills, and knowledge of strategies to move Congress.

Fellows also lead in shaping the monthly trainings and other learning spaces open to the full network, which includes volunteer members and fellows. For both members and fellows, we provide you with opportunities to explore your own organizing growth and career development, including regularly sharing funded organizing opportunities and relationship-building opportunities.

Fellows for our next cohort work between 4 and 8 hours/week from August 30 – December 17, whereas volunteers can opt into whatever level of involvement and receive training, but not compensation. Apply to the fellowship by August 15, or indicate interest to join as a volunteer member at any time.

Hiring Paid Organizing & Advocacy Fellows – Deadline August 15

Apply by: August 15 at this form
Supervised & mentored by
: Manager of Congressional & Grassroots Advocacy or Manager of Policy & Advocacy Campaigns
Time frame:
August 30 – December 17 (16 weeks)
Weekly time commitment: 4 to 8 hours/week, based on fellows’ choice
Location: Anywhere, with a preference for hubs of left organizing
Compensation: $20/hour for 8 hours for 16 weeks = $2560 total stipend

Responsibilities:

  • Bottomline organizing and build shared leadership of a local campaign that builds political power to force policy change from elected officials, with an ultimate goal of ending the federal policy of funding and supplying weapons and diplomatic cover to Israel’s settler colonialism. Campaigns we can effectively support through the fellowship can include additional or more immediate goals around local and state policy, but must include changing federal policy as a core part of the theory of change.
  • Build membership and engagement of an organization, network, and/or coalition through one-on-one outreach meetings, a shared leadership model, and a local outreach strategy via methods like collective community projects, political education, social media, phonebanking, or textbanking
  • Grow your own organizing skills through commitment to check-ins, trainings, and strategy sessions with our team and peer coaching from a group of former fellows, we build concrete organizing skills of fellows, then transfer that skill building by training your local groups
  • Optionally, build national capacity by supporting trainings and strategy sessions for fellow youth organizers or by joining national campaign strategy calls and working groups

Qualifications for the fellowship:

  • Leadership in a group you can work with to take collective action, such as a Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, local community chapter of a Palestinian community organization or left organization, and/or a faith community
  • Experience with and/or interest in organizing or political campaigning, especially around racial, gender, environmental, indigenous, and/or economic justice, and a commitment to collective liberation and our common principles, anti-racism principles, and gender justice principles
  • Experience and/or willingness to use a range of tactics to recruit people into social change work, such as through one-to-one conversations, phonebanking, textbanking, or political education

Recruiting Volunteer Network Members – Anytime

If you might be interested: Fill out this short form
Supported by
: Manager of Congressional & Grassroots Advocacy and Manager of Policy & Advocacy Campaigns
Time frame: Ongoing, one can join at any time
Monthly time commitment: Network members can commit to this work ~2 to 20 hours a month depending on capacity
Location: Anywhere
Compensation: No compensation, but network members are offered ~monthly training, networking, and organizing opportunities.

Participation can look like any of the following:

  • Participate in and/or help plan advocacy and organizing trainings
  • Build and advance, at your own pace, organizing of a Congress-targeted local campaign on divest-invest justice demands (#InvestInJustice)
  • Exchange lessons at strategy sessions with youth organizers across the country to lead on effective campaigns to advance Palestinian rights and end U.S. funding and support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people.
  • Explore your own organizing growth and career development, including regularly sharing funded organizing opportunities and relationship-building opportunities.

Possible profile of a network member:

  • Interest in or experience with organizing within the Palestine solidarity movement
  • Desire to connect virtually with fellow organizers around translating organizing experience into policy change, and (optionally) interest in running or supporting a local campaign to build people power locally to change policy
  • Commitment to collective liberation and our common principles, anti-racism principles and gender justice principles

Past trainings: The Febraury-March 2021 NEW Cohort:
Nourish the Movement, Escalate our Tactics, Win Change: Youth organizers building campaigns and community to transform U.S. policy on Palestine

As we moved into a shifted political landscape in early 2021, the struggle for justice continued. Through heartbreaking crises and soul-lifting uprising, we’ve seen how grassroots movements make political change possible. We hosted an intensive series of campaign strategy skill building workshops, peer campaign strategy support groups, and caucus reflection spaces to strengthen our organizing together. We host to offer a similar space online or in person in either fall 2021 or winter 2022.

What we learned:

The cohort programming included 4 skill-building workshops and 4 campaign strategy and personal practice-building interactive sessions:

  • The system’s what’s rotten, why bother making demands of it?: Transformative organizing case studies
  • Movement building during crisis: How mutual aid enabled PYM & Majdal: Arab Community Center of San Diego to build a pan-Arab base
  • Making demands of power: Shaping & escalating advocacy campaigns in ways accountable to the people
  • Lobbying while radical: How to engage Congress while taking care and staying grounded
  • Workshopping aspects of a potential campaign: identifying opportunities and challenges for transformative organizing on Palestine in your area and designing an outline to build a democratic process to find consensus among local stakeholders on a campaign
  • Participating in racial affinity group breakouts and caucuses: identify lessons learned about building racially just, BIPOC-centered orgs & bases and discuss what lobbying is like sitting in your positionality, towards identifying healthy practices

About the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR)

USCPR is a political home for all who believe that freedom for the Palestinian people is an integral part of achieving our collective liberation. We provide resources and strategic support to the U.S.-based Palestine solidarity movement, channeling grassroots power into positive change in U.S. policy and public opinion. We work with local organizers and activists, policymakers, movement leaders, media, and advocacy organizations to advance a rights-based, accountability and justice-oriented framework from the U.S. to Palestine.

USCPR is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diversified workplace. People of color, women and GNC people, LGBTQIA folks, and people of diverse religious backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.