We’re hiring: Summer 2022 Palestine Youth Advocacy Network Fellows
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 nurture campaigns and tactics that translate grassroots power—local boycott campaigns, student divestment wins, and local policy changes—into change in federal policy. Together we will end the federal policies that invest our tax dollars into oppression of the Palestinian people, and reinvest in community needs to build justice from the U.S. to Palestine.
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 (rolling, deadline May 8, 2022).
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 every other week, an orientation and monthly skill building sessions with the fellowship class, and peer coaching from a group of former fellows, we build concrete organizing skills of fellows for organization base building, campaign escalation, structures for sustainable organizing, and knowledge of strategies to move Congress.
Fellows also lead in shaping the monthly trainings and other learning spaces open to the full Palestine youth advocacy network, which includes volunteer members and fellows. For both members and fellows, who are also expected to take part in the youth advocacy network, we provide you with opportunities to explore your own organizing growth and career development.
Fellows for our next cohort work between 6 and 8 hours/week from January 24 to May 13, whereas volunteers can opt into whatever level of involvement and receive training, but not compensation. Apply to the fellowship by January 4, 2022, or indicate interest to join as a volunteer member at any time.
Hiring Paid Organizing & Advocacy Fellows – Rolling, Deadline May 8, 2022
Apply by: Rolling applications, those applying by late April will receive earlier interviews and responses; hard deadline May 8, 2022 at this form
Supervised & mentored by: Manager of Congressional & Grassroots Advocacy or Manager of Policy & Advocacy Campaigns
Time frame: Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, August 19 (12 weeks) (For Arab American Civic Council Orange County-based fellow, this position begins on July 5 and runs for 11 months; working 16 hours/week)
Weekly time commitment: 6 to 8 hours/week, based on fellows’ choice; unlimited sick leave & flexible hours to work around vacations and commitments
Location: Anywhere, with a preference for hubs of left organizing; fellowship calls are all remote (in the summer we will consider the possibility for any in-person fellows training in the fall, deferring to consent of all fellows and/or providing a remote option if we do gather in person)
Compensation: $21/hour for 8 hours/week (typical commitment) for 12 weeks = $2,016 total pay for this part-time summer position
- Bottomline organizing for and build shared leadership of a local campaign that builds political power to force policy change from elected officials at the federal, state, or local level, with an ultimate goal of ending the federal policy of funding, supplying weapons, and giving 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 should be interested in charting a strategy that impacts the national political goal of ending U.S. military funding to Israel. The fellowship is not designed to support campagins with a primary target of an institution (i.e. college or other non-profit divestment) or corporation (i.e. consumer boycott campaign), but you can contact us to get connected to our networks and partners who focus on supporting those types of campaigns.
- Build membership 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 canvassing, outreach, community events, political education, social media, phonebanking, or textbanking
- Grow your own concrete organizing skills through commitment to an orientation, every other week check-ins, monthly workshops, and strategy sessions with our team and peer coaching from a group of former 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
- Willingness to take leadership by helping your group develop a campaign plan and bottomlining local events and organizing tactics, with assistance from all the fellowship’s supportive structures
Recruiting Volunteer Network Members – Anytime
If you might be interested: Contact us
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
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
- 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
Public trainings: In 2022 we hosted a Campaign Strategy Intensive
Two years of uprising have showed us all that grassroots power, bold demands, and creative organizing make the world we want more possible. But how do we leverage the power of people showing up in the streets towards winning concrete campaign victories, particularly with political goals as big as ending Congress’s support for US weapons to apartheid Israel? We studied campaigns and best practices for joint struggle to help get us there.
From February-March 2021 we hosted the 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.