Campus Organizer for Peace

Peace Action Fund of New York State
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship / Early Career
  • Apply by
    Jun-01-2017
  • Posted
    Apr 05

Position description

What the hell is happening in this country?

That's a question we're trying to answer and to correct, by building communities of activists working for peace in U.S. foreign and domestic policies on college campuses throughout New York State. 

Frequently asked question: Organizing for peace? Do you just hand out sunflowers and say "give peace a chance?"

Absolutely not. Peace can be pursued as a policy with the same strategy and purpose with which war is pursued today. Recently, our activism has focused on work relating to:

  1. Supporting refugee resettlement through targeted advocacy and volunteering with locally resettled refugee populations
  2. Forcing the last U.S. manufacturer of cluster munitions to shut down production due to "lowered demand" resulting from pressure of peace activists to stop selling cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia, and international pressure to ban cluster munitions.
  3. Supporting our partners at the UN in calling for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, and targeted advocacy to support six-party talks and diplomacy to prevent nuclear proliferation and wars with Iran and North Korea.
  4. Calling for an end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen that is targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, like the Hodeida port.
  5. Getting our elected officials on the record on their views of U.S. foreign policy, and supporting the election of pro-peace candidates. 
  6. Joining thousands of marchers in D.C. for the People's Climate March to demand a just and safe planet for future generations. 

These are just some of our key campaigns over the past year. 

What is the student network?

Our network of student activists work from Buffalo to Long Island to build communities of peace activists on their campuses and to educate their peers and friends on essential topics in U.S. foreign policy. Their foreign policy work is informed and support by information from the state-wide Peace Action New York State network and the national Peace Action network, the country's largest grassroots peace advocacy organization. 

Together, we plug students into national campaigns to challenge U.S. foreign policy to maximize their political impact. At the state level, we work with chapters individually to make sure we're finding the right balance of joy, work and action to support life-long activism on the topics that matter most to each campus on which we work.

Why should I join?

Campus organizers in the PANYS network have access to guest experts across the state for on-campus event and a huge variety of resources to support their on-campus activism, including; draft petitions, letters to the editor, op-eds, call scripts, lobby packets for in-district meetings, and more. Student organizers also participate in an annual Student Peace Conference and an annual National Peace Action Conference in Washington, D.C. 

And, this model of student organizing is growing: we're expanding into New Jersey and Massachusetts, and you can help shape a program that will go national to change how we talk about war and peace in our country and around the world. 

Together, we can redefine security in the modern era, with students leading the change....

As they always do.

And I believe, together, we will win.

BENEFITS

The Campus Organizer is responsible for building a community of peace activists on their campus. This means:

  1. Recruitment of students who are interested in U.S. foreign policy and shaping it even before they graduate.
  2. Campus recognition of the student organization, so the organization is eligible for funding. 
  3. Minimum two events per semester.
  4. Participation in weekly 15 minute check-ins with the State office.
  5. Participation in monthly calls with guest experts.
  6. Doing this work with joy. If you aren't bringing joy into your work to build a better world, you're doing it wrong, and other students will not join you.

It also means applicants must be current students at their college campus. But, if you're a high school student and you want to get a chapter started on your campus, we'll work with you to make that happen. 

We'll give you the tools to get you started - even with on-campus recognition - and to keep you going. 

So what are you waiting for?

Application instructions

To apply, send your resume and cover letter with the subject line "Applicant: Campus Organizer" to Kate Alexander. In your cover letter, please include your current academic year for the 2017-2018 school year.

*Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on Globaljobs.org*

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