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New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

SEEKING TO SPONSOR FELLOWS

VIBRANT LAW & ORGANIZING PRACTICE

 

About the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-disciplinary impact strategy center and “think and do tank” as well as a membership organization. We are dedicated to expanding democracy, winning a just economy, and transforming the country by transforming the South. The Workers’ Center is a critical architect of permanent progressive civil society infrastructure in the South. At the end of our first decade, we are gearing up to advance a long-term Southern agenda for an inclusive economy. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.

Description of Opportunity

NOWCRJ seeks to sponsor one or more individuals for a 2018 post-graduate fellowship (Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Soros Justice, Liman, etc.) NOWCRJ is also open to hearing from individuals wishing to do law school-funded short-term or long-term fellowships in 2017. NOWCRJ has a unique and diverse practice and we would welcome applicants interested in implementing a one or two-year fellowship project in any of the following areas:

  • Immigration enforcement. NOWCRJ helped to establish groundbreaking pro-immigrant policies in New Orleans and would like to do the same in Jefferson Parish, where NOWCRJ has a deep membership base and where terrifying home raids and racial profiling are increasing as the Trump deportation machine kicks into gear. Fellowship projects could include: civil rights abuse documentation; litigation under the U.S. Constitution and Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871; motions to suppress evidence collected during unconstitutional raids; and legal support for advocacy to change local policy.
  • Full and fair employment for Black workers. Black workers in New Orleans and throughout the South are locked into structural and long-term unemployment and low wage jobs. Fellowship projects could focus on enforcement of local hiring ordinances, and workplace monitoring.
  • Right to counsel in immigration court. Though New Orleans has vibrant and expanding immigrant communities, there is a dearth of free and low cost representation in immigration court. A fellowship project in this area could focus on direct representation of workers in cases related to civil rights, labor trafficking and workers’ rights, and conducting research and building a coalition towards an innovative Louisiana immigrant access to justice project at the city level through training, education and coalition building.
  • Immigration detention. For-profit detention centers in western Louisiana serve as key nodes in the deportation pipeline for a five-state Southern region. A fellowship project could focus on habeas corpus litigation to bring constitutional challenges to no-bond detention. Despite a mounting wave of precedent across the country on the constitutional limits to no-bond immigration detention, these cases have been unsuccessful and stymied by extreme delay in the Western District of Louisiana. This project would build on NOWCRJ’s past habeas cases, learning from the challenges unique to this jurisdiction and building innovative litigation strategies to overcome them.
  • Seafood Worker Campaign. NOWCRJ’s National Guestworker Alliance recently launched the Alliance of Seafood Workers to improve conditions in the seafood industry from the Gulf Coast to New England. Fellowship projects could focus on research, policy advocacy, member support, and/or labor standards litigation (FLSA, OSHA etc.) to improve working conditions in this industry.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience with or demonstrated commitment to movement building or immigrant justice work.
  • Commitment to legal practice in a way that empowers collective vision and action by low-income workers and communities of color.
  • Excellent research, writing and court advocacy skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting.
  • Sense of humor in order to maintain perspective and balance.
  • Spanish-speaking candidates are highly encouraged to get in touch.
  • Be willing to sit for the Louisiana bar exam (see more information below)
  • Be eligible for a post-graduate fellowship (third year law student or law school graduate)

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to get in touch.

Salary & Benefits

Salary will be set according to the terms of the fellowship program. NOWCRJ’s benefit package includes paying 100% of health insurance premiums, including for family members.

Louisiana Bar Exam

Fellows need to sit for the Louisiana bar exam before or after their fellowship starts. NOWRCJ will pay all costs associated with studying for and passing the Louisiana bar exam and becoming admitted to practice law in Louisiana. Although Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. using the civil law system, the Louisiana bar and Louisiana law and practice are fundamentally similar to other states. The Louisiana bar exam passage rate for first-time takers who graduated from law schools outside of Louisiana was 70%. In addition, historically, 80% of NOWRCJ’s practice has been before federal agencies and federal courts.

To apply:

Please send a short email with specific fellowship interests, if any, and resume to Kerry O’Brien at kobrien@nowcrj.org, subject line: Fellowship 2018. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please include a daytime phone number.

 


New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

National Guestworker Alliance

Position: New England Lead Organizer

About the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA):

The NGA is a national organization of low-wage and contingent workers across the United States. Founded ten years ago by workers in the U.S. Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, NGA represents contingent workers across many industries, including food manufacturing, construction, service, hospitality, and logistics.

About the Position

This position is based in New England with an initial focus on New Bedford, MA Providence, RI and Fall River, MA.

National Guestworker Alliance seeks a highly talented and experienced Lead Organizer.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Drive our strategic industry wide organizing plan with the local and national team. Provide support and supervision to a growing team of field organizers. Assure development of short and medium term work plans with clear measureable goals, strategies and tactics necessary to win campaigns. Evaluate potential organizing targets and integrate research, legal analysis and other information into campaign planning.
  1. Work directly with the field team to grow the worker association, build leadership capacity among the base and move the industry wide campaign. Assure the team is building, maintaining, and developing NGA worker contacts and membership. Support, expand and deepen member leadership and leadership structures through one on ones, membership meetings, leadership meetings and other fieldwork. Support the political development of worker leaders. Support the team in managing lists, charts, and databases and assure that fieldwork is clearly and systematically carried out and recorded.
  1. Directly supervise and provide support and accountability for a growing team of organizers who are building the worker association, developing contacts, assessing members, running leadership development, supporting committee development and running member defense strategies. Manage field organizers’ success in meeting goals and deadlines. Provide constructive support and evaluation and suggest areas of growth. Responsible for high performance and high production values of the team overall.
  1. Maintain, manage and develop NGA’s strategic partners and regional allies in civil, gender and labor rights organizations to support broad organizational and campaign goals and create the best possible space for workers to organize.
  1. Coordinate and integrate work with legal, research and communication staff and with the broader movement allies.
  1. Other duties as assigned.

This is not a 9 to 5 job—long and varied hours, with early morning, evening, weekend work is required.

Who You Are

Key qualifications:

  • The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative. A successful applicant will have the following qualities:
    • Creativity
    • Deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people
    • Faith in poor peoples’ ability to transform the world
    • Patience and stamina
    • The ability to work well under pressure
    • Love of teamwork and the ability to be a good team player
  • The NGA / New Orleans Workers’ Center are strongly committed to racial justice, international solidarity and alliance building, economic justice and gender justice frames. While the lead organizer will focus primarily on the work described above, candidates must be committed to supporting African American organizing for access to dignified jobs; immigrant organizing for civil rights; LGBTQ rights organizing; gender justice organizing; and other efforts across many communities to expand dignity and democracy in the South.
  • Familiarity and experience in the immigrant rights movement.
  • Five to seven years’ experience in community, labor, or grassroots electoral organizing – including member recruitment, leadership development, and campaigns preferred.
  • Experience training, supporting and supervising community or labor organizer teams.
  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish.
  • K’iche’ language abilities a plus.
  • Must have strong writing skills, office skills, and self-organization skills.
  • Must drive and have valid driver’s license.

National Guestworker Alliance / NOWCRJ is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email a cover letter and resume to kati@guestworkeralliance.org and mention this job title in the subject line of your email.   Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you. Application process will be open until position is filled.


New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

Congress of Day Laborers

Position: Immigrant Justice Organizer, Congress of Day Laborers

RELEASE DATE

June 22, 2016

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and communities. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity. NOWCRJ anchors two grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers and Stand with Dignity, both of which are on the cutting edge of movements to end criminalization, exploitation, and exclusion in New Orleans. NOWCRJ also anchors the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA), a national organization dedicated to winning rights and respect for guestworkers and building a social movement in response to the transformation of work in the United States, and a strategic legal department that innovates law and policy strategies that build grassroots power. In the last five years, the Center’s organizing and policy victories have been highlighted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. For more information go to www.nowcrj.org

ABOUT THE CONGRESO DE JORNALEROS:

The Congreso de Jornaleros/Congress of Day Laborers is an organization of immigrant workers and families founded by the day laborers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Today, Congreso is a hub for immigrants across the Southeast region, and a leadership pipeline for hundreds of immigrant workers and families into public life and social movement participation. Congreso members organize at the intersections of the criminal legal and immigration enforcement systems, leading visionary campaigns in partnership with other marginalized communities to win human rights and dignity for affected people.

POSITION SUMMARY

NOWCRJ seeks a passionate, innovative dedicated, creative Immigrant Justice Organizer to participate in the implementation of strategic campaigns, develop member defense strategies, coordinate member services, lead engaging popular education programming, and support Congreso members’ own leadership development.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The new organizer will work closely with the rest of the Congreso team to execute a fluid set of responsibilities from the following list, (subject to change depending on shifting conditions and relevant experience):

  1. Develop and facilitate energetic meeting agendas that build our membership’s political analysis and engagement. This may include strategy sessions with member-leaders, support groups, and large general assembly Defend Your Rights workshops. Click the following links for a sense of Congreso weekly general assembly meeting activities: Solidaridad con Orlando, Vivos en el Congreso!, DAPA o Accion?
  1. Coordinate member defense strategies. Oversee a community raid-monitoring program, which may include supporting members in testimony-collection, inputting data, and noting trends. Develop campaigns to stop deportations using an array of strategies including media coverage, ally mobilization, pro-se prosecutorial discretion requests, etc.
  1. Carry out and coordinate member services. Build relationships and support members through accompaniment and translation at doctor’s visits, appointments, and in interactions with the criminal legal system, including traffic and criminal court. Support members in accessing their full rights. Maintain accurate documentation to support necessary follow-up.
  1. Plan and facilitate programming that builds our community. This may include fundraisers, holiday parties, story circles, gardening sessions, attending national conferences with member-leaders, etc.
  1. Participate in strategic political campaigns. This may include participating in strategy discussions, policy research, power mapping, and action planning and logistics.
  1. Build and maintain relationships with key allies, volunteers, coalitions, etc. on behalf of the Congreso and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

QUALIFICATIONS

The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative.  A successful applicant will have the following qualities:

  • Must be bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Love of teamwork and a good team player.
  • Faith in poor people’s ability to change the world
  • Deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people
  • Strong project management skills; experience overseeing and bottom-lining multiple concurrent projects.
  • Creativity, patience, positive attitude, and stamina
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Familiarity and experience in the immigrant rights movement and deportation defense.
  • 3 years experience in grassroots organizing required – including outreach, leadership development, and strategic campaigns
  • Strong time-management, writing, office, and organizational skills
  • Experience coordinating volunteers is a plus
  • Must know how to drive and have a car

This is not a 9 to 5 job—long and varied hours, with early morning, evening, weekend work is required.

The Congreso and the New Orleans Workers’ Center are strongly committed to multi-racial organizing, and racial justice, economic justice and gender justice frames.  While the immigrant justice organizer will focus primarily on the work described above, candidates must be committed to supporting African American organizing for jobs and criminal justice reform; labor organizing for workers’ rights; LGBTQ rights organizing; gender justice organizing; and other efforts across many communities to expand democracy in the South.

ACCOUNTABILITY

The immigrant justice organizer is supervised by Congreso’s Lead Immigrant Justice Organizer at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to LaToya Johnson at ljohnson@nowcrj.org , with “IMMIGRANT JUSTICE ORGANIZER” in the subject line. Phone inquires will not be accepted.


 

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