Job posting: Movement Politics Fellowship Manager

Deadline to Apply:  Friday, July 29th

Michigan United is a statewide coalition of civil rights, labor, faith, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing.  We are currently focused on campaigns to:

  • Promote just, fair, comprehensive immigration reform
  • Dismantle mass incarceration
  • Create a system of universal childhood and elder care
  • End predatory lending
  • Create affordable, dignified housing opportunities for all
  • Address climate change and transition to a just, green economy

Position Background

The Movement Politics Fellowship Coordinator will be responsible for leading our movement politics canvass.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Build the next generation of social justice leaders from neighborhoods in metro-Detroit;
  • Promote civic engagement, naturalization, voter registration and participation by residents of low-income and immigrant neighborhoods in Metro-Detroit;
  • Educate the public about important social issues;
  • Advance issue campaigns through public pressure on decision-makers.

The program provides full-time fellowships for 10 people, who undergo an intensive training and field-learning process.  Training consists of weekly in-depth skills sessions regarding leadership, organizing, community outreach, media work, and critical analysis.  Field work consists of daily door to door canvasses and outreach programs.

The coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Updating and implementing the movement politics canvass curriculum;
  • Managing daily outreach efforts and canvasses;
  • Managing canvass Data entry process;
  • Coordinating with issue staff to advance campaign goals.  

The manager must:

  • Have their own reliable car.  American-made cars are strongly encouraged.
  • Have their own cell phone and computer.
  • Be comfortable working with a culturally, religiously, and economically diverse group of partners, members, and staff.
  • Be comfortable working with the public and talking to strangers.
  • Be prepared for long and sometimes unusual hours.

Spanish or Arabic fluency is not required but is extremely helpful

The coordinator will be based in Detroit , Michigan.

Applicants should have some basic familiarity with social justice issues, field work, or leadership development.  Applicants should be prepared for a fast-paced work environment with a high-level of autonomy.  

The coordinator should be comfortable with modern office software and learning new technologies.  Michigan United uses the Voter Activation Network (VAN), Microsoft and Google productivity software, Facebook, and Twitter.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send resume and cover letter to: Scott@miunited.org and bartosz@miunited.org

Subject:  Movement Politics Fellowship Manager

Call Scott Holiday at 877-507-7774 ext. 717

Faith, labor and community groups march against hiring discrimination

Demonstration in downtown Detroit kicks off Fair Chances campaign.

Communications Workers of America (CWA) activists joined Michigan United members as they marched on city hall to urge the Detroit City Council to expand its ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance to private-sector employers. The ‘Fair Chances for All’ campaign focuses on private employers who receive tax breaks from the city and seeks to postpone questions about criminal records early in the hiring process.

“It will make us better. It will make us a more cohesive community,” said Kelli N. Williams, a CWA activist and state president of the Michigan Coalition of Labor Union Women. “Mass incarceration, the school to prison pipeline, and juvenile delinquency are just a few of the issues plaguing our society. After the punishment, there should not be a period of more punishment. There should be a time when businesses are reaching out and lending a hand to help former prisoners become productive members of society.”

Because a majority of recent job openings are in the private sector, this coalition of labor, faith, civic and business organizations is now working to ensure all Detroiters have an opportunity for gainful employment. Employers would still be allowed to do background checks later in the interview process, but the change would allow applicants to be evaluated on their merits first. Additionally, the ‘Fair Chance’ rules would also take into consideration the age of the criminal offense.

“Just as bankruptcy has given Detroit a fair chance to turn around and become productive again, the same opportunity should be given to returning citizens.” said Rev. Louis Forsythe, who is pastor at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist church, a member of Michigan United’s Detroit Pastoral Alliance for Change. “This is not only the right thing to do; it is the fair thing to do as we want all citizens to be part of the city of Detroit’s comeback story.”

A “Fair Chance” employer:

  • Has an equal opportunity employer statement on the initial job application.
  • Does NOT ask applicants to “check the box” inquiring about criminal convictions on the initial job application.
  • Does NOT conduct background check until conditional employment opportunity is offered.
  • Does NOT take into account convicted misdemeanors over three years old and convicted felonies over seven years old.

The momentum is growing and pressure is building on city council to prevent gentrification in Detroit amid rapid growth and investment. More than 100 cities and counties across the country have already adopted similar hiring policies including Kalamazoo where Michigan United recently won a similar effort earlier this year.  And President Obama recently announced an executive order doing the same thing at the federal level.

CWA activists were in Detroit this week attending the CWA Next Generation Summit. CWA Next Generation engages members ages 35 and under in key issues including organizing and bargaining rights, voting rights, campaign finance reform, income and racial inequality, fair trade, immigration reform, and LGBTQ rights.

Labor and community groups to march along Jefferson demanding hiring reform

Action will kick off ‘Fair Chances for All’ campaign in Detroit

Members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) will take a break from their national convention to march in solidarity with Michigan United to begin their ‘Fair Chances for All’ (FC4A) campaign aimed at helping people with criminal records find gainful employment. Detroit passed a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance in 2010. FC4A would extend that rule to include private employers who receive tax breaks from the city.

The statewide community organization recently won a similar effort in Kalamazoo earlier this year and just this week, President Obama announced an executive order doing the same thing at the federal level. The momentum is growing and pressure is building on city council to prevent gentrification in Detroit amid rapid growth and investment.

WHAT:
March and rally supporting ‘Fair Chances for All’ campaign

WHO:
Rashida Tlaib, Sugar Law Center
Rev. Louis Forsythe, Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Kelli Williams, Communication Workers of America – Next Gen
Ronald Simpson- Bey, Just Leadership USA/Leading with Conviction
Deacon Charles Thomps on, President of Belmont Community Council
Nicholas Buckingham, Nation Outside
Kim Buddin-Crawford, Michigan ACLU

WHEN:
11:30AM Wednesday July 20th, 2016

WHERE:
March begins in front of the Renaissance Centre
March ends at rally in front of Spirit of Detroit statue

Michigan United Goes Door to Door Seeking Racial, Economic Justice

Voters engaged on crucial issues months before historic election

Dozens of Michigan United members in Detroit and Kalamazoo spent Saturday morning directly engaging voters on two of the most crucial issues of the upcoming presidential election: racial and economic justice. It  was part of a “National Doorstep Convention” for racial and economic justice. The outreach effort was prompted by extremist rhetoric from the presidential campaign and violence against people of color and other marginalized communities.

“Bigotry is real. Mexicans and Muslims have been vilified on the campaign trail and people of color have been poisoned and imprisoned for profit. We can’t stand by and watch this happen,” said Shaina Smith. “We have a moral obligation to engage with people to confront these issues, to work toward a society where we are all safe and welcome. That is what this canvass is about.”

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Canvassers had no scripts just a general outline. This allowed them to have more open conversations about what is really on the minds of voters.

“We want to have honest conversations about what it means to live in a country with people of all colors, ethnicities, nationalities and religions. We are going door to door to put those issues out in the open” said LaTifah VanHorn.  “Communities of color face more environmental hazards like the expansion the US Ecology hazardous waste site on Detroit’s Eastside. Black and brown people are disproportionately locked up and then even after serving time, returning citizens are prevented from getting work. The reality of struggles on the ground and the divisive campaign rhetoric means we all need to step up.”

Job Posting: Development Director

Location: ​Detroit

Type:​ Full­time. Salary starts at $36,000 with room for negotiation for more experienced candidates.

Application Deadline: ​July 22nd, 2016

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Michigan United is a statewide organization of individuals, faith, labor, civil rights, and social service groups working together for racial, economic and gender justice through community organizing. Our mission is to end poverty and undo racism through strategic advocacy campaigns, leadership development, civic engagement and community education. We believe in the power of people to overcome discrimination and injustice.

Michigan United is seeking a dedicated and creative Development Director to help us take our programs to the next level. Over the past 6 years, we’ve grown from one organizer to a staff of 17 in 4 cities. We need the resources to keep growing. We’re also very focused on diversifying our sources of support, and developing financial independence. Our new Development Director will support this work by jump ­starting creative new programs, managing foundation relationships, writing grants, organizing fundraising events, and managing our individual donor program.

Development Director Responsibilities:

  • Oversee Michigan United’s fundraising strategy, which includes foundation relationships and a growing individual membership base.
  • Write engaging and innovative funding proposals.
  • Manage current grants ­­ complete grant reports, stay on top of deadlines, and deepen relationships with current funders.
  • Research, approach, and build relationships with potential new funders.
  • Expand and deepen Michigan’s United individual giving program and hold staff accountable to fundraising goals.
  • Build overall funding strategy for different issue areas, which include:
    • Immigrants’ rights and immigration reform
    • Mass incarceration and prison reform
    • Movement politics and political leadership
    • Gender justice, women’s leadership, and the caring economy
    • Environmental and climate justice
    • Legal services
    • Community education, including ESL and GED
    • Affordable housing and equitable development
    • Broad campaigns for workers rights and economic justice.

Note: ​We do not expect applicants to be experts in all of these areas, but a successful candidate will be committed to learning more about each of these issues and have the ability to work on multiple strategies.

Necessary skills and experience.

  • Able to build strong relationships quickly and to cultivate those relationships over time.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications.
  • Able to tell a compelling story about Michigan United and the importance of our work.
  • Experience with creatively designing a campaign to reach a fundraising goal/
  • Strategic thinking to create, plan and pitch a big picture idea.
  • Manage competing priorities with 100% follow­through/
  • Strong editing skills, and the ability to work through a writing process with other staff members.
  • Able to coach people to goals/
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities and to thrive in a fast­paced campaign environment Not required, but helpful/
  • *Community organizing experience*
  • Grant writing and grant management experience.
  • Existing relationships with foundations or major individual donors.
  • Foundation research experience.
  • Strong understanding of and proven track record of raising money through foundations and individual donors.
  • Experience successfully supporting other people to meet their individual fundraising goals.
  • Experience successfully managing staff.
  • Program evaluation experience.
  • Experience in tracking program deliverables What we look for in a strong candidate.
  • Self­ starter and solutions ­oriented.
  • Commitment to economic, racial and gender justice.
  • Commitment to accountability and transparency.
  • Open to feedback.
  • Ability to work individually and on a team.
  • Ability to establish relationships based on respect, with sensitivity to persons of different backgrounds.
  • Highly enthusiastic, creative, and able to motivate others Benefits After a three ­month period.

The Development Director will receive the following benefits:

  • Health insurance.
  • Cell phone and gas stipend (available immediately).
  • 15 days of paid time off (flexible for sick time and/or vacation time), which increases every two years on staff.
  • 3 weeks paid family leave and flexible scheduling after one year on staff.
  • Eligibility for a two ­month sabbatical after four years on staff .
  • Eligibility for international organizers exchange to Europe after one year on staff.
  • Professional development and training opportunities.

How To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to Meredith Loomis Quinlan at meredith@miunited.org​. Please CC Hank Wisner at​hank@miunited.org,​and Ryan Bates at ​ryan@miunited.org Indicate Development Director in the subject line. Please direct any questions about to Meredith.

Deadline:

Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Application deadline is July 22nd, 2016 ​or until position is filled.

If we stand together, they cannot divide us.

An evening of prayer and reconciliation with Michigan United’s Detroit Pastoral Alliance for Change

A religious event hosted by the Michigan United group Detroit Pastoral Alliance for Change (DPAC) took on added significance with the shooting of two black men by police and the shooting of five police officers by a black man last week. DPAC had hoped to confront the rising racial tensions brought on by divisive political rhetoric when unresolved issues of systemic racism reared their ugly head yet again.

“If we stand together, they cannot divide us” will feature a performance by the predominantly white Refuge Youth Choir of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, MO at the Triumphant Life Christian Church in the predominantly black community of Highland Park, MI. Pastors of both races will directly confront how racism affects us all.

WHAT:
“If we stand together, they cannot divide us” racial reconciliation service

WHO:
Deacon Charles Thomas,Evangel Ministries
Pastor Harvey Presberry,Canfield Church of God
Rev. Sharon Buttry,Associate Dir., Training and Education International Hope Center
Pastor Kevin Johnson, Calvary Presbyterian Church
Apostle Velma Clopton,Victory In The Truth, Mesa, AZ
Apostle Joseph Hobbs, Triumphant Life Christian Church
Bishop Herman Starks,Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit
Refuge Youth Choir of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, MO

WHEN:
7PM July 11th, 2016

WHERE:
Triumphant Life Christian Church
13254 Thompson, Highland Park, MI 48203

Immediate Openings: Detroit Movement Politics Fellowship

Deadline to Apply:  Friday, July 29th

Michigan United is a statewide coalition of civil rights, labor, faith, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing.  We are currently focused on campaigns to:

  • Promote just, fair, comprehensive immigration reform
  • Dismantle mass incarceration
  • Create a system of universal childhood and elder care
  • End predatory lending
  • Create affordable, dignified housing opportunities for all
  • Reverse climate change and transition to a just, green economy

Position Description:

Movement Politics fellowships are full-time paid positions.

The Movement Politics Fellowship is a 3.5 month long project. It is an organizing and leadership development program for emerging community leaders in Metro-Detroit and Kalamazoo. Possible expansion is planned in Grand Rapids and Flint.

Under the mentorship and supervision of Michigan United staff, Fellows will be tasked with working as a team to conduct extensive outreach into the community to register, educate and mobilize voters for the coming 2016 elections. Fellows will also identify potential supporters for Michigan United’s key campaigns.

The primary method Fellows will use to reach voters is door-to-door and/or phone canvassing.

Fellows will participate in an ongoing training program to learn how to motivate others toward action, to learn the history of and challenges facing the social justice movement, and to develop a systems-based analysis of the power structures at the local, state, and federal level.  

The Movement Politics Fellowship is a recruitment and training program for rising organizers who are passionate leaders of all social justice movements; especially economic equity, immigrant rights, workers rights. Fellowship graduates will be connected with other professional development opportunities, job opportunities, academic support, and join a growing alumni network.

Requirements and Expectations:

Fellows must:

    • Be effective working with a culturally, religiously, and economically diverse group of partners, members, and staff
    • Be responsible, timely, and committed to professionalism
    • Be an effective communicator who is comfortable working with the public, talking to strangers, and asking people to take action
    • Be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and be motivated to learn database programs; the Voter Activation Network (VAN) and Salsa Labs
    • Canvassers will work approximately 8 hour shifts. Shifts take places in the afternoons, evenings, and on the weekends
    • Be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time

 

  • Be motivated to make change
  • Language Proficiency: Some positions will require Spanish fluency.

 

Compensation and Directions to Apply:

Fellows will receive a stipend to support their learning, and monthly cell phone and gas allowances, as applicable. It is possible to award monthly rate as a scholarship for current college students.

Applicants should have some basic familiarity with social justice issues and a passion for social justice work. Applicants should have basic understanding of field work and enthusiasm for leadership development. Applicants should be prepared for a fast-paced work environment that requires a high-level of autonomy.  

Applicants should be comfortable with modern office software and learning new technologies. Michigan United uses Voter Activation Network (VAN), Microsoft and Google productivity software, Facebook, Twitter, and Mobile Commons (We will train Fellows on these programs as necessary.)  

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Current term for Fellows is August 3rd – November 10th.

Please send resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to scott@miunited.org and bartosz@miunited.org.

Many Michigan undocumented immigrants’ hopes dashed by Supreme Court decision

Advocates for undocumented immigrants say a Supreme Court decision hurts millions of families in the U.S.

In a tie vote, the Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that blocked the president’s executive order on immigration.

President Obama wanted to stop deportations of undocumented parents with legal resident children.

Attorney Ruby Robinson is with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. Robinson says undocumented residents of the U.S. live with tremendous day-to-day insecurity and fear.

“Every day when that (undocumented) parent goes to work or the child goes to school, there is no guarantee that the parent will be in the house when that child returns,” says Robinson.

And he says everyone, not just immigrants, stood to gain from the executive order.

“We don’t want children to grow up in the United States without parents, we don’t want them to be reliant on social services safety nets if a parent is deported. We want families to be together,” he says.

Robinson says there are about 60,ooo undocumented parents in Michigan who would have benefited from the president’s order.

He hopes the case comes before the Supreme Court again next year, after a ninth justice will be appointed.

Interfaith Vigil for Orlando Victims, Families, Survivors

Diverse gathering of LGBTQ, faith leaders, community leaders and elected leaders

Detroit’s LGBTQ community was joined by a variety of clergy, community leaders and an elected leader at Clark Park Monday evening in the wake of the recent tragedy in Orlando. Islamic and Christian clergy spoke and prayed together along with community leaders from ACCESS, Sugar Law Center and State Representative Stephanie Chang. The theme of the event was to promote unity, love and faith based values to counter bigotry, hatred and extremism. 
The prayer vigil will take place at 6 this evening at the Clark Park Band Shell near the west side of the Park. 

 

Rashida Tlaib of Sugar Law Center
Rashida Tlaib of Sugar Law Center

“We must embrace one another across divides of faith, gender identity and color to counter violence and extremism,” said Rashida Tlaib of Sugar Law Center. “We gather here today to pray for the victims of the Orlando mass murder and for their loved ones in this very grim hour and we gather to say we will not succumb to bigotry and hatred no matter the source whether it’s from outside or inside our nation.” 

The prayer vigil in Southwest Detroit featured a wide slate of speakers including Rev. Dr. Jill Zundel, Central United Methodist Church Rev. Jack Eggleston, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Southeast, Rev. Marcia Ledford, Episcopal Church of Detroit, Hassan Sheikh, Michigan Muslim Community Council, Rachid Elabed, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services Adonis Flores, Michigan United, State Representative Stephanie Chang and Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López

 

Rev. Juan Perez Latino Missioner for Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
Rev. Juan Perez Latino Missioner for Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

“As a person of faith and a member of the LGBTQ community it’s very heartening to see people from across the spectrum of faith, color and gender identity stand against the type of intolerance and destruction we saw devastate the Orlando community,” said Rev. Juan Perez Latino Missioner for Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. “The intolerant, no matter their ideology or origin, cannot prevail against us as long as we are unified. Americans that are Muslims, Christians, Americans of Asian, Latino, Arab and African descent, we have power when we stand together and speak out to sustain one another beyond the devastation and work to prevent violence and division with unity.”  

Paid Internship in the English Innovations ESL program

Location: Detroit

Type: $700 stipend; 10 weeks; approximately 6-8 hours/week

Michigan United is a statewide organization of individuals, faith, labor, civil rights, small business, and social service groups working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing.

Michigan United is seeking a dedicated intern to assist adult immigrants increase their English language skills and coordinate volunteers for our English Innovations program.

Limited English proficiency is a significant barrier for many immigrants to fully integrate into life in the U.S. — getting a good job, having educational options, and participating in civic life. Limited English language skills are compounded by the gap in digital literacy in our technologically advancing world. English Innovations® is a blended social learning model that integrates English language learning in a collaborative, supportive classroom environment with online tools that enable self-paced, independent learning. The learning framework emphasizes a community-based approach, highlighting the importance of volunteer and peer support.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers for the English Innovations classes.
  • Send weekly e-mails to volunteers about upcoming activities and to confirm their attendance.
  • Assist adult immigrant learners one-on-one in class with English language
  • Facilitate small group conversations
  • Help facilitate in-class activities  
  • Conduct follow-up with students to encourage attendance and participation
  • Encourage and motivate learners via email and Skype outside of class
  • *If interested* Teach a basic English class for beginners 1 time per week for 2.5 hours (most likely on Tuesday evenings), that would be a pipeline to the English Innovations program.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Complete volunteer application
  • Interest in immigrant communities and sincere desire to support others in achieving their goals
  • Ability to establish a relationship based on respect, with sensitivity to persons of different backgrounds
  • Attend a 2-hour pre-service orientation
  • Basic knowledge of technology (internet, email etc.) and digital literacy
  • Be highly enthusiastic, creative, and able to motivate others
  • Spanish language fluency is a definite plus, but not required
  • Previous tutoring or teaching experience a plus

Time Commitment:

  • Approximate time commitment of 6-8 hours per week for the remaining 10-week duration of class cycle (until August 3rd).
  • Potential for regular, weekly communication with select students outside of the classroom via Skype, email, or other methods

Benefits:

  • Be part of a movement to transform the field of English Language Learning
  • Build and strengthen your facilitation, teaching and leadership skills while providing support to adult immigrant learners
  • Gain experience in community-based organizations working to advance immigrant integration across the country.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

How To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to Lilia Rivera at lilia@miunited.org and Meredith Loomis Quinlan at meredith@miunited.org.

Indicate English Innovations Intern in the subject line.

Please direct any questions to Lilia Rivera at 248.410.4606.

Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.

Application deadline is July 25th, 2016 or until positions are filled.