Interested in the the global justice movement in the United States?
Want to learn grassroots campaign skills? Become an intern this spring for a groundbreaking local ballot initiative campaign in Northern California!
Come work with a group of explicitly feminist, non-hierarchal
organizers who incorporate anti-oppression in their daily lives and are
mutually accountable to one another.*
A group of Humboldt County, California citizens are running a
county-wide ballot initiative entitled the Humboldt County Ordinance
to Protect Our Right to Fair Elections and Local Democracy. The
initial language was drafted by Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County,
(www.DUHC.org) a local organization dedicated to challenging corporate
power at the grassroots level.
The campaign is being run by a coalition of community organizations and
individuals, including many labor unions, environmentalists, peace
groups, elected officials, prominent Green Party members, and the
Humboldt Democratic Party. If the initiative passes, it will prohibit
non-local corporations from participating in countywide elections. The
Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights is currently collecting
signatures to place the ordinance on the ballot for the June 2006
election. We need YOUR help running the campaign to win this
hours north of San Francisco and eight hours south of Portland, OR.
While you are here, there will be time to take trips to the beach,
redwood forests and other nearby scenic attractions.
*Submit application AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE February 1st.
To apply: e-mail the application below to kaitlin@VoteLocalControl.org
More information about the campaign can be found at these websites:
www.VoteLocalControl.org and www.DUHC.org. Any questions should be
directed to Kaitlin at kaitlin@VoteLocalControl.org or (707) 444-0407.
February 1 - Applications due
Feb 15 - Notification
Feb 28 - Arrive in Humboldt by this date for orientation and training
Feb 28 through June 8 - Internship
June 10 & 11 - Campaign/internship debrief and evaluation
June 12 through June 18 - Optional extra stay to relax and enjoy the
natural early summer beauty of Humboldt County
*Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights (HCCR) INTERNSHIP APPLICATION
*The internships will be a skill-building experience while providing
resources to a small, rural, low-income community. We only have
resources to accept one applicant for the position. Internship
activities include: Writing press releases and articles, phonebanking,
canvassing, volunteer oversight and training, database management,
researching voting patterns and participating in "Get-out-the-vote"
efforts (there is ample opportunity for leadership in these
HCCR Intern Will be Expected to:
1. Attend the 1 day training and orientation before the internship.
2. Establish and maintain relationships with the public, media,
business owners, community organizations and coalition members, as well
as campaign staff and volunteers.
3. Communicate regularly with the campaign staff and volunteers.
4. Meet the criteria, respect any guidelines, and fulfill any
obligations given to you from the campaign staff.
5. Represent the campaign professionally and responsibly to all members
of the media and general public during the course of the internship.
1. Availability for the dates of the internship
2. Good attitude
3. Eagerness to learn new skills and try new things
Encouraged but not required:
1. Proficiency in Spanish
2. Past experience in political campaign work or activism
HCCR will provide guidance and other resources necessary to help you
meet your goals of the internship. You are expected to provide for
travel to and from Humboldt County. Room and board will be covered
during the internship in host housing. If you need it, a $50/month
stipend can be provided for incidentals. If you are attending a college
or university you are encouraged to explore receiving academic credit
for this work.
College or University, if applicable:
Expected year of graduation, if applicable:
Major(s), if applicable:
1. Briefly describe your past experience with activism, civic
participation, or political campaigns.
2. Briefly describe your personal goals? Goals for building the
movement? What do you hope to gain from this experience?