Black&Pink is Hiring a National Organizer

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Black&Pink National Organizer Job Description

 

Application Deadline: January 6, 2017

Start Date: March 15, 2017

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Jason@blackandpink.org

 

Summary

Although Black and Pink provides many direct services to LGBTQ and/or HIV+ prisoners and court-involved people, the goal of our work is to strengthen the movement towards abolition of the prison industrial complex. The role of the National Organizer for Black and Pink is to support local outside chapters in their grassroots efforts, provide support and resources to prison-based chapters, develop and lead a national strategic organizing plan with clear goals and concrete actions to take. The organizer is also responsible for some direct advocacy work with prisoner members who are in crisis. Black and Pink only hires individuals with a history of incarceration and we strongly encourage applications from individuals most impacted by the prison industrial complex.

 

Hours and Compensation

This is a full time position, 40 hours per a week. This is a salaried position, $40,000 a year, paid on the 15th and the last day of each month. There are four weeks of paid vacation annually, and compensation time is accrued if working over 40 hours a week (though working more than 40 hours a week is strongly discouraged). Black and Pink full time staff have 12 sick days per year. Black and Pink does not provide staff with health insurance at this time, though monthly / annual premiums for healthcare obtained through Mass Health will be paid for through Black and Pink (state funded healthcare in Massachusetts). Black and Pink will also provide a $60 a month membership for either Massage Envy, $60 a month for a gym membership, or $60 a month for another form of other self-care practice.

 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position will have some experience with organizing and a willingness to get training on effective organizing tactics. The ideal candidate will have strong, compassionate, communication skills. Given the intensity of the work required by staff at Black and Pink, the candidate must have the ability to be compassionate and empathetic with prisoner membership and others directly affected by the criminal legal system. The candidate must be able to demonstrate effective time management, attention to detail, and prioritization of tasks as the position requires managing many different and even conflicting needs. A background with computer skills is a must, as the candidate will also have to learn Black and Pink’s data storage systems, utilize Gmail and Microsoft Office, and know how to navigate social media appropriately. The candidate must also be willing to travel regularly, primarily by plane.

 

Job Location:

Black and Pink’s national office is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The ideal candidate would either live in the Boston area or be willing to relocate (with financial assistance from Black and Pink to do so). There are possible exceptions. For individuals with extensive organizing experience and a history of working remotely for another organization, considerations for remote employment could be made. That person would, however, be required to come to Boston for 3 weeks of training and relationship building at the start of the employment.

 

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:

 

Outside Chapter Support

Coordinate national chapters’ call

Ensure resources are distributed between chapters and from the national office to chapters
Volunteer management and volunteer development

In person meetings with every chapter at least once a year

Provide guidance for grassroots efforts being done by local chapters.

 

Inside Chapter support

Respond to letters and requests from inside chapters

Support development of new inside chapters

Ensure inside chapters submit reports about their work

Track and respond to retaliation against prisoner organizers

 

National Responsibilities

Ensure that national working groups are meeting and help with coordinating them

Workshops, presentations, and public speaking for organizations around the country

Supporting and planning national gathering of B&P members (every 2 years).

Develop new initiatives that increase the effectiveness of organizational work

 

Resource Development

Design outside chapter starting tool kit (with the support of existing chapters)

Update inside chapter starting tool kit as needed

Support National Director with resource development as needed

 

General Administrative Tasks

Respond to prisoner letters in a timely manner

Respond to emails in a timely manner

Communicate with Office Manager and National Director about needs and work issues

 

Supervision:

This position is supervised by the National Director. Supervision should occur for one hour every week. During supervision the National Organizer should communicate about upcoming goals, needs for training or support, obstacles in the work, and emotional support needs due to the severity of the work.

OPEN LETTER OF SOLIDARITY WITH STANDING ROCK AND EVERYONE RESISTING THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

Originally posted here by our Chicago B&P chapter

Today, on this global day of action against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Black & Pink Chicago shares this letter of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all people in the struggle to save our water. Water is life. Our work towards abolition requires us to ensure that all people have their basic needs met: housing, food, air, water. The Dakota Access Pipeline stands in the way of our vision of a world without police and prisons, a world that values life over profit.

Time and again, we have seen that prisoners are often the last to get access to clean water under disaster capitalism. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy and so many other “natural” disasters. We saw it in Illinois a couple months ago after Gov. Rauner’s refusal to pass a budget in Illinois left some counties with exorbitant water bills and threatening to cut water off to thousands of people locked in state prisons. This pipeline is a threat to hundreds of our Black & Pink family, thousands of other incarcerated people, and millions of non-incarcerated people in its path.

In addition to the environmental destruction this pipeline will create, we abhor the militarized violence that water protectors have faced while resisting its construction. In North Dakota, security guards working for the pipeline company have attacked indigenous water protectors with dogs and pepper spray. We must resist the ongoing genocide of native peoples through toxic polluting and theft of sacred lands, as well as the brutalization and incarceration of those who resist. May enough of us be enraged and moved to action by this to stop state and corporate violence, to stop this pipeline, and to disarm the police.

No to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Not at Sacred Stone. Not in Illinois. Not anywhere.

#WaterIsLife
#NoDAPL
#FreeLeonardPeltier
#AbolitionNow

Lisa on Prison Radio!

We’re so proud that Lisa, a member of our Inside/Outside Prison Abolition Study Group, and long time member of Black & Pink, just created her first recording with Prison Radio:

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We’re glad to have recorded our first radio essay with Lisa Strawn, a trans woman held inside a men’s medical prison in Vacaville, CA. Thanks to Black and Pink for their collaboration, Lisa will be calling in again soon to report more from inside. Stay tuned.

SF Bay Area Black & Pink Holiday Card Writing & Survey Release Party

Join Flying Over Walls (SF Bay Area Black & Pink) at our annual holiday card writing event! The holidays can be a challenging and lonely time when you’re locked up and away from loved ones, so we’ll be decorating and … Continue reading

Support Our Study Group!!

We recently launched an Indiegogo to raise funds for our upcoming Inside/Outside Prison Abolition Study Group!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check it out, support it if you can, and read below if you want more info about the project. What We’re Doing  We’re planning … Continue reading

accepting applications now for the next round of our queer/trans prison abolition study group

Flying Over Walls, the Bay Area chapter of Black and Pink, is planning the third round of our “Queer/Trans Prison Abolition Study Group” for this coming Fall 2015. This session will be quite different from the past two because instead of having only free world folks involved, we are in the process of recruiting 10-12 incarcerated folks who are interested in discussing the readings through penpal letters.
The Flying Over Walls Study Group aims to:

-Support both incarcerated and free world folks in building a critical, intersectional understanding of the prison system and the criminalization of queer/trans bodies,
-Support the building of leadership development skills and shared understandings between both incarcerated and free world leaders.
Here’s how we laid out the logistics:

  • 10-12 incarcerated folks will be paired with 10-12 free world folks.
  • We send out 1-2 readings on prison abolition at a time to our incarcerated members and ask for a letter back with comments, questions, etc.
  • The readings will be varied in style- some will be formal articles or excerpts of book chapters, others will be parts of graphic novels or mixed media/art. Our intention is to maximize reading accessibility for differing levels of education.
  • Free world members do the reading between meetings and bring thoughts, questions and reflections to the meeting. Each incarcerated person’s letter gets read aloud during the meeting by their free world partner.
  • Outside folks discuss both the readings and the perspectives from the prisoners’ letters. At the end of each meeting, free world participants will write a short letter to their matched person.
  • We audio record this discussion. After the meeting, the recording will be transcribed, any content that might get labeled as a Security Threat will be edited to increase safety of our incarcerated members.
  • We send the next packet back to the folks inside which includes: everyone else’s letters from the inside, the transcribed discussion, next month’s reading, and a personalized note from the partner with whom they are matched.
  • Incarcerated participants are currently being held at CA Medical Facility, Mule Creek State Prison, CSP-Sacramento, San Quentin, and Central CA Women’s Facility.

 

MEETING DATES:

We ask that folks make a solid 100% commitment to attendance in order to join. It is crucial that we stay accountable to our folks on the inside. Obviously, emergencies may arise, but please confirm you can attend these dates before registering.

  • THURS 9/10/15 @ 6:30-8:30 PM – Orientation, Introductions, and Dinner
  • SUN 9/20/15 @ 12:00-2:00 PM – Discussion of First Set of Readings – Background on PIC
  • SUN 11/22/15 @ 12:00-2:00 PM – Discussion of Second Set of Readings – PIC through a Queer/Trans Lens
  • SUN 01/17/16 @ 12:00-2:00 PM – Discussion of Third Set of Readings – Abolition & Alternatives

 

Please check out this link for all the details and to register.