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07.01.2020

JOB POSTING: Community Organizer

Job posting: Community Organizer

 

BACKGROUND AND MISSION

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.

Advancing Justice | Chicago is deeply committed to grassroots community organizing. We invest in the leadership of grassroots community members through trainings, community education, civic engagement, and collaborative issue-based campaigns. Our advocacy work focuses on promoting racial, economic, and immigrant justice, including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, and immigrant rights.

As part of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice national affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Community Organizer position is an opportunity for a strategic and motivated relationship-builder to build power in the Asian American community, develop grassroots leadership, lead strategic issue campaigns, and move community members to take action. This position may fall under the staff sharing agreement between Advancing Justice | Chicago and Asian American Midwest Progressives (AAMP) so a small portion of time may be spent on 501(c)(4) activities including partisan electoral work.

Key Responsibilities:

    • Develop grassroots leaders through A Just Chi, Advancing Justice | Chicago’s program for community members who want to build power and community and fight for racial equity;
      • Organize in-person and virtual events, workshops, and trainings;
        • Engage a distributed base of individuals through consistent virtual outreach (e.g., SMS/texting outreach, emails, social media, etc.);
          • Represent Advancing Justice | Chicago in coalition spaces and contribute to coalition-led issue-based campaigns, primarily around immigrant rights;
            • Mobilize community members to take action on key issues, including immigrant rights, language access, and police accountability;
              • Manage civic engagement program for a sub-group of Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition partners, including negotiating memoranda of understanding, providing technical support, and troubleshooting challenges;
                • Coordinate and lead annual 300-person lobby day in Springfield;
                    • Assist development staff in program-related fundraising;
                      • Collaborate with other staff on organization-wide initiatives.

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09.24.2019

JOB: NAPABA Law Foundation Legal Fellow

Job posting: NAPABA Law Foundation Legal Fellow


BACKGROUND AND MISSION

For over 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and empower them to create change in their communities.  In 2017 we finalized a five-year strategic plan and are now guided by a new mission statement:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.

Advancing Justice | Chicago is deeply committed to its grassroots community organizing. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, a fierce accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Asian Americans have a unique experience and voice that can make an even more significant contribution to the progressive movement.

Together, we equip the community with the knowledge and resources to regularly engage with power-brokers and decision-makers at all levels of society for the advancement of social justice, equal rights, political representation, and human dignity. Simultaneously, we align, convene and collaborate with like-minded organizations to advocate for laws and policies that promote social, economic, political, and racial equity including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, hate crimes and discrimination.

As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.

Whether locally, regionally, or nationally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is building a powerful Asian American voice for racial equity.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

At this critical time in our nation’s history, when the rights of immigrants and other communities have been questioned by our government and white nationalism seeks to destroy communities of color, Advancing Justice | Chicago continues to be a leader in protecting the rights of Asian American and immigrant communities in our city, state and region. This is also a critical time for our organization, and we are now positioned, both financially and strategically, to open a powerful, new chapter in Advancing Justice | Chicago’s history.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation’s Community Law Fellowship was created to encourage young attorneys to engage with the community on policy advocacy, impact litigation, and legal services to vulnerable communities. Advancing Justice | Chicago is seeking applicants interested in gaining firsthand experience in legal and policy-based advocacy on civil rights issues significant to Asian American communities to sponsor for a fellowship with the NAPABA Law Foundation or other post-graduate fellowship. (more…)

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