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Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize – Call for Entries (2015)

THE NEW YORK LABOR HISTORY ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce this Call for Entries for the First Annual Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize. The deadline for entries is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015.

THE BERNHARDT PRIZE IS AN AWARD OF $500 given to an article or series of articles that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. The work should be published – in print or online – in a union or workers’ center publication or by an independent journalist.

By sponsoring this award we hope to inspire more great writing for a general audience about the history of work, workers, and their organizations.

The award is co-sponsored by LaborArts; Metro New York Labor Communications Council; the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.

The winner will be announced at the Tamiment Library on OCTOBER 15, 2015, during a forum about the history of labor journalism.

We are guided by the vision of the late DEBRA E. BERNHARDT, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people. As head of the Wagner Labor Archives she reached out to an astonishing number of people and organizations, to document undocumented stories and unrecognized contributions, and to make links between past and present.


GUIDELINES

The prize will be given to insightful work that contributes to the understanding of labor history; shows creativity; demonstrates excellence in writing; and adheres to the highest journalistic standards of accuracy.

The work may be an article or a series of articles, published in a labor or a workers’ center publication or by an independent journalist – in print or online – between January 2014 and August 30, 2015.

Entries should include a cover sheet with name of the author and the place and date of publication. Five copies of each article (with cover sheet) should be submitted, to:

New York Labor History Association, Tamiment Library, 10th Floor
Bobst Library NYU
70 Washington Square South New York NY 10012

Questions? Contact info@LaborArts.org or 212-966-4014 ext. 1703

Kopkind 2015 Call for Participants

Kopkind, the magical retreat in Southern Vermont for media makers and activists is headed for its 17th summer, and is calling for people who are interested in attending to send letters of intent.

The political camp for journalists and activists will run from J. The deadline for applying for this camp is Saturday, June 13.

The project was started as a living memorial to the great radical journalist Andrew Kopkind. Since 1999 we have been bringing people together for a week-plus of political and cultural exploration, intellectual stimulation and rest, an experience of provocative ideas, delicious food and great company amid the pastoral beauty of Tree Frog Farm in Southern Vermont, where Andy spent twenty-five summers with his life partner, John Scagliotti, the documentary filmmaker and pioneer in gay media, who is Kopkind’s administrator. This project in Andy’s name follows in his spirit of thinking deeply, living expressively and extending the field for freedom, pleasure and imagination.

The political camp brings younger journalists, activists and other media makers together with political veterans, whom we call mentors, to consider the issues of the day, their own work and the larger question of justice – toward creating a world fit to live in – in light of a particular theme.

This year’s theme is Freedom to Be.

The latest death of a young black man in police custody—symbol of state repression and of more than 400 people killed by police since the start of the year—shouts out loud, again, that there is a struggle in this country for existence. But no one in the streets, from Ferguson to Baltimore, believes that freedom from a police beating or bullet is the outer limit of aspiration. What is being in the fullest sense? And might we think about the multiple assaults on it—and the multiple, seemingly distinct, rights movements—within the framework of a Freedom to Be? How are bodily integrity and the free flowering of the mind not only pleasant ideas but also concepts rooted in the freedom struggle against slavery and in the radical tradition, and how do they resonate now, in our time and place? Kopkind’s late alumna, board member and dear sister, Pamela Bridgewater Toure, worked at the intersection of race, reproductive rights, sexual freedom, internationalism, history and law. This year’s camp is inspired by her memory and by the recent uprisings of people in the streets.

We are thrilled to announce our two mentors: Angela Ards and Darnell Moore.

Angela grew up in Dallas, TX, and, as a journalist focusing on politics and culture for the Village VoiceEssenceThe Nation and other publications, was one of Kopkind’s earliest participants (in 2000). Now a professor of English at Southern Methodist University, she is passionate about how storytelling and language engages and shapes political thought. She has published extensively on African American literature and culture in the post-Brown v. Board of Education era, a historical moment that continues to demand recalibrated ways of thinking about black identity and struggle, and, thus, about America and the world. Her new book, Words of Witness: Black Women’s Autobiography in the Post-Brown Era will be published this fall.

Darnell, a writer and activist, grew up in Camden, NJ, where close acquaintance with the multiple oppressions facing black and brown queer youth helped shape his adult work and thought at the cross streets of race, class, sexuality, religion and social and economic justice. A senior editor at MicNews and co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire, he has written for numerous publications, from The Guardian to The Advocate to VICE and academic journals. He served as chair of the City of Newark’s LGBTQ Concerns Advisory Commission, was a member of the first US lgbtq delegation to Palestine in 2012, and currently organizes with Black Lives Matter-NYC. With Patrisse Cullors, he co-organized the national solidarity #BLM Ride to Ferguson last summer.

 

Program and Application:

Kopkind encourages young people to apply who have been at work for a few years as political journalists/media makers or activists/organizers (or hybrids) and who are committed politically and personally to this kind of work. Although the average age tends to be about 28, age is not a hard and fast category, except that for legal/insurance reasons we cannot invite people under 21.

Participants should come prepared to discuss, assess, explore their own work, political experience and ideas in relation to the theme.

The program is entirely free, including transportation. (The 25th and 2nd are travel days.) There are seminars every morning from 9:30 to 12:30; free afternoons for swims, walks, games, conversation, rest; and evening discussions sometimes with special guests, one of which is a free public event.

The emphasis is on interaction and group enjoyment. Internet use is, therefore, limited.

People must be able to commit to the full program.

Participants stay in individual cabin rooms. We arrange for travel, as well as transport from airport or bus/rail station to Tree Frog Farm, and for all meals.

Interested applicants should send a letter of intent, telling us a little about their work, themselves and their politics, and explaining why they would like to come this year in particular. They should also tell us how they heard about the project.

Letters should be sent to JoAnn Wypijewski, program director of Kopkind, at jwyp@earthlink.net. If anyone has questions, please don’t hesitate to email her or phone 646.498.5810. Letters of intent should include all the applicants’ contact information, phones and mailing address, and must be submitted by Saturday, June 13, 2015.

New Organizing Institute — Digital Boot Camp

From New Organizing Institute:

Since 2006, the New Organizing Institute has trained an army of progressive organizers to run and win powerful campaigns by leveraging digital tools and tactics. We know we’ve got to keep and grow our digital talent advantage — that’s why we created BootCamp.

This 7-day intensive program prepares organizers to run winning digital campaigns across the country and applications are open for our summer 2015 class.

APPLY NOW to join the Summer 2015 Digital BootCamp Class July 26-August 1 in Washington, DC 

We’re looking for organizers who have a passion for progressive issues and the drive to win.  If you’ve got experience in another campaign area — like field, finance, or operations — that’s great. If you’re only just starting out, that’s great too. We want BootCampers who are serious about building a better world and who want the digital skills to get the job done.

You’ll leave BootCamp with the skills you need to start a digital organizing career. And you’ll have the chance to work with some of the most extraordinary folks in the business during your week in Washington.

BootCamp grads all over the country are leading big fights and they’re winning them. We’re looking for the next class of organizers who are ready to step up.

APPLY NOW to join Digital BootCamp 

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis from now until June 12th. We’re committed to making BootCamp possible  through scholarships, payment plans, and other support. DO NOT let cost stop you from applying — if you’re accepted, we’ll figure out how to make it work. 

We look forward to reading your application.

—Tracy & the NOI Team

p.s. If you’re already working in digital and know a talented intern, recent grad, friend or relative who has the passion and the drive to be a great organizer, make sure you forward this on to them. We’ve all got a part to play in identifying the next generation of talent! 

Northeast Nurses Association Seeks Regional Organizing Director

The Northeast Nurses Association (“NENA”) is seeking a seasoned organizer to serve as Regional Organizing Director to take responsibility for new organizing campaigns, serve in a leadership position with respect to program and other staff, and play an integral role in NENA.

The ideal candidate will take an active role in all organizing efforts; and is at ease walking around hospital corridors and meeting with nurses wherever they are located, rather than sitting behind a desk.

The right candidate is outgoing, self-directed, has experience developing and running organizing campaigns, including oversight of staff to achieve concrete assessments and progress. S/he has excellent critical thinking, creativity, verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team environment.

About Us:
NENA is a regional, progressive, organization covering 30,000 nurses and allied health care employees, working together to advocate for our patients, our practice, and our profession. NENA’s mission is to support efforts to educate and mobilize health care professionals interested in forming a union at their place of work. To that end, NENA has recently funded a budget to establish an organizing team to assess and develop new organizing opportunities into campaigns.

As members of NENA, nurses and healthcare professionals become part of a progressive and respected organization that uses its strength and vision to advocate for positive change through collective bargaining, legislation, education, and mobilization

NENA is looking for candidates who have:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience required in developing and leading organizing campaigns.
  • Ability to direct, oversee and develop organizing staff.
  • Previous experience with the labor movement
  • Knowledge of organizing campaign data base management tools.
  • Skill in the use of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Ability to write and proofread campaign communications materials.
  • Ability to conduct, analyze, and critique independent research to effectively synthesize and implement material for effective messaging.
  • Supervisory experience a strong plus;
  • Ability to work independently, think critically and creatively, self-directed, and operate within a dynamic and complex organizing environment;
  • Healthcare industry experience preferred,
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the northeast; Home base in NYC area preferred but can be located in other Northeast area.
    Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Long hours and weekend work is expected.

Responsibilities:

  • Designs, manages, and implements organizing campaigns.
  • Expected to serve as hands-on organizer. Works with staff to coordinate all aspects of the campaign including vision, strategy,
    timeline, communication, and community outreach.
  • Coordinates and supervises organizing staff;
  • Provides feedback to staff on their performance while on the campaign.
  • Oversees management of the campaign data base, web based applications, lists, and cards.
  • Develops metrics to measure, quantify, and track progress. Provides information and metrics to NENA Board on regular basis.
  • Develops and monitors the campaign budget for the campaign.

Scope and Nature of Supervision

  • Must be able to act and manage time with extreme independence.
  • A high level of judgment, ability to take initiative and work independently; must be able to work with worker leaders and staff in complex and sometimes political situations.
  • Must be able to handle multiple priority projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines.
  • Reports to the NENA Board and/or the Board’s appointed sub-committee.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package: health, dental, car allowance, 401(k) plan, and paid sick/vacation time.

In addition to a resume, we require a cover letter that gives us a clear picture of who you are, why you want to be the regional organizing director, an example of how you demonstrated success on a
campaign, and what you will bring to the role.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: NYPNU@NYPNU.org with the Subject Line: NENA Organizing Director.

NENA is committed to Equal Opportunity, and considering applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, and religions.

NEW Program for Women

NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women) prepares women for nontraditional careers in the construction, utilities, and transportation industries.

Through its innovative training programs, NEW graduates successfully compete for skilled blue-collar careers that enable women to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

NEW programs include a mix of hands-on shop skills, classroom instruction, physical fitness assessment, job development and placement services, social service referrals, and case management. NEW currently offers:

Blue Collar Prep and NEW at Night

After graduating from our pre-apprenticeship training program, NEW graduates enter apprenticeship programs and begin working in the construction, utilities, and transportation industries. Click here to find out what type of jobs are available to our graduates. 

Who can apply to be a NEW student?

Females that:

Are at least 18 years of age;
Have a high school diploma or GED (General Equivalency Diploma);
Are interested in pursuing a skilled blue-collar career;
Are willing and able to perform 8 hours of physical work; and
Want to change their lives.


Become a NEW Woman 

What makes skilled blue-collar work a good choice for women?

High pay. Wages in your first year will range from $10 – $17. Once a woman completes the apprenticeship program, she can earn as much as $45.00/hr.
Excellent medical benefits.
Pensions and paid annuities.
Training. Many blue-collar jobs offer technical classroom training as well as on-the-job training


NEW helps women face the challenges of working in a blue-collar field:

Construction work starts very early; NEW helps women find early morning childcare.
Blue collar professions are physically and mentally demanding. Most jobs require early hours and lots of lifting and carrying. NEW helps women prepare for these challenges.
Year-round outdoor work is required in most jobs.
Less than 3% of all construction workers are women. NEW provides a support system to help women prepare to work in a predominately male environment.


NEW will help you determine if you are right for this program and help you succeed in your new nontraditional career.

To learn more Click Here to Sign up for an Information Session

At the Information Session, you will be tested in basic reading and math skills.  Click here to see example reading questions and to take a practice test.  Click here to see example math questions and to take a practice test.

Call for Papers from The National center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education.

The National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College, CUNY  has issued a Call for Papers and Proposed Workshops for its 2015 annual conference that will take place in New York City on April  19-21, 2015.  The theme of next year¹s conference will be Thinking about Tomorrow: Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations in Higher Education.

The National Center seeks abstracts for conference papers related to the conference theme as well as proposals for interactive workshop trainings. The deadline for submissions is October 17, 2014.  The Call for Papers and Proposed Workshops can be downloaded from our website here:
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/ncscbhep/assets/files/Call%20For%20Papers%20Final.pdf