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Democracy Matters’ Campus Leadership Program Opportunity

Paid Political internship – Organize Antioch Students for Campaign Finance Reform – Apply now! Starts with fall semester.

Democracy Matters is accepting applications for paid internships through our Campus Internship Program. We are a non-partisan organization of students and professors working on campuses across the country to educate people about the role of private money in politics, and its impact on democracy. We call for alternatives that can reform and revitalize our political process thereby deepening democracy in the United States. Specifically, we organize around issues of campaign finance reform, full and partial funding of elections, and election reform.

We differ from other political groups on campus in that we are not linked to a political party and we do not concern ourselves with specific election campaigns. Instead, we are concerned with the process of campaigns – especially fundraising – and issues specifically related to political accountability and democracy.

Campus Leaders are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours/week.

Responsibilities:

  • Build coalitions of student activists on your campus.
  • Create a Democracy Matters chapter that can work with students, faculty and community activists to get private money out of politics and people back in.
  • Organize at least four campaigns/events per semester.

    Opportunities:

  • Receive training and guidance from a Democracy Matter staff link who will work with you each week to develop your skills as an organizer.
  • Attend the annual Democracy Matters student summit where you will meet with hundreds of other students from across the country and attend workshops to build your skills and issue awareness.
  • Receive Democracy Matters materials – banner, flyers, DVD, t-shirt, stickers, and pins – to spread across your campus.

    Compensation:

  • $500 per semester if needed
  • Additional financial support for campaign/event expenses
  • Service learning course credit (depends on college/university)

    Applicants should have a commitment to social change and some organizing experience. No expertise in campaign finance reform is required.

    Apply today! Email your resume, at least three academic or professional references and cover letter to DemocracyPartnersRecruiting@gmail.com

    Please see our website, DemocracyMatters.org for additional information.

Patagonia Offers Grants For Nonviolent Direct Action Groups

COUNTERACTOutdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia provides support for environmental work through grants to nonprofit organizations. In particular, the company’s environmental grant program supports grassroots organizations that have provocative nonviolent direct-action agendas and are working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment.

Grants of up to $12,000 will be awarded for projects that are action-oriented, build public involvement and support, focus on root causes, and demonstrate a commitment to long-term change.The company does not fund organizations without 501(c)(3) status or an eligible fiscal sponsor. Grants are not provided for general environmental education efforts; land acquisition, land trusts, or conservation easements; research (unless it is in direct support of a developed plan for specific action to alleviate an environmental problem); environmental conferences; endowment funds; political campaigns; or green building projects.Funding is limited to programs in the United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, Argentina, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, or Austria.

All applications received by August 31 will be responded to in January 2015. Only one proposal from an organization will be considered per year.

In addition to the corporate grant program, each Patagonia retail store administers a local grants program. Retail store grant applications are accepted year round.

Visit the Patagonia Web site for complete program guidelines, application requirements, information on previous grant recipients, and the retail store locator.

Link to Complete RFP