Job Announcement: Fundraising Collective Member

JOB: CISPES Fundraising Collective Member

compensation: $15.24/hour
employment type: part-time
non-profit organization
Fundraising Collective Member – hourly (8-10 hrs/week)
Location: Seattle, WA
Application Due: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
SALARY: This position is hourly (8-10 hours/week) with compensation of $15.24/hour

Put your fundraising skills to work with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)–a unique national organization dedicated to grassroots mobilization and cross-border solidarity!

This position is an exciting opportunity to:
* Support struggles for social and economic justice and against US imperialism in Latin America
* Develop your skills as part of a team of dedicated fundraisers
* Raise money to fund our movements!

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:
Since 1980, CISPES has been working in solidarity with the FMLN (Farabundo Marti­ National Liberation Front) and the Salvadoran social movement to promote an alternative to the oppressive US-backed policies of the Salvadoran right-wing.

Our current campaigns focus on:
1) Supporting the revolutionary social programs of El Salvador’s first-ever leftist government.
2) Continuing to challenge multi-national corporations and U.S. governmental institutions that attempt to undermine this transformation.

Local CISPES committees across the country also play an active role in coalitions to:
* Advance struggles for immigrant rights
* Accompany the leftward shift in Latin America
* Oppose US military intervention, including under the banner of the “War on Drugs”
* Build a broad-based movement to challenge corporate-driven globalization

Fundraising Collective Members are part of CISPES’ national fundraising team. Members are responsible for bringing in funds for the national organization as one of our primary grassroots fundraising programs. The main role of this position is to make calls to our grassroots phone list, update supporters on our campaign, and pitch them to increase their financial and political support of CISPES.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
* National Phonebank: Calling a portion of our list to update supporters and ask them to donate over the phone. The schedule is flexible: calling takes place on afternoons and evenings during the week. Weekend shifts are also available.
*Collaboration: Regular coordination meetings with the Seattle Phonebank Coordinator
* Record-keeping: Maintain thorough records of fundraising phone calls and donations and send pledge reminders at the end of each calling shift.

QUALIFICATIONS:
* Experience fundraising and/or comfort asking people for money over the phone
* Basic understanding of the political and social issues of Latin America, especially the US role in Central America militarily and economically, and the impacts of neoliberalism in Latin America and the US
* Political beliefs that are compatible with the goals of the organization
* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, particularly on the phone and among a collective
* High level of organization
* High level of initiative and self-motivation; ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
* Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings
* Strong conversational English

PREFERRED:
* Fundraising experience with phonebanking and/or canvassing
* Experience with grassroots organizing and/or solidarity work
* Administrative skills
* Knowledge of CISPES and the history and politics of El Salvador
* Bilingual English/Spanish speaker

CISPES is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women, queer folks, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references’ contact information by email or by regular mail to Jed Walsh, Fundraising Collective Member Position, 606 Maynard Ave S, Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98104.

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Night of Revolutionary Art & Music: A Seattle CISPES Fundraiser

Join Seattle CISPES for a night of reveling, musical performances, and art.

Friday, OCTOBER 6, 2017

7:30 – 10:30 PM

5655 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

The Seattle chapter of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) is raising money for our partners in El Salvador, including an association of women unionists and the youth secretariat of the leftist FMLN party. Our fall fundraiser will be a chance to contribute to these revolutionary groups, meet friends from CISPES and the solidarity community, and enjoy powerful music and art.

We’ll have a silent auction of visual art donated by local artists, and there will be performances from talented local musicians who are in the CISPES community, playing music about struggle, social justice and radical history.

Among the artists scheduled to perform are Kamal & Madeline of the Portage Babes, Rob Dubinski, Jenny McIntosh & Heather Day, Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm, and The Sissy Bas.

Please help spread the word by inviting your friends on Facebook
We look forward to seeing you there!

Transportation and accessibility details:

Free street parking is available on 12th Ave NE and/or on the nearby streets. There are also several bus lines in close proximity (including from the UW light rail station) — 45, 67, 71, 73, 83, 373.
There are 23 steps from street level up to the front door. The back entrance can be accessed via the back alley and has 3 steps up to the door. Feel free to contact us for more info about how to enter from the back.

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Building Power & Solidarity – Activist Skills Training (April 29, 2017)

Join the Seattle chapter of Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) for a training to build our organizing skills, political analysis, community, and the chapter. This is an exciting opportunity to re-engage or get involved for the first time!

RSVP Today! – https://goo.gl/forms/HWLgtXwKCbq3dtF62

April 29, 2017

Location to be announced

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16426035_1237361486311020_5497322296822003620_nBASICS: There will be a potluck to keep us well nourished, community building to keep us smiling, and inspiring discussion to keep us fighting for a new world.

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EDUCATION & ACTION: Participants will have an opportunity to deepen political analysis and community organizing skills, including…

— MOVEMENT HISTORY – We will learn about the history of the movement in El Salvador as well as the history of CISPES’ approach to solidarity.

— STRATEGY – We will analyze social movement strategy and the role of community organizing in creating long-haul social change. This includes topics such as direct action, coalition-building, leadership development, and beyond.

— SKILLS – Participants will have an opportunity to learn and practice their community organizing skills, such as making asks and giving an elevator speech.

— SOLIDARITY & OPPRESSION – Participants will discuss how building multi-issue movements and fighting oppression (eg: racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia) is intimately connected to powerful solidarity work.

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COMMITMENTS: We are asking participants to make some commitments, including attending the full workshop, participating in an upcoming CISPES event (follow us on Facebook to stay updated on events!), deepening your involvement during 2017, and a commitment to having fun!

Please remember to register to save your spot.
(https://goo.gl/forms/HWLgtXwKCbq3dtF62)

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Victory for El Salvador in mining dispute! Great time to continue supporting Seattle CISPES

Seattle CISPES is excited to share the news of an important victory in one of the campaigns that we’ve been involved with for many years — supporting anti-mining activists in El Salvador and fighting back against an unjust lawsuit. We’re using this occasion to ask for your support and we also want to give you an update about our current work.

Here’s what our former coordinator Cameron Herrington had to say about this week’s victory:

Seven years ago, when I worked for Seattle CISPES, we fought against a Canadian gold mining company called Pacific Rim that wanted to open a mine in El Salvador. Pacific Rim sued the government of El Salvador for $250 million under the rules of the Central American Free Trade Agreement after El Salvador denied the company a mining permit based on environmental and public health concerns.

This week, after seven years of opaque legal process in a secretive World Bank tribunal, the lawsuit was unanimously thrown out. Today I’m thinking of the heroic Salvadoran environmental justice activists who were murdered as a result of their outspoken opposition to gold mining: Juan Francisco Duran Ayala, Gustavo Marcelo Rivera Moreno, Ramiro Rivera Gomez, Dora Alicia Recinos Sorto. I’m also thinking of all my friends and compañer@s at CISPES — in Seattle and around the country — who worked to support the Salvadoran people’s struggle for sovereignty and a healthy environment.

Here’s a 2010 video from when Seattle CISPES activists went to protest outside of Pacific Rim’s headquarters in Vancouver, BC. At the time we were also working to support trade reform legislation that would have prevented foreign companies like Pacific Rim from suing governments that sought to protect their people from environmental and health disasters.

As we enter our 36th year as an organization, Seattle CISPES is now all volunteer-run but still going strong. In June we hosted a successful tour visit from Moisés Gómez, a leader of the Jesuit Migration Network El Salvador, and met with a number of our elected officials, including Congressman Adam Smith. Over the summer, five Seattle CISPES activists went to El Salvador to learn about the migrant crisis in Central America, and upon return they coordinated several events to raise awareness about border militarization. Most recently we sent two members to the border in Arizona to participate in a national mobilization. We’re also excited to continue working with and supporting local partners like the NW Detention Center Resistance as well as sponsoring events for the upcoming Caravan Against Repression in Mexico.

In order for Seattle CISPES to keep up the fight we need you to support this amazing solidarity work.  Click on the donate button below:





or send a check to the address listed on our website.

We are also looking for new members and volunteers so feel free to reach out at seattle@cispes.org.

Adelante!

— The Seattle CISPES core team (Burke, Eddie, Helena, Jenny, Jed and Leigh)

PS: As a special treat here’s a picture of the spoof labels Seattle CISPES created for a number of anti-Pacific Rim actions we organized:

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Report-back from El Salvador, Thursday Sept. 8th at 7 pm

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This July, five Seattle chapter members traveled to El Salvador as part of a CISPES delegation to learn more about the impact of US foreign policy on forced migration and border militarization in the region; as well as the inspiring solutions and alternatives our Salvadoran partners are proposing. We’re hosting a report-back to share what we learned about the current situation from social movement leaders, economists, elected officials, youth and campesino activists, and other allies; and to discuss with Seattle-based CISPES supporters how this can inform our work moving forward. Please join us!

Reportback from Border Militarization Delegation to El Salvador
 
Thursday, Sept. 8th – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
 
St. Patrick’s Church – 2702 Broadway E. Seattle, WA 98102
 
Facebook event for more details and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/699420526881903/
All are welcome; we hope to see you there!

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Dangerous Journeys: How US-Sponsored Border Militarization in Meso-America is Fueling a Human Rights Crisis

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June 2, 2016 – 7 pm EST

Casa Latina

For decades, the United States government has imposed economic and military policies in México and Central America that have resulted in mass displacement and family separation. Rather than change its policy, the US has a dangerous new plan: to stop migrants and asylum seekers from leaving their countries of origin, no matter the cost.

Join Seattle CISPES for a discussion on the root causes of forced migration and the impact of US-sponsored border militarization on the region. We will be joined by:

*Moisés Gómez, professor and researcher at the Central American University (UCA) and part of the Jesuit Migration Network El Salvador
*Maru Mora with NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC
*Wendy Pantoja with NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC

Come learn how Salvadoran and local groups are resisting detention, deportation, and militarization; and join the fight for the lives and rights of migrants!

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