A strong initiative in California

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Interested in the the global justice movement in the United States? Want to learn grassroots campaign skills? Become an intern this spring for a groundbreaking local ballot initiative campaign in Northern California!

Come work with a group of explicitly feminist, non-hierarchal organizers who incorporate anti-oppression in their daily lives and are mutually accountable to one another.*

A group of Humboldt County, California citizens are running a county-wide ballot initiative entitled the “Humboldt County Ordinance to Protect Our Right to Fair Elections and Local Democracy.” The initial language was drafted by Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County, (www.DUHC.org) a local organization dedicated to challenging corporate power at the grassroots level.

The campaign is being run by a coalition of community organizations and individuals, including many labor unions, environmentalists, peace groups, elected officials, prominent Green Party members, and the Humboldt Democratic Party. If the initiative passes, it will prohibit non-local corporations from participating in countywide elections. The Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights is currently collecting signatures to place the ordinance on the ballot for the June 2006 election./ We need YOUR help running the campaign to win this election!/

Humboldt County is a beautiful place located on the Pacific ocean, six hours north of San Francisco and eight hours south of Portland, OR. While you are here, there will be time to take trips to the beach, redwood forests and other nearby scenic attractions.

*Submit application AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE February 1st.
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To apply: e-mail the application below to kaitlin@VoteLocalControl.org

More information about the campaign can be found at these websites: www.VoteLocalControl.org and www.DUHC.org. Any questions should be directed to Kaitlin at kaitlin@VoteLocalControl.org or (707) 444-0407.

Dates:
* February 1 – Applications due
* Feb 15 – Notification
* Feb 28 – Arrive in Humboldt by this date for orientation and training session
* Feb 28 through June 8 – Internship
* June 10 & 11 – Campaign/internship debrief and evaluation
* June 12 through June 18 – Optional extra stay to relax and enjoy the natural early summer beauty of Humboldt County

*Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights (HCCR) INTERNSHIP APPLICATION
*The internships will be a skill-building experience while providing resources to a small, rural, low-income community. We only have resources to accept one applicant for the position. Internship activities include: Writing press releases and articles, phonebanking, canvassing, volunteer oversight and training, database management, researching voting patterns and participating in “Get-out-the-vote” efforts (there is ample opportunity for leadership in these activities.)

HCCR Intern Will be Expected to:
1. Attend the 1 day training and orientation before the internship.
2. Establish and maintain relationships with the public, media, business owners, community organizations and coalition members, as well as campaign staff and volunteers.
3. Communicate regularly with the campaign staff and volunteers.
4. Meet the criteria, respect any guidelines, and fulfill any obligations given to you from the campaign staff.
5. Represent the campaign professionally and responsibly to all members of the media and general public during the course of the internship.

Requirements:
1. Availability for the dates of the internship
2. Good attitude
3. Eagerness to learn new skills and try new things

Encouraged but not required:
1. Proficiency in Spanish
2. Past experience in political campaign work or activism

HCCR will provide guidance and other resources necessary to help you meet your goals of the internship. You are expected to provide for travel to and from Humboldt County. Room and board will be covered during the internship in host housing. If you need it, a $50/month stipend can be provided for incidentals. If you are attending a college or university you are encouraged to explore receiving academic credit for this work.

*APPLICATION FORM
* * Name:
* College or University, if applicable:
* Expected year of graduation, if applicable:
* Major(s), if applicable:
* Email address:
* Phone:
* Address:

1. Briefly describe your past experience with activism, civic participation, or political campaigns.

2. Briefly describe your personal goals? Goals for building the movement? What do you hope to gain from this experience?

3. What languages, other than English, do you speak? How would you rate your ability in that language (speaking, reading, writing, oral/written translation)?

4. Any other specific skills that you would like us to know about? (media, documentary, interview experience, canvass etc.)

5. Please send us a resume that includes:
* Past internship experiences
* Positions of responsibility or leadership that you have held
* Organizing experience
* Volunteer work
* Relevant academic coursework or research
* Anything else that you think we should know about you
* Three references (not letters, just names and contact information)

This can take the form of a formal resume or simply be a list of experiences and accomplishments. Please include *brief* descriptions.

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Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County educates citizens about the illegitimate seizure of our authority to govern ourselves. We design and implement grassroots strategies which exercise democratic power over corporations and governments. We seek to create a truly democratic society by provoking a non-violent popular uprising against corporate rule in Humboldt County that can serve as a model for other communities across the United States.

We invite you to join us as we educate, agitate, organize, and strategize to build a grassroots movement for democracy and against corporate rule!

Mail:
Post Office Box 610
Eureka, California 95502

Headquarters:
1402 M Street (corner of 14th & M Streets) in Eureka

(707) 269-0984
http://DUHC.org

0 thoughts on “A strong initiative in California”

  1. Non-local money can’t be used in these elections? Hey, a lot of non-local money sure flooded into Ohio last November. Be careful what you wish for.

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