The fellowship will provide 3-5 young people with the opportunity to organize around the Gubernatorial primary in Virginia. Fellows will spend early May – June 13 planning and executing actions that highlight the issues of fossil fuel infrastructure and climate impacts in the election. Fellows will make sure that climate change and industry influence are recurring, top campaign issues in primary state media coverage. They will also aim for national political coverage about how climate and fossil fuel infrastructure are key issues in a nationally significant race in an important swing state. Fellows will identify how the Virginia primary offers models and opportunities for issue-based electoral work, and develop strategies to share those models with the climate movement at large. Fellows will organize a variety of actions, sometimes on a very quick turn around, and work with other Virginia groups committed to progressive organizing during the primaries.
- Fellows will spend May and the beginning of June organizing together, focused on the VA primary.
- Fellows will need to be in Virginia for the duration of the fellowship.
- Fellows will gain experience in action planning, training and developing political strategy.
- Students will receive stipends and be paid twice a month.
Fellows can expect to:
- Plan and implement creative actions (3-5 planned actions and rapid response actions on an ad hoc basis).
- Work closely with other fellows and VA partners, with support from 350 Action staff.
- Become familiar with the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Dominion Power’s influence in state government.
- Share their work through various forms of media.
- Learn about political strategy through a movement lens.
We are looking for:
- Recent college graduates in the US, though current undergraduates are welcome to apply (Priority given to those living or studying in VA).
- Commitment to organize with a justice-based framework.
- Commitment to working on climate issues.
- Commitment to building a climate movement that is building strategic power with other movements and issues.
- Experience in climate or progressive political organizing on or off campus.
- Excitement to take on a lot of responsibility and be accountable for their work.
- Excitement to build skills, understanding and capacity to become a stronger organizer.
- Ability to work hard, be flexible and plan many actions, often on short notice.
- Application posted 5/10/2017
- Application closes 5/14/2017
- Notification of interview (rolling, but quick turnaround)
- Interviews: 5/12/2017-5/16/2015 (rolling)
- Notification of acceptance: 5/17/2017 (rolling)
- Start date: 5/17/2017 (or earlier)