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New Labor Forum Highlights: March 18th, 2019

The New Labor Forum has a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

With today’s newsletter, we offer an article written for us by Bob Dreyfuss, editor and frequent writer for Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The American Prospect , and The New Republic . In his piece for New Labor Forum , Dreyfuss notes that Sanders and Warren, alone among the 14 candidates who have currently entered the 2020 Democratic field, have begun to elaborate foreign policy positions. Their unabashedly left positions, Dreyfuss argues, are without parallel since the 1972 candidacy of George McGovern. As centrist candidates and the U.S. military lobby apparatus gear up, Democratic foreign policy discussions are certain to shift to the right. And as that happens, Dreyfuss suggests we keep an eye out for a bold, new actor on the scene: Common Defense, an organization unwilling to cede any anti-war ground to the erratic gyrations of Donald Trump.

As the left continues its efforts to elaborate a foreign policy in the 2020 race, Ted Fertik, writing for N+1, urges a more accurate understanding of what he views as the widely mischaracterized Marshall Plan. Rather than an act of global generosity, he argues, its intent was to shore up U.S. capitalism and bourgeois political systems in Western Europe, and its distinct result was to feed the Cold War. “Marshall Plan-thinking”, Fertik argues, has held powerful sway in U.S. politics through the periods of the Vietnam War, wars in Central America, and the war in Iraq. It is this thinking to which the left must offer an alternative in a world made more complex by the rise of China as a global economic and military power.

Table of Contents

  1. The Left Gets a Foreign Policy, Sort of/Bob Dreyfuss, New Labor Forum
  2. Geopolitics for the Left/ Ted Fertik, N+1 Magazine
The Left Gets a Foreign Policy, Sort of.
By Bob Dreyfuss/ New Labor Forum
With the number of Democrats who’ve opted to challenge Donald Trump’s reelection in 2020 now well into double digits and growing, it’s notable that so far only two, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have put down markers on foreign policy. Both, hailing from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, have outlined in some detail the principles that, they say, would guide their approach to foreign affairs as president. Both outlines, of course, should be considered works-in-progress. Neither Sanders nor Warren have much of a track record when it comes to national security, and in 2016 the Sanders..


Geopolitics for the Left
By Ted Fertik/ N+1 Magazine
Not since the early years of the Iraq War has foreign policy dominated American headlines as it does in the age of Trump. The United States in the ’90s enjoyed the narcissism of the “New World Order,” and journalistic glances abroad mainly flattered this self-conception. After Bush, Obama campaigned as an antiwar candidate, only to get the country embroiled in at least five additional conflicts, all more or less waged sotto voce, so as to minimize the tarnish imperial police…

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New York City Anti-Violence Project Seeks Lead Organizer

The Lead Organizer will develop and implement community organizing campaigns, implement base building strategies and outreach initiatives, represent AVP in city- and state-wide coalitions, and support in rapid incident response efforts. The Lead Organizer reports to the Senior Manager of Organizing and Advocacy, and works closely with staff in COPA, Client Services, Legal Services, Communications, and Development to ensure collaboration across departments. The Lead Organizer will guide the Community Organizer and Program Specialist to ensure COPA is on track with all outreach deliverables, on target with city- and state-wide campaigns, actively engaging community members into the work, and represent AVP in coalition spaces.


Campaign Development:

  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Manager of Organizing and Advocacy and Community Organizer to:
  • develop, implement, and evaluate city- and state-wide organizing campaigns and legislative advocacy initiatives;
  • develop, implement, and evaluate organizing strategies to respond to incidents of violence;
  • develop, implement, and evaluate AVP’s semi-monthly base building plans to ensure the active engagement of marginalized LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities, including transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people, LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ immigrants, low-income people, and Spanish speakers;
  • build and maintain partnerships with leading LGBTQ organizations and organizers across New York City and New York State.

Outreach Management:

  • Work with the Community Organizer and Program Specialist to:
  • create and maintain systems to increase the efficiency and impact of COPA’s programming;
  • create volunteer leadership structures to further COPA’s organizing campaigns and legislative advocacy initiatives;
  • manage and complete monthly outreach in all 5 boroughs;
  • develop, implement, and evaluate membership retention strategies increase membership and participation of local programming and legislative advocacy initiatives;
  • Develop and facilitate popular education trainings for community members in Spanish and/or English.
  • Collaborate with COPA team members to develop and evaluate effective trainings.

Policy Advocacy & Coalition Engagement:

  • Support the Senior Manager of Organizing and Advocacy with coordinating the New York State LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence Network.
  • Represent AVP as a spokesperson as needed (i.e. media requests, rallies, etc.).
  • Represent AVP on city- and state-wide coalitions.
  • Mobilize AVP community members for partner actions.
  • Work in collaboration with partners to implement joint organizing and advocacy projects.

Other Duties as Directed by Supervisors


  • 3 years community organizing experience including campaign development, base building, leadership development, and coalition coordination in a professional, volunteer, or activist capacity.
  • 2 years of project management or project coordination experience including program design, implementation, and evaluation in a professional, volunteer, or activist capacity.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects with competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to anti-oppression and social justice frameworks.
  • Cultural sensitivity in working with diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities, and commitment to ending violence within those communities.
  • Excellent computer skills, database experience, and knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Highly organized with an ability to pay close attention to detail.
  •  Ability to handle confidential materials.


  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • Experience reporting on government and foundation activities.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal legislative processes.
  • Experience with varied organizing and advocacy models.
  • Experience with rapid incident response organizing.

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits: Excellent benefits and working environment.

How To Apply


Submit resume, cover letter including salary requirement, and a short writing sample (1-3 pages) to with “Lead Organizer” in subject line. Candidates will be…

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116 Nassau Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10038


#UnlockHigherEd (UHE) Seeks Community Organizer

About College & Community Fellowship

College & Community Fellowship (CCF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable women with criminal convictions to earn their college degrees so that they, their families, and their communities can thrive. We advocate for equity and opportunity for the communities we serve.

Job Summary

The #UnlockHigherEd (UHE) Community Organizer will assist CCF in carrying out a strategy designed to expand the number of CCF program participants and the number of supporters engaged in our national UHE campaign through community meetings, mobilization, and campaign coordination. This position focuses on CCF’s work in the UHE Coalition, a national partnership that CCF co-leads with New Orleans-based Operation Restoration (OR). UHE Coalition’s goal is to pass bundled legislation increasing access to higher education opportunities for currently and formerly incarcerated people. Legislative priorities include restoring Pell grant eligibility to incarcerated students (REAL Act); banning criminal history screenings on college applications; providing quality control, oversight, and standardization for Federal Bureau of Prisons educational programs (PREP Act); and removing the drug conviction question from the federal financial student aid application (FAFSA). This campaign moves quickly and involves dozens of stakeholders in philanthropy, advocacy, nonprofit, and government, and includes formerly incarcerated people unaffiliated with institutions in its advocacy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, organize, and mobilize CCF students and community members to participate in the UHE Coalition by participating in legislative education sessions, public actions, and testimony for the platform.
  • Help to prepare and disseminate policy advocacy documents including fact sheets, action alerts and outreach materials.
  • Maintain databases specific to partner organizations, elected officials, and relevant legislation, as well as community members interested in mobilization efforts.
  • Provide on-site support to the Director of Policy & Advocacy, including but not limited to attending coalition meetings and scheduling legislative visits.
  • Edit and disseminate CCF newsletter to parties involved with the UHE Coalition regarding updates to the campaign, and opportunities to get involved with public actions or legislative education.
  • Represent CCF at various community events.
  • Assist with other administrative or clerical tasks as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

CCF is an EEO employer. Persons with criminal justice histories are encouraged to apply.

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


Core Competencies/Qualifications:

  • 2 years of community organizing, outreach, and mobilization experience.
  • Ability to build effective collaborative relationships, both…

How To Apply

Email with this job title and your last name in the subject line. Please include a cover letter and resume.


475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1626, New York, NY 10115

Human Services Council of NY, Inc. Seeks Policy Analyst/Organizer (NYC)

HSC seeks a Policy Analyst/Organizer to assist HSC in our campaign efforts to secure critical investments and policy change for human services providers. This position will work heavily with our members to engage them in our work as well as help develop and carry out campaign strategy.

To that end, the position will include the following duties:

  • Under the direction of the Deputy Executive Director, assist the Policy Unit with advocacy initiatives.
  • Engage our membership in advocacy actions.
  • Draft memorandums, letters, and testimony to be used in advocacy campaigns.
  • Organize meetings with key elected and appointed officials.
  • Collect and analyze data from membership to support priorities / goals.
  • Hold special trainings for members in key legislative districts and prepare them to react during key moments.
  • Identify client spokespeople for lobby days and press opportunities
  • Represent the organization at coalition meetings and public policy briefings.
  • Prepare and distribute training and educational materials to our membership on various topics.


  • College degree and three or more years relevant work experience, a graduate degree can substitute for work experience
  • Previous experience in public policy, advocacy, organizing, or social services
  • Knowledge of policy issues in New York City’s human services field as well as a firm understanding of city, state, and federal government and legislative processes is preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative in a fast-paced environment.
  • Dependability and attention to detail
  • Computer literacy a must
  • Graphic design skills are a plus

About HSC

The Human Services Council of New York, Inc. (HSC) is a membership association, representing the nonprofit social service agencies throughout New York. Our membership includes federations, subsector-specific umbrella associations, advocacy groups, and direct service providers, both large and small, that provide a wide variety of human services from child care and after school programs for children and youth to transportation and meals for seniors, as well as child welfare, health, mental health, homeless, immigration, and substance abuse services. The mission of HSC is to strengthen New York’s nonprofit human services sector, ensuring all New Yorkers, across diverse neighborhoods, cultures, and generations reach their full potential. We build broad recognition and support for the substantial and essential contributions of the nonprofit human service sector to the citizens and the fabric of New York.

To that end, HSC:

  • sets the human services sector’s short-term and long-term agenda on critical provider and client issues, organizing executive directors of federations and umbrella agencies, service providers, and other relevant organizations to speak with common purpose;
  • develops and implements sector-wide initiatives and advocacy strategies;
  • promotes the sector’s partnership with government; and
  • acts as the organized voice for the sector, building broad recognition and support for providers and clients from government, the business community, funders, and the public.

Equal Opportunity

HSC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits: Generous benefits package.

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Michelle Jackson, Deputy Executive Director at


130 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022


Families for Freedom Seeks Organizer (NYC)

Families for Freedom (FFF) is a multi-ethnic network of immigrants formed in New York City in 2002 to respond to the devastation on our families wrought by the increases in deportation after immigration laws were drastically overhauled in 1996. Those new laws replaced a largely discretionary system with mandatory detention and deportation. FFF has worked tirelessly to ensure that those directly impacted are at the forefront of the movement to realize immigrant rights as human rights. Through organizing and uniting directly affected families, FFF mission is to create a space for support work, education and advocacy efforts that will change the unjust laws that target our communities.

Families for Freedom seeks an experienced organizer for a full-time position that will focus on retention, recruitment and base building. The organizer will work primarily with the Executive Director. The organizer will also work closely with member leaders, and on occasion, with allies and funders.


  • Recruit and build the base of members through intakes, case follow-up, and bi-weekly collective clinics.
  • Conduct outreach and community education drives in at risk communities.
  • Support the campaign work of member leaders, including strategic campaign development, press and media relations, and generate materials.
  • Develop membership structures.
  • Expand leadership development opportunities.
  • Identify, train and develop member leaders.
  • Build and partner with ally organizations to garner support and win campaigns.
  • Provide administrative support.


  • Have at least 2 years organizing and campaign experience.
  • Have at least 3 years experience working with immigrant families and/or formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • Must be fluent in Spanish – strong oral and written skills.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be comfortable with a flexible work environment and able to work some night and weekends.
  • Have experience in community education and public speaking.
  • Respect and work for the human rights for all people.


  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Competitive benefits.

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Must be fluent in Spanish – strong oral and written skills.

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of two references. Posting is open until filled. Applications can be submitted electronically or by regular mail. Email…

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New York, NY