Racial Justice

Racial Justice


Prisoners’ Brain Trust

Non-profit
Poughkeepsie, NY
1-5 team members

Issue Areas: Prison Abolition, Racial Justice, Voting Rights

About: The Prisoners’ Brain Trust (‘PBT’) embodies people directly impacted by the prison industrial complex’s many harms. Our members are a combination of queer/trans, cis-hetero, Black, Brown Indigenous People of Color, and white anti-racist/anti-authoritarian partners. Each member brings their full carceral and personal experiences into our work to dissect how policies impact and intersect our lives and communities. Prisoners’ Brain Trust addresses toxicity associated with the patriarchal structure; provides gender & sexuality training, political education, and leadership development; hones public speaking/debate skills; and offers moral/emotional support through the community.

Position Description:
PBT is excited to welcome dedicated abolitionists and community builders as interns for the Spring of 2024. As an intern, you will actively contribute to the impactful work of the Prisoners’ Brain Trust in advancing the Prisoner Agenda for 2024. We are seeking individuals with various skills, including research, graphic design, writing, and more, to join us in our pursuit of collective liberation.

  • Build connections with incarcerated community members.
  • Network with organizations and activists across the state
  • Advocate for systems change within the criminal justice system
  • Gain a foundational understanding of Intersectional Abolition
  • Advocate for policy change through an abolitionist lens
  • Read and comprehend New York State policies
  • Understand the legislative processes of the New York State government

Skills:
Communications – emails, phone calls, in person outreach, Copywriting, Fact-checking, Graphic design, Public speaking/presenting, Research skills, Social media management

Additional Requirements:
– Complete an interview with Leaders of Prisoners Brain Trust.
– Attend the organizational orientation
– Commitment of 6-8 hours per week
– Proficiency in Slack, Google Drive
– Attendance at weekly (virtual) group meetings

Are you interested in getting involved with PBT? Visit here for your next steps.


Celebrating the African Spirit

https://celebratingtheafricanspirit.org/

Volunteer-run

City of Poughkeepsie, NY

10-15, 12-15 consistently active members team members

Issue Areas: Education Policy and Equity, Expression, Arts, and Culture, Racial Justice

About: 

Founded in 2019, Celebrating the African Spirit’s (CAS’s) mission is to commemorate the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants in Poughkeepsie and its close surrounds. Slavery existed in Poughkeepsie from the earliest days, and enslaved people laid the economic foundation for the City of Poughkeepsie and the Mid-Hudson Region. Yet there is very little awareness of this history. This lack of knowledge contributes to ongoing denial regarding the consequences of centuries of slavery and the pervasiveness of racism and inequality in America today. Our mission is aimed at all the residents of the City of Poughkeepsie, and CAS concentrates on education as well as public art and culture and direct support for young people.

Expected Responsibilities/Duties:

The spring semester will be a busy time for CAS, given Black History Month, when we will be doing big displays in Adriance Library, and visiting multiple PHS classrooms.  We will also be recruiting fairly early on for our summer intensive program. In addition, we are optimistic that our long-awaited, signature memorial marker, will be underway, and we will be publicizing and fundraising for this.  We are looking for students with:

  • People skills, including experience with both K-12 and older generations of folks.
  • Comfortability and ease with a Black-led and centered, multiracial, multi-class, multi-generational community organization and priorities.
  • Communications, technical, and social media skills.
  • Artistic/design ability

Skills:

  • Communications – emails, phone calls, in person outreach, Graphic design, Previous experience working with young people, Research skills, Social media management, Web design

Hours: 4hrs/week, 8hrs/week, we’d take either or both!

Are you interested in getting involved with Celebrating the African Spirit? Visit here for your next steps.


Arlington Parters Against Racism (ON PAR)

onpararlington.org

ArlingtON PAR (Partners Against Racism) is a community group committed to engaging in equity work in the Arlington Central School District. This group was founded by 4 women (3 Vassar professors and 1 corporate manager). Our group is comprised of roughly 20 members and we meet monthly  via zoom. We attend Board of Education meetings and speak during the public comment period. We have our own podcast that features the experiences of families and students within the school district. We also work directly with teachers and administrators in the district on initiatives such as author visits. Moreover, we help draft policies in the district regarding equity. Interns are welcome to collaborate and support any of these efforts. Moving forward, we would like to increase and improve our media presence. 

Expected Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Research of relevant equity-related policy issues.
  • Assistance with drafting of short speeches to give during public meetings.
  • Note-taking at Board of Education meetings 2-3 times a semester
  • Management of social media and outreach plans.
  • Assistance with drafting of educational policies.
  • Briefly present your work during monthly  meetings with On PAR’s membership .

Note: Please understand that, like most social justice-oriented positions, this internship requires flexibility. It’s common for our organization to come across information that demands our attention, and our agenda will accordingly switch for a few days. 

Skills:

  • Communications – emails, phone calls, in person outreach, Graphic design, Research skills, Social media management, Web design

Are you interested in getting involved with ON PAR? Visit here for your next steps.


End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN)

https://endthenewjimcrow.blogspot.com/

Volunteer-run, City of Poughkeepsie

Issue Areas: Prison Abolition, Racial Justice

About: 

End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN, pronounced “engine”) advocates locally and statewide to end mass incarceration, including both unjust imprisonment and the larger web of laws, rules, policies, and customs that control people labeled as criminals outside of prison walls. Because people of color are unfairly and disproportionately targeted by all levels of the criminal justice system, we focus on opposing practices driven by institutional racism to build a powerful movement (or “ENJAN”) for change. One of our focuses is court watch in which we train students to attend city or county court to observe and report on what is happening “”in the name of the people.

Expected Responsibilities/Duties:

Students can be either ENJAN interns or Court Watchers. 

1) The ENJAN intern is responsible for attending bi-monthly meetings, taking and distributing meeting notes, completing research for current projects, assisting with events and outreach efforts (including attending city council, criminal justice council, and county legislature meetings), helping to liaise with other local groups and organizations, and supporting ongoing operations and projects. Current projects include police reform in the City of Poughkeepsie, election forums on criminal justice issues, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Must be available to attend meetings on Wednesday evenings.

2) Court Watchers are responsible for supporting the court watch project. Duties include preparing forms for court watching, attending court and recording data, attending weekly meetings to process what is happening in light of readings on criminal legal issues, and for writing or editing court watcher blog posts for the website, and contributing to social media (including Instagram0. In addition, court watch interns may also be asked to conduct outside research on matters related to the courts, criminal justice, etc. Must have availability to attend court at least one day per week. Poughkeepsie city and county courts are typically in session from 9 am to 12 noon, M-F.

Skills:

  • Research skills, Social media management, Writing

Hours: 4hrs/week

Are you interested in getting involved with E.N.J.A.N.? Visit here for your next steps.


Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project

https://mhahp.vassarspaces.net/

Address: Our meeting location is First Congregational Church-UCC, 269 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Issue Areas: Expression, Arts, and Culture, Racial Justice, Local History

About: 

The mission of MHAHP can be summed up as follows:
– Researching the history of slavery and antislavery in the Hudson Valley
– Interpreting and sharing this history
– Placing this local history in the broad context of racial slavery in the Americas, the African American experience, and the legacy of this history today

Below are the projects and programs that we think would be interesting to interns and supportive of our work
– The Oh! Freedom Quilting Project which works with local community organizations to create collaborative quilts that commemorate freedom seekers and abolitionists of the region
– Researching Free Black Communities and their role in supporting abolition and those seeking freedom from slavery – focusing on the undersold stories of Black leadership in this movement
– Mapping locations (using ArcGIS) of significance to abolition, slavery, and the Underground Railroad in the region – looking at what can be called “geographies of resistance”
– Designing and updating new features of our website as well as program related posters, flyers, and logos

Position Descriptions:

Below are the projects and programs that we think would be interesting to interns and supportive of our work
– The Oh! Freedom Quilting Project which works with local community organizations to create collaborative quilts that commemorate freedom seekers and abolitionists of the region
– Researching Free Black Communities and their role in supporting abolition and those seeking freedom from slavery – focusing on the undersold stories of Black leadership in this movement
– Mapping locations (using ArcGIS) of significance to abolition, slavery, and the Underground Railroad in the region – looking at what can be called “geographies of resistance”
– Designing and updating new features of our website as well as program related posters, flyers, and logos

Depending on their interest we have several different projects that would contribute to our organization. 1. Students could work with our master quilters through our Oh, Freedom! Quilting Project, an art and history program, that guides people and organizations in Poughkeepsie in the development of commemorative quilts on the history of abolition and enslavement in the Hudson Valley. 2. Students could assist with research on the history research of Free Black Communities in the Hudson Valley that were part of a pathway for enslaved people who were seeking freedom. 3. Students could also work with us on the expansion of our Hudson Valley Map of Slavery and Antislavery – something we think of as mapping the geographies of resistance.

We see an internship as a two way street. We are interested in building student skills as they assist us with work that interests them. Hopefully as they grow and learn with us they will want to work with us beyond their first internship.

Skills:

  • Communications – emails, phone calls, in person outreach, Fact-checking, GIS/Mapping, Graphic design, Research skills, Writing, Data collection/analysis, If students have interest in these topics even if their skills are rudimentary, we are happy to work with them to build their skills.

Hours: 4hrs/week, or 8hrs/week. We are open to working with students based on their availability

Are you interested in getting involved with MHAHP? Visit here for your next steps.


Exodus Transitional Community – CEL positions full for spring semester

www.etcny.org

Address: 97-99 Cannon St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Issue Areas: Housing Insecurity/Justice, Mental Health Access and Support, Prison Abolition, Access to resources for formerly incarcerated individuals

About: 

Exodus Transitional Community (ETC) offers reentry services to justice impacted individuals in the Dutchess County region. We partner with DCJS, DOCCS, and DCFS to offer case management, mentorship, supportive services, and parole-mandated programs to our participants. We also coordinate the Dutchess County Reentry Task Force, where we partner with the Public Defender’s Office and other local organizations to create case plans for individuals who are returning home from incarceration.

Expected Responsibilities/Duties:

By working directly with participants to provide case management services, assisting with grant contracts/paperwork, assistance with filing/organization, community outreach/networking with other local organizations and resources, seeking/obtaining donations of food, clothing, and other essential goods (hygiene products, baby supplies, household goods, etc.).

Skills:

  • Communications – emails, phone calls, in person outreach, Emotional intelligence! And the desire to help people in need (: We also look for basic computer skills, I.e. working knowledge of G-Suite and M-Suite.

Additional Requirements: One form of ID (state-issued ID, passport, etc.)

Hours: as few/as many as possible! We are flexible.

Are you interested in getting involved with Exodus? Visit here for your next steps.


The Brain and Body Coalition, LLC

www.brainandbodycoalition.org

For-profit

Poughkeepsie, NY

5-10 team members

Issue Areas:

Expression, Arts, and Culture, Mental Health Access and Support, Public Health, Racial Justice

About: 

We are a BIPOC Mental Wellness organization. We support Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange County. Our focus is getting individuals in the community trained and educated on the connection between culture and mental health. By doing so and collaborating with organizations we work to break down the barriers of stigma. We provide culturally competent resources, Narcan training, wellness tools, and mental health workshops as a proactive approach to mental wellness and mental health literacy.  We hope that by doing this we can support our community and support our youth that live within them. 

Expected Responsibilities/Duties:

Students will engage in community events and help promote the mission of The Brain and Body Coalition. Students will receive training in Mental Health First Aid, and Narcan training as a way to support those that they interact with. Students will also help build on a directory of culturally competent providers in Dutchess and Ulster County as a means to create a diverse resource for an underserved population. Promoting events may also include social media promotions. 

Skills:

  • Bilingual Spanish-English, Bilingual with another language, Communications – emails, phone calls, in person outreach, Fact-checking, Previous experience working with young people, Data collection/analysis, Lived experience – Students living with a mental health condition or those that have supported a family member or friend with a mental health diagnosis. 
  • Driver’s license a plus but not preferred

Hours:

4hrs/week, 8hrs/week

Are you interested in getting involved with The Brain & Body Coalition? Visit here for your next steps.


The Peace Education Center of the Hudson Valley

www.pechv.org

Non-profit

430 Main Street Unit C Rosendale NY 12472

1-5 team members

Issue Areas: Education Policy and Equity, Environmental Justice and Food Security, Expression, Arts, and Culture, Racial Justice, Education for peace, justice, and environmental care

About: 

The MISSION of the Peace Education Center of the Hudson Valley is to empower individuals and organizations to create and sustain ecologically-minded, just, and peaceful communities. 

The Peace Education Center of the Hudson Valley envisions a community that appreciates the interconnected nature of life, where positive peace is nurtured into existence. Our aim is to support and sustain community efforts to create a more just and peaceful world, through educational and interfaith programming in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Position Description:

We’re looking for folks who would like to be part of these projects: 1) creating Peace Education documents, curriculum, and zines; 2) help with research on schools & teachers, community groups, peace & justice networks, grants & foundations; 3) grant writing; 4) program planning; 5) promotion and marketing.

Skills:

  • Communications – emails, phone calls, in person outreach, Copywriting, Graphic design, Previous experience working with young people, Social media management, Writing, Video editing/production

Additional Requirements: Driver’s license would be great if students could be on site in Rosendale for part of the time.

Hours: 4hrs/week

Are you interested in getting involved with the Peace Education Center? Visit here for your next steps.


Poughkeepsie Farm Project

farmproject.org

Non-profit

51 Vassar Farm Lane Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

15-20 team members

Issue Areas:

Education Policy and Equity, Environmental Justice and Food Security, Expression, Arts, and Culture, Public Health, Racial Justice

About: 

The mission of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project is to cultivate local leadership in sustainable farming, food access and education, and to foster an inclusive, welcoming community for everyone.  Our Vision is a community that works collaboratively to provide equitable access to nutritious food via a just and resilient food system.

Expected Responsibilities/Duties:

  • We have 3 positions available in education, farm production and administrative support (focus on communications)

Project or Position Title:  Garden Education Assistant
Supervisor: Education Director
Position Description:
The main projects students will assist with are facilitating farm visits and other
garden-based education sessions. This may include gardening and culinary workshops
for students and the broader community, garden maintenance, supporting emergency
food distribution efforts, our seed saving program, and other special events. Food
Justice is a key value of our organization and our education department strives to keep
it at the center of our work with children and families.

Desired Skills:
● Interest in organic gardening, farming and food justice, including social, racial and
language justice work
● Experience or strong interest working with youth
● Ability and willingness to do physical work outside in variety of weather conditions
● Commitment to and willingness to deepen understanding of PFP’s mission and values of
equity, mutual respect and collaboration;
● Spanish language proficiency is a plus, but not required. Language justice is a part of
our work at PFP

Project or Position Title: Marketing and Communications Intern
Supervisor: Education Director or Director of Special Initiatives

Position Description:The Marketing and Communications Intern will work to assist
with all aspects of PFP’s communications. Responsibilities include: updating our
website, creating content for newsletters and social media, contributing to the creation
and design of marketing materials, and supporting our staff team with fundraising and
development communications and events.

Desired Skills:
● Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite needed; some experience
with Square Space and MailChimp preferred;
● Graphic Design skills required; skills in Adobe Creative Suite or Canva preferred;
● Familiarity with Facebook, Instagram and other social media; Experience using
social media on for an organization or business a plus;
● Capable of communicating effectively both orally and in writing;
● Interest in organic gardening, farming and food justice, including social, racial and
language justice work;
● Commitment to and willingness to deepen understanding of PFP’s mission and values of
equity, mutual respect and collaboration;
● Spanish language proficiency is a plus, but not required. Language justice is a part of
our work at PFP.

Hours: 4 hours per week, during normal business hours – M-F, 9am – 5pm. Preferably
available in the afternoons.

Project or Position Title: Seed Library Manager
Supervisor: Education Director
Position Description:
The student will be in charge of general maintenance of the seed library located near
the community gardens at PFP. Maintenance includes but is not limited to: updated
inventory of available seeds, adding seeds when stock is low, communicating with PFP
and any other organizations about seed donations, keeping seed packets organized,
helping the education team organize and run any seed/seed saving related workshops,
seed garden upkeep, actively participate in community garden events such as volunteer
days, and be available for communication with community members who are interested
in the seed library.
Desired Skills:
● Interest in seed saving, community building, organic gardening, farming and food
justice, including social, racial and language justice work
● Ability and willingness to do physical work outside in a variety of weather
conditions.
● Commitment to and willingness to deepen understanding of PFP’s mission and values of
equity, mutual respect and collaboration;
● Spanish language proficiency is a plus, but not required. Language justice is a part of
our work at PFP.
Hours: 4 hours per week, during normal business hours – M-F, 9am – 5pm. Preferably
available in the afternoons.

Project or Position Title: Farm Production Intern
Supervisor: Workshare Coordinator
Position Description: The student will be in a supportive role of the Poughkeepsie
Farm Project farm crew. This position includes contributing to all aspects of farm
production including but not limited to harvesting, seeding, weeding, sowing, thinning
crops, support with CSA customer relations and food distribution efforts, assisting with
volunteers and workshare members, clean up and maintenance of all tools and spaces,
and meetings with farm crew members as necessary.
Desired Skills:
● Interest in the inner workings of a full-year round production farm with a social
justice mission and ties to community partners.
● Interest in seed saving, community building, organic gardening, farming and food
justice, including social, racial and language justice work
● Ability and willingness to do physical work outside in a variety of weather
conditions. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
● Commitment to and willingness to deepen understanding of PFP’s mission and values of
equity, mutual respect and collaboration;
● Spanish language proficiency is a plus, but not required. Language justice is a part of
our work at PFP.
Hours: 4 hours per week, during normal business hours – M-F, 8am – 4pm.

Hours: 4hrs/week

Are you interested in getting involved with the PFP? Visit here for your next steps.


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