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Jobs and Internships
*New job opening* (updated Feb 2014) for full-time community housing organizer. Women, people of color, LGBT persons, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Come join a hardworking team that is dedicated to fighting for justice by building community power, long-term autonomous political projects, and international solidarity.
The Mexico Solidarity Network has one (1) job opening, for a community housing organizer. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:
• extensive experience in community-based organizing, particularly in immigrant communities
• Spanish and English fluency
• flexibility, creativity and accountability working within a collective that currently consists of six full-time staff based in Chicago and Mexico
• a strong work ethic founded in a political orientation that is anti-capitalist
The job requires a flexible, self-starting, multi-skilled person who can work in a collective doing both community organizing and educational work. The organizer will be expected to support all aspects of the community organizing work in the Centro Autónomo. Responsibilities specific to housing organizing include:
• Developing a campaign to pressure banks for donations of homes
• Carrying out eviction defenses to keep foreclosed homeowners in their homes
• Case management with members resisting foreclosure
• General coordination of the community land trust
• Training members and volunteers in case management and political organizing
• Building relationships with other housing organizations in Chicago and around the US
• Coordinating canvassing and media campaigns to increase membership
The job is based in Chicago. Starting salary is $25,000 with an increase to $30,000 after six months, plus a health insurance stipend and five weeks of paid vacation per year. Compensation is the same for all staff. Compensation levels reflect an effort to maintain working class values and are commensurate with typical earnings of other barrio residents. Interested candidates should forward a resume and writing sample (something less than 5 pages that will give us an idea of your commitment to anti-capitalist community organizing) to msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org
The Mexico Solidarity Network’s work includes:
• a study abroad program focused on Mexican social movements that prepares youth and students for organizing work in the US and Mexican contexts,
• solidarity work with community-based autonomous groups in south and central Mexico,
• the Centro Autónomo in Chicago, a community center focused on housing, education, work and health in immigrant and undocumented communities;
• a two-year master’s program in community organizing.
For more information on the Mexico Solidarity Network, please see our web site at www.mexicosolidarity.org or call 773-583-7728.