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  • Under Louisiana Bill, Peaceful Protesters Could Face 20 Years in Prison

    By Christine Baniewicz, Truthout | Report

    New Orleans, LA, September 21, 2013, The environmental group 350.org's 'Draw the Line' on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline protest took the form of a second line parade as it made its way through the french quarter. Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests against pipeline infrastructural projects bear the possibility of prison sentences as long as 20 years, or fines of up to $10,000. (Photo: Julie Dermansky / Corbis via Getty Images)Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests like 350.org's "Draw the Line on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline," in the French Quarter in New Orleans on September 21, 2013, bear the possibility of prison sentences as long as 20 years, or fines of up to $10,000. (Photo: Julie Dermansky / Corbis via Getty Images)

    With House Bill 727, Louisiana has joined a growing number of states that are seeking to criminalize nonviolent civil disobedience actions at "critical infrastructure" sites, which typically include pipelines, refineries and electrical power facilities. Financed by Big Oil, the Louisiana bill makes even discussing a possible trespass action punishable with prison sentences of five years and fines up to $10,000.

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You're ready to use your skills to help further the mission of a fast-paced online publication, and you're keen to learn valuable nonprofit fundraising techniques and strategies with an organization that works day in and day out to make a difference in the world.

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Truthout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing and producing truly independent news and commentary on a daily basis. Our mission is to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, we intend to spur a revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity.

Through both investigative reporting and trenchant commentary, Truthout fearlessly faces off with topics such as climate disruption; economic justice; militarism and war; education; reproductive justice; and health care and food justice. We work tirelessly to not only examine current injustices, but to also highlight movements for change and give a platform and voice to visionaries manifesting a more equitable future.

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This is a fully remote, work-from-home position, and applicants are welcome from anywhere in the United States. People of color, women, queer and gender-nonconforming people are encouraged to apply.

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Working alongside our Development Director, you'll participate in many aspects of Truthout’s fundraising activities. Responsibilities will include:

  • Building lasting relationships between Truthout and our monthly donors via phone and email;
  • Working to reduce churn by maintaining regular contact with monthly donors, following up about failed, expiring or expired donations, and helping donors navigate their private donor accounts;
  • Running queries and reports, as well as analyzing and interpreting data from spreadsheets and our CRM;
  • Writing copy for donor-related communications such as thank you letters, renewal requests, donation requests, etc.;
  • Formatting and updating spreadsheets on a regular basis;
  • Maintaining accurate and detailed donor records in our CRM (Salsa).

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  • Dependable;
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about Truthout’s work;
  • Able to adapt and multi-task;
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a small team;
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with a very high level of detail;
  • Able to complete tasks as assigned and meet deadlines;
  • Experience working with spreadsheets and word processors (such as Excel and Word);
  • Familiar with broader nonprofit fundraising landscape and/or broader independent media field;
  • Able to communicate in a friendly, thoughtful and effective manner via online chat, phone, video call and email;
  • Must have reliable access to internet during specified work hours.

Preferred:

  • Some experience working in nonprofit fundraising;
  • An understanding of fundraising best practices;
  • Experience with customer relationship management (CRM) tools such as Salsa; content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress; and content production tools such as Google Docs and Google Sheets;
  • Basic understanding of HTML.

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Email a PDF resume and two relevant references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "Donor Relations Internship application" by end of day Monday, April 30, 2018. Please outline briefly in the email why you are the best candidate for the position.

  • How the Working Families Party Intends to Shake Up the 2018 Elections

    How the Working Families Party Intends to Shake Up the 2018 Elections

    By Sarah Jaffe, Truthout | Interview

    There's a new energy in voters and they are more open to big ideas about the kind of change we need, says Joe Dinkin, national communications director of the Working Families Party (WFP). From chasing Paul Ryan out of the race in Wisconsin, to challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to deliver on a progressive budget, WFP is shaking up the 2018 midterms.

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  • Anticipating a Crush: In Prison, Tactical Teams Declare Uneven War

    Anticipating a Crush: In Prison, Tactical Teams Declare Uneven War

    By Phil Hartsfield, Truthout | Op-Ed

    Orange Crush -- or the tact team, as they're called officially -- is the Illinois Department of Correction's most oppressive armed wing. They are bullies dressed in riot gear who kick you when you're down, both figuratively and literally. These are usually big white guys with insecurities, poor communication skills and a power complex that makes for a horrible mix.

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You thrive on the challenge of distilling information from a variety of sources into compelling, high-level content -- you'd love to dive into sizeable, forward-facing projects like writing Truthout's annual report (example here).

What's more, you're keen to expand upon your knowledge by learning valuable nonprofit fundraising techniques and strategies with an organization that works day in and day out to make a difference in the world.

Us:

Truthout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing and producing truly independent news and commentary on a daily basis. Our mission is to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, we intend to spur a revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity.

Through both investigative reporting and trenchant commentary, Truthout fearlessly faces off with topics such as climate disruption; economic justice; militarism and war; education; reproductive justice; and health care and food justice. We work tirelessly to not only examine current injustices, but to also highlight movements for change and give a platform and voice to visionaries manifesting a more equitable future.

The Role:

As our Development Writing Intern, you will assist Truthout's Development Director with the creation of grant proposals, fundraising messages, annual reports and other written, development-related projects.

This 3 to 6 month paid internship requires 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday. This is a position with opportunity for growth and professional development, and comes with a stipend of $1,000 per month (in addition to an internet reimbursement and phone reimbursement stipend).

This is a fully remote, work-from-home position, and applicants are welcome from anywhere in the United States. People of color, women, queer and gender-nonconforming people are encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

Working alongside our Development Director, you will spend the majority of your time writing copy for fundraising and donor-related communications such as grant applications, letters of interest (LOIs), annual reports and monthly fundraising messages, along with other projects as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Dependable;
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about Truthout’s work;
  • Able to successfully manage a large volume of work, complete tasks as assigned, meet multiple deadlines, and respond with flexibility to unanticipated requests;
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with a very high level of detail;
  • Skillful at developing accurate, persuasive written arguments;
  • Able to adapt and multi-task;
  • Enjoys working both independently and as part of a small team;
  • Experience working with word processors (such as Google Sheets or Word);
  • Familiar with broader nonprofit fundraising landscape and/or broader independent media field;
  • Able to communicate in a friendly, thoughtful and effective manner via online chat, phone, video call and email;
  • Has reliable access to internet during specified work hours.

Preferred:

  • Some experience writing political or fundraising copy;
  • An understanding of fundraising best practices;
  • Experience with customer relationship management (CRM) tools such as Salsa; content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress; and content production tools such as Google Docs and Google Sheets.

How to Apply:

Email a PDF resume and two relevant references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "Development Writing Internship application" by end of day Monday, April 30, 2018.

Please outline briefly in the email why you are the best candidate for the position, and include a 200-350 word writing sample that makes a case for why Truthout is uniquely qualified to receive funding from grantmakers.


Donor Relations Intern

You:

Consider yourself a "people person" and truly enjoy building relationships with people from all walks of life. You are extremely detailed-oriented and can condense complex conversations into concise and actionable notes. You're passionate about social justice and/or politics and you have an interest in fundraising, independent journalism or online publishing.

You're ready to use your skills to help further the mission of a fast-paced online publication, and you're keen to learn valuable nonprofit fundraising techniques and strategies with an organization that works day in and day out to make a difference in the world.

Us:

Truthout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing and producing truly independent news and commentary on a daily basis. Our mission is to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, we intend to spur a revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity.

Through both investigative reporting and trenchant commentary, Truthout fearlessly faces off with topics such as climate disruption; economic justice; militarism and war; education; reproductive justice; and health care and food justice. We work tirelessly to not only examine current injustices, but to also highlight movements for change and give a platform and voice to visionaries manifesting a more equitable future.

The Role:

As our Donor Relations Intern, you will assist Truthout's Development Director with managing, stewarding and growing our thriving community of monthly donors by building relationships and maintaining communication with donors via email and phone, running and interpreting reports, keeping records up to date, and providing status updates to the rest of the team.

This 3 to 6 month paid internship requires 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday. This is a position with opportunity for growth and professional development, and comes with a stipend of $1,000 per month (in addition to an internet reimbursement and phone reimbursement stipend).

This is a fully remote, work-from-home position, and applicants are welcome from anywhere in the United States. People of color, women, queer and gender-nonconforming people are encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

Working alongside our Development Director, you'll participate in many aspects of Truthout’s fundraising activities. Responsibilities will include:

  • Building lasting relationships between Truthout and our monthly donors via phone and email;
  • Working to reduce churn by maintaining regular contact with monthly donors, following up about failed, expiring or expired donations, and helping donors navigate their private donor accounts;
  • Running queries and reports, as well as analyzing and interpreting data from spreadsheets and our CRM;
  • Writing copy for donor-related communications such as thank you letters, renewal requests, donation requests, etc.;
  • Formatting and updating spreadsheets on a regular basis;
  • Maintaining accurate and detailed donor records in our CRM (Salsa).

Requirements:

  • Dependable;
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about Truthout’s work;
  • Able to adapt and multi-task;
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a small team;
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with a very high level of detail;
  • Able to complete tasks as assigned and meet deadlines;
  • Experience working with spreadsheets and word processors (such as Excel and Word);
  • Familiar with broader nonprofit fundraising landscape and/or broader independent media field;
  • Able to communicate in a friendly, thoughtful and effective manner via online chat, phone, video call and email;
  • Must have reliable access to internet during specified work hours.

Preferred:

  • Some experience working in nonprofit fundraising;
  • An understanding of fundraising best practices;
  • Experience with customer relationship management (CRM) tools such as Salsa; content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress; and content production tools such as Google Docs and Google Sheets;
  • Basic understanding of HTML.

How to apply:

Email a PDF resume and two relevant references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "Donor Relations Internship application" by end of day Monday, April 30, 2018. Please outline briefly in the email why you are the best candidate for the position.