EXPO of Wisconsin
17 Applegate Court
Madison, WI 53713
Position: Organizer Fellow
Reports to: Associate Director
Time Frame: 3-6 months
Time Commitment: Average of 15 hours per week Rate: $20/Hour
Department: Local Chapters
Location: 70% Local & Remote, 30% Travel
EXPO (Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing) is a non-profit organization that is led primarily by directly impacted individuals and works to end mass incarceration, eliminate all forms of structural discrimination against formerly incarcerated people, and restore formerly incarcerated people to full participation in the life of our communities.
EXPO functions as an extended family, a community where every member helps others. Everyone is both a giver and a receiver in an “each-one-teach-one” process. We are value-based in a solid traditional faith/family value system that stresses the work ethic, mutual restitution, personal and social accountability, responsibility, decency, integrity, and caring for others in a mutually beneficial approach.
Position Objective/Job Summary
A 3–6 month fellowship program (potential for permanency) to learn grassroots organizing, legislative and administrative advocacy, and other strategies to run local and state campaigns with the goal of elevating the leadership of formerly incarcerated people in criminal justice transformation.
- Conduct one-on-one interviews with members, clergy, allies, potential members, public officials, and others.
- Working with leaders in the organization to establish a solid culture of organizing and effective systems of communication and other procedures, including meeting schedules and agendas.
- Coordinate and plan events to engage those directly impacted, indirectly impacted, the community and elected officials around our current campaigns
- Attend training statewide and nationally as needed
- Assist in civic engagement in our campaigns and local elections
- Stay current on issues that are important to the impacted communities, the political landscape, and other matters that impact EXPO to fulfill its mission and goals.
- Recruit and train leaders in organizing skills and understanding the political landscape
- Attend weekly team meetings and chapter meetings
- Attend Local Chapter and Statewide events
- Advocate for releasing incarcerated people, reunifying families, and restoring human and civil rights through storytelling, public speaking, and social media campaigning.
Who should apply?
Anyone who has been incarcerated (confinement or supervision), who wants to be part of a team to increase their knowledge of the political process and how to be an organizer, who meets the following requirements:
- A passion to be empowered and to empower others through political engagement.
- A commitment to ending the mass criminalization and incarceration of black and brown bodies.
- A commitment to ending state violence perpetrated against black, brown, and poor communities.
- A desire to learn.
- A desire to work collaboratively with groups and individuals from different communities, backgrounds, and professions (from organizers to attorneys to politicians).
- Willingness to learn, Microsoft Word, Google Documents, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter (and other internet and computer tools).
- Letter of Interest, Job History & References
- 3 Minute Video Detailing your interests and goals