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Journal Article Review: Indigenous Artists Against the Anthropocene


Jessica L. Horton’s “Indigenous Artists Against the Anthropocene” highlights the history of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in relation to the Ecological Movement, then brings attention to present day Indigenous Artists who have persisted through white supremacist and capitalists structures that threaten both the environment and Indigenous communities.

While AIM’s conceptualization of humans living “with the land and not simply on it,” points to a valuable approach to sustainability that recognizes humans’ participation in a larger ecosystem, it is important to avoid stereotyping Indigenous Americans according to the “ecological Indian” trope. Horton writes, “Substituting the ecological Indian for the work of Native thinkers and makers reinforces images of American Indian people as localized reactionaries under perpetual threat from large-scale ruptures such as colonization and climate change, rather than as purveyors of imaginative forms of global collectivity and connectivity.”

Indigenous American oppression is often cast as an object of the past, but like global warming, their struggle is ongoing, part of the past, present, and future. As we fight against climate change, keep in mind the colonial history of resource extraction and exploitation. The same Enlightenment ideals that inspired the industrial revolution, warming our planet, also led to brutal conquest of Indigenous people.

You can read Horton’s full article here: Indigenous Artists against the Anthropocene

Other resources:

From PBS, Native American Communities Affected by Climate Change Plan for the Future

Climate Change’s Impacts on People

Campaign and Advocacy Fellows, ELM Action Fund 2018 (Massachusetts)

Campaign and Advocacy Fellows, ELM Action Fund 2018 (Massachusetts)

The ELM Action Fund is looking for students and recent graduates to be part of our Summer/Fall Campaign and Advocacy Fellows program. Fellows help elect environmental champions, advance our policy agenda and build the power of the environmental community in Massachusetts.  The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) Action Fund is a 501c4 organization and the state affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support ELM Action Fund’s advocacy and legislative work
  • Play a key role in helping to elect environmental champions to state and local office, through research, door knocking, phone calling and data capturing/entry.
  • Mobilize environmental activists to participate in our campaign activities and advocacy work
  • Assist with the ELM Action Fund’s endorsement process for state and local candidates

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be willing to engage diverse constituencies around our issues and campaigns
  • Strong social media and online engagement skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Flexibility to work some nights and weekends
  • Commitment to environmental advocacy
  • Willingness to learn and work cooperatively with staff and other fellows

PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED

  • Experience working on, volunteering for or running a political campaign or an issues advocacy campaign.
  • Experience with VAN/Votebuilder or other database systems
  • Ability to travel throughout Massachusetts

DATES & COMPENSATION

We are accepting fellows who are able to work until at least November 15th. Fellows are eligible for a stipend and reimbursement will also be provided for travel expenses.

 

Application Deadline: Rolling
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@elmaction.org. Please indicate you are applying for the Campaign and Advocacy Fellows Program in the subject line and what date range you would be available.

Fellow, Environment America (downtown Boston, various locations)

Fellow, Environment America (downtown Boston, various locations)
Environment America is hiring seniors for its two year fellowship program. Any seniors interested in political organizing or advocacy should be especially interested.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Build powerful coalitions: Reach out to small business owners, farmers, public health officials and others to demonstrate support for our policy goals
Earn traditional media and social media attention: Organize news conferences and write opinion pieces. Build a following on Facebook and Twitter for your campaigns
Lobby elected officials: Coordinate strategy with a champion in Congress. Make a convincing case to a legislator who is undecided on a particular vote. Work the “inside game” to complement our outside field operation, where most of our power is derived
Research and write reports: Catalogue and analyze sources of carbon pollution in the U.S. Detail the success of the Clean Water Act in our reports. Help influence public debate and earn media attention for our cause
Identify and cultivate donors: Reach out to foundations and major donors and ask them to fund our work to tackle global warming, promote clean energy, and protect our most spectacular natural areas
Run a grassroots campaign office each summer during your fellowship: Hire and manage a staff of 20 canvassers. Raise money, build our organization and membership,  and help win one of our key campaigns
PAY & BENEFITS
The target annual compensation for this position is $27,000 in the first year. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. Positions start in August 2019. Visit our website for our immediate openings.
LEARN MORE AND APPLY:
Environment America is part of The Public Interest Network—a group of organizations that share a vision of a better country, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to getting things done. Visit publicinterestnetwork.org to learn more.
Environment America is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy or veteran status.
Application Deadline: rolling
Apply Online

Green Corps (various locations)

Green Corps (various locations)

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.       

Click here to learn more about Green Corps’ paid environmental organizing fellowship.

Our year-long program puts you in an intensive classroom training with people like Bill McKibben and other guest speakers. Then, you move to hands-on experience working with groups like Oceana, Corporate Accountability, The Wilderness Society, and Mighty Earth to fight climate change, protect public lands and reform our food system. And when you graduate we will help you find a career with one for the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

The planet needs all the help it can get, especially now with so many environmental protections under attack. To win now and build a strong foundation for lasting progress, we need people who know how to organize: to run organizations and campaigns that will inspire the support and action we need to save our planet.

We’re accepting the top 25 out of more than 1000 applicants for our 2019-2020 program. If you’re passionate about the environment and ready to learn and practice the craft of organizing, click here to apply.

 Green Corps year long program begins in August 2019 with Introductory Classroom Training, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, click here.

Application Deadline: rolling
Apply Online (see above)

Intern, Environment America (downtown Boston, various locations)

Intern, Environment America (various locations)

We’re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now. As an intern:

  • You’ll learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win.
  • You’ll work side-by-side with one of our advocates, learning the ropes.
  • And you’ll attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skills.
Application Deadline: Rolling
Apply Online to be an Environment America intern
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