2020-2021 Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists in response to the United States Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails. The organization’s attorneys and investigators struggled alongside civil rights organizations, families, and faith-based organizations to protect the human rights of people of color, poor people, and others in the criminal justice system in the South. Complementing our capital litigation, SCHR has a strong civil litigation practice that is able to bring impact litigation challenging the systemic deficiencies revealed through our capital litigation. Some of SCHR’s largest wins have resulted in an overhaul of South Carolina’s entire prison system; major renovations in Louisiana’s Angola Prison death row; shutting down Alabama’s Morgan County jail; and improved HIV care in Limestone Prison in Alabama, including an 80% drop in AIDS deaths.

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is excited to invite a Quaker Fellow to join our vibrant legal team as a Criminal Justice Reform Intake Specialist. The Specialist will work closely with attorneys and investigators to respond to challenges and concerns from people who are under criminal justice control and challenge unconstitutional or illegal criminal justice practices and the application of the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama.

Candidates must:
-- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
-- be trustworthy with confidential information;
-- be compassionate and patient with those in crisis;
-- be both a strong team player and able to work independently;
-- have a driver’ s license and be willing to travel one day per week in Georgia or Alabama (SCHR will provide a vehicle);
-- be committed to serving communities that are poor and/or other communities targeted by the criminal justice system, and
challenging the many problems with the criminal justice and death penalty systems.

American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia

American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia is dedicated to preserving the civil liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Through litigation, lobbying, and communications, the ACLU of Georgia works to preserve and enhance the rights of all citizens of Georgia without political partisanship. Foremost among these rights are freedom of speech and religion, the right to equal treatment under law, and the right to privacy.

The national ACLU was founded in 1920 and is made up of 52 state affiliates. The Georgia affiliate, originally founded in 1970 is now comprised of 15 staff, 22,000 members (in all 159 counties of the state), and over 80,00 supporters. Each day, through community engagement, communications, lobbying, and litigation, the ACLU of Georgia fights to preserve and enhance the rights assured to all people without regard to politics or partisanship. We are a multi issue organization, with current priorities in voter rights and criminal justice reform. We stand for the right to vote, free speech, LGBT rights, racial justice, criminal justice reform, women’s rights, reproductive rights, immigrants’ rights, and other freedoms that are vital to our democracy.

Voter Rights Organizer-

The ACLU of GA seeks an energetic and dynamic voter rights organizer who will help grow and develop the affiliate’s capacity to educate and mobilize ACLU members, supporters and the general public around core voter rights issues, with an emphasis on the issue of redistricting. With the 2020 census approaching, we have an opportunity to advance an agenda that calls for a fair and transparent redistricting process while simultaneously working to correct the many barriers voters experienced in accessing the ballot in the 2018 election.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Organize community meetings and events on redistricting and other voter rights issues; this includes logistics, outreach, and helping to develop the agendas. Fellow will be trained in facilitation as well to be able to apply those skills in community meetings.
  • Coordinate in-district meetings with state legislators in target locations.
  • Coordinate volunteers to engage in on-the-ground monitoring of the election process, including attending Election Board meetings in target locations.
  • Develop and/or execute creative tactics to educate, engage and mobilize ACLU members and the public to get involved in our campaign; similarly, develop and/or execute tactics that engage elected officials to champion our issues.
Central Outreach and Advocacy Center

Central Outreach and Advocacy Center opens doors to overcome and prevent homelessness.

We do this work by:
--empowering our guests to take the next step toward self-sufficiency.
--passionately and intentionally telling our guests’ stories to educate others.
--ensuring we have the resources to be at our best.

We believe in meeting people where they are with patience and humility and treating each person with respect and dignity.

Central OAC began over 30 years ago when a woman knocked on the doors of Central Presbyterian Church, asking for help with food. She was working, but struggling to pay rent, utilities, and put food on the table for her family. The associate pastor was able to find some food for her and Central OAC began as an emergency food pantry. The church staff realized that people were asking for other types of assistance and that the outreach center needed to be a separate organization with its own staff and Board of Directors. Central OAC became a separate, nonprofit in 1997. We currently have 4 full-time staff and about 20 regular volunteers. We have 3 main programs: supportive services (state identification, birth certificates, clothing vouchers, medical referrals, etc.), job readiness, and advocacy. We typically serve over 4,000 unduplicated guests each year. The majority of our guests are African American men who are experiencing homelessness.

Outreach Advocate-
• Assists during the open hours of Center with the following areas:
o Front desk
o Intake with guests
o Main Frame Job Readiness Program
• Assists with the training of volunteers and interns
• Assists with administrative tasks during the closed hours of Center
o Answering telephone
o Mail processing
o Making copies
• Ensures that the Center is a safe, welcoming, affirming and trusted space for guests, staff and volunteers
• Possible public policy advocacy duties

Experience and Required Skills:
• Experience working in a nonprofit preferred
• Some experience working with homeless men and women or at least a strong desire to work with those experiencing homelessness
• Above average computer skills (minimum of Word, and Excel)
• Above average speaking and writing skills
• Ability to work in the context of a faith-based organization and to embrace the values and mission of the OAC

 

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence's mission is: Collaborate. Advocate. Educate. Empower. GCADV envisions a Georgia free of domestic violence. GCADV's guiding principles and core values include: Empowerment and Self-Determination; Safety; Diversity and Equality; Survivor-centered Response; Social Change and Collaboration; Systems Accountability; Commitment to Nonviolence; Confidentiality; Integrity; Safe Space; Responsibility to Mission and Team; Remembering and honoring the “Herstory” of the Movements; Celebrate. Our goals are to empower survivors and the programs that serve them, educate the public, and advocate for responsive public policy. Our strength is in numbers, as we collaborate throughout Georgia to stop domestic violence. We support our mission by fostering quality services for victims by increasing the capacity of members and service providers, mobilizing a statewide voice to increase public policy development that helps victims and prevents DV, and educating the public to take action and prevent domestic violence. Overall, GCADV values, Equity, Wholeness, and Freedom.

Originally formed as a grassroots volunteer agency in 1980 as the Georgia Network Against Domestic Violence, the organization grew out of the overwhelming need for domestic violence agencies to form a statewide network of programs to coordinate and expand the services available to victims of domestic violence in Georgia, increase public awareness, and achieve crucial legislation to protect domestic violence victims, including state-funding for domestic violence programs. GCADV has a staff of 14 and is located in Decatur, GA. Projects include: Training & TA, Child & Youth, Community Engagement, Disabilities, Deaf Advocacy, Housing, Public Policy, Justice for Incarcerated Survivors. GCADV serves the State of Georgia.

Position Description:Justice for Incarcerated Survivors Project Coordinator
This position will coordinate the Justice for Incarcerated Survivors Project (JFIS), oversee project evaluation and outcome measurement for GCADV programs, oversee the Homicide Database, and conduct policy research as needed. This is a dynamic and exciting position that will be a cornerstone in the development of GCADV’s efforts to address domestic violence (DV) from a myriad of frameworks.

As the coordinator of the JFIS this person will work with the Dept. of Corrections, Board of Pardons and Paroles, and volunteer advocates and attorneys to assist women in Georgia’s prison who are victims of DV to assist those whose victimization played a significant impact on their imprisonment.
This position would also support GCADV’s evaluation activities and is responsible for assisting GCADV staff with project evaluation and monitoring, designing evaluation and data collection tools, collecting and analyzing data, and incorporating data and evaluation findings into project reports and other key GCADV communications. In addition this position would oversee the data collection for the domestic violence homicide database and conduct policy research to help guide GCADV’s public policy agenda.

It would be ideal for the person filling this position to have experience in project oversight, design, and management, the ability to work with populations in and from a wide range of systems and backgrounds, experience in project evaluation and design, and an abundant interest in social justice work.

Georgia Conservation Voters

The Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund's mission is to mobilize Georgians to advance climate and environmental justice through education, advocacy, and other forms of civic engagement. GCV believes that everyone deserves the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, eat healthy foods and live in a world free from environmental harm. The GCV Education Fund envisions a future where Georgians and their leaders have changed to place a high priority on building a just, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient state. Since re-launching in 2018, we have been working to advance progress on clean energy and environmental justice and to grow the civic participation of environmentalists. We are focused on mobilizing in communities all throughout Georgia, including the state’s major cities and some rural areas. Our team is made up of four wonderful people that can be found on our website.

Clean Energy For All Fellow-
The Clean Energy for All Fellow will support our Clean Energy Organizer in educating members and customers about the purpose and actions of Electric Membership Co-ops and municipal utilities and supporting them to become active in board elections to advance clean energy and efficiency throughout the state. Alongside our organizers, fellows will support building a sustained organizing and grassroots action effort in priority areas of the state, which include: metro Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah/Brunswick, Albany, and Columbus. All of these areas that have large concentrations of African American and low-income people, people who are burdened by high utility bills, and/or are in close proximity to power infrastructure (i.e. Plant Vogtle near Augusta). This person’s main roles include reaching out to and training younger and more diverse voters of color on environmental issues; This role works closely with community partners, progressive coalitions, and national League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Clean Energy for All partners and staff for a strong program that drives individuals through the full cycle of civic engagement. Key qualifications include 0 - 2 years of experience working on voter registration, political campaigns, community organizing, or labor organizing campaigns; Ability to work independently within the context of a plan; Experience with organizing communities of color; Experience communicating about issues on social media; and using online database and field reporting systems, like EveryAction or the VAN.

Partnership for Southern Equity

Partnership for Southern Equity  (PSE) advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.

(PSE), has been advancing the cause of equity through a ecosystem-based model for multi-demographic engagement in the City of Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan region – a bustling area emblematic of many Southern communities riven by racial, economic and class disparities.

Using its strength in its ability to connect, educate, and empower diverse individuals and organizations to encourage just, sustainable practices for shared prosperity, PSE has stood at the forefront of promoting balanced growth and shared prosperity throughout metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.

Focusing on three key areas: energy, growth and opportunity, PSE has developed strong partnerships, which have resulted in a series of successful policy initiatives that helped elevate and enable the communities we serve.

Just Growth Racial Equity Fellow:
The QVS Fellow will be responsible for communications needs of the Just Growth Portfolio, including preparation of brief articles, social media posts, updating web content and ongoing communications with Just Growth Circle members and key stakeholders. Fellow will also be working directly with community leaders in southeast Atlanta around the equitable and ecological revitalization of their community - assisting with logistics and communications regarding community planning sessions. Fellow will also assist with deliver of community academy on equitable development practices. Written and verbal communication skills essential, as well as comfort working directly with community members. Organizational skills also critical

Purpose Built Schools

Purpose Built Schools mission is to turn around failing schools and put all children on a trajectory for success through college and in their careers. In the process, we will help revitalize the neighborhood they serve.

Our vision of success is to see every child living in our neighborhoods on a trajectory for success through college and in their careers.

Purpose Built Schools has a proven record of helping turn around schools in historically low-income neighborhoods. Not far away in Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood, we helped open Drew Charter School in 2000, providing the cradle-to-college education pipeline for the holistic community revitalization of the East Lake community in southeast Atlanta. We manage four schools (two elementary, one middle and one high school) in the south Atlanta neighborhoods. Purpose Built Schools is solely responsible for recruiting, hiring, supervising and evaluating all ~350 of our school personnel. Every adult at our schools is a Purpose Built Schools employee.

The schools in our neighborhoods serve some of the most under-served families living in poverty in the state. Carver STEAM Academy has the most students living in poverty of any high school in Georgia. Price Middle School and Thomasville Heights Elementary School have the second most students living in poverty for any middle and elementary schools in Georgia. Slater Elementary School has the 37th highest number of students living in poverty for an elementary school in Georgia.

Classroom Assistant, Small group literacy/math instructor, College and Career persistence counselor-
EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION
a. Planning, implementing, and monitoring instruction and interventions as necessary
b. Leveraging robust research-based curricula, resources, and strategies to enhance instruction
c. Using a variety of data collection measures to drive instruction and intervention.
d. Fostering classroom culture that facilitates intrinsic drive for learning and personal growth among students.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
a. Participating in joint planning during teacher planning time.
b. Reflecting on teaching practices and seeking appropriate help and support from the leadership team.
c. Collaborating through learning communities on topics of mutual interest, such as vertical alignment of the curriculum, literacy strategies, etc.
COLLABORATIVE AND TEAM ORIENTED
a. Leading joint planning or collaborative learning communities, when appropriate to the candidate's interests and strengths.
SERVING THE WHOLE CHILD
a. Proactively communicate with family and/or guardians.
b. Involve community stakeholders in learning experiences for students, when appropriate.
c. Other duties as assigned.

Southern Education Foundation

The Southern Education Foundation's mission is to advance creative solutions to ensure equity and excellence in education for students of color and low-income students in the South.

For more than 150 years, the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) has been a leader in advancing creative solutions to ensure equity and excellence in education for students of color and low-income students in the South. Our work is achieved through analyzing and amplifying promising ideas through research, government affairs, and developing and growing the capacity of leaders and influencers in the field of education.

We envision a world where every student, regardless of background, enjoys an education that propels them toward the opportunity-rich life they deserve. In our effort to resolve the educational inequity that exists in this nation, we leverage research to identify and highlight issues that impact student learning outcomes occurring along racial and socioeconomic lines. Designed to educate the public to act, our evidence travels two important routes at the same time by providing capacity building support to school system leaders and advocates. School system leaders utilize research to inform their approach to reconciling the most pressing equity challenges and barriers to learning their students face. In turn, they gauge what’s working in practice given the realities that exist in classrooms across the South. Advocates take the evidence and use it in ground softening efforts with families, community members, and policy influencers to promote solutions that work for all students. Our government affairs efforts concentrate on relaying lessons learned from both the classroom and advocacy sphere, offering information to policymakers they can relate to their specific southern state context in order to advance an accountability structure rooted in equity. The outcome is the cultivation of a pipeline of leaders and an exchange of ideas across sectors and systems that advance our collective vision for educational equity.

Our team of twelve consists of directors, analysts, associates, administrative staff and consultants. Our office is in the heart of downtown Atlanta--just steps away from Georgia State University and Centennial Olympic Park and a quick drive to the Georgia State Capitol.

Legislative and Research Fellow-
The Fellow will work directly with government affairs, policy and research team members to:
• Assist with a broad set of activities that support policy advancement at the state level, such as legislative research, briefing/hearings attendance, and memo drafting.
• Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting literature reviews and background research; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; and preparing memos, briefs, reports, and presentations.
• Other administrative duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications: We’re looking for recent graduates interested in the intersection of research, public policy, law and education. The ideal candidate will possess:
• Demonstrated knowledge of or experience working on education research, state policies and processes, advocacy or within the education field.
• An understanding of the historical context of racial inequity in the South and its present-day implications
• A commitment to equity and passion to support African American and low-income students in the South.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Familiarity and experience with research and analysis.
• Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Atlanta Support Meeting

The first Quaker Voluntary Service program began in August 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, with seven young adult Fellows. We have welcomed a new cohort to Atlanta every year since! This program is under the spiritual care of the Atlanta Friends Meeting.

There are many ways for Friends to get involved and support the ongoing QVS Atlanta program. Thank you!

Contact #QVSATL

Please click on the button below or contact City Coordinator, Kiana Beasley, to learn more about our needs and to let us know how you want to be involved.

2019-2020 Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Olivia Atlee-Loudon

Olivia Atlee-Loudon grew up immersed in Quaker Spirituality, attending Quaker School as well as a Quaker summer camp. She is very excited about the opportunity to be involved in work that she finds to be valuable and makes a contribution to social justice. . Her parents work with Quaker agencies took Olivia’s family to Central America, where she lived in Honduras for one year and in Nicaragua for seven years. This experience strengthened her passion for social justice and deepened her understanding of privilege. Olivia recently graduated from Aquinas College in Michigan with a Bachelors degree in Spanish. Since graduating, Olivia has been substitute teaching and working at a head start program for children of migrant farm workers. Olivia is looking forward to being a part of an intentional community, and reconnecting with her Quaker roots. She is excited to be working with 9to5 in Atlanta.

Kirsten Fagin

Kirsten Fagin is a spiritualist from Atlanta, GA. She currently works as the Evening Program coordinator for Camp Meriwether. Kirsten’s passions are wide in range, from doing community work to reading tarot for clients and community. She finds that spending time in nature and nurturing those closest to her bring her comfort. This year you can find Kirsten at Friends School Atlanta! She’s very excited to start working closely with the school and faculty!

Erin Hazlett-Norman

Erin Hazlett-Norman calls the red clay and bluegrass of Durham, North Carolina home.  They recently graduated from Bates College with a degree in Environment and Human Culture and minors in Spanish and Gender & Sexuality Studies.  Erin was a lifer at Carolina Friends School, growing up with a foot in both the Quaker and Unitarian Universalist communities and a heart steeped in Southern gospel and Appalachian folk music. They love to dance, stargaze, and show their love for people by cooking them good food.  Erin is passionate about queer liberation and food sovereignty in the South and has been profoundly impacted by their involvement in agricultural justice work with NC-based Student Action with Farmworkers and tuition equity and immigrant rights work both on and off campus with Bates Student Action.  They have found nurturing community working as a counselor and kitchen manager at Shiloh Quaker Camp and among fellow student organizers at Bates. Erin is thrilled to be returning to the South after four years away and is excited to join the ACLU of Georgia as a voting rights organizer in Atlanta.

Nick Byers

Nick Byers is devoted to exploring and amplifying the intersections of cultural critique, artistic practice, and racial justice. He hails from San Francisco, California, and is an ardent supporter of harm reduction and restorative justice in the Bay Area and beyond. At Wesleyan University, he completed a multi-disciplinary major focusing on social theory, government, history and economics, and wrote a thesis exploring the nuances of trap music, informed by recent developments in critical Black theory. He plans to continue to work on this manuscript in a comparative literature program, and also hopes to one day open a community center devoted to hip-hop culture, youth development and racial justice. You can find him on twitter @bybybyers or via email at [email protected] He’ll be working with The Southern Center for Human Rights during the 2019-2020 QVS year.

Istra Fuhrmann

Istra Fuhrmann grew up in Denton, Texas where she was passionate about combating fracking and air pollution via community mobilization and environmental education. She is a recent graduate of Swarthmore College, majoring in Mandarin Chinese and Political Science. During a semester with Middlebury in Kunming, China, she wrote a Mandarin-language thesis on the disproportionately rural and minority “involuntary migrants” displaced in Southwest China. In addition to languages, she also loves all birds, music, and exploring urban and nature environments. 

Most recently, she served at Sanctuary for Families’ Anti-Trafficking Initiative working on legal services and social services for trafficking survivors. This year, she will be working with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Justice for Incarcerated Survivors Project). She is excited to begin exploring Quaker spirituality and to see how she can support local activism for racial justice, economic justice and women/queer rights.

Arron Luo

Arron Luo majored in American Studies and minored in East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. There, he has worked at the dining hall as a student worker, in various departments and offices as an assistant, and for the Office of Community Service as a food rescue program coordinator. He studied abroad in Beijing, China in his junior year. Throughout college, he has been active in minority student communities and invested in conversations around race, class, and diversity & inclusion. Since graduating in 2018, Arron has been a residential camp counselor for middle and high school students in Pennsylvania; a rider in the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure supporting the Georgia-based Fuller Center for Housing; a GNC store manager in his home state of New York; and a volunteer English teacher for indigenous youth in Nantou, Taiwan. In his free time, he likes to read, ride his bike, and practice performance arts like juggling or poi. While he grew up attending a nondenominational church founded by and for Chinese immigrant families and Chinese international students, Arron is altogether new to Quakerism. He looks forward to growing in spirituality and community with other QVS fellows and his site placement, L’Arche Atlanta, in the upcoming year.

Jillian Eller

Jillian Eller grew up in State College, Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate from Temple University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography and Urban Studies and a certificate in GIS. Her passion for environmental concern is rooted in her upbringing both physically and spiritually. As as child growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Jillian connected with nature everyday. As a Wiccan, her spiritual practices revolve around the earth and its seasonal ebbs and flows. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant on a project which aimed to explore neighborhood change and recent green space development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was also a very active member and president of an undergraduate association for the program she studied in. The nexus of personal, spiritual, and academic discourse surrounding the environment has led Jillian to participate in social justice with an environmental lens. During her year with the Quaker Voluntary Service, Jillian will work with the Sierra Club Georgia Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia.

Linnea Halsten

Linnea Halsten is a fresh graduate from Oberlin College and is orginially from Madison WI. As a Religion and Environmental Studies major she is interested in taking a wholistic and community centered approach to social justice issues. Linnea participated in varsity Track and Cross Country in college where she found a supportive and dynamic family in her team. Linnea was a Barefoot Dialogue Facilitator where she found power in being a part of vulnerable dialogue centered around seeking meaning over agreement. She cultivated community leading the Buddhist Fellowship on her campus within the format of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Zen Buddhist tradition and being a four year member of Oberlin Student Cooperative Association. Currently, Linnea holds roots in Zen Buddhist practice but is actively spiritually exploring. She am excited to be working with the Partnership for Southern Equity this year where she will be assisting in the Just Growth program.

2019-2020 Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

Georgia Sierra Club


Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. What makes the Sierra Club unique is that we have the grassroots power to win with 2.7 million members and supporters, 64 Chapters, and over 400 groups. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

Job Title: Sierra Student Coalition Clean Energy Organizer

Job Activities [focused on the College Campus Locations but not limited to]

1. Acts as a key team member of the Clean Energy for All Committee, including Membership Committee activities and events.
2. Recruits, and coordinates Sierra Club members and other pro-environment coalition partners to volunteer with the Georgia Chapter.
3. Educate the public about the importance of clean energy and the economic and environmental benefit it can bring to our communities.
4. Canvass neighborhoods and run phone banks to educate the public and Sierra Club members on clean energy campaign.
5. Coordinate with and assist local Sierra Club Group(s) with their campaign efforts. Strengthen local Group capacity by attracting new volunteers.
6. At the conclusion of the campaign, finish the project by compiling and delivering lists and other work products to Chapter leaders.
7. Supports fundraising activities for the Sierra Club Georgia Chapter, as needed.
8. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:
- A four year degree or a graduate degree in Environmental Science, Political Science or a related field within the last 12 months.
- Must be willing to knock on doors and make phone calls every workday.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work well with diverse group, staff, volunteers and the public.
- Research and analytical skills.
- Proficient computer skills: word processing, spreadsheet, Internet.

Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists in response to the United States Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails. The organization’s attorneys and investigators struggled alongside civil rights organizations, families, and faith-based organizations to protect the human rights of people of color, poor people, and others in the criminal justice system in the South. Complementing our capital litigation, SCHR has a strong civil litigation practice that is able to bring impact litigation challenging the systemic deficiencies revealed through our capital litigation. Some of SCHR’s largest wins have resulted in an overhaul of South Carolina’s entire prison system; major renovations in Louisiana’s Angola Prison death row; shutting down Alabama’s Morgan County jail; and improved HIV care in Limestone Prison in Alabama, including an 80% drop in AIDS deaths.

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is excited to invite a Quaker Fellow to join our vibrant legal team as a Criminal Justice Reform Intake Specialist. The Specialist will work closely with attorneys and investigators to respond to challenges and concerns from people who are under criminal justice control and challenge unconstitutional or illegal criminal justice practices and the application of the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama.

Candidates must:
-- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
-- be trustworthy with confidential information;
-- be compassionate and patient with those in crisis;
-- be both a strong team player and able to work independently;
-- have a driver’ s license and be willing to travel one day per week in Georgia or Alabama (SCHR will provide a vehicle);
-- be committed to serving communities that are poor and/or other communities targeted by the criminal justice system, and
challenging the many problems with the criminal justice and death penalty systems.

9to5

9to5, founded in 1973, is a national membership-based organization committed to strengthening the ability of low-income women to win economic justice. 9to5 combines advocacy, public education, civic engagement, grassroots organizing, policy campaigns and leadership development to improve employment policies for women and families. Their mission is to build a movement to achieve economic justice by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions. While they work to win immediate improvements in conditions for low-income women, they also seek to address the root causes of poverty among women and their families, and to focus on the links between different types of oppression. They connect injustice in the workplace with the systemic discrimination from which it stems, and relate both to the need for creation and protection of family supporting jobs for all. They also work for social change within our organization and community by electing our leadership from our constituency, operating in a democratic manner, connecting local and global issues, working in collaboration with other local organizations, and building communication and trust across diverse constituencies.

The QVS Fellow position is as the Helpline and Chapter Organizer which is split between three roles. Half of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to outreach and member engagement for the Atlanta chapter’s issue campaigns (Ban the Box, Election Connection, and the Family Care Act). A quarter of the Fellow’s time will be spent managing the Job Survival Helpline, providing information to our callers about their rights on the job and assistance navigating their options to deal with workplace issues. We provide in-depth training on employment law and resources available to our callers, as well as side-by-side on the job training for practice taking calls. The final quarter of the Fellow’s time will be supporting the Action Network, including engaging helpline callers and other new contacts to provide tools and resources to build support for working women’s issues in their own communities.

American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia

American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia is dedicated to preserving the civil liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Through litigation, lobbying, and communications, the ACLU of Georgia works to preserve and enhance the rights of all citizens of Georgia without political partisanship. Foremost among these rights are freedom of speech and religion, the right to equal treatment under law, and the right to privacy.

The national ACLU was founded in 1920 and is made up of 52 state affiliates. The Georgia affiliate, originally founded in 1970 is now comprised of 15 staff, 22,000 members (in all 159 counties of the state), and over 80,00 supporters. Each day, through community engagement, communications, lobbying, and litigation, the ACLU of Georgia fights to preserve and enhance the rights assured to all people without regard to politics or partisanship. We are a multi issue organization, with current priorities in voter rights and criminal justice reform. We stand for the right to vote, free speech, LGBT rights, racial justice, criminal justice reform, women’s rights, reproductive rights, immigrants’ rights, and other freedoms that are vital to our democracy.

Voter Rights Organizer-

The ACLU of GA seeks an energetic and dynamic voter rights organizer who will help grow and develop the affiliate’s capacity to educate and mobilize ACLU members, supporters and the general public around core voter rights issues, with an emphasis on the issue of redistricting. With the 2020 census approaching, we have an opportunity to advance an agenda that calls for a fair and transparent redistricting process while simultaneously working to correct the many barriers voters experienced in accessing the ballot in the 2018 election.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Organize community meetings and events on redistricting and other voter rights issues; this includes logistics, outreach, and helping to develop the agendas. Fellow will be trained in facilitation as well to be able to apply those skills in community meetings.
  • Coordinate in-district meetings with state legislators in target locations.
  • Coordinate volunteers to engage in on-the-ground monitoring of the election process, including attending Election Board meetings in target locations.
  • Develop and/or execute creative tactics to educate, engage and mobilize ACLU members and the public to get involved in our campaign; similarly, develop and/or execute tactics that engage elected officials to champion our issues.
Friends School of Atlanta

Friends School Atlanta's mission is to provide challenging academics in a diverse environment, drawing on the Quaker testimonies, or values, of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship to empower our students to go out into the world with conscience, conviction and compassion. FSA, opened in 1991 as a model for diversity and with the belief that all students have within themselves unique capacities for learning and achievement.

The school currently serves 180 students and employs 48 faculty and staff. The learning program provides opportunities for students to achieve their highest academic levels. In a supportive learning environment, students develop their capacities through independent thought, service and responsible action, thereby fostering life-long learning, self-confidence and respect for others. We provide a caring, cooperative atmosphere encouraging students to support each other as equals, and discourage that which would set one student above another.
The belief of Friends that individuals must find their own way leads to respect for the faith of everyone. Following the Quaker tradition of meeting corporately in reflective silent worship, an integral part of the school is the weekly meeting where the community gathers in silence to attend to the inner voice of the Spirit. This is a time to reflect upon experience, share thoughts with one another and seek truth.

Fellow Position: Assistant Teacher
FSA serves a diverse population of students including some students with learning disabilities in an inclusive classroom model. Approximately 45% of students identify as students of color, 30% receive financial assistance to support their enrollment, and FSA has long been a welcoming school community for LGBTQ families. The QVS Fellow would support students and teachers in a wide variety of ways and depending upon their areas of interest. Past QVS have taught in classrooms, monitored playground, originated clubs, created service learning opportunities, mentored individual students, researched grant opportunities, supported refugee Quaker families in their matriculation to the school.

The QVS Fellow should enjoy working with children and and be flexible. Humor, organizational skills and patience are good qualities for this position. Assistant teachers cover lots of diverse needs at school and many of the areas of coverage will take place outdoors. Having a playful side is a must!

FSA follows a traditional school schedule. QVS Fellows are asked to be on campus from 8am until 4pm. Tuesdays, we hold a faculty/staff meeting until 5pm. The school is able to be pretty flexible with work schedules.

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence's mission is: Collaborate. Advocate. Educate. Empower. GCADV envisions a Georgia free of domestic violence. GCADV's guiding principles and core values include: Empowerment and Self-Determination; Safety; Diversity and Equality; Survivor-centered Response; Social Change and Collaboration; Systems Accountability; Commitment to Nonviolence; Confidentiality; Integrity; Safe Space; Responsibility to Mission and Team; Remembering and honoring the “Herstory” of the Movements; Celebrate. Our goals are to empower survivors and the programs that serve them, educate the public, and advocate for responsive public policy. Our strength is in numbers, as we collaborate throughout Georgia to stop domestic violence. We support our mission by fostering quality services for victims by increasing the capacity of members and service providers, mobilizing a statewide voice to increase public policy development that helps victims and prevents DV, and educating the public to take action and prevent domestic violence. Overall, GCADV values, Equity, Wholeness, and Freedom.

Originally formed as a grassroots volunteer agency in 1980 as the Georgia Network Against Domestic Violence, the organization grew out of the overwhelming need for domestic violence agencies to form a statewide network of programs to coordinate and expand the services available to victims of domestic violence in Georgia, increase public awareness, and achieve crucial legislation to protect domestic violence victims, including state-funding for domestic violence programs. GCADV has a staff of 14 and is located in Decatur, GA. Projects include: Training & TA, Child & Youth, Community Engagement, Disabilities, Deaf Advocacy, Housing, Public Policy, Justice for Incarcerated Survivors. GCADV serves the State of Georgia.

Position Description:Justice for Incarcerated Survivors Project Coordinator
This position will coordinate the Justice for Incarcerated Survivors Project (JFIS), oversee project evaluation and outcome measurement for GCADV programs, oversee the Homicide Database, and conduct policy research as needed. This is a dynamic and exciting position that will be a cornerstone in the development of GCADV’s efforts to address domestic violence (DV) from a myriad of frameworks.

As the coordinator of the JFIS this person will work with the Dept. of Corrections, Board of Pardons and Paroles, and volunteer advocates and attorneys to assist women in Georgia’s prison who are victims of DV to assist those whose victimization played a significant impact on their imprisonment.
This position would also support GCADV’s evaluation activities and is responsible for assisting GCADV staff with project evaluation and monitoring, designing evaluation and data collection tools, collecting and analyzing data, and incorporating data and evaluation findings into project reports and other key GCADV communications. In addition this position would oversee the data collection for the domestic violence homicide database and conduct policy research to help guide GCADV’s public policy agenda.

It would be ideal for the person filling this position to have experience in project oversight, design, and management, the ability to work with populations in and from a wide range of systems and backgrounds, experience in project evaluation and design, and an abundant interest in social justice work.

L’Arche Atlanta

L’Arche Atlanta brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities to share life in faith community. Our mission is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. L’Arche has a rich 50 year history in the world. Originally founded in France in 1964, L’Arche has expanded to approximately 140 communities in 37 countries. L’Arche was founded in Atlanta in 2012. The house in Atlanta is comprised of three core members (people with disabilities) live with three live-in assistants. L’Arche also serves approximately 125 people of all abilities through community social events that occur every other month.

Position Description: Live-out Community Support Professional
L’Arche provides ample training and support in the role a QVS Fellow will fill, which would be to provide direct care support for the core members of the community. They will assist in daily living tasks and activities including meal preparation, medication administration, transportation, grocery shopping, behavioral support implementation, and other care-related activities. Along with support from L’Arche staff, there will be opportunity for research around racial, religious, and socio-economic diversity as it relates to disability studies and funding. The QVS Fellow can expect to be a part of a larger conversation and experience of community, compassion, and gifts that each person brings.

Driver licence required.

 

 

 

Partnership for Southern Equity

Partnership for Southern Equity  (PSE) advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.

(PSE), has been advancing the cause of equity through a ecosystem-based model for multi-demographic engagement in the City of Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan region – a bustling area emblematic of many Southern communities riven by racial, economic and class disparities.

Using its strength in its ability to connect, educate, and empower diverse individuals and organizations to encourage just, sustainable practices for shared prosperity, PSE has stood at the forefront of promoting balanced growth and shared prosperity throughout metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.

Focusing on three key areas: energy, growth and opportunity, PSE has developed strong partnerships, which have resulted in a series of successful policy initiatives that helped elevate and enable the communities we serve.

Just Growth Racial Equity Fellow:
The QVS Fellow will be responsible for communications needs of the Just Growth Portfolio, including preparation of brief articles, social media posts, updating web content and ongoing communications with Just Growth Circle members and key stakeholders. Fellow will also be working directly with community leaders in southeast Atlanta around the equitable and ecological revitalization of their community - assisting with logistics and communications regarding community planning sessions. Fellow will also assist with deliver of community academy on equitable development practices. Written and verbal communication skills essential, as well as comfort working directly with community members. Organizational skills also critical

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