Announcements Thread – Charity Event, Submission Calls, Jobs, Events, CROW

Rebuilding the Bridge, Sichuan Earthquake Charity Event – This Saturday!

More information at the website – Rebuilding the Bridge

Brave New Voices

Youth Speaks Presents
In Partnership with HBO’s Def Poetry, DC WritersCorps, Sol & Soul, the Creative Writing Alliance, and Hip-Hop Theater Festival

The 11th Annual
BRAVE NEW VOICES
International Youth Poetry Slam Festival
Washington, D.C. July 15 – 19, 2008

500 Poets from 40 Cities across 4 countries Ignite Washington, D.C. with Words!
All events are FREE!

For information about the festival including poetry and spoken word workshops for youth, the quarter and semi-finals of the international poetry slam, and more, check the Brave New Voices Homepage.

Saturday, July 19th

The Grand Slam Finals of the International Youth Poetry Slam

The Lincoln Theater 7pm
1215 U St., NW
Live Filming for HBO’s documentary on Brave New Voices!
Come See the Final Teams of The Poetry Slam with Special Guests.
This is a Free Event But Tickets Must Be Reserved

FREE TICKETS CAN BE REQUESTED BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO: bravenewvoices@broadwayvideo.com with full name, email and how many tickets you need up to 4 ticket per request. If tickets are available you will receive confirmation back.

Also:

Brave New Voices’ Green Mic

The Kennedy Center, 6pm
2700 F St, NW
The Best Young Spoken Word Artists in the Country Talk About Global Warming.
Sponsored by The Redford Center at The Sundance Preserve and the US Green Building Council

More events and information at the Brave New Voices site.


JOBS!

The Angry Black Woman has posted a call for writers/editors:

Please note, this is not for the ABW blog but for a different project I’m involved in. Please pass it around, link, and repost it as appropriate.

We’re looking for editors (or writers with some editorial background) to manage the content for 3 – 5 categories on a social networking site devoted to social responsibility. Editors will manage original content, newsfeeds, blogs and forums. They will also seek out third-party experts and find information relating to assigned topics. Editors report to the Project Manager, but are expected to work with little supervision and a lot of initiative.

Responsibilities:

* Review newsfeeds that have been indexed into assigned categories in the content management system for accuracy and appropriateness.
* Edit headline and summary of news items to match site style.
* Maintain and write original content for assigned categories and sub-topics. Content sources include writers assigned to your categories and third-party experts (articles or interviews). Depending on the amount of information or number of news feeds in each category and sub-category, some sections will have new original content each day.
* Moderate blog comment threads and forums in the assigned categories.
* Identify new subject matter experts, blogs, or news sources that should be included in the assigned categories.

Categories/Topics include a variety of social justice/social responsibility areas, including women’s issues, human rights (which encompasses civil rights, minorities, LGBT issues, etc.), the environment, aging/seniors, animal welfare, poverty, health and wellness, humanitarian efforts, socially responsible investing, and charitable giving.

Qualifications:

Background writing and/or editing content for the Internet or print publications. 1 – 4 years experience preferred.

Experience using content management systems or blogging software based on TinyMCE (WordPress, LiveJournal, etc.) strongly preferred.

Experience with Web 2.0 and social networking, particularly management and moderation. You must be comfortable interacting with the project teams online via instant messaging, mailing lists, and wikis.

Strong interest in social causes. Non-profit background preferred but not required.

Ability to manage time and people effectively.
The position is part time, and will require approximately 15 – 20 hours per week. This is a contract position, mostly telecommuting. We’re especially interested in people in the NYC metro area, upstate New York, and Connecticut, but we’ll consider applicants regardless of location. Compensation is based on experience. We’re looking for applicants of all ages and backgrounds.

The Center for New Words is looking for an Events Coordinator

The Center for New Words, a nonprofit feminist organization, seeks an Events Coordinator to help market and manage our year-round schedule of live public events

This position offers stimulating contact with feminist writers, activists, and media players. It encourages creativity, independence, and dynamic collaboration with members of the Center for New Words staff.

QUALIFICATIONS:
- Experience coordinating and publicizing community events
- Experience and comfort with public speaking
- Demonstrated skills in teamwork and collaboration with colleagues and community members
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work self-sufficiently, and pay obsessive attention to details
- Commitment to increasing feminists’ influence via writing, media and self-expression
- Computer savvy

As Events Coordinator, you’ll work with the Program Director of Center for New Words (CNW) to produce approximately 50 live events each year. You’ll also meet with the Executive Director of CNW for general supervision and evaluation.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

-Managing event logistics (booking & confirming venues, inviting speakers, event setup & management, ordering books and materials as necessary, etc.)

-Hosting events and overseeing setup and breakdown as needed.

-Planning and executing creative event marketing and community outreach, utilizing everything from the latest online social networking channels to old fashioned cold-calls, flyers, and mailings, as well as through the development and maintenance of positive relationships with community partners.

-Maintaining up-to-date-records of all events

-Assisting with the planning and execution of Women, Action & the Media, our annual Conference, including volunteer and logistics management leading up to and during the conference.

This is an ongoing part-time position, 20 hrs/week. (There is a possibility that it could at some point be combined with a half-time administrative position to create a full-time job.) Successful candidates will have flexible evening hours. Feminists of all colors, cultures, identities and preferences encouraged to apply.
Additional Information

* Local candidates only, no relocation (Greater Boston Area).


The Inclusion Act

Announcing The Inclusion Act, an open community APA Blog.

From the press release:

How does the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community confront the issues of today? As the APIA community is spread across the U.S. in isolated pockets, how will they come together and voice their opinions on a national level? Working to provide a solution for these questions, students from across the country have organized to launch a new website – The Inclusion Act (www.TheInclusionAct.com). Though most blogs exclusively reflect the views of a few authors, The Inclusion Act operates on a platform where the content and articles are user generated, written by anyone who chooses to sign up and express themselves. Online members then vote (called ‘recommending’) the most interesting or relevant articles (called ‘diaries’) to prominent placement on the main section of the site. The open platform model of the blog enables the APIA community nationwide to engage in dialogue.

“We are trying to harness the power of the Internet to enable people to interact and collaborate. The Asian Pacific Islander American community is so diverse and geographically disjointed that we felt compelled to find a solution that would allow our community connect with one another to discuss and deliberate issues we face politically and culturally,” notes Maytak Chin, a senior at the University of California Berkeley and blogger at The Inclusion Act.

The Inclusion Act will cover all issues affecting the lives of Asian Americans, including: stereotyping in the media and entertainment industry, policy and the 2008 elections, success stories as well as the stories of those most in need, culture and arts, and all aspects of identity and heritage. By providing tools for Asian Americans to voice their perspectives and write about their own experiences, the blog hopes to promote a greater sense of consciousness about society and to provide a window into the APIA community.

The long term vision for the blog is to inspire civic engagement, and to unite people along lines of mutual understanding and a common cause of justice in America.

Comics and Feminism – Call for Submissions

Deadline for Submissions: Tuesday, July 15, 2008, midnight

Who are you: A nitpicky comic book Braniac who rejoices over dissecting the latest continuity crises in maddening detail? Or a slam-bang Wonder Woman warrior who can’t wait for Wednesdays to catch up on the latest fantasy grudge match? Who says you can’t be both?

Girl-Wonder.org is calling for submissions to our brand-new online newsletter, which will mix focused discussions of feminism (and other forms of –isms) in the comics genre with a fun-loving celebration of comic geekdom. This newsletter will be our ongoing love letter to comics – sharing all the serious and not so serious aspects of comics that keep us coming back for more.

On the serious side: Submit your short letters and opinions, no more than 1500 words in length, focusing on current events or academic ideas related to identity politics and comic books. Topics can include, but are not limited to the intersections of race, gender, body image, sexuality, religion, ableism, and class with your favorite comic book characters and titles.

On the fun side: Submit comics-related fanart with a feminist twist or a short fanfiction (no more than 1500 words in length). Selected works will appear in the newsletter’s regular fan-inspired creations section.

Also, submit your entry for this issue’s caption contest. Write a funny, witty, and/or ridiculous caption for this panel (http://www.reappropriate.com/comic/panel.jpg). Winner (as chosen on
the Girl-Wonder.org forum boards) receives a fabulous gift basket full of hot-off-the-presses Girl-Wonder.org merchandise!

Submit your entry to jenn@reappropriate.com!

CROW Clothing Launches

Damali Ayo has launched Crow: A Different Kind of Clothing Company:

At CROW Clothing we make sustainability, social change, health, and community a stylish part of our everyday lives. We create sustainable, fashion forward clothing combined with an interactive resource-driven Web cafe where you can come to shop, learn, connect, and enhance your life, your planet and your wardrobe. We work hard to bring you the best so you can be your best.

We see the many ways our society can change and we help to make that possible. We invest in social change, value physical health, stimulate intellectual growth, and protect our environment. CROW Clothing is written in all caps to remind us that all issues are equal, and that when we connect many aspects of social change, including our own personal growth, we are strong, bold and powerful.

Whether you are looking for a great new party dress, a resource on social issues, or a great fitness routine, you can turn to CROW Clothing.

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