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Job Announcement: Administration and Development Coordinator

Job Description

The Administration and Development Coordinator (ADC) reports to the Board of Directors of Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) and shares responsibility and authority for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives, in conjunction with the other CALC staff. This ¾ time position is responsible for the consistent and effective achievement of CALC’s mission and financial objectives. Responsibilities include grant writing, development, financial monitoring, coordinating with the Board and supervision of administrative interns and volunteers.

Responsibilities

Organizational Coordination

  • Oversee internal & external CALC communications
  • Recruit and supervise administrative volunteers and interns

Coordination with the CALC Board of Directors

  • Report to board of directors, attends monthly board meetings and other meetings as requested
  • Maintain records of Board meetings and decisions
  • Promote communication between board and staff
  • Prepare reports and financial documents to distribute to the board as requested
  • Assist with board recruitment and orientation; prepare Board notebooks
  • Carry out relevant decisions of the Board of Directors

Fundraising & Development

  • Research grants and write CALC grant applications and grant reports; keep grant calendar
  • Compose fundraising letters with involvement of program staff
  • Produce all fundraising materials and manages mailing parties
  • Facilitate board fundraising
  • Manage CALC donor base
  • Coordinate, helps create and plan fundraising events and activities

Marketing and Public Relations

  • Oversee CALC website, Facebook and other social media
  • Produce CALC weekly online calendar of events
  • Connect with partner organizations
  • Prepare marketing and promotional materials
  • Responsible for developing and continually evaluating the effectiveness of the CALC marketing messages and promotion, with input from CALC staff and Board.

Financial Administration

  • Assure that all financial tasks and responsibilities are carried out in a timely and accurate manner
  • Develop and monitor CALC’s budget with input from staff, finance committee and board treasurer
  • With board treasurer, monitor the financial situation of the organization, ensuring CALC operates within its budget
  • Manage CALC QuickBooks and all financial information

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience in nonprofit administration
  • Personal commitment to peace, human dignity and social, racial and economic justice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and a willingness to learn
  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact with diverse community members
  • Willingness to be a team player and the ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds, ages, genders, and personal/cultural styles
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities
  • Strong attention to detail

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and 3 references to calcoffice@gmail.com with “Application for ADC” in the subject line.

The position will be filled as soon as possible and interviews conducted as applications are received. Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to send a writing sample.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Health benefits provided.

CALC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of color, women, people with disabilities, and queer, lesbian, bisexual, gender variant and transgender people to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALC Memorial Day Peace Ad 2017

Stop the Military Madness
“Military Madness is Killing Your Country.” Graham Nash

CALC will publish the following ad text in the Register Guard on Memorial Day, May 29th 2017.
To get your name in the ad,  send an email to calcoffice@gmail.com and to help pay for the ad make a donation via the donation button on this web page.

Ad Text:

President Trump is following the playbook of tyrants throughout history, stirring up fear and advocating simplistic, militaristic, and destructive solutions to the world’s complex problems.

Now, more than ever, we must stand and take action together:

•To fight to reduce budget dollars for weapons and war. And to demand that the Pentagon be audited like other federal agencies.

•To oppose military-first solutions to global problems by supporting diplomacy, humanitarian assistance, and collaborative peace-keeping missions.

•To resist calls for more troops in the complex wars of the Middle East.

•To hold Trump and his military leaders accountable for increasing civilian casualties, which only fuel anti-American sentiments around the world.

•To demand reduction of nuclear weapons and support legislation that removes the power to launch nuclear weapons from one man and requires consultation and congressional approval.

•To fund desperately needed initiatives to save our planet by combating climate change and promoting clean energy—a real source of good long-term jobs.

•To support programs promoting education, providing affordable housing, preventing hunger, and building healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities.

 

Actions Opposing Trump’s Nuclear Weapons Plans

Here are some actions to help deal with the threat posed by the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Weapons Plans:

First, stay informed by signing up for Early Warning which is a daily news summary from Joseph Cirincione. To do this go to Ploughshares Fund, then issues and analysis tab, then early warning tab

Second, contact our Senators and Representatives to urge them to act on the Ted Lieu & Ed Markey bill in Congress to prohibit the president from firing a first nuclear strike. It is the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act H.R. 669 in the House of Representatives and S. 200 in the Senate.

About this bill: Currently the president can authorize a first use of a nuclear weapon so this bill requires that Congress must first pass an authorization for war before a nuclear weapon can be used by the president. Currently neither Congress nor the Supreme Court could stop the president from firing nuclear weapon(s) if he chooses to do so.

Action Needed: In the House of Representatives, Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer are co-sponsors of this bill. So messages of thanks to them are needed for their support of HR 669. Ask the others to support this bill.

Neither Senators Merkley or Wyden are co-sponsors of the same bill in the Senate. Contact them to support this bill, Senate bill 200
Call them: Senator Merkley 202-224-3753
Senator Wyden 202-224-5244
Rep Peter DeFazio 202-225-6416

• Email them by going to their website

International Peace Leaders Comimg to Eugene

Taking Action for Peace
March 15th, 7 p.m.
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High Street

Kevin Martin, national president of Peace Action, and
German peace activist Reiner Braun will be speaking in Eugene.

Issues they address will include:

  1. Could U.S./NATO Conflicts with Russia trigger WWIII?
  2.  Whose Finger? On What Button? The Urgent Need to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Trump or No Trump.
  3.  Stopping Fascism and Militarism, and Building Beloved Communities in the era of Trump.
  4.  US/NATO and Russian relations – stop hacking and escalating, start talking! Pursuing nuclear disarmament and common security in Europe and the world.

Kevin Martin, is President of National Peace Action, which has been organizing for Peace since 1957. He joined the staff in 2001. Kevin previously served as Director of Project Abolition, a national organizing effort for nuclear disarmament, from August 1999 through August 2001. Kevin came to Project Abolition after ten years in Chicago as Executive Director of Illinois Peace Action.

Reiner Braun is a leader in the German and European peace movements and co-president of International Peace Bureau. He brings a critical perspective on US/NATO relations with Russia, and nuclear disarmament issues.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact CALC staffer Michael Carrigan at 541.485.1755 or calcpeace@gmail.com

Michael Carrigan at CALC at 541.485.1755 or www.calclane.org

Nuclear Policy in the Trump Administration: Real Dangers, Real Possibilities

Nuclear Policy in the Trump Administration: Real Dangers, Real Possibilities, via Skype at Rm. 145 Straub Hall, 15th & Onyx, on the UO campus, Sunday, February 26, at 4 pm.

As the Ploughshares Fund points out: President Trump could launch 140 nuclear warheads in the time it takes to write 140 characters.

If this terrifies you, come learn more. Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) and Radical Organizing & Resource (ROAR) Center present Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund who will be skyped in to Eugene. He is the author of many books and articles about nuclear matters and a frequent commentator for the media.

Program sponsors see these issues not only in the context of potential nuclear dangers but also as a major diversion from the need to attend to climate matters and peace.

For more information, contact CALC: email calcpeace@gmail.com or phone 541-485-1755

Co-sponsors of this event include:
Women’s Action for New Direction (WAND | Lane Community College Peace Center | Taxes for Peace | Veterans for Peace | Chapter 159 | Beyond War |
UO Beyond War | UO Global Zero | UO Sustainability Center

Cirincione has an excellent Guest Opinion published in the February 19, 2017 Eugene Register Guard.

Global Warming’s Unacknowledged Threat—The Pentagon

Global Warming’s Unacknowledged Threat—The Pentagon

By Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War

During the November 15 Democratic Presidential Debate, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sounded an alarm that “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.” Citing a CIA study, Sanders warned that countries around the world are “going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops and you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict.”

On November 8, the World Bank predicted that climate change is on track to drive 100 million people into poverty by 2030. And, in March, a National Geographic study linked climate change to the conflict in Syria: “A severe drought, worsened by a warming climate, drove Syrian farmers to abandon their crops and flock to cities, helping trigger a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.”

The sobering insight that climate change can accelerate violence should weigh heavily on the minds of delegates to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change set to begin November 30 in Paris—a city that, on November 13, suffered grievously from the blowback of the Syrian conflict. But there is another looming threat that needs to be addressed.

Put simply: War and militarism also fuel climate change.

From November 30 to December 11, delegates from more than 190 nations will convene in Paris to address the increasingly visible threats of climate disruption. The 21st Conference of the Parties (aka COP21) is expected to draw 25,000 official delegates intent on crafting a legally binding pact to keep global warming below 2°C.

But it is difficult to imagine the delegates reaching this goal when one of the largest contributors to global-warming has no intention of agreeing to reduce its pollution. The problem in this case is neither China nor the United States. Instead, the culprit is the Pentagon.

The Pentagon’s Carbon Boot print

The Pentagon occupies 6,000 bases in the US and more than 1,000 bases (the exact number is disputed) in 60-plus foreign countries. According to its FY 2010 Base Structure Report, the Pentagon’s global empire includes more than 539,000 facilities at 5,000 sites covering more than 28 million acres.

The Pentagon has admitted to burning 350,000 barrels of oil a day (only 35 countries in the world consume more) but that doesn’t include oil burned by contractors and weapons suppliers. It does, however, include providing fuel for more than 28,000 armored vehicles, thousands of helicopters, hundreds of jet fighters and bombers and vast fleets of Navy vessels. The Air Force accounts for about half of the Pentagon’s operational energy consumption, followed by the Navy (33%) and Army (15%). In 2012, oil accounted for nearly 80% of the Pentagon’s energy consumption, followed by electricity, natural gas and coal.

Ironically, most of the Pentagon’s oil is consumed in operations directed at protecting America’s access to foreign oil and maritime shipping lanes. In short, the consumption of oil relies on consuming more oil. This is not a sustainable energy model.

The amount of oil burned—and the burden of smoke released—increases whenever the Pentagon goes to war. (Indeed, human history’s most combustible mix may well prove to be oil and testosterone.) Oil Change International estimates the Pentagon’s 2003-2007 $2 trillion Iraq War generated more than three million metric tons of CO2 pollution per month.

The Pentagon: A Privileged Polluter

Yet, despite being the planet’s single greatest institutional consumer of fossil fuels, the Pentagon has been granted a unique exemption from reducing—or even reporting—its pollution. The US won this prize during the 1998 Kyoto Protocol negotiations (COP4) after the Pentagon insisted on a “national security provision” that would place its operations beyond global scrutiny or control. As Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat recalled: “Every requirement the Defense Department and uniformed military who were at Kyoto by my side said they wanted, they got.” (Also exempted from pollution regulation: all Pentagon weapons testing, military exercises, NATO operations and “peacekeeping” missions.)

After winning this concession, however, the US Senate refused to ratify the Kyoto Accord, the House amended the Pentagon budget to ban any “restriction of armed forces under the Kyoto Protocol,” and George W. Bush rejected the entire climate treaty because it “would cause serious harm to the US economy” (by which he clearly meant the U.S. oil and gas industries).

Today, the Pentagon consumes one percent of all the country’s oil and around 80 percent of all the oil burned by federal government. President Barack Obama recently received praise for his Executive Order requiring federal agencies to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, but Obama’s EO specifically exempted the Pentagon from having to report its contribution to climate chaos. (As a practical matter, the Pentagon has been forced to act. With battlefield gas costing $400 a gallon and naval bases at risk of flooding from rising seas, the Pentagon managed to trim its domestic greenhouse-gas emissions by 9 percent between 2008-2012 and hopes to achieve a 34 percent reduction by 2020.)

Climate Chaos: Deception and Denial

According to recent exposés, Exxon executives knew the company’s products were stoking global temperatures but they opted to put “profits before planet” and conspired to secretly finance three decades of deception. Similarly, the Pentagon has been well aware that its operations were wrecking our planetary habitat. In 2014, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel identified climate change as a “threat multiplier” that will endanger national security by increasing “global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict.” As far back as 2001, Pentagon strategists have been preparing to capitalize on the problem by planning for “ice-free” operations in the Arctic—in anticipation of US-Russian conflicts over access to polar oil.

In 2014, Tom Ridge, George W. Bush’s Homeland Security chief, stated flat-out that climate change posed “a real serious problem” that “would bring destruction and economic damage.” But climate deniers in Congress continue to prevail. Ignoring Ridge’s warnings, a majority of House Republicans hammered an amendment onto the National Defense Authorization bill that banned the Pentagon from spending any funds on researching climate change or sustainable development. “The climate . . . has always been changing,” Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va) said dismissively. “[W]hy should Congress divert funds from the mission of our military and national security to support a political ideology?”

Since 1980, the US has experienced 178 “billion dollar” weather events that have caused more than $1 trillion in damages. In 2014 alone, there were eight “billion dollar” weather calamities.

In September 2015, the World Health Organization warned climate change would claim 250,000 million lives between 2030 and 2050 at a cost of $2-4 billion a year and a study in Nature Climate Change estimated the economic damage from greenhouse emissions could top $326 trillion. (If the global warming causes the permafrost to melt and release its trapped carbon dioxide and methane gases, the economic damage could exceed $492 trillion.)

In October 2015 (the hottest October in recorded weather history), BloombergBusiness expressed alarm over a joint study by scientists at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley that predicted global warning “could cause 10 times as much damage to the global economy as previously estimated, slashing output as much as 23 percent by the end of the century.”

This is more than a matter of “political ideology.”

The Pentagon’s role in weather disruption needs to become part of the climate discussion. Oil barrels and gun barrels both pose a threat to our survival. If we hope to stabilize our climate, we will need to start spending less money on war.

Gar Smith is co-founder of Environmentalists Against War and Editor Emeritus of Earth Island Journal. He is the author of Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth (Chelsea Green). Email: gar-smith@earthlink.net

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