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March 2018: Note from the director

Posted by Jamee Greer at Mar 14, 2018 05:07 PM |

I know you deeply care about justice and understand how critical it is that we meet the rising threat of white nationalism. Coming up to six months since I moved back to the Pacific NW as Executive Director of Western States Center, I couldn’t be more fired-up about the work. Now I need your help to identify folks who would be good additions to our team, including working directly with me on high-impact opportunities. The Center will be retooling and growing over the next year and we’re asking our friends to help us identify the kind of talent that can maximize our effectiveness. I would be grateful if you would read on for what we’re looking for, and share with anyone who might be a match.

March 2018: Note from the director

Eric K. Ward

Dear friends,

I’m turning to my closest friends and colleagues because I know you deeply care about justice and understand how critical it is that we meet the rising threat of white nationalism. Coming up to six months since I moved back to the Pacific NW as Executive Director of Western States Center, I couldn’t be more fired-up about the work.  

Now I need your help to identify folks who would be good additions to our team, including working directly with me on high-impact opportunities. The Center will be retooling and growing over the next year and we’re asking our friends to help us identify the kind of talent that can maximize our effectiveness.

I would be grateful if you would read on for what we’re looking for, and share with anyone who might be a match.

Western States Center is looking for talented, experienced organizers who embrace new ways of thinking required to work effectively in the current volatile and fast changing environment.  Special project volunteers and contractors and future Western States Center staff must, as a matter of course, question their own assumptions and biases; understand the impact of culture on the political and social environment; embrace and prepare for multiple possible futures; be flexible, opportunistic, and able to connect the dots between seemingly disparate pieces of information and events.

Opportunities include: digital organizing; short-term, on-site community organizing projects in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States; event and conference organizing; development and program management functions; and fellowships with our new program addressing the rise of white nationalism (focus on actionable research & community organizing).

This is a chance to work on the front lines of developing creative responses to the rise of white nationalism, in an organization committed to advancing racial, gender, and economic justice.  While we’re looking to address the needs outlined above, we have flexibility to explore building opportunities around an extremely talented, motivated person’s strengths, skills and interests.  We will consider high-level volunteers, consulting proposals, and applications for employment that help create the right team that can work synergistically to meet the challenges of these extraordinary times.

If interested, please send a 1-page letter of interest plus resume to info2@wscpdx.org. Questions may be directed to hollyp@wscpdx.org. First priority will be given to letters of interest received by March 31, 2018.

About Western States Center
Building on 30 years of supporting progressive movement in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States, Western States Center addresses the national challenges of this current moment by working simultaneously on two critical fronts: challenging the terrain upon which white nationalists are building their movements while strengthening our own movements to withstand this current attack, so our constituencies are less susceptible to the siren call of nationalism and authoritarianism.

Western States Center is committed to strengthening inclusive democracy (people-centered, transparent and accountable) by:

  • Assisting communities and civil society to uphold the rule of law by effectively responding to social movements that exploit bigotry and intolerance;

  • Expanding progressive movement by strengthening the organizing capacity of often-marginalized communities;

  • Providing training, leadership development, and organizational capacity support to social movements and leaders committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and

  • Experimenting with culture as a vehicle for base- and power-building in non-traditional social change spaces.


​Western States Center is an EEO employer and encourages applications from people of color, ​LGBT and queer people, women, and people who live at the intersections of these identities and experiences.
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