Thursday, July 17, 2008

Alex Raposo '08: Field organizer seeks interns

From Alex Raposo '08. She writes that the campaign for Congressman Adam Smith is going well, and is looking for intern:

We are in the middle of our campaign season and we are looking for interns, so I thought I'd send this your way. On a more personal note for people reading this, this is a really great internship to have for the summer or the fall--not only is it super fun, but a really great learning experience. You will work on the Adam Smith campaign but also be exposed to other Democratic Party campaigns. I know I benefited a lot from my two internship experiences senior year, so I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone who thinks that they might want to get involved with campaigns or politics. Plus, 2008 is going to be an exciting year to work on a campaign!

Summer and Fall Internships Available with Congressman Adam Smith's campaign

Adam Smith for Congress is seeking out talented, intelligent, and dedicated interns for the summer and fall. Minimum number of hours are 10 per weeks and there is an option for class credit. Duties would include, but not limited to

* Assisting the Political Director and/or the Field Organizer in day-to-day duties
* Recruiting volunteers
* Organizing and working with volunteers to contact voters
* Representing the campaign at political events and meetings
* Assist with fundraising and other events, including events with the candidate

If you are interested, please contact Alex Raposo at

Thanks so much!


Alex Raposo
Field Organizer for Congressman Adam Smith

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Laurel Bandy '07 Final Mountbatten update

A final note from Laurel Bandy '07 who has been on the Mountbatten Internship in the UK:

Time for another (maybe my last) London update! I have started the 10-week countdown and will be back in Colorado in late August....The internship program has been a wonderful experience and in the end I can say I have actually enjoyed learning about the Maritime Transport and Insurance Industry and was extremely lucky in my placement. I attended 2 rounds of International Maritime Organization Committee Meetings, 2 International Safety Panel Meetings (Vienna and Dublin), met with senior UK and US IMO delegates and discussed key safety initiatives (that passed and will be implemented internationally this year!), and am in the process of publishing a paper relating to port safety issues.

Thank you all for your e-mails, cards and encouragement this year. It has made the Atlantic pond seem much less wide.

All My Best,

Political Consulting?

I have an '08 graduate who is currently working on a state legislative race in Washington and is interested in pursuing a career in political consulting in the Pacific Northwest. I've passed along a couple of names but I'm sure there's people I'm missing. If you can provide advice and wouldn't mind sharing it, would you drop me an email at Thanks, alums!

Dan Anderson '10 interns and blogs for the GOP

I'm winding down my first office day with the KC GOP this afternoon, and we are heading into the field to do some door belling in the county. The office has a blog called MoveRed, and they allowed me to post an entry on my first day.

Check out My entry is the one on Wesley Clark- I'm currently working on one about gas prices, and how the Democrats' solution is to raise the gas tax.

The office is sponsoring a BBQ on the 14th here in Bellevue. This is a great opportunity for P&G students to get involved with this election cycle, and regardless of one's political views would be a chance to meet a few of the candidates. Current confirmed guests are AG Rob McKenna, as well as candidates for state assemblyman Steve Litzow (of the 41st LD) and Todd Gibson (of the 33rd). Also, the 22-year-old mayor or Napavine, Nick Bozarth, will be there as well.

Sorry for the shameless plug, but this could be a great event that PG students might find worthwhile.



Daniel Anderson; Office Intern
King County Republican Party
845 106th Avenue Ste. 110
Bellevue, WA 98004
(415) 259-9684
(425) 990-0404

Americorps opening, Seattle

JustServe AmeriCorps 2008-2009 Service Year
AmeriCorps Member Position Opening
Open Until Filled - Apply Now!
Host Site: El Centro de la Raza
Project Name: Hope for Youth Violence Prevention Program

Summary of Member Project: The project involves maintaining and integrating a curriculum addressing gangs and anti-violence into existing El Centro de la Raza Civil Rights history and poetry classes, as well as assisting with activities in which youth of color are involved.

Description of Activities and Responsibilities:
Daily activities and responsibilities include attendance at Civil Rights history and poetry classes in Seattle Public Schools, assisting the Program Coordinator with registration of youth in classes, researching new materials to be incorporated into the curriculum, developing presentations to be used in classes, researching and coordinating guest speakers to attend classes, assisting with the production of poems in a variety of formats (e.g. t-shirts, anthologies, spoken word CD's), researching and coordinating topics for discussion during staff anti-racism leadership seminars, and assisting with end-of-year recognition events for the students. For areas of skills/experience for which the member needs assistance, the Hope for Youth Coordinator will seek appropriate trainings.

Minimum Background Requirements:
* An interest in and commitment to providing service to the community.
* A strong desire and commitment to undo racism, classism, sexism and other forms of oppression that perpetuate violence in our community
* A strong desire and commitment to work to end poverty.
* Must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident. (Documentation required, at AmeriCorps enrollment.)
* Ability to commit to full time, 40 hours/week participation in national service, minimum of 1700 hours total over the 11-month JustServe AmeriCorps term from September 2nd, 2008 to July 31st, 2009.
* Must pass Washington Access to Criminal History (WATCH) background check, to work with youth under 18 or "vulnerable adults", as required under the Revised Code of Washington. (This is often referred to as the "Washington State Patrol" background check.) Applicants living outside Washington State at the time of AmeriCorps application must also pass a background check, for that state.
* Must pass the National Sex Offender Registry background check.
* Minimum age requirement is 21 years old.
* Must have completed Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree by the beginning of the AmeriCorps service year.
* Additional minimum requirements for this Member position: ability to work a flexible schedule.

Desired Skills and Experience:
* Bilingual in Spanish and English,
* Experience serving as a volunteer,
* Experience working with youth of color,
* Excellent organizational skills,
* Ability to communicate effectively both with program staff and with participating youth,
* Ability to work well independently and as part of a team, and
* Some computer proficiency preferred - position will utilize MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

The JustServe AmeriCorps Program, administered by Solid Ground, provides equal employment opportunity to national service Members without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual preference or status as a veteran.

Hours of Service:
* JustServe AmeriCorps Members commit to a minimum of 1700 hours of service, full time (an average of 40 hours/week) from September 2nd, 2008 to July 31st, 2009. This includes team activities and service at the project site.
* For this specific project site, the Member will generally work the following days of the week, and start/end times each day: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and occasionally 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Occasional evening and weekend hours are required, with flex time provided.
* JustServe Members participate in the 2008-2009 Team Orientation, from Tuesday, September 2nd to Friday, September 5th, 2008. Members also attend ongoing team meetings and trainings (weekly throughout Fall 2008 and biweekly starting January 2009), at least three large group community service projects (Fall 2008, January 2009 MLK Day and April 2009) and two overnight team retreats (one in the fall and one in the spring) throughout the national service year.

Benefits: In exchange for 1700 hours of service full time (an average of 40 hours/week) over the 11-month term of service, full time JustServe AmeriCorps Members receive a living stipend of $1,036/month (pre-tax) and a $4,725 post-secondary educational award (on completion of year of service). Health care (medical) is provided, if needed. Limited childcare benefits are provided, if income eligible. Up to (20) one-way Metro bus tickets/month are provided for transportation to community service activities, if needed. JustServe placements are AmeriCorps*State Member positions.

How to Apply: Positions are open until filled, so apply now! We will begin accepting applications in May 2008 and the entire team must be hired by the end of August 2008. To apply online, go to (Once you have completed your application, select for your application to be sent to: "JustServe AmeriCorps-Solid Ground".) If you have questions about the application process or to request a paper application, please go to Solid Ground's website at or call Solid Ground National Service Recruitment Coordinator Ian Dapiaoen at (206) 957-4779 ext. #115.

For more information about this specific JustServe project site, please contact:
Estela Ortega
Associate Director
(206) 957-4613

Take a Chance for Peace

From alum Jennifer DeLury Ciplet '98:

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Family,

I write you with a wonderful opportunity to win some FABULOUS prizes while supporting important work for human rights and environmental justice in Guatemala.

NISGUA's 2008 "Take a Chance for Peace" Drawing is underway! Prizes include:

***a trip to the Social Forum of the Americas in Guatemala October 7-12 plus a week of Spanish language school in Xela (note: if you don't want to travel to Guatemala, the travel voucher can be used to fly elsewhere at another time!);

***another travel voucher to fly to Guatemala for the Social Forum, or elsewhere! (That's TWO CHANCES to win free travel!!)

***$300 cash prize

***$100 gift certificates for "Heart of the Sky Fair Trade" goodies

***other prizes, including art, microbrew beer of the month, just coffee...

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at:

Only the first 750 people to enter the drawing will be eligible, so PLEASE ENTER TODAY! Your chances are 1 in 750 of winning one of the great prizes, and your $25 will go directly to supporting NISGUA's important work for justice, human rights, the environment and dignity in the Americas.

Thanks in advance for your support, and good luck in winning a prize!

Best Wishes,
Jennifer and all at NISGUA

P.S. Stay tuned for NISGUA's NEW WEBSITE, which will be up and running in fall 2008!

Jennifer DeLury Ciplet
Executive Director, NISGUA
The Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala
436 14th St., Suite 409, Oakland, CA 94612
tel. (510) 238-8400
fax (510) 238-8444

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Professor Sousa wins the Caldwell Award!

Congratulations to Professor Sousa! Note is below--

Chris and David:

It is my pleasure to inform you that your book, American Environmental
Policy, 1990-2006
, is recipient of the 2008 Lynton Keith Caldwell Award
for the best book in environmental politics and policy, awarded by the
Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy section of the American
Political Science Association. Your book was selected out of a group of
over thirty works by a committee comprised of Sheldon Kamienecki, Sarah
Pralle, and myself.

Congratulations. It is a well deserved recognition by your peers in the
discipline. As a former winner, I can tell you that the award makes you
grow taller in the eyes of your colleagues, your students start to
actually listen to you, and your domestic partner starts to believe that
you know something. OK, maybe two out of three. But it is nice, if only
because it validates all of those hours spent wondering why you bother. So

News of your award will be posted in the program of the coming APSA annual
meeting in Boston, which I hope at least one of you will attend so that
you can be recognized formally at the STEP section business meeting at
12:15 on Friday, August 29. I will also contact MIT Press with the good

Congratulations again.

All the best,

Christopher J. Bosso
Associate Dean, School of Social Science, Urban Affairs and Public Policy
150 Meserve Hall
Northeastern University | Boston, MA 02115