Open Position: Membership & Database Assistant

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is looking to fill the Membership & Database Assistant position on our dedicated staff team. This is a permanent, part-time position offered at our Des Moines headquarters.

The Membership & Database Assistant’s primary focus is working with our Membership & Database Coordinator to process donations, send daily thank you notes, and assist with membership renewal letter mailings. The Membership & Database Assistant also plays a key role in maintaining the accuracy of Iowa CCI’s growing database of dues-paying members and supporters through daily record checking, significant data entry, and running routine database checks to find problems and fix problems.

Good candidates will have strong computer skills, including use of Excel. Membership database/ database experience is helpful, but not required. People who can think systematically, learn quickly, and manage lots of details are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should be obsessively detail-oriented, have legible handwriting, and be able to work in a collaborative environment. Experience with dues-paying membership organizations a plus.

We’re looking for someone who appreciates the importance an accurate database and thoughtful, timely correspondence can play in building long-lasting relationships for social change work. A strong work ethic and sense of humor is a must!

Responsibilities

* Assist the Membership & Database Coordinator with daily donation processing including data checking records and the printing and mailing of thank you notes.

* Assist with membership renewal mailings, including hand signing letters, folding and collating materials, and assembling mailings.

* Assist with data entry for big organizational events or issue campaigns and perform routine database maintenance to find and fix data problems.

* Assist with other organizational mailing and database needs as necessary.

Qualifications

* Commitment to Iowa CCI’s mission as a path towards progressive change.

* Strong computer skills, including Excel, the ability to learn our database system.

* Internet sleuthing skills to look up missing contact information and decipher bad handwriting.

* Impeccable attention to detail and desire to impress with accuracy and gratitude.

* Experience in database, membership or individual giving, or organizing campaigns a plus

* Legible handwriting.

* Ability to organize and manage multiple projects while working in a team setting.

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About Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Iowa CCI is a forward-thinking, agenda-setting, speak-truth-to-power community organizing group that knows how to mobilize lots of everyday people to stand up for what’s right and put pressure where it needs to be put to win policies that put people first. For more than 45 years, our mission has been simple: help everyday people be a powerful force for justice.

Our current organizing campaigns include: Clean Water Fight/Stop Factory Farms, Racial Justice/Stop Racial Profiling, No Fossil Fuels/Clean Energy Future, Healthcare for All, and electoral work to change “business as usual” politics.

Our thousands of dues-paying members across the state believe you don’t have to stand by and just let things happen, which is probably why we’re growing so much. We view this troublesome time as a clear call to action and an opportunity to build political power to shape the Iowa we want and need to see.

Physical requirements

This is largely a sedentary role; however, occasional physical demands could be hand-addressing and assembling large 500-piece mailings.

Salary and Benefits

This is a permanent non-exempt part-time position being offered at 16-20 hours/week (.4-.5 FTE) to start.

A note on hours:  We’re flexible on the hours of they day so long as they fall between 9-5. Prefer a regular weekly schedule, the more days a week the better as it helps us get thank you notes out in a timely manner.  The last staff in this position worked 10-2ish, Mon-Thurs (~16/wk), the staff before that worked Mon-Friday 8-12 (~20/wk).  Questions about this are welcome, please contact katie@iowacci.org.

* Pay for this position is hourly starting at $15/hour

* Generous paid vacation

* Great work environment

How to apply

Email resume, and cover letter by September 15, 2018 to: Katie Bryan, Development & Communications Director, katie [at] iowacci.org

>> Please put “Membership Assistant” in the subject line.

**Iowa CCI is an equal opportunity employer**

All people — whether black, brown, immigrants, or lifelong Iowans — deserve dignity and respect. All people deserve to live without the fear of being stopped by the police solely because of the color of their skin.

But racial profiling happens far too often, and it has lasting and damaging consequences on our communities.

Watch this video of a July 15 traffic stop in Des Moines and add your name to the petition to end the DMPD’s practice of racial profiling.

It’s clear to us that the officer was determined to find a reason to arrest these young black men.

It’s easy to see how an unwarranted traffic stop like this could’ve easily escalated into violence or an unnecessary arrest.

We’re working to change that here in Des Moines, and create transparent avenues for individuals to hold our public servants accountable.

Sign the petition today to show your support for ending racial profiling in Des Moines!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2018
Bridget Fagan-Reidburn, Community Organizer
bridget@iowacci.org, 515.255.0800

 

NEWLY RELEASED DASH AND BODY CAM FOOTAGE SHOWS RACIAL PROFILING BY TWO 
DES MOINES POLICE OFFICERS IN A JULY 15 STOP
Offending officer has a record of targeting the Black community, incident and data expose larger racial profiling problem within the Des Moines Police Department

Des Moines, IA– Newly released dash and body camera footage (more links below) shows racial profiling by two Des Moines police officers in a July 15 traffic stop. Two young African-American men were pulled over, handcuffed and accused of gun and drug possession. Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI), a statewide, grassroots community organizing group, say this video and newly released data (links below) show a serious problem within the Des Moines Police Department that needs to be addressed.

“Racial profiling by police happens in Des Moines. This time it happened to my 21 year old son,” said Laural Clinton, mother of passenger, Jared Clinton, and an Iowa CCI member from Des Moines.

“When I watched the video I cried. It’s so easy to see how an unwarranted traffic stop like this could’ve easily turned my son into another Philando Castile, or given him a police record.

It’s clear that Officer Thies was determined to find a reason to arrest these young men who were just enjoying their Sunday evening like anyone else. No one should have to go through this. This will affect my son and Montray for years to come.

My question for Chief Wingert is how do you expect my kids to trust the police after this? Is this the type of policing tactics you teach? Who does this protect in our community? We can’t let this happen again. It’s time Chief Wingert steps up and does the right thing.”

The video shows officers Kyle Thies and Natalie Heinemann pulling over a car being driven by Montray Little, 23 from Des Moines, accompanied by passenger Jared Clinton, 21 of Des Moines.  Thies immediately implied the car was stolen and accused Little and Clinton of having weapons and “being able to see [marijuana] shake” in the car. Montray Little calmly denied the accusations. Officer Thies proceeded to handcuff Montray and put him in the back of the cop car while he performed a warrantless search of the car. When Thies found nothing, the video shows Thies trying to coerce Montray into admitting he had smoked marijuana or was around someone smoking marijuana anyway, which Montray denied again. Officer Heinemann’s video shows her interacting with the passenger, Jared Clinton, seemingly to distract Jared from the search and what was happening with Montray.

 “We can’t let this style of policing continue,” said Bridget Fagan-Reidburn an organizer with Iowa CCI.

“Racial profiling can have lasting and devastating impacts on individuals and our communities – from mental trauma, to being incarcerated and thrown into our judicial system, to economic impacts such as court and legal fees and loss of employment. We need a policing system that builds relationships with our communities, not tears them apart.”

2017 data from the DOT, State of Iowa Data Warehouse (TRAxS records) and the booking records from the Polk County Sheriff only reinforces the impacts of racial profiling. Attached data shows jarring disparities of traffic stops and arrests in Des Moines.

The 2017 data also shows how Thies has a history of targeting young, Black males. For example: in 2017, Thies charged 26 Black people and 5 White people with “interference with official acts”. Additionally, 49% of the people Officer Thies booked in 2017 were Black.

Iowa CCI has collected dozens of stories of racial profiling by police over the last three years and has assisted individuals to file official complaints with the DMPD’s Office of Professional Standards (OPS). In the last 12 months, Iowa CCI has helped two other young Black males file complaints of racial profiling and aggressive treatment by Officer Kyle Thies. Both complaints were deemed “unfounded” by the OPS.

This incident comes as Iowa CCI is hosting a series of “Skin Color is Not Reasonable Suspicion” community meetings with the Black community and two Des Moines City Council members, Josh Mandelbaum and Connie Boesen (Councilwoman Linda Westergaard has committed to attend the final meeting). There have been over 100 Des Moines residents in attendance at each of the first two meetings held June 28 and July 25. The purpose of the meeting series is to bridge the gap between city officials and the Black community and to work together to find solutions to our racial profiling problem in Des Moines. The final meeting with the Council and the Black community is on Thursday, September 6. We will propose three ordinances at our final meeting that would combat racial profiling.

We encourage anyone who has a racial profiling story to call Iowa CCI at 515-255-0800 and to RSVP to the final meeting with the three Des Moines City Council members on Thursday, September 6 at the Polk County Central Senior Center at 6:30 p.m.

For interview inquiries, contact Bridget Fagan-Reidburn.

To view the videos:

 

TAKE ACTION:

Add your name to hundred calling on DMPD and the City Council to end racial profiling – click here.

 

Join us for a critical moment of resistance in Des Moines on August 17!

Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions is coming to town to deliver an address at the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judicial conference.

We’ll be there to unwelcome him and send the message that hateful values aren’t welcome in our state. This will be a peaceful, non-violent but noisy demonstration to show that Iowans stand in solidarity for a more just, fair, and inclusive country. Can you be there?

RSVP here! Stand up and fight back:

Can’t attend? Support the action with a donation: click here.

Why Sessions? Jeff Sessions is unfit to serve as the head of our Justice Department. Our U.S. Attorney General is charged with enforcing our nation’s laws without prejudice and a commitment to justice; and be an advocate for all people.

But Sessions has:

  • targeted 800,000 young people for deportation by rescinding DACA
  • reversed DOJ position that federal law protects transgender workers from discrimination
  • released the sweeping “License to Discriminate” guidance, outlining a pathway for discrimination against LGBT people, women and religious minorities
  • been the architect of the “zero tolerance policy” and family separations at the border
  • recently announced the Religious Freedom Task Force
  • encouraged federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for certain drug-related crimes
  • ramped up the racist war on drugs
  • redirected the Justice Department to continue to make use of private prison facilities, rather than phase out those contracts
  • a 30-year record of racial insensitivity, bias against immigrants and the LGBTQ community and hostility towards the protection of civil rights
  • waged an infamous prosecution against civil rights activists in the 1980s on phony charges of voter fraud is a staunch opponent of the Voting Rights Act

Together, we’ll stand against Sessions’ agenda to ramp up the war on voting rights, criminalize immigration, and uphold religious-based discrimination.

When
Friday, August 17 from 8:00 to 9:30 AM (Sessions is slated to speak at 9)

Where
Vets Auditorium/Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

We’ll have signs, or you can bring your own.

RSVP here! Stand up and fight back:

Can’t attend? Support the action with a donation: click here.

A strong turnout will demonstrate that Iowa’s fightback is powerful, show strong opposition to Trump in Iowa, and garner state and national press for the critical issues of racial justice, voter, and civil rights.

Trump’s executive order from June jails entire families indefinitely and does nothing to reunite families that have already been torn apart. Children are still being kept in cages. They are being traumatized, plain and simple.

On both Saturday August 4th and Sunday August 5th, 2018, Iowa CCI and People’s Action are inviting activists to hold Families Belong Together Community Cookouts .

Trump was moved to change his family separation policy because public pressure caused him lose support from his base. There is an important and untold story about the resistance to Trump’s agenda in small towns and cities across the country. A lot of people who live in communities where Trump performed well in the election stand with migrant families. And they are turning their back on Trump on moral grounds.

We’re trying to get 100 Community Cookouts organized in small towns across the country. You can help. We are asking you to bring together friends, family and neighbors to raise money and help migrant families get out of detention and reunited with their children. Community Cookouts will be chance to connect with each other, reflect about why family is so important, learn about what we can do collectively to keep families together and free, and take concrete action.

We are building community and liberating families at the same time. Some people are gathering in their own backyards. Others are cooking out for justice in parks or congregation parking lots. Some will be big, others more intimate. All are important.

The money raised at Community Cookouts will be used to reunite families. Funds will help families post bond for their release from detention and to pay for travel that will bring families back together.

How to sign up as a host

If you want to host a cookout, please sign up on the People’s Action website at

https://www.peoplesaction.org/families-belong-together-community-cookouts

Once you register your event, you’ll be able to invite people through email, Facebook and Twitter. Neighbors will be able to find your event on the event website.

Iowa CCI assistance

Iowa CCI staff will help you along the way. It is the host’s responsibility to handle logistical matters like location, time, and food. But CCI will happily help you with the following:

  • Community Outreach – Once you have established a cookout date (Aug 4th or 5th), time, and location, CCI will send out an invitation to other CCI members in your area.
  • Social Media – CCI will create a Facebook event with all your cookout details, including a registration link so we can track how many folks plan to attend. We’ll share the Facebook event with you so you can share on your personal account.
  • Materials – CCI will send you all the materials you will need to host a successful cookout including sign-in sheets, a large envelope to collect donations, and any other materials you think your guests would need like an action sheet.
  • Reimbursement – CCI does not expect a host to cover all the costs of these cookouts. Feeding folks can get pricey! CCI will reimburse up to $300 of cookout costs. Please be sure to save your receipts and send them back to CCI in the envelope.
  • Preparation – CCI staff will prep you via phone to walk through the program, cookout logistics, and answer any questions you may have.

Donation Information

The funds raised at Community Cookouts across should go directly to organizations that will use the money to reunite families. People’s Action & Iowa CCI recommend that funds raised go to support paying detention bonds and travel funds so that parents can be released and reunited with their children.

The tireless advocates and attorneys working with families who have been ripped apart tell us that the fastest way to reunite parents with their children is to ensure that the parents are not in immigration detention. Typically, bond costs about $1,500 but it can vary from case to case. Thousands of people are stuck in immigration detention simply because they don’t have enough money to pay their bonds. Not only are parents stuck in detention and separated from their children, 84% of people in immigration detention do not have an attorney and have to represent themselves in court. Having an attorney to help them with their case is often life or death for people fleeing for their lives.

Iowa CCI is asking all cookout hosts to donate all proceeds to the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project , a local organization in Iowa that has been supporting immigrant families right here at home.