Mass Freedom Organizer (Contractor)

Position Title: Mass Freedom Organizer (Contractor)

Position Location: Remote, Oakland or New York

Department: Movement & Capacity Building


About Race Forward:

In 2017 Race Forward united with the Center for Social Inclusion to become the new Race Forward. Since 1981, Race Forward has brought a systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. With increased capacity as a joined organization, Race Forward catalyzes community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all.

The new Race Forward is home to Mass Freedom, a cross movement, race explicit initiative to bridge and strengthen anti-criminalization campaigns and efforts across the country. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice. The new Race Forward is also home to the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities.

Position Summary:

The long-term goal of the Mass Freedom project is to bridge the movements to end mass incarceration and mass deportation towards a more unified and strengthened racial justice movement in service of multiracial systemic solutions against the carceral state.


Mass Freedom is an organization wide initiative, conceptualized as a national intervention and opportunity to bridge movements to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization, including deportations, to create greater alignment, cohesive cross movement strategy and race explicit - systemic solutions that are rooted in an abolitionist framework that recognizes that we must constantly be in the practice of creating the conditions we will need in order to exist without cages. The purpose of Mass Freedom is to actualize the transformation of our current conditions. This political moment, and our movements require an opportunity to innovate, strengthen and cultivate collective strategies that will bring us closer to liberation.


The Organizing Fellow will work closely with the Senior Director of Movement & Capacity Building to create regional clusters of organizations working within and across anti-criminalization organizations in order to:

  • Grow and strengthen race explicit, cross movement solidarity
  • Build out local, regional and national strategies to end mass criminalization
  • Amplify and uplift the work of grass roots organizations and leaders

Key Responsibilities:

  • Schedule & Co-Facilitate Regional Cluster Calls
  • Support in logistics for Regional Cluster Gatherings
  • Build Relationships with grass roots organizations across the country
  • Co-Create content for regional cluster call agenda’s and gatherings with Senior Director of Movement & Capacity Building.
  • Find opportunities for intentional cross organizational & cross movement collaboration
  • Support in project evaluation
  • Create structure for regional cluster calls
  • Complete all follow up and next steps from regional cluster calls and gatherings
  • General project management support


  • Ability to organize across distance
  • Familiarity with online meeting platforms like Zoom
  • Ability to facilitate digital & in-person, small and large gatherings
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Effective and timely communications with cluster members, co-workers, supervisor and others to ensure the timely, strategic and successful completion of work.
  • Listens effectively, seeks and accepts feedback, open to learning and growing.
  • Is an analytic, thoughtful and strategic thinking actor, considering the mission, objectives, work plans and goals of Race Forward’s work and demonstrating an understanding of the impact of their decisions and behavior on the overall success of the initiative.
  • Seeks out advice, counsel and permission appropriately, but is not afraid to act when it is required to be effective.
  • Team oriented with the ability to work well remotely, and independently



  • At least 2 years’ experience in grass roots BIPOC led organizing
  • Deep analysis of and demonstrated dedication to anti-criminalization, Racial and Gender Justice movements
  • Experience in forming and supporting coalitions
  • Lived experience of being impacted by Mass Criminalization
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to handle multiple projects at once
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize information quickly and identify opportunities to streamline processes


Part Time: $25.00 Per Hour (20 Hours per week)

This is a limited, 1- year position, classified as an independent contractor. There may be an option to renew at the conclusion of year one.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, references and personal statement (not to exceed three paragraphs) about why you believe our people deserve to live free from cages to with the subject: Mass Freedom Organizer. The application deadline is 8/9/2019.