MORE Justice

Midlands Organized Response for Equality and Justice

We’re Hiring!

MORE Justice will hire a Lead Community Organizer / Executive Director to start in June.  To apply, submit resume along with a cover letter to hannah@thedartcenter.org with the subject line “MORE Justice Lead Organizer Application.”

The organizer will train people of faith to hold political and economic systems accountable for acting fairly. This includes coaching clergy and lay leaders to uncover community problems, research solutions, and organize direct actions to call for change. The organizer will also train grassroots leaders on raising funds from within the organization to maintain independence from outside interests. Finally, the organizer will recruit new congregations into the organization.

MORE Justice is an equal opportunity employer.

Responsibilities

  • train grassroots faith leaders in building strong justice ministry teams within their congregations
  • help leaders conduct research and develop action plans for winnable issue campaigns
  • recruit new leaders and congregations into the organization
  • organize annual 6-8 week fundraising drive
  • train and supervise Associate Organizer staff
  • conduct an average of 8 one-to-one meetings with clergy and lay leaders per week

Qualifications

  • sincere passion for justice
  • strong work ethic
  • proven capacity to build relationships of trust
  • comfort working with religious congregations
  • willingness to be held accountable and hold others accountable
  • flexibility to meet with leaders on weekends and in the evening

Salary $50,000-$55,000 plus benefits.

Preference given to candidates with formal community organizing training or professional organizing experience in a congregational, community, or advocacy setting. Fluency in Spanish a plus.

To Apply

Submit resume along with a cover letter to hannah@thedartcenter.org with the subject line “MORE Justice Lead Organizer Application.”

Background

MORE Justice is a growing coalition of 33 congregations which are culturally, economically, racially, geographically and religiously diverse – coming together to fulfill our scriptural mandate to “do justice” and make the Central Midlands a more just place for all people.

Our mission is to powerfully address serious community wide problems through direct action. We will accomplish this by identifying a problem, doing research, educating the public, and publicly addressing the root causes of poverty and injustice in our communities. MORE Justice is unique in its approach in that it transforms the systems that cause suffering by holding local officials accountable for resolving these inequities and injustices.

During our first year as an organization, more than 500 people came together and voted to prioritize mental health and education for research and action. After several months of research and building the power of organized people, MORE Justice members turned out more than 1,300 people to our inaugural Nehemiah Action. There, we pressed local law enforcement to certify all officers in Crisis Intervention Training, or CIT, by April of 2021. In the face of such broad community support, both Columbia PD and Richland County Sheriff’s Department committed to do just that. Now, a year and a half later, Columbia PD has gone from only eight CIT certified officers, to more than 140 CIT certified officers (nearly 40% of the entire department)! Due to our continued and persistent follow-up, Richland County Sheriff’s Department has also certified another 90 deputies in CIT. Now, due to our power of people, our officers will be better prepared to safely and successfully interact with those in our community with mental illness and deescalate situations.

 In the fall of 2018, hundreds of community members came together and prioritized Affordable Housing for research and action, and in November 2019, more than 550 MORE Justice members voted to add gun violence to our organizational priorities.

We continue to monitor the implementation of Crisis Intervention Training. We are also pushing for increased transparency and proven practices to disrupt the school to prison pipeline in local school districts, and for an Affordable Housing Trust Fund with dedicated funding that will spur the creation of hundreds of affordable housing units every year.

What do we want?! MORE Justice!

 

Contact Us

709 Gabriel Street
Columbia, SC 29203
www.morejusticecolumbia.org

Kayla Gilchrist
Lead Organizer
(320) 219-2449