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Led by Salmon Habib, Harvard College Peace Action received official recognition spring of 2016. They have engaged in regular meetings throughout the year and remain focused on nuclear abolition. They sponsored a talk featuring Ted Postol, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy at MIT, wrote a pamphlet, and distributed warnings against nuclear weapons.
Student Organizer Sara Ciochetti became the new president of Emmanuel Peace Action in the spring of 2017. EPA has already achieved recognition and has held multiple events and opportunities. Alongside fundraising and tabling for awareness, EPA is currently focused on power mapping activities for the fall of 2017.
Haleigh Copley and Ashton Stephens lead the Tufts Peace Action chapter. A fully recognized club, TPA members meet weekly and divide responsibilities among a focused executive board. TPA events include an Open Mic Night raising funds for women’s uplift, a co-sponsored art night with Tufts’ Arts and Amnesty group, and a speaker event featuring MIT Prof. Max Tegmark.
Brandeis Peace Action is led by Maggie Ziegel and Marie Alegria. BPA achieved official recognition in fall of 2016! Since then, they have engaged in regular meetings featuring speakers on nuclear abolition and other key issues, and are currently working with the Every Campus a Refuge movement.
Boston College Peace Action
Ally Magee and Sabrina Zafar are co-presidents of BC Peace Action, our newest chapter currently working towards recognition. Other highlights include a partnership with Boston College’s Human Rights chapter and multiple small-scale speaker events. Many of BPA’s members joined PANYS at their New York Conference in spring of 2017.
MAPA student board member Jennifer Horsburgh leads NNPA, which received official recognition in the spring of 2016. Jennifer leads meetings focused on the history of US foreign policy. In May, NNPA partnered with Newton South Peace Action and MAPA’s Middle East working group to hold “Windows into Syria”, an event focused on the Syrian refugee crisis. Featuring various peace leaders, the event raised awareness and donations, and built activism.
High school junior Kimia Tabatabaei initiated Newton South Peace Action, which received official recognition in spring of 2016. Alongside “Windows into Syria”, NSPA has held regular meetings, created activist buttons, and hosted school events including a fundraising bake-sale. This fall, NSPA hosted a speaker event featuring Reese Erlich and Angela Kelly, which drew over a hundred students.
“It brings me joy to see students be so passionate about what they believe in and it gives me hope that with this passion many issues going on domestically and internationally will be addressed in this generation… I feel privileged to be a part of an organization that never stops pushing for collective action and initiatives for the common good.”
Organize a Chapter on YOUR CAMPUS!
Are you a student at another school, not listed above?
Do you want to gain experience in project management, communications, and political work?
Do you want to get involved with the largest grassroots peace organization in the country?
If you answered yes to these questions then the Massachusetts Peace Action Student Organizer Internship is the ideal next step!
Internship Description and Expectations:
The student organizer leads efforts to identify, motivate, and organize students to create and develop a Peace Action student chapter on their campus. Responsibilities:
- Organize a recognized Peace Action chapter or Peace and Justice Club at your school
- Identify students, faculty, and existing groups interested in your initiative
- Register the club as an official campus organization
- Schedule, organize and hold meetings to develop members’ engagement and make plans
- Lead the club to organize events and campaigns on your campus – You may participate in state or national Peace Action campaigns or create your own!
- Design and circulate promotional materials
- Build relationships with other community activists, like minded organizations, and Peace Action members
- Use social media to advance your campaign
What you get from us:
- Freedom in choosing an issue or issues (together with your club members) that reflects your commitment to peace
- Guidance in grassroots organization, networking, and educating
- Campaign templates that will ensure your success in creating original materials
- A 50-page manual to get your club started
- Access to state and national networks of peace activists
- Experience in public policy/advocacy
- The internship is unpaid, but a $300 stipend is awarded at the end of each academic term.
- May receive academic credit depending on the policies of the college or university
- Undergraduate or high school student in a Massachusetts institution
- Desire to organize students for peace and social change, leadership, and/or advocacy
- Strong writing and communication skills
- Knowledge of utilizing social media to advance a campaign or strategy
- Ability to work both independently and creatively
Send resume, letter of interest, and writing sample to Caitlin Forbes, Campus Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.