Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI) is currently seeking a part time Co-Coordinator at 10 hours/week. MERI is an interfaith, multiracial network centering the leadership of Black, Brown, and Muslim (BBM) people and organizing against Islamophobia and racism in NC. Our co-coordinators play a pivotal role in sustaining our work.
Primary responsibilities shared between the co-coordinators are:
- Work with MERI volunteer leaders to coordinate MERI’s working groups: workshop, media, finance, and fundraising.
- Communicate with our network’s partner organizations and individual members, plugging people in and developing new leaders. Work with Steering Committee to organize quarterly network-wide gatherings.
- Coordinate monthly Steering Committee calls. Sit on the Steering Committee, and help lead strategy development as a steering committee member.
- Manage/coordinate social media, website, and e-newsletters.
- Be a point of contact representing MERI to the public, responding to requests for information. Manage the network’s database, adding and updating new contacts.
- Account for expenses and donations for MERI. Coordinate quarterly finance team meetings. Provide finance update during Steering or Quarterly meetings.
- Support the rapid-response work of MERI partner groups, especially BBM partners.
Our ideal candidate will have:
- Strong analysis of Islamophobia in the context of anti-Black racism
- Strong relational organizing and base building skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Good facilitation skills for in-person, phone, and online meetings
- Experience organizing and/or working in Muslim communities
- Experience working in multi-racial, inter-faith, and Black and Brown led coalitions, and ability to work with a multi-class, inter-generational base
- Commitment to challenge patriarchy, homophobia, anti-Black racism, antisemitism, attacks on workers, attacks on immigrants/refugees, and ableism.
This position is 10 hours per week at $20/hour, with an ideal start date of August 1st. To apply, please send a cover letter detailing your interest in working with MERI and any relevant experience, along with a resume to info[at]merinc.org, with “Co-Coordinator Application” in the subject line. Applications due by June 26th. Black, Brown, Muslim, LGBTQI, and others with marginalized identities encouraged to apply.
MERI was founded in early 2015, following several Islamophobic incidents in central NC. Duke University cancelled the Adhan (Muslim call to prayer) from their Chapel tower due to pressure from a right-wing donor; Wake Forest University alumni threatened and attacked Imam Khalid Griggs; and then in Chapel Hill, a white atheist murdered three Muslim-American students, Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha.
While attacks on Muslims in North Carolina escalated, MERI’s founders saw a profound lack of solidarity from progressive communities in the area — in some cases, even an Islamophobic response. We saw how, as the Movement for Black Lives was sweeping the country, Islamophobia acted as a wedge and a distraction to keep the news away from this crucial movement: it only took one news event of a “terrorist attack” to stop all coverage of police violence against Black people and resistance to it.
We founded MERI to make sure that this wouldn’t happen again — that communities across NC could build solidarity to challenge Islamophobia and all forms of racism. Since 2015, our network has come together to change the media narrative about Muslims, challenge Islamophobic speakers and events in our state, stop deportations of Muslim community members, support organizing led by communities most impacted, and build solidarity across race, religion, gender, class, and sexuality to end all forms of systemic oppression.