December 23, 2009
T4America Hiring in Oregon
Transportation for America is hiring a field organizer for Oregon.
The position will be hosted at 1000 Friends of Oregon.
- Convene and provide staff support for a diverse coalition of partners and allies.
- Provide assistance with local education and outreach efforts of Oregon groups.
- Develop educational tools and materials on campaign goals and issues (in coordination with other local coalition partners and other T4America campaign teams).
- Engage in policy advocacy, media outreach and organizing public events.
- Support and strengthen creative partnerships and grassroots transportation reform campaigns in Portland, Eugene and other Oregon cities.
- Build and manage a powerful field operation to mobilize "grasstops" supporters of campaign, including local business leaders, environmental organizations, labor unions, the real estate sector, equity and health groups, elected officials and others.
- Expand the capacity of local and state campaign partners to engage with state and federal leaders on transportation and other related policies.
- Analyze and translate federal policy goals and "best practices" in transportation reform into a Oregon-specific context through outreach to local groups and allies.
Unless some breaking news comes along, this will be my final pre-holiday post, so I'd like to take this opportunity to extend wishes to all our readers for a joyous and safe holiday season!
See you on Monday.
December 23, 2009 8:31 AM
Joseph Santos-Lyons Says:
We look forward to working with this new organizer, and wish Gerik Kransky well in his next endeavors.
December 23, 2009 1:54 PM
Ron Swaren Says:
Transportation for America? Is that part of Organizing for America? Can someone explain what the "national transportation program" is? "Accountability" sounds good.
From their website:
As Congress develops the next transportation authorization, these six priorities should guide them.
1. ESTABLISH ACCOUNTABILITY FOR RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT
The national transportation program should be invested in programs and projects that address pressing national priorities and agencies receiving funds should be accountable for how those funds are spent.
2. INVEST TO COMPETE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
The national transportation program should improve and protect U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. Ensure all Americans have the mobility and access needed to participate fully in a robust economy. Begin addressing our transportation infrastructure crisis by taking better care of what we have already built, bringing our transportation assets into a condition of good repair.
3. INVEST FOR MULTIPLE PAYOFFS IN SOLVING OUR ENERGY, AIR QUALITY, AND CLIMATE CHALLENGES
A core mission of the national transportation program should be to reduce the amount households and businesses spend on transportation, reduce the nation’s dependence on oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
4. REWARD AND SUPPORT SMART LOCAL LAND USE PLANNING
The national transportation program should support land use patterns that create vibrant places with transportation opportunities for all Americans. Our nation can no longer afford to sink money into highway lanes or transit that become overwhelmed or undermined by poorly planned development. We need a more efficient system that rewards communities for developing in smarter, more sustainable ways, reducing energy use and carbon emissions while ensuring the availability of housing affordable to families of all incomes, near job centers and public transit.
5. INVEST FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY
The national program should improve public health and safety. Support safe walking and biking, reduced exposure to vehicle injuries and dirty air. Provide federal funding and direction so that communities may retrofit unsafe urban roads; create complete streets safe for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists; and encourage active living in communities free of harmful levels of vehicle emissions.
6. FIND NEW WAYS TO PAY FOR WHAT WE NEED
New or increased revenue sources for the federal national transportation program should be equitable, consistent with national goals, and sustainable over the long term.