Open Leadership Positions
Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform is seeking physicians to fill open leadership positions on our team. Available positions include:
- Finance Committee Chair
- Research Committee Chair
- Partner Organization Liaison
- Local Organizer Chair
For Medical Students:
- Finance Committee Assistant
- Research Committee Assistant
- Membership Committee Assistant
- Local Organizing Chair
- Offer the opportunity to work with an engaged leadership team and established physician-activists on the most critical civil rights issue of our time
- Are unpaid volunteer positions
- Require a minimum commitment of 1 year
Want to apply for a position?
Local Organizing Chair:
- Conduct research on your state for PfCJR’s policy map
- Develop partnerships with other like-minded organizations
- Conduct PfCJR member engagement in your state
More information here !
Taskforce Directors/Assistant Directors:
- Work with the Membership Committee to recruit members and fellows to the Taskforce
- Work with the Research Committee to generate at least one white paper per quarter from their Taskforce
- Identify 3 experts within their Taskforce to become members of the PfCJR Speakers Bureau (see more)
- Identify 3 experts within their Taskforce to become members of the PfCJR Writers Bureau (see more)
- Provide the Public Relations Committee with links to Speakers Bureau events, Op-Eds, announcements of new partnerships, relevant content for posting across media platforms
- Identify and engage at least 1 new partner organization and partner liaison in the first year, and maintaining those relationships thereafter
- Report status/progress of the Taskforce at each Board Meeting
- Implement other initiatives that advocate reform on the assigned Core Issue as appropriate
- Become a member either of the Speakers Bureau or Writers Bureau
- Engage committee members each month by providing Taskforce Updates for the PfCJR monthly newsletter
- Hold committee meetings no less than quarterly to update and report progress on initiatives
- Provide the Social Media Committee with links to relevant content for posting across media platforms
- Contribute a Committee Update to the Quarterly PfCJR Newsletter
- Report status/progress of the Committee at each Board Meeting
- Implement other initiatives that advocate reform on Core Issues as appropriate
- The Finance Committee, chaired by the PfCJR Treasurer, is responsible for managing and monitoring the fiscal activities of PfCJR including accounting for revenues and expenditures, developing an annual budget, providing monthly budget reports to the Board of Directors, filing taxes annually and ensuring compliance with all laws and regulations for 501c3 organizations.
- The Research Committee is responsible for identifying and centralizing research related to PfCJR’s Core Issues by disseminating findings to the PfCJR membership and public, and supporting Taskforces and Partner Liaisons with literature searches and white papers on Core Issues.
Joe Biden vs. Cory Booker on criminal justice reform and decriminalization of marijuana
Why is decriminalization of marijuana an important issue in criminal reform? How do Biden and Booker’s different platforms address this issue?
BOOKER: Argues Joe Biden was ‘architect’ of criminal justice system
Politico: “Sen. Cory Booker on Tuesday blamed Joe Biden for what he called a “failed” criminal justice system, dismissing the former vice president’s new plan to combat mass incarceration and escalating a weeks-long dispute between the pair.” Booker argues that his plan is more “comprehensive” and capable of creating “transformative change.”
BIDEN: Scrutinized for Crime Bill, Unveils Plan to Reduce Mass Incarceration
New York Times: “Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose long record on criminal justice matters has cast a shadow over the early months of his presidential campaign, has unveiled a comprehensive plan aimed at combating mass incarceration and reducing “racial, gender and income-based disparities in the system.”
Would the Second Look Amendment Act help or harm the criminal justice system? If passed, what effects would the bill have on public health and juvenile justice?
JAMES FORMAN JR: Justice Sometimes Needs A Do-Over
The Washington Post: Forman Jr. argues that the Second Look Amendment Act “offers a promising corrective to the harsh — and ineffective — practices once commonplace in courthouses across America. The bill gives the D.C. Council a chance to restore a measure of fairness to a criminal system often lacking it. If the council is willing to embrace reason over fearmongering, I am confident the Second Look Amendment Act will be recognized as another proud accomplishment.”
THE POST: D.C. Has Gone Too Far on Justice Reforms
The Washington Post: The Post argues that the Second Look Act would be harmful to the criminal justice system. “Out the window would go transparency and truth in sentencing — the assurance to victims and the community that punishment is what it appears to be. By discouraging judges from considering the original crime when they weigh reducing sentences, the council is putting the public at increased risk, unnecessarily.”
Not sure how to write an op-ed?
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This webinar was co-hosted by one of our partners, Doctors For America, and Families USA.
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