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The Gathering for Justice

Policy and Contract Review and Creation

Building a strong infrastructure that centers inclusion

Posted January 20, 2021

Background & Context

Supporting to build infrastructure and procedural documents and statements will provide some of the framework we need to scale and grow. We need to strengthen our documentation, including policies, protocols and templates. We have engaged legal support on an occasional basis but now need to be intentional about creating a comprehensive set of organizational policies that can grow with the organization. This support will allow us to continue on the path to develop a comprehensive and necessary structure for internal governance.

Work & Deliverables

Review current documentationCreate/amend policies and statements as necessary to meet all state and federal guidelines - Conflict of interest, Whistle blower protection, record retention and destructionCreate/amend contract templates - contractor agreement, MOUs, fiscal sponsorship agreement, honorarium agreement, contractor amendment, offer letter, separation agreement, confidentiality agreement, etcCreate/amend other HR policies

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Work planning
  • Data collections
  • Understanding the the project

Collaboration Phase

  • Amendment and creation of new documents
  • Review of documents

Wrap Up

  • Editing and project close out
  • Sharing of all information

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 21+ hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
The Gathering for Justice

The Gathering for Justice’s mission is to build a movement to end child incarceration while working to eliminate the racial inequities that permeate the justice system. The Gathering for Justice is a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte in 2005. Led since 2010 by Executive Director Carmen Perez, The Gathering utilizes Kingian nonviolence as a social application for change and civic engagement. The organization is unique in that we provide direct services, engage artists and cultural leaders as foot soldiers in grassroots mobilization, and consult and advise on legislative and policy initiatives while organizing in local and national communities – all to sustain and build this Movement, the essence of which is grounded in the Movement for Racial Equality. Since 2013, The Gathering has been building justice initiatives on multiple fronts. Our work includes leading policy initiatives for police accountability; bringing in individuals and groups from diverse communities to organize as a ‘family coalition’ in order to capitalize on our combined power and build the agenda for sustained black and brown liberation; being the catalyst for the re-introduction of federal legislation to end racial profiling and stop the militarization of law enforcement; engaging a serious and sustained effort for Raise the Age in NY State; and creating a blueprint – in the form of a substantive list of demands – for criminal justice redress and accountability for NY City and State. The Gathering for Justice follows a set of guiding principles. We stand on the radical shoulders of Civil Rights leaders and elders like our Founder Harry Belafonte, who was educated in radical thought by Paul Robeson. We ground ourselves in Kingnian nonviolence because we understand the power of nonviolence as a tactic in the struggle for social justice. Accepting that nonviolence is not passive, but is a strength-based tactic helps The Gathering and Justice League maintain integrity in an environment often fraught with internal struggles for identity and messaging. We are grounded in methodology. We’ve got a lot of work to do. The nation needs us, now, to change the unjust systems that have shackled our youth for generations. Never in our lifetime has there been a more urgent call for Justice and Equality. We see the hopeful signs of change coming – and we know we cannot take our eyes off the road for even a moment – for the moment is right now. The Gathering for Justice is the Movement.

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