Media & Democracy

Mission: Defend and protect the liberties of individuals throughout our state. We achieve our goals through litigation, advocacy on behalf of individuals, and lobbying. In addition, the ACLU-NJ is active in many public education and community organizing projects.

Website: https://www.aclu-nj.org/

Volunteer page: https://www.aclu-nj.org/act/volunteer/
Volunteer form: https://www.aclu-nj.org/act/volunteer/volunteerinquiryform/
Attorney Volunteer form: https://www.aclu-nj.org/act/volunteer-attorney-form/
Phone: 973-642-2084

What volunteers do:

  • Office (Newark): Answer phones, file, manage mail, and organize and update our databases.
  • Events and Outreach: Table at community events across the state - at street fairs, festivals, parades, meet and greet parties and rallies, and other events.
  • From Home:

Clip newspaper articles that mention civil liberties issues or the ACLU-NJ from local newspapers. 
Write letters to the editor about civil liberties in local papers.
Work with community groups to pass pro-civil liberties resolutions in their communities.
Host house parties for their friends with an ACLU-NJ speaker.

Region: Statewide

Mission: Work to build and represent the global Humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes Humanistic values worldwide. We want everyone to live a life of dignity in a world where universal human rights are respected and protected, and where states uphold secularism.

Website: http://iheu.org/
Volunteer page:
Research: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdc8KFw81R_EjRohWJHkgun-c1RftNtHw3mbRLpymr48fK6jw/viewform
General: http://iheu.org/about/volunteer-with-iheu/
Email: comms@iheu.org
Phone: 201-609-0146    

What volunteers do:

  • Research. A team of researcher volunteers works to keep The Freedom of Thought report (surveys discrimination against the non-religious around the world) up to date on an ongoing basis. Some skills and experience in writing, research, or policy work would be beneficial.
  • Translate. From English to other UN languages.
  • Design. Layout and desktop publishing software experience- benefit.

Region: Statewide

Mission: We are a coalition of candidates and volunteers who are working to elect new people who will reform the political system and enact policies that reflect the will of the People, not special interests.  Each person running in this coalition is pledging to make it easier for you to vote them out next time.  We want democratic representation, not party bosses deciding our elections.

Website:  http://www.newjerseyawakens.com

Volunteer form/page: http://www.newjerseyawakens.com/volunteer

What volunteers do:

  • Webmaster (15 hours per week, keep website looking tidy, add content as needed).
  • Candidate Coordinator (30 hours per week, reach out to interested candidates, keep track of where candidates are running, introduce candidates running in the same geographic area to each other, act as liaison between candidates and state organization).
  • Treasurer (5 hours per week, take training course in Trenton on election compliance (anyone can do it), keep track of donations and expenses, file required reports with ELEC).
  • Community Calendar Coordinator (15 hours per week, search for community festivals and events we can attend, coordinate with volunteers to get voter registration tables at events, keep calendar up to date with NJ Awakens and allied organization events).
  • Volunteer Coordinator South Jersey (15 hours per week, work with county chair to direct volunteers from south New Jersey, act as liaison between county chairs and state organization).
  • Volunteer Coordinator Central Jersey (15 hours per week, work with county chair to direct volunteers from central New Jersey, act as liaison between county chairs and state organization).
  • Volunteer Coordinator North Jersey (15 hours per week, work with county chairs to connect them with volunteers in their area, act as a liaison between county chairs and state organization).
  • Social Media Coordinator (15 hours per week, manage volunteers who sign up to help with social media, approve postings).

Region: Statewide

Mission: A listener-supported, non-commercial radio station.  It is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States. WFMU does not belong to any existing public radio network, and close to 100% of its programming originates at the station. WFMU does not accept underwriting or corporate sponsorships. We receive some support from foundations and government grants, as long as they do not contain conditions that determine our programming content or restrict our independence.

Website: https://wfmu.org/

Volunteer form/page: http://wfmu.org/Help/volunteer.html
Email: Scott williams http://wfmu.org/email.php?id=62&return=%2Fmailus.php
Phone: (201) 521-1416

What volunteers do:

  • Development / Grantwriting.
  • Public Service Announcements.
  • Building help: Volunteers with carpentry, electrical, masonry and other household skills.
  • Broadcast tech / engineering: setting up and maintaining the gear, and help with live band engineering, both on the air and in our performance space, Monty Hall. Some background in audio engineering is necessary here.

Region: Jersey City, Hudson County