Michigan Liberation Volunteer Intake Form
** Recruiting Volunteers for Direct Action Support and Remote Opportunities **
Michigan Liberation, in coalition with the Detroit Bail Project and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), is requesting volunteer support for an array of both in-person, direct action and remote roles.
OUR VOLUNTEER NEEDS
> DIRECT ACTION STREET SUPPORT.
This includes: de-escalating tense situations with counter-protesters and cops; observing/recording police during escalation and arrests; getting legal names and birthdays of protesters who are arrested (with their consent); handing out supplies; and coordinating with other support teams.
> JAIL SUPPORT.
This includes: providing water, snacks, care, rides, and information to protesters who are arrested; and collecting information from protesters as they are released.
> ART BUILD/FLYERING/TABLING SUPPORT.
This includes: planning and facilitating community-based art projects in public spaces; passing out flyers before or at direct actions; and/or tabling at an action to provide information or pass out flyers, supplies, etc.
> MOBILE UNITS.
This includes: supply drop-offs, rides, and mobile ground support for direct actions.
> PHONE/TEXT BANKERS.
This includes: reaching out to community members via remote phone or text banking.
> REMOTE SUPPORT.
This includes: organizing data, making vetting calls, monitoring social media and live feeds, and sharing information remotely.
> POLICY ADVOCACY.
This includes: gathering information from the most-impacted people to craft demands for policymakers; working on phone zaps, letter writing campaigns, email campaigns, etc. to advocate for policy change; supporting information campaigns to garner support for policy demands and tactics.
> NEIGHBORHOOD CARE SUPPORT.
This includes: delivering food or other COVID relief supplies to high-risk community members; distributing masks; supporting existing mutual aid efforts in metro Detroit neighborhoods.
We need volunteers who are calm and do well under intense conditions for the Street Team. We need volunteers who are down to be up late and provide care on the Jail Team. If you have any special training or skills (medical, legal, mental health, etc.), please indicate this on the form.
You will undergo a vetting process that includes a phone call prior to being onboarded as a volunteer to ensure the safety and security of our teams. We will prioritize people joining this effort who have a confirmed existing relationship to Michigan Liberation, NLG, the Detroit Bail Project, or other coalition orgs. Training is provided for all roles.
If you consent, we will ask for your legal name and date of birth in case of arrest, and we will offer support, including legal support, if you are arrested while volunteering.
PLEASE NOTE: We are overwhelmed by the number of people interested in volunteering. We are currently backlogged, so thank you for your patience as we vet and onboard new volunteers!