Overview

THE ORGANIZATION: TakeAction Minnesota is a multiracial people’s organization that brings democracy alive in communities across our state. We connect individuals and organizations to each other, creating a powerful force that makes change happen where it wasn’t possible before. Since its founding 14 years ago, TakeAction Minnesota has grown its breadth and depth. Our membership has grown 10-fold and touches every legislative district in the state. Our social media presence is robust. Our grassroots leadership is well-trained and shapes and implements the strategy of our various campaigns. As a result, TakeAction Minnesota has a track record of shifting the political landscape, advancing democracy and justice through bold policy campaigns, grassroots organizing, leadership development, movement politics, and strategic communications.

POSITION SUMMARY:
TakeAction Minnesota is seeking 1-3 fellows to build local corporate and issue-based campaigns for Green New Deal style demands as part of our current 2023 campaigns. This hourly temporary position will be for 5-20 hours a week, starting before February 1st and ending between April 15- June 1st, depending on the Fellow’s preference.

CAMPAIGNS:
The People’s Plan
This is the campaign run by the Just Transition Coalition (Unidos, Local 26, MN350, Take Action, ISAIAH, MN EJ Table, Black Visions Collective, Sierra Club) to confront the City’s Climate Action Plan this February + March to win three things in the Minneapolis People’s Climate and Equity Plan:
The Just Transition Fund: A $110 million funding mechanism that puts the costs on corporations/polluters.
The Plan: transformative changing buildings, housing, work force and transportation in Minneapolis.
Community Control: a governance model that allows community members + experts to decide where the money goes instead of the city government.

Buildings and Blocks 
The “buildings and blocks” pilot is Take Action’s approach to longer term base building (the next 5 years). We are working to build  “neighborhood unions” comprised of community members holding leadership for their city block or tenant building in order to build networks of hyper-local organizing to build their own or a combination of survival (resiliency in the absence of government support) and governing power (building at “every level” of civic life — within the self, the household/community, the neighborhood and then the government — the skills of multi-racial and socialist governance).  This combination of networks of survival and contesting for governing power was called “Dual Power” by Lenin. The Buildings and Blocks organizers will lead in building a solidarity economy across the state in the absence of government response to the climate crisis.

Amazon Campaign
Amazon workers and drivers are organizing to demand worker safety, healthcare, housing justice and broader climate demands. This campaign is not only important for the material conditions of workers but also the beginning of building a public opposition to the expansion of Amazon into the great north which has led to increased surveillance, depletion of resources/increased costs of electricity and water for residents, expensive tax breaks and significant damages to workers health and safety in other geographies where the company has expanded.

Participants will:

  • Join political education training about movement building, base building, climate justice campaigning, facilitation and training skills, storytelling and building narrative/mythic power.
  • Hold 1:1s with new members
  • Support TAMN’s current climate campaigns including strikes, direct actions, relational organizing, outreach, trainings and art builds.

Responsibilities include:

  • Running social media/digital organizing tools
  • Leading art builds and movement art actions
  • Making graphic designs or propaganda to connect the campaign to the public
  • Communications or Spokesperson training with local media

AN IDEAL CANDIDATE IS COMMITTED TO (OR HAS EXPERIENCE)

  • Honing and developing their organizing skills around moral protest, escalation, and structure-based organizing
  • Fostering a healthy culture committed to practices that center justice, healing, anti-oppression, and equity.
  • Leading from a place of vulnerability. Builds genuine and honest relationships by delivering and receiving feedback early and often
  • Comfortable making cold calls, canvassing, and doing class visits
  • Learning to diagnosis and discern organizing challenges
  • Ability to work with a diverse team and set of leaders
  • Learning to communicate personal stake in the work and support leaders to explore and communicate their own personal stake
  • Identifying other leaders and delegates responsibility
  • Experience on an electoral campaign (preferred, but not required)
  • Experiences as an action lead (preferred, but not required)
  • Knowledge of social media, communication strategy, and press (preferred, but not required)

Other Expectations:

  • Fellows must be based within Twin Cities or have the transportation/flexibility to organize within the city.
  • Fellows will be required to participate in a minimum of 6 hours of community outreach each week
  • Participants will need to have access to a computer in order to participate in virtual meetings/training. (If this is a barrier to participation in the fellowship, please let us know and we work to accommodate.)

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.

SALARY/BENEFITS/OTHER INFORMATION

  • Salary: $20.00/hr
  • Monthly reimbursement of $50.00 for cellphone and technology use
  • 0.0385 hours of sick and safe leave for each hour worked
  • This position is NOT a member of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild.

REPORTS TO & LOCATION

  • This position reports directly to the Senior Climate Organizer.
  • This position is located in our St. Paul office, but may be required to occasionally travel.  In response to COVID-19, all employees are resourced to work from home or under a hybrid model temporarily.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please apply on TakeAction Minnesota’s site. Click the blue “Apply for this Position” button down below.  Applications will be reviewed for ideas, not grammar or typos.  Please keep responses to under 300 words.  If you prefer to submit your responses via voice memo, please complete the form in “Apply for this Position” and then signal message your three voice memos to 503-349-1561 and share your name and email address so we can connect them to your application.  Candidates will be notified of interviews by EOD Monday, December 5th.

To apply for this job email your details to kalyn@takeactionminnesota.org