The People’s Lobby is a membership-driven organization of people across the Chicago region that work together to build widespread support for public policies and candidates – including people from our communities – that put racial and gender justice and the needs of people and the planet before the interests of corporations and the very rich. We train leaders to build bases of people power in our communities, organize support for progressive legislation, elect candidates and take direct action to pressure elected officials and other powerful people to act in our best interests.
Powerful stories move us to action, challenge our ideas about how the world works and expand our ideas about what is possible. The Communications Director is responsible for ensuring staff and leaders tell powerful stories about our issue and electoral campaigns that inspire our members to take action, reach new audiences with our worldview and ideas, and put pressure on elected officials and other power brokers to act in our best interests.
Using communications to support political education
The People’s Lobby is committed to organizing a multi-racial, working class base in order to challenge and dismantle the system of racial capitalism. In racial capitalism, wealthy people, who are overwhelmingly white, gain wealth, profit, and power from the exploitation and oppression of working class and poor people of all colors. Black, Indigenous, other people of color and women are exploited and oppressed more intensely under racial capitalism, which also makes it difficult to build the multiracial working class power we need to win the universal rights and public goods we all need. Racial and gender inequality are built into the structure of the economy. And race, class, and gender inequality are also advanced through government policies and cultural norms.
The stories and messages we tell should address the intersection of race, class, and gender to help build the multiracial base we need to win. They should also help our members and audiences understand the root causes of our problems, our theory of change, and motivate them to action.
Lead strategic communications on issue and electoral campaigns while supporting basebuilding
Organizing staff and member-leaders are primarily responsible for cutting and running issue campaigns, making electoral endorsements, and executing field work in support of endorsed candidates. The Communications Director is responsible for ensuring every issue and electoral campaign has a core message, a communications strategy, and a plan for developing and activating people. The Communications Director will both do this work directly and train, support, and agitate staff and leaders to develop their communications skills. Key elements of this work include:
Move our messages to hundreds of thousands of people by creating and implementing communications campaigns that move people into action and shift narrative, while coaching TPL staff and member-leaders across campaigns to do that work as well, including:
Other organizational leadership
This is a senior level position at The People’s Lobby. We are seeking someone who demonstrates commitment to:
The People’s Lobby is a membership-driven organization of people across the Chicago region that work together to build widespread support for public policies and candidates – including people from our communities – that put racial and…
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