Announcing Job Opening: Just Transition/Climate Justice Organizer

Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) is hiring!

Position Announcement: Just Transition/Climate Justice Organizer

MORE is a five-year old organization that has traditionally worked at the intersection of economic, climate and racial justice. MORE is a multi-racial organization of low- and moderate-income people building power to fight back against capitalism and create the just, sustainable world in which we want to live. MORE comes out of a long tradition of community organizing that works to develop leadership and spokespeople out of low-income communities and communities of color. MORE has traditionally worked on campaigns fighting home foreclosures and challenging corporate tax breaks.  Recently more has taken up significant work around decarceration and abolishing the St. Louis municipal court system, and creating a local solidarity economy table. Since the murder of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, MORE has also been active in supporting the movement led by young Black people on the streets of Ferguson by setting up the St. Louis Legal Collective, hosting direct action trainings and other various pieces of movement support.

Climate justice work has been a very important part of MORE since its founding. St. Louis is the corporate headquarters of 4 coal companies -- including Peabody Coal, the world’s largest. These companies help set monetary policy for the region and extract large amounts of tax dollars from public services in the city, including the St. Louis Public Schools. Meanwhile, the City of St. Louis has about 10,000 city-owned vacant lots that could be transformed into large-scale urban gardens, renewable energy production sites or other sustainable economy projects.

The movement that erupted after the murder of Michael Brown has put the economic inequality and structural racism of St. Louis in the limelight. We are looking for an organizer committed to just transition and climate justice work to develop campaigns that build a base of climate justice activists, confront the corporate control of the city and, ultimately change the development paradigm of the city to be around just transition work.

Duties of this position:

  • Developing a just transition campaign to move resources into green jobs and other sustainable economy projects

  • Working with Solidarity Economy St. Louis and other like-minded groups to build capacity for alternative sustainable economics

  • Basebuilding including doorknocking to identify activists interested in just transition work

  • General support for MORE’s campaign work, the fight against Peabody and coal and environmental/climate justice movement support

Ideal attributes of a candidate include:

  • 2+ years of organizing experience, with some experience in climate justice or just transition work, basebuilding and direct action

  • Experience organizing in low-income and communities of color

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Access to a car

  • Willingness to work in high-intensity situations

Position is based in St. Louis, MO and salary is DOE and competitive with other community organizations in the St. Louis Region. The position includes, healthcare, dental and vision benefits. People of Color, women and queer folks highly encouraged to apply.

Send resume and cover letter to Arielle Klagsbrun, arielle@organizemo.org.

 

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