Criminal Justice Organizer

About Us:

Media Mobilizing Project (MMP), soon to be renamed Movement Alliance Project (MAP), is a vibrant community institution winning power in Philadelphia, organizing around technology as it intersects with race and inequality, and impacting the fight for justice across the country and around the world.

We are a hub for supporting and developing organizing strategies with poor and working people:  strategies that build power for the multi-racial working class in Philadelphia; and we connect and share those lessons in Philly and local-to-locally with other communities across the United States.
Our work is rooted in a belief that storytelling is an organizing practice, and we’ve produced feature films and community media with Black, Brown, immigrant, and poor communities for 15 years. Over that time we’ve built a network of vibrant community organizations struggling for basic human rights in our city.  We’ve also learned first hand that digital technologies can be part of how communities can win justice, or used to limit our human rights and freedom.

Because of our organizing, we’ve forced Comcast to expand internet access to thousands of low income communities in Philly and around the country, we’ve helped build coalitions that ended state governance of our local school district, and we’ve helped pioneer campaigns that reduced mass incarceration and pressured our progressive District Attorney to transform prosecution in our city.

At the root of all our organizing is a clear understanding that technology can connect our people to win power, or surveil, oppress, and alienate our communities as we struggle to survive in this stage in history.

With our new Criminal Justice Organizer hire, we are building on these past efforts, and moving new work that will expand our capacities to further reduce mass incarceration over the long term in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania.

The Job:

Until recently, Philadelphia was the most incarcerated big city in the United States.  Our jails hold thousands of community members who are innocent until proven guilty, but held on bails they can’t afford to pay to secure their release.  At the same time, the Philadelphia police department overpolices Black and brown neighborhoods at high rates, and block policies that push for transparency and accountability to address the massive rates of abuse inside the department.

We are not only contending with the generational impact of mass incarceration and over-policing in our neighborhoods, but also a rise in violence, as well as narratives in the press that aggravate racist portrayals of communities of color and stoke divisive and destructive fear.

Simultaneously, movement organizations are growing in their resistance to policies which over-incarcerate Black and brown communities. From movements to end pretrial incarceration and punishment to ending solitary confinement and death by incarceration in the state to ending the practice of incarcerating children in adult prisons, Philadelphians are working to transform practices which lead to mass incarceration in Philadelphia.

Media Mobilizing Project has been grateful to be a part of many of these efforts.  At a time when fragile gains in the movement to end mass incarceration are threatened by increasing racialized narratives around violence, our new criminal justice organizer will work with community partner organizations to lift up key narratives around violence, harm, and mass incarceration.

This organizer will help bring these narratives into campaign settings that target criminal justice decision-makers, help communities produce their own media to tell stories at the intersection of harm, violence and mass incarceration, and work with partners to help challenge and transform how media covers issues of crime and violence in Philadelphia.  After time spent building trust, we also hope this organizer can help to provide needed coordination and labor supporting the myriad organizations in Philadelphia to coordinate and build more power by working together more closely and strategically.

You can read more about the narrative and community organizing work we hope to undertake here.

Responsibilities:

Media Mobilizing Project is looking for a criminal justice organizer to work with our policy and communications team, as well as with four local community organizations and national partners, on narrative and community organizing at the intersection of harm, violence and mass incarceration.
As the coordinator of this project, you’d work closely with our team to help:

• Convene four community organizations and help them build committees of 15-20 people in four neighborhoods in Philadelphia, to focus on and talk about lived experiences of harm, violence, and engagement with the criminal legal system
• Work with those groups and national partner organizations to help lift those stories into conversations with mainstream media outlets that publish stories around crime, harm, violence, and mass incarceration in Philadelphia
• Develop and support campaigns that center community narratives around violence, harm, policing, and mass incarceration

We are interested in adapting this position for the right person, as MMP grows and looks to build a committed team focusing on these urgent intersectional issues, and we are open to modifying this description for the right person.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to MMP’s mission and vision.
  • Experience organizing individuals to fight for social justice and win concrete gains, and/or demonstrated ability to develop the leadership of poor and working people on a long-term basis.
  • Experience or strong interest in the intersection of technology and racial and economic justice.
  • Experience or strong interest in the movement to end mass incarceration and police accountability.
  • Motivation, discipline, flexibility, discretion, attention to detail, willingness to learn and a sense of humor under pressure.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to build strong professional relationships with everyday Philadelphians, elected officials, organizational leaders, organizational members, board and staff.
  • Ability to problem-solve.  Are you able to balance multiple urgent projects and manage your time?  Do you have experience finding creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems?  Can you help people with conflict inside coalitions move through towards unity? We’d love to hear about that in your application.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities and to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • A strong team player with the ability to take and give direction.
  • Ability to attend some night and weekend meetings and events, and regular access to a car and a valid drivers’ license, and willingness to use these tools, strongly preferred.
  • Willingness to travel to cities and communities across the United States, on average of once every 3 months.
  • Desire to work in an environment that is diverse, fast-paced and community-driven.
  • Experience in managing volunteers and interns.

Salary and benefits:

The Criminal Justice Organizer salary is $48,000 – $52,500 per year based on experience.  Benefits include health care (MMP pays 90%) and generous vacation policy, as well as ample scheduling flexibility.

MMP is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture, because we believe that communities impacted by structural racism and capitalism are best positioned to make powerful interventions to transform our society.

MMP encourages applications from all individuals who think they might be qualified without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, caretaking status of children or elders, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

If we contact you and want more information, our process will be for us to interview you and for us to contact your references, and we will also ask you to complete exercises demonstrating your capacity for executing this position.  Thank you for your interest!

To apply: Please fill out the form below 

Job Application