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Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc. (CCC) Seeks Communications Associate (NYC)

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc. (CCC) is a 74-year old non-profit, child advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure that every New York child is healthy, housed, educated and safe. Our unique approach to child advocacy is fact-based and relies on partnerships between our professional staff and our lay and professional volunteers. Reporting to the Associate Executive Director for Communications and Civic Engagement, the Communications Associate will be responsible for managing CCC’s integrated communications strategy which includes CCC’s online communications, web site, blog, social media and e-action network, as well as supporting CCC’s volunteer engagement, media, and marketing efforts. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated team player willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed aimed at educating and engaging New Yorkers in CCC’s efforts to make the city a better place for children.


Digital Content Management 

  • Performing ongoing content and design updates for CCC’s web site (org), writing and editing blogs, and developing related content for new and existing pages of the site;
  • Writing, designing, HTML coding and deploying ongoing email communications, including newsletters, event invitations, policy and research updates;
  • Collaborating with staff to identify, write and design daily posts across CCC’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram);
  • Establishing and maintaining an editorial calendar, a web analytics process, and social listening process across all platforms.
  • Staying up to date on best practices for the various tools that CCC uses to operate its online communications platforms,

Mobilization & Engagement

  • Planning and coordinating communications efforts aimed at expanding CCC’s network and increasing engagement through its social media platforms and e-action network;
  • Exploring new opportunities to incorporate photos, videos and other interactive media into CCC’s communications strategies; exploring the potential of new platforms, such as LinkedIn and SMS texting technology for surveys;
  • Collaborating with CCC staff and partners to organize periodic social media days of action, call-in days, e-advocacy campaigns, etc.
  • Assisting in the communication and coordination for CCC community education events and advocacy opportunities such as Policy Briefings, advocacy days, volunteer engagement workshops, and other activities to be developed; managing outreach, attendance and other tasks as needed.

Public Relations & Marketing

  • Reviewing key NYC media outlets each morning to identify news stories that will inform and support CCC’s media outreach, social media and research and advocacy.
  • Assisting in the writing and distribution of press releases, media pitches, and other media outreach activities and helping to coordinate CCC’s response to inquiries from PR consultants, press and student journalists.
  • Developing and coordinating distribution strategies of CCC’s reports and publications both electronically and in hard copy.
  • Collaborating with staff across CCC to develop talking points, remarks, presentations, etc for media outreach, events, conferences, and other public appearances.
  • Working in collaboration with CCC’s Communications and Development teams to develop print materials about CCC, including annual reports, fact sheets, cultivation packets, presentations, and more.
  • Support the work of the Development team to plan, promote and execute CCC’s annual benefits and other fundraising activities including the Celebration BreakfastCCC Celebrates at MoMA and the year-end appeal.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism or another relevant field.
  • Minimum of three years of applicable post-degree experience, preferably working in the field of advocacy, public affairs and/or communications or digital communications.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, including ability to receive and respond professionally to feedback on drafts of written documents.
  • Excellent writing, editing and oral presentation skills in English. Additional fluency in Spanish or another language (g., Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Urdu) preferred.
  • Experience with social media messaging and online communications platforms, and design tools such as WordPress, Salsa, and/or similar software necessary; experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics and Google Ads.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud (including Photoshop, InDesign), and/or data visualization tools, such as Tableau, a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to child and family issues.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to Lorraine Tate, Executive Assistant,

Citizens’ Committee for Children is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disabling condition.

NYSUT Seeks Press Secretary (Latham, New York)

NYSUT one of the largest public employee unions in the country – is seeking an experienced Press Secretary to lead the union’s media relations efforts. As Press Secretary, you will implement NYSUT’s media strategy, serve as our chief on-the-record spokesperson, cultivate and manage relationships with the members of the media, ensure effective rapid response and crisis communications management, draft op-eds and talking points for our officers, help advance our message on social media, and help train local unions and leaders to identify positive stories and interact with news outlets.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements a strategic messaging and media strategies designed to advance NYSUT’s policies and priorities.  Pitches stories to media outlets.
  • Takes incoming inquiries from reporters and works with policy experts, our officers and other key stakeholders to coordinate response.
  • Prepares talking points for officers, activists and other leaders involved in our earned media efforts.
  • Drafts, revises and edits press releases, statements, op-eds, briefings and earned media plans.
  • Distributes statements and materials to media, actively pitching, booking NYSUT officers and leaders.
  • Helps maintain NYSUT’s press lists and relationships with reporters.
  • Staff’s NYSUT officers and other leaders during earned media events.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field a minimum of 5 years of experience.
  • Experience pitching media and strong relationships with producers and reporters strongly preferred. Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Experience with social media and integrated digital communications.
  • Statewide Travel is required.

Position is located in Latham, New York

Please send resume and cover letter to NYSUT: by December 12, 2018


New York State United Teachers is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, NEA, AFL-CIO, Representing teachers and other professionals, school related professionals, higher education professionals, health care professionals and retirees.

New Labor Forum Highlights: December 3rd, 2018

The New Labor Forum has a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

With this installment of the New Labor Forum newsletter, we take a break from our bi-weekly offering of free articles, reports, videos, and poems. This holiday season, we ask you to support the journal by taking out a gift subscription now for a friend and subscribe or re-up yourself for 2019!  This month, subscribers will also receive a free back issue of New Labor Forum from 2018.

The journal has a long and proud history of publishing the work of cutting-edge labor activists, first-rate scholars, and journalists who debate and discuss the full range of issues confronting workers and working-class communities. Highlights from the January 2019 issue provide manifest proof of that:

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Shoshana Zuboff’s Surveillance Capitalism and the Challenge of Collective Actionwill present an extended essay summation of her forthcoming book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.  Zuboff theorizes how surveillance capitalism opens up a whole new era in capital accumulation.  Relying on a process of primitive accumulation, which has always been characteristic of capitalism, it extends capital’s reach beyond nature and human labor into the interior, intimate life of human beings, by tracking, manipulating, and trading in human behavior.  She calls the new system the “Big Other” and ponders what new forms of collective resistance might emerge to challenge the dominion of surveillance capitalism.

In Renewing Working-Class Internationalism, Aziz Rana will reckon with the fact that, for some time now, the new left as a whole, pre-occupied with domestic political issues, has failed to offer an alternative vision of a left foreign policy.  His article will suggest what a left foreign policy should entail, urging progressives to break through the artificial division between domestic and foreign affairs, arguing − as did social democrats of yesteryear − that the dominion of capital at home depends on its political and economic over-lordship throughout the rest of the world.

Ted Fertik will offer provocative answers to the question What Did the Midterms Tell Us About the Future of the Electoral Left?  Presenting an anatomy of the left’s electoral coalition,  he’ll take a stab at assessing the prospects for “multiracial left populism.”

And in Sex Work Is Work, Riley Renegade, a sex worker and organizer, will pan the trepidation of feminists and labor organizers to accept this form of labor that far predates capitalism.  She describes both the harmfully exploitative and the rewarding nature of work in her segment of this multi-billion dollar industry.

Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) Seeks Tenant Coordinator (NYC)

Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) is seeking a Tenant Coordinator to oversee communications and outreach to tenants living in our buildings of affordable and supportive housing in Washington Heights, New York. This position is an opportunity to work on-the-ground with tenants at a deeply-rooted community-based organization in order to promote homeownership and preserve affordable housing for low-income families in NYC.


Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) is a 65 year-old multi-faceted community development and service organization dedicated to supporting and empowering the economically disadvantaged residents of Inwood, Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights. Our mission is to provide the knowledge, resources, and opportunities our residents need to empower themselves and their community. Our work encompasses advocacy, organizing and the providing of services related to decent affordable housing, education, health, youth services and neighborhood improvement. Since our inception in 1952, CLOTH has grown from an all-volunteer agency focused on the youth of Washington Heights to an influential community development corporation. CLOTH offers an array of services including an after school program, a middle and high school for 690 students annually, a food pantry that feeds 400 families a week, and a technology center that provides workforce development, adult education classes and access to computers.

In addition to our health and education community-based programs, CLOTH is a highly experienced developer of affordable housing. CLOTH’s housing portfolio currently includes 36 properties with a total of 557 units located in the neighborhoods of Inwood, Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights. Our properties serve a variety of different populations including the formerly homeless, youth aging out of foster care, those with chronic mental illness, the elderly, and families. As part of developing and managing affordable housing, CLOTH engages with tenants in a variety of ways, including setting up tenant associations, helping tenants apply and recertify for Section 8 housing vouchers, relocating tenants during construction for the redevelopment of their buildings, and facilitating homeownership among tenants through the conversion of rental buildings into low-income co-ops. The Tenant Coordinator oversees these and other aspects of tenant engagement and communication at CLOTH.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

The Tenant Coordinator will report to the Director of Housing and Real Estate Development at CLOTH and will be responsible for overseeing communications and outreach to tenants in our buildings of affordable and supportive housing. The Tenant Coordinator is the main point of contact between our tenants and the organization. Therefore the Tenant Coordinator must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and should be comfortable talking with diverse groups of people.

Currently, we have two projects in the development pipeline that will convert city-owned rental properties into low-income co-ops, providing a means of homeownership for low-income tenants and
preserving the long-term affordability of the units. The process of co-op conversion however can be complicated; we are specifically looking for a tenant coordinator who can help guide tenants through the process and assist them in successfully owning and managing their building as a co-op.

Other responsibilities include the following

 Setting up tenant associations
 Assisting tenants in applying and recertifying for Section 8 housing vouchers
 Finding units to relocate tenants in during construction work on their buildings and ensuring a smooth relocation process
 Addressing tenants’ questions and concerns during redevelopment
 Connecting tenant associations with the necessary skills and training in order to manage their buildings successfully

Job Qualifications

 Excellent verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills.
 Ability to take initiative and work with directed, but limited, supervision.
 Minimum two years of experience in community organizing, tenant organizing, outreach, social
services, or a related field.
 Bi-lingual Spanish and English required.
 Experience with and interest in working in a community-based organization.
 Familiarity with affordable housing development preferred
 Bachelor’s Degree preferred

To apply please email your resume and cover letter with your salary requirements to Eliot Hetterly at

For more information on our organization please visit our website at

SLU Prof. Kafui Attoh on WNYC’s On the Media

Last week, SLU Urban Studies Professor Kafui Attoh made an appearance on WNYC’s On the Media to talk about the relationship between public transportation and democracy, closing out an hour that explores the injustices that undergird “feel good” stories about workers persevering through horrifying commutes and the perils of self-driving cars. From On the Media:

The lion’s share of our transit-oriented program this week has centered on the personal car and its infrastructure. This is no accident. The car speeds, stalls, thrills and kills us — all because we need a ride. But what if we’d really rather journey by bus? 

Brooke spoke with Kafui Attoh, professor of urban studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, about the deep political connotations of “transit rights.” Such rights, Attoh argues in his forthcoming book Rights in Transit, have roots in Marx, Engels and Lefebvre’s thinking on the radical nature of cities

Listen to the whole hour here or check out Prof. Attoh’s segment here.

Photo by Sergio SC via flickr (CC-BY-SA)

Spring 2019 Special Topics Course: Economic Democracy & System Change (M 6:15-8:45pm)

Evan Casper-Futterman and Michael Menser

  • URB 651- Special Topics: Economic Democracy and System Change Class
  • LABR 669 – Special Topics: Economic Democracy and System Change Class
  • And cross listed at the Grad Center, Earth and Environmental Science Dept.

Discussions around economic democracy and economic “alternatives” often focus on either firm-level changes like cooperative ownership structures, or focus on high-level, abstract conceptual shifts from “capitalism” or “neoliberalism” to some “next system”. Where do system transformation and the transformation of daily life intersect and interact? How do we join the urgent need for institutional redesign and reconstruction to the present day political movements and structures available to us today?

In this class we will look at mechanisms and visions for democratizing the economy, politics, and social life. We will investigate democratic forms of ownership, management, production, and consumption and the institutional and political conditions needed for them to flourish and scale.  Perspectives discussed include solidarity economy, community wealth building, P2P, co-city, new municipalism, energy democracy, commons, climate justice. Processes and forms include participatory budgeting, green new deal, cooperatives, platform cooperativism, reparations, community land trusts, federal job guarantee, public bank, green transition.  Sectors include healthcare, climate change adaptation, advanced manufacturing, public utilities in energy, water and broadband. Readings will draw from multiple disciplines, and include scholarship, policy, and dispatches from activists and practitioners past and present including Kali Akuno, Sylvia Federici, Sheila Foster, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Paul Mason, Nathan Schneider, and many others.