My name is Jessie Jacobs. I’m interested in place regeneration, grassroots politics, campaigning, the rights and voices of women, young people and children, community empowerment and social enterprise.
I won The Sunday Times social entrepreneur of the year award for the charity I set up in my 20’s A Way Out, but I understand that change comes through both social action and social change.
My current focus is grassroots politics and the media. I want to see politics represent every day people. To see hidden voices heard within decision making and more participatory forms of democracy emerging. I am the recent founder of a new tabloid publication ‘The Eclipse’ which is a peoples paper and a platform for hidden voices, providing an alternative to the mainstream tabloids. For my day job I work for the Northern TUC in Policy and campaigns. I have been involved in developing campaigns around pay, young workers, education cuts and austerity.
I have a deep passion for people and about making a difference in the world around me. In all I do, I try to fight for forgotten and marginalised people’s voices to be heard, for all people to have equal rights and life opportunities regardless of race, ability, sexuality or economic background . I believe in unity, in working together as collectives, cooperatives and in solidarity.
I was born in Stockton on Tees, and was brought up by my Grandma & Granddad, Maureen & Bill Jacobs. Being brought up by Grandparents taught me so much, about how life used to be, about old fashioned values and how to be a good citizen.
I am a committed Labour Party and trade union activist and have campaigned in two general elections, nne European election, local elections and was the regional field director for Britain Stronger In Europe, campaigning to stay in the European union. Alongside politics I write for local and national publications, and am working on a children’s fantasy fiction novel.