Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now. It is a grassroots organization that is run by low to moderate income community members who come together as a direct action group to work on social and economic issues. Community members from the neighborhoods which it serves pay membership dues to maintain a self sufficient organization so that community members are free to address issues that matter to them. For more information see:

Proposed responsibilities include:

  • participating in the Civic Engagement Initiative and the Ya Es Hora coalition to register new voters in Boston
  • mobilizing community members who have already registered to vote to become block captains and to make sure they are educated about the upcoming elections
  • following up with potential block captains during home visits
  • participating in efforts of the Boston Parents Organizing Network (BPON) of which ACORN is a member
  • conducting home visits with parents of Boston Public School students to get them involved in improving their childrens’ schools
  • conducting door-to-door outreach with a parent organizer
  • collecting and analyzing surveys of parents
  • phone banking for events
  • other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor