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.

Public Policy Institute

This placement is with the Public Policy Institute’s ONE Massachusetts program. The Public Policy Institute empowers activists through advanced policy analysis and skill-building sessions focused on messaging, campaign planning, organizing grassroots constituencies, building nontraditional coalitions and using earned and paid media strategies. ONE Massachusetts is a network-in-formation of people and organizations sharing a common vision: to rebuild public confidence in our capacity to work together, through our government, to expand economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in Massachusetts. For more information see: http://www.realclout.org/index.stm

Proposed responsibilities include:

  • researching and writing about race with respect to participation in and perceptions of government and taxation
  • developing and giving activists across the state the tools to respond effectively to the continuous attacks on government that poison public debates and undermine progress
  • developing a strategic framework and regional network within which to put to work those learned skills about understanding of the role of government
  • developing communications, advocacy, budget and leadership trainings for activists from all sectors of our state’s civic life
  • organizing, participating and taking notes at a variety of fora for civic and political dialogue
  • other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor