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.

Amnesty International

This placement is with Amnesty International USA’s Northeast Regional office in Davis Square, Somerville. Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International.

For more information see: http://www.amnestyusa.org/events/northeast/page.do?id=1103581

Proposed responsibilities include:

  • playing a major role in a membership recruitment drive throughout New England which entails work in the office and out of the office
  • finding and attending local social justice and human rights festivals and managing membership drives and campaign outreach at these festivals
  • researching and monitoring news media attention to Amnesty’s core issue areas
  • doing outreach to non-English language media outlets about Amnesty’s core issue areas
  • participating in a public speaking training
  • working with a team of interns
  • other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor