I’m thinking of applying for a fall organizing fellowship for Organizing for Action (formerly Obama for America). I don’t know if it’s a good idea or a bad idea. Possibly both.
I’m just tired of feeling bored and useless. I do better when I feel like I’m accomplishing something, doing something that matters.
It’s a volunteer internship; i.e., not paid. I can apply for a 15-hours-per-week fellowship or 40 hours. My all-or-nothing inclination is to apply for the 40 hour, but I should probably just apply for the 15.
One of the application questions asks you to describe a time you worked to build a coalition among people of different backgrounds, and I have no idea what to say for that question.
There’s another question about what you learned growing up in the community you did, and, god, I could write essays on growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. So much different from New England–much more conservative. I remember being particularly affected by its civil rights history, and later by the abortion clinic bombing–both of those affected my political development deeply.
I’ll probably start working on those answers tonight. Assuming I can come up with something for the coalition-building question.