Fannie Lou Hamer Fellowship

The Fannie Lou Hamer Fellowship is a $3,000 award by Public Citizen’s Democracy is for People campaign to an undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduate who has overcome adversity in his or her life and is passionate about challenging the threat posed by the pervasive influence of money in elections. The fellowship stipend is awarded to a qualified applicant to allow her or him to volunteer with Public Citizen’s campaign in its Washington D.C. office for a period of 10 weeks. The fellowship is named after Hamer, an activist and leader from the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s.  She was a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign seeks to end the deepening inequality in the democratic process caused by the influence of money in  elections. Specifically, the campaign is building public support for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money to support or defeat candidates for public office. For information on how to apply for the fellowship, go to www.citizen.org. Applications are due by May 4.
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