Students for Economic Justice 2013 Fellowship
John Reid is an undergraduate at San Diego Mesa College who will be transferring to UCLA in the fall as a sociology major. During his time at Mesa he founded a student organization called B.E.A.T. (Bringing Education and Activism Together), which was dedicated to promoting awareness about current political issues and encouraging students to take action. For the last two years John has been an intern with the American Federation of Teachers local 1931, during which time he has worked on various political campaigns, participated in voter registration drives, and helped set up and run the Mesa College Workers’ Rights Center. John was attracted to the SEJ internship because he has a passion for social justice and he believes that in order to turn ideals into action it is necessary to have a firm grasp of the fine art of organizing. He expects SEJ to help in that regard, and he hopes to use the knowledge he gains to participate in building the movements for economic democracy and environmental justice. In his spare time, John enjoys rollerblading and singing karaoke.