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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

    Obama will announce his plan for Afghanistan tomorrow, a North Caronlina man robs a bank for health care, plaintiffs will pursue the Wal-Mart case, and we may need to take drastic efforts to keep our oceans alive.  Meanwhile, Mitt Romney remains the GOP 2012 frontrunner, while Huntsman officially launches his campaign.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    Obama to announce plan to pull 30,000 troops out of Afghanistan, http://bit.ly/msGyl0

    President Obama will announce tomorrow how he plans to end the war in Afghanistan. Specifically, he will address his schedule to bring troops home and how Afghanistan government will take responsibility.

    N.C. Man Allegedly Robs Bank of $1 to Get Health Care in Jail, http://abcn.ws/lzzB9y

    A 59-year-old North Carolina man robbed a bank, demanding just one dollar. What he was really after, though, was the health care he would get in prison. After handing his robbery note to the teller, he told her he would be “sitting right over here, on the chair, waiting for the police.”

    Despite Setback, Plaintiffs to Pursue Wal-Mart Cases, http://nyti.ms/jHS2xO

    The Supreme Court ruled that the 1.5 million women who worked at Wal-Mart could not file a class-action lawsuit together. The court did not make a decision on the allegation of gender discrimination, but it is a major blow to plaintiffs regardless. In her dissent, Justice Ginsburg noted that while 70% of hourly employees are women, only a third of management employees are female.

    24 killed in twin bombings in Iraq, http://wapo.st/mErDhn

    Two car bombs in south-central Iraq detonated at a compound that includes both the governor’s home and the provincial government headquarters.  Nobody died from the first detonation, but when police and emergency personnel arrived, the second car bomb exploded which killed at least 24 and injured at least 40.

    State Of The Ocean: ‘Shocking’ Report Warns Of Mass Extinction From Current Rate Of Marine Distress, http://huff.to/iPe0H3

    Scientists warn that a mass man-made extinction of marine life is on the way if drastic steps aren’t taken. All coral reefs could be gone by 2050, and oysters are already “functionally extinct” in the oceans.

    Fresh Libya civilian deaths pile pressure on NATO,

    The Libyan government reports that 19 civilians were killed in a NATO air strike on Monday.  Khouildi Hamidi, a member of Libya’s 12-strong Revolutionary Command Council, remains alive but some of his family members have been killed.  If the civilian death count is confirmed, the NATO-led military alliance could feel even more strain, as this operation is taking longer and costing more than planned.

    Montana ranks fourth-best in access for young voters, http://bit.ly/lVXIQY

    Rock the Vote’s Scorecard ranks Montana high in its treatment of young voters ages 18 to 29. “By providing Election Day registration, making the ballot box accessible and prioritizing teaching civics in high schools, Montana has addressed some of the key components of a modern and functioning elections system,” said Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    Jon Huntsman officially launched his campaign for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. “Today I’m a candidate for the office of president of the United States of America,” the former Utah governor and ambassador to China told a crowd of supporters.


    Green Mile Actor, 51, Marries 16-Year-Old Aspiring Country Singer; Says “True Love Can Be Ageless,” http://eonli.ne/jTIuny

    Q&A: Brian Grazer And Ron Howard On 25 Years Together As Imagine Partners, http://bit.ly/jYKwGP

    Roger Ebert derided after tweet on Ryan Dunn’s death, http://bit.ly/kRi3vt

    Amy Winehouse Cancels Entire Tour, http://bit.ly/jcXqis

    Isner-Mahut II: What were the odds? http://bit.ly/lX0Hzs

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    Updates from the field

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

    As early polling numbers start trickling in this afternoon, our Rock the Vote field teams report that young people around the country are excited to raise their voices today in the midterm elections.

    In Philadelphia on the University of Pennsylvania campus this morning, 19-year-old Jill told RTV Field Director Eric Zoberman that this election is critical in the wake of 2008’s historic experience.

    “It was great to see so many young people involved in 2008, but without that level of enthusiasm, it is even more my responsibility to stay engaged and vote,” she said.

    It’s still early in the day, but we are optimistic that many of the 300,000 people who downloaded our registration forms this year will hit the polls. In the last midterm election in 2006, we registered 50,000 people, so we’re excited to see the outcome of that increase in participation as the results are announced.

    Some cool things are already in motion this Election Day. If you’re like us at RTV Headquarters, we’re all enjoying watching our friends announce that they’ve voted and contribute to the massive tally on Facebook, which is increasing by the minute (It’s at more than 4 million voters as of 2pm EDT!). Some of us are also checking in on Foursquare, unlocking the “I Voted” badge RTV collaborated with other groups to create for today.

    On the ground, young people are experiencing some early victories. RTV North Carolina State Coordinator Tracy Leatherberry reports that in many precincts, we’ve already surpassed our 2006 midterm turnout. In Gainesville, FLA, Deputy Field Director Annie Lorenzana has a large crowd of young people gathered at her University of Florida polling place casting ballots. State Coordinator Rob Abraham is on the Ohio State University campus where enthusiastic students are gathered at The Union to vote.

    If you’ve already voted, encourage your friends to vote too! Send them a link to our “Vote Fearlessly” video with Nick Cannon, Casey Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix, Kate Walsh and other stars.

    Stay tuned this afternoon for more updates. We’ll be back with the latest news from our people on the ground, as well as analysis of the results as they are available.

    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    RTV Surpasses Our 2010 Goals!

    Thursday, October 7th, 2010

    After thousands of voter registrations, volunteer shifts, music festivals, and events on campus, it’s now time to get out the vote. There isn’t much time to celebrate, but we should take a moment to remind everyone that your generation puts up some serious numbers. With the passage of voter registration deadlines in over 26 states across the nation, Rock the Vote surpassed its goal for registering young voters this fall. As of Oct. 4, Rock the Vote more than 225,000 individuals have used Rock the Vote’s tool to register to vote in the Nov. 2 midterm elections. This figure exceeded our 2010 goal of 200,000 registrations, more than quadrupled the number of registrations processed in 2006, and represents the largest midterm registration effort in our organization’s history.

    This milestone is really about you. With almost a quarter of a million people registered or re-registered, your generation is clearly ready to rock – to demand that candidates take your issues and your votes seriously. Now that you’re registered, candidates should know that you won’t be ignored and you won’t be talked down to. They should understand not campaigning to you, those who will shape the future of our country, could cost them an election. We know you’re not afraid, and they should too. We know you’re ready to vote fearlessly on November 2nd.

    So how did we all get connected to make this happen? We reached out through millions of email reminders and text messages, featured tweets about registration deadlines by dozens of stars  – including Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Pink and Perez Hilton – tens of thousands of Facebook messages, radio partners  playing public service announcements featuring stars like Adrian Grenier, Mike Posner , Nas and Pharrell Williams (NERD) on outlets around the country, working in conjunction with more than 1,000 online voter registration partners who used our tool to register voters on their sites, campus newspaper ads in key states, and appearances on major news outlets like CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, PBS and ABC.

    On the ground in youth-dense communities like Columbus, OH, our ground teams pushed hard to register young voters and reported that their peers were energetic.

    Ohio’s State Coordinator Rob Abraham said of Monday’s outreach efforts at Ohio State University, “We had all hands on deck. Students and volunteers across the OSU community realized the opportunity to make a final and strong push before the voter registration deadline so that young people could have a voice in November. All across campus, Buckeyes tirelessly devoted the day to tabling, phone calling, texting, and knocking on doors so that their fellow students could join them at the polls on November 2nd.”

    Ultimately, our work here at Rock the Vote is about more than hitting a voter registration number. It is about ensuring that the real issues of your generation are being addressed, and we could never help build your political power without your unmatched enthusiasm. We could never achieve unprecedented levels of engagement without our volunteers and the passion of your hugely influential voting bloc. Now, as registration deadlines across the country pass, we’re turning our focus to get out the vote efforts asking young Americans to help us make history once again by pledging in record numbers to Vote Fearlessly on Nov. 2.  With your help, we know anything is possible.

    Heather Smith
    Bio: Heather is President of Rock the Vote.
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    Rock the Buckeye State

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

    My name is Rob Abraham and I am the new State Coordinator for Rock the Vote in Ohio.  I packed up my Jeep in my hometown of Atlanta, GA and drove to Columbus, OH to help ensure that young Ohioans have a voice this November.  As the #2 per capita college town in the US, Columbus boasts such a unique and exciting hub for young people in central Ohio.  From the Clippers to the Crew, downtown to Short North, arts and preps high schools to The Ohio State University, I’ve found the city to be rich with opportunity and hospitality. Coming from an Atlanta native, that’s a big compliment!

    Young voters have such a great opportunity to organize and reach out about the issues important to them this year in Columbus, and that’s why I’m here with Rock the Vote.  We’ll be working hard to register new students and residents in Columbus, keeping in mind that many of you have moved into new dorms and housing since you last voted in 2008.

    We’ll register you too, and we’ll have a good time doing it.

    As a musical hub of the Midwest, we will be partnering with many bands and tours throughout the summer to register young voters at concerts. We’ll also be cheering on the Buckeyes with one hand while giving
    democracy to new registrants with the other.  Keep an eye out for us at the number of festivals across Goodale Park and the Short North as well.

    This November, young voters will again show that we are informed, energized, and reliable voters.  We are the generation actively creating momentum by stepping up year after year and voicing our opinions at the ballot box, showing candidates and politicians that we are a force to be reckoned with.

    Join us in this movement as we show the rest of the country that young voters in Ohio are changing the face of politics as we know it.


    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com