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    What’s in a name? At Rock the Vote: A LOT

    Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

    What’s in a name? At Rock the Vote: A LOT. When I tell people I’m an intern with Rock the Vote I get an overwhelmingly positive response. I hear remarks that are along the lines of “I remember their work with MTV” or, “Yeah, I’ve seen their public service announcements with celebrities!” But during my time here I have come to learn that Rock the Vote is a powerhouse of action. Their work goes well beyond the scope of having awesome celebrity ambassadors like Darren Criss or Perez Hilton.

    As a field intern I have a first-hand view into the world of grassroots organizing at a very large reaching organization, run by a surprisingly tiny staff. Rock the Vote has an incredible amount of resources for young Americans to take action in politics. I was inspired to be a part of their team because of these initiatives & because I remember when they were on my college campus in 2008 (which was the first time I could ever vote in an election). Did you know that Rock the Vote pioneered the launch of the online national voter registration tool? They are also the largest non-partisan voter registration organization in the United States. To go even further, they launched Democracy Class, a civics education program designed for teachers to talk to high school students about the importance of voting. I could go on with this for a while, but you get the gist…

    We Millennials have an extraordinary amount of political power—but we need to USE IT. Rock the Vote knows that we can’t have a voice without a vote. They registered over 1 million voters in 2012 and they continue to stand up for us against those who try to silence or intimidate our voices through the voting process. I’m glad that to have been given the opportunity to work with such a dynamic organization and talented group of people. I will definitely take this experience into my future work as an organizer.

    Maura
    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

    As President Obama looks toward his 50th birthday in August, Politico looks at how his personal narrative has shifted from a story of youthful ambition to a gray-haired political veteran. Meanwhile, the young generation he is credited with inspiring in 2008 says in a new poll that while they are happy with their lives, the country’s strained economic situation is brutalizing their financial health and personal and professional options.

    In other news, Leader Boehner plans to resume defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the House (as opposed to Dept of Justice, which is no longer defending the policy), journalism’s highest honor – the Pulitzer Prizes – announced winners yesterday, the NYT’s David Brooks explains the Trump Presidential Phenomenon with surprisingly deep analysis, the ‘Three Cups of Tea’ author acknowledges some inconsistencies in his widely read book, and the Duke Lacrosse accuser is charged with murder in her boyfriend’s death.

    CRUCIAL:

    Wistful Barack Obama Faces Turning 50http://politi.co/gdJ1oo

    As President Obama’s fiftieth birthday approaches, he often references his graying hair and tired eyes, remarks that make him more relate-able to the public as he ages. The President has said that although he is an older, familiar candidate now, his spirit is still the same as it was 2008.

    Poll: Young Adults Happy With Their Lives But Not With Their Financeshttp://bit.ly/fr7xDj

    Graduating from college during tough economic times leave young people feeling as though achieving the lifestyle they desire will be much more difficult than in was in years past. While they may be struggling with the economy, young people are happier than older generations, according to the poll.

    Boehner Seeks to Redirect Justice Funds to Defend Marriage Acthttp://bit.ly/fcNaxK

    Boehner suggested that he plans to “redirect funds from the Justice Department to argue for the Defense of Marriage Act in court.” Boehner and Pelosi are heated over the issue and have exchanged several letters back and forth.

    Mortenson Admits There Were ‘Discrepancies’ in ‘Three Cups of Tea’,  http://bit.ly/gtWwq3

    The author of the widely read ‘Three Cups of Tea’ book admits to simplifying as well as making up part of the book detailing his experiences in Pakistan. Mortenson placed much of the blame on his co-author David Oliver Relin, and claimed that he objected to the compression of some events.

    Duke Lacrosse Accuser Charged With Murder in Boyfriend’s Stabbinghttp://bit.ly/hMtkbY

    Crystal Mangum, who generated media buzz after accusing Duke Lacrosse players of rape in 2006 was charged with the murder of her boyfriend on Monday after he died as a result stab wounds five days earlier.

    2012 Presidential Election: Obama Struggles, Ditto for GOP Lineuphttp://abcn.ws/fRMAm8

    With the worsening view of the economy, President Obama ‘s approval ratings have dropped significantly, with 57 percent disapproving of the job he is going to aid economic growth. Given that a GOP all star candidate has yet to emerge, it is difficult to interpret what this rating may mean for 2012.

    Pulitzer Prize winners announced yesterday: http://www.pulitzer.org/

    David Brooks on why Trump’s outspoken ways can be appealing: http://nyti.ms/gdBE3S

    CULTURAL:

    Which star is making his way to ‘Idol’ next?: http://eonli.ne/eZwkOA

    Jennifer Hudson shows off her new bod: http://bit.ly/fsXPKR

    ‘Captain America’ Chris Evans Talks Body Transformation: http://huff.to/gfYa2h

    Teen Mom’s Leah Pulls Plug on Marriage, Divorcing Corey After Six Months: http://eonli.ne/icFk8M

    Daniel Radcliffe admires Lady Gaga’s gay rights advocacy: http://bit.ly/e2sb6w

    Simon Cowell Trades One ‘X Factor’ for Another: http://nyti.ms/fKRAXY

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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



    A Chance To Be Heard

    Thursday, March 10th, 2011

    I am very much a type A personality. In group projects I like to be the leader, I don’t like to lose even in board games, but most of all, I want to be heard. Now is my chance. The White House has launched a program to sit in on 100 youth roundtables by May of 2011 to hear what young people are talking about.

    As a sophomore I participated in a service learning community on my college campus, and then went on to facilitate for the program. As part of the curriculum, for one hour each week a group of about 12 students would sit in class and talk about a variety of issues plaguing our nation. We discussed everything from poverty to healthcare and everything in between. We were often frustrated by the conversations we had, knowing that none of our thoughts and opinions were being heard.

    I’m encouraged that young people will be able to give voice to the problems that we are observing in our country, and the creative solutions that we are dreaming up in this new roundtable program.

    In case you missed the announcement, the White House Administration will be going out to 100 different youth roundtables across the country by May 2011. At these roundtables students and young people are coming together to talk about issues in their community and across the country, as well as discuss potential solutions. If you are interested in making your voice heard you can sign up to participate at www.whitehouse.gov/YoungAmericans to let the administration know when and where you will be meeting. If no one from the administration can attend your roundtable, you are encouraged to submit feedback and someone will follow up. Afterwards, data from all of the roundtables will be compiled allowing the administration to review what Young Americans are saying.

    I know that there are other groups like my service learning class that are experiencing the frustrations of not being able to voice their opinions, and this is a great opportunity to tell your story.

    Click here to find out more information about the program or to download a toolkit.

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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