“Heck Yeah! We Invented Democracy” — our very own original tongue-in-cheek video from our election year “Your Vote is Your Voice” campaign, featuring our very funny friends Bob Costas, Tina Fey, Nick Galifianakis, Arianna Huffington, Maria Menounos, Chris Sarandon, George Stephanopoulos and Betty White. As part of our non-partisan “Your Vote is Your Voice: Use It!” campaign to encourage students to get out and vote, these Greek Americans generously gave their time and talent to remind us all why it’s important to get involved. We hope you will join them in encouraging your friends and family members to do the right (Greek) thing — get out and vote!
So, do the right thing. Do the Greek thing. Vote.
There’s an election coming up on November 6th, and it’s important that you exercise your rights and take this chance to speak up, speak out, and make your choice. Use the links below to register to vote online, and to find the polling location nearest you. And remember to vote — it’s the right thing to do.
…and here are some Greeks to vote for.
If you need some extra reasons to vote, take a look at some of the candidates in this election who share a commitment to the ideals and heritage that gave birth to democracy. We encourage you to use the links below to get involved with their campaigns. We hope that you will give them a hand and get the word out to friends and family that they need support.
And, most important, get out and vote on Tuesday, November 6th! Don’t forget — every vote counts — “your vote is your voice: use it!”
Our own Master Class leaders:
These candidates deserve a hand from every Greek American for giving their time to Greek American college students from across the U.S. as outstanding Master Class leaders for the Next Generation Initiative’s Master Class program:
…and these other Greek American candidates across the country:
Learn more about how you can register to vote by going online — and why you should do it today:
Find out where you can vote — use one of these online polling place locators:
“Your Vote is Your Voice: Use it.”
Whenever our founding board member Sen. Paul Sarbanes speaks with students about his passion for public service, as he does in the video below, he talks about the high premium placed on involvement in public life by the ancient Greeks. In Athens, he says, “those who lived only in private life were falling short. They were called ‘idiotes’ — from which our word ‘idiot’ is derived today…”
That’s why we’ve worked with Next Generation students from across the country — arranging for students to meet with candidates, get involved with campaigns — and even helped create the “Heck Yeah! We Invented Democracy” video — which was conceived and written, directed and edited by Next Generation students.
The Next Generation Initiative’s “Your Vote is Your Voice” youth vote campus campaign was launched with events around the country with leaders in politics and media like former Gov. Michael Dukakis and George Stephanopoulos and Arianna Huffington, and the sponsorship of campus screenings of the “The Youngest Candidate,” a documentary about young Americans running for public office, which included appearances by some of the candidates who in the film — as well as other teenagers who have run and won, including Alex Zikas, the youngest Greek American in elected office, who ran and was elected to city council in New Jersey at the age of 19!
Reflecting a new, fascinating phenomenon of college-aged students running for office, the film was produced by Lawrence Bender of “An Inconvenient Truth” fame, and David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants. The film follows four young candidates: one who ran for mayor of Hartford, CT; another who ran for city council in Memphis, TN; a school board candidate in Hampton Township, PA; and a city council hopeful in Atlantic City, NJ.
Through their journey theyoung candidates in the film learn about fair play, leadership development, racism in politics, the importance of family, and many other lessons that they will carry with them throughout their lives. Faced with obstacles every step of the way, these four young adults brave adversity, apathy and even anger, to make it all the way to Election Day to show that regardless of the outcome, it’s not about winning or losing… it’s about taking a stand and speaking out — even when the odds are against you.
The national tour of campus screenings and the Next Gen Votes Campaign was launched with the film’s political premiere at the Democratic and Republican national conventions. The special screening during the Democratic convention sponsored by our Next Gen Votes campaign featured a panel discussion about the effect of the Y generation on this election that included Heather Smith, executive director of Rock The Vote; Jason Pollock, film director; Mike Connery, author of “Youth to Power,” blogger and expert on the Millennial Generation in politics; Gerry Hudson, Executive Vice President, SEIU; and, Leigh Arsenault, Youth Vote Director for Obama for America.