Midterms are coming…
There’s an election coming up — and some NextGen students were so scared you might forget to exercise your rights, that they’ve created this home-made horror film-style scary video, to warn you in time — and remind you to get out, and vote, while there’s still a chance!
This message comes from the same student-led team that made “Heck Yeah! We Invented Democracy” — NextGen Vote’s original tongue-in-cheek video 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 NextGen non-partisan “Your Vote is Your Voice: Use It!” campaign.
Your Vote is Your Voice
If there’s one thing that every leader we work with can agree on, it’s that it’s important that you exercise your rights and speak up, speak out — and make your choice when election time comes. Use the links below to register to vote online, and to find the polling location nearest you.
…and here are some Greeks to consider voting 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 learn about them. If you find a candidate you can support, we encourage you to get involved with their campaign, give them your support, and help them get the word out to your friends and family.
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 country 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:
The Next Generation Initiative’s “Your Vote is Your Voice” campus campaign was first launched in 2008 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, the young 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.