Popular Youtube video blogger, Franchesca Leigh Ramsey, will MC the NYC Meetup featuring David Goodman, brother of Andrew Goodman and President of The AGF, in conversation with Andy Bernstein, Executive Director, HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy. Goodman and Bernstein will lead an interactive discussion on using music culture to connect shared interests to citizen engagement. In addition to the conversation, Faye Anderson, Project Manager of The Cost of Freedom Project, will showcase the Cost of Freedom App which provides information on photo ID requirements for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. HeadCount will also register voters on-site.
Music partners, Oakademy and DJ CEO, will provide music throughout the night and release an original Vote Everywhere mixtape. In addition to the discussion, music, voter registration and networking - guests will enjoy complimentary food. The New York Vote Everywhere Meetup is FREE and open to the public, rsvp: http://bit.ly/Pr0f4F
*MC and speakers will be available for press interviews, 6:00-6:30pm. Journalists and bloggers can rsvp: email@example.com.
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ABOUT Vote Everywhere
Vote Everywhere, a new initiative of The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF), empowers the young adult voter to amplify his or her voice with the help of friends. Built by The AGF’s Summer Community Team, Vote Everywhere offers a growing toolkit of content (see below) and events to stimulate a voter engagement conversation. The initiative asks: "do your friends vote?" via online chats, a video series, hashtagged conversation (#VoteEverywhere), graphics and offline events. And offers information, entertainment and tips to build a micro voting bloc by igniting friends and allies.
In the Fall of 2012, the Vote Everywhere meetup will travel throughout the United States through its #VoteEverywhere Ambassador Program. To host a meetup in your state, visit: bit.ly/MOseca
Graphics Bundle: http://bit.ly/MGtYF1
Video Series: http://bit.ly/N9alja
ABOUT Andrew Goodman and The Andrew Goodman Foundation:
Andrew Goodman (Andy) stepped onto the world stage in 1964 when he spent the summer in between his junior/senior year at Queens College volunteering to register African-Americans to vote in Mississippi. On June 21, his first day in Mississippi, Andy went to visit a burned down church along with civil rights advocates, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner. Tragically, all three were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. Their sacrifice, along with that of many others, led to new laws that guaranteed the right of every citizen to vote. Andy’s commitment to the right of all Americans to vote and his desire to make the world a better and kinder place motivated him to take action.
In 1966, Robert and Carolyn Goodman, founded The Andrew Goodman Foundation to carry on the spirit and purpose of their son’s life. Today, the mission of The Andrew Goodman Foundation is to recognize, encourage and inspire creative and effective action in support of human dignity, social justice and civil rights. andrewgoodman.org
ABOUT Franchesca Leigh Ramsey:
Franchesca Ramsey is an actress, comedian and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 80k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, she and her videos have been featured on MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com and The BBC. Her recent viral hit “Sh*t White Girls Say...to Black Girls” was viewed over 5 million times in just 5 days, garnering coverage on MSNBC, ABC, Ebony Magazine, The Daily Mail and the Anderson Cooper talk show to name a few. franchesca.net
HeadCount is a non-partisan grassroots organization that uses the power of music to register voters and raise social consciousness. Since 2004, HeadCount has staged voter registration drives at over 2,000 concerts and signed up over 175,000 voters. HeadCount reaches young music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower. The message is not about what party one supports -- it’s that you must speak to be heard. headcount.org
ABOUT The Cost of Freedom App
The Cost of Freedom Project is a citizen-led initiative that has developed location-based apps to provide voters with information on photo ID requirements for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The project stems from the Random Hacks of Kindness hackathon at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
For the states that require voters to show a photo ID in order to vote, users are able to quickly access the information they need to obtain a voter ID.
If voters do not have the documents to establish their identity, typically their birth certificate, they can enter their zip code to find out how to obtain a certified copy of their birth certificate and the cost. If they want to apply in person, they are given the location, office hours and directions using public transportation. costoffreedom.info/