Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Why Bother? Engaging Texas in Democracy Now

I just got back from the taping of Why Bother? Engaging Texas in Democracy Now hosted by The Annette Strauss Institute, KUT 90.5FM, and KLRU. Why Bother? is a "news and public dialogue series intended to provoke a conversation among regular people about why Texas has one of the lowest rates of civic engagement in the world, and what we can do about it."

Thanks, Kenzie, for the pic!

I wanted to tell this studio audience and also the viewers at home on Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon a few things:

  • Millennials (those currently aged about 13-30) have not only the largest voting block in America right now, but according to Pew Research Center we are also the most ethnically diverse and politically progressive in our nation's history!
  • 46 million millennials are eligible to vote in 2012- that's a lot of power!
  • This election is important to me because reproductive rights are under attack, and this not only affects me, but it affects ALL of our mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives ability to contribute to our society economically.
  • Your vote matters- get to the polls! 
(Check out League of Women Voters for nonpartisan information about the elections and for voter guides. Here is a link to the League of Women Voters of Texas with the Voter Guide right on the homepage!)

Now I'm inviting you to watch the television broadcast on KLRU on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:00pm or on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:30pm to see what young people in Austin think about our state and nation's political climate. 

You can tweet about the event with the hashtag #whybothertexas or share it on Facebook at facebook.com/whybothertexas.

Edit: Here is a link to the entire show

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