For a while now, I have meant to pass along the link to this website: 18 in ’08. To quote from the site:
18 in ’08 started as a film to turn out young voters for the 2008 election. Now 18 in ’08 is leading an unprecedented peer to peer movement to register, engage, and mobilize America’s youth. We have designed this site as a place for you to join our efforts, engage in the political process, and of course register to vote.
David Burstein, who is now a high school senior, produced and directed a documentary aimed at increasing youth interest in the political process and encouraging young people to vote.
According to the FAQ page of the site:
18 in ‘08 is aimed at encouraging 18-24 year olds to vote and become politically involved. However, we hope this film will be able to encourage all people to vote and engage in the political process. Hopefully this film will engage people who are not engaged before they see the film as well as inspire the engaged to get more people involved.
Burstein spent two years traveling all over the country, as reported on the site, “interviewing over 60 Congressmen, Senators, presidential candidates, policy makers, activists…young and old,” for this non-partisan documentary.
I applaud what this movement and the documentary are trying to accomplish. If you have children who are teenagers or college students, and you would like to encourage them to be more active in the political process, this might be a good place to start. I think it would be great if high schools would show this documentary in assemblies or civics classes, or if colleges and universities would host viewings on their campuses.
The website offers a ton of information, including a link to a site called Declare Yourself that offers voter registration right from their site. What could be easier?
And, as 18 in ’08 is trying to impress upon everyone in this country, what could be more important than our right and responsibility to vote?
Here’s the trailer: