Subject: strictly fyi: election-related items
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 9/25/2012 3:52 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:


(1) Rock the Vote helps you register online! Do it for your country!

(2) student video contest seeks entries about the misleading and manipulative techniques used in campaign ads … deadline Oct 20 (WA State)

(3) quotes to use as journaling prompts or discussion starters, as election day approaches

(4) Rock the Vote gear, including “We will be heard” buttons




(1) Rock the Vote helps you register online! Do it for your country!


See a video about it here:

Click through to register online, find your polling place, and learn how to help other people vote.

Do it for your country!




(2) student video contest seeks entries about the misleading and manipulative techniques used in campaign ads … deadline Oct 20 (WA State)


Dear Educator,

The League of Women Voters of Washington is hosting a student video contest as part of our Shields Up Against Manipulative Campaign Ads Project. This is an excellent opportunity for your students to apply their video production skills as well as learn more about the role of money in politics.

This year has seen record amounts of money spent on campaign ads, both by candidates and outside groups such as SuperPacs. Why?  Because these ads work.  The vast majority of voters believe they are immune to the influence of these ads, but studies show that advertising has a powerful, often subconscious, emotional impact.*

The Shields Up Project is an effort to educate voters about the misleading and manipulative techniques used in campaign advertisements and to inoculate against them.  Winning videos will be showcased as a critical component of this project.

Please print
this poster about this contest and post it for students to see.

First Place: $1000 and a plaque
presented by Governor Gregoire
Second Place: $300 and a commemorative plaque
Third Place:  $100 and commemorative plaque

All winning videos will be promoted by LWVWA via web, YouTube, Facebook and in the media.  They will also be recognized by LWV US for national exposure.  All students involved in winning videos will receive a certificate signed by the president of the LWVWA.

Honorable Mentions: Inclusion on LWVWA website and You Tube Channel and certificate of recognition
The League of Women Voters is the nation’s most trusted source for honest, objective political information.  Involvement with and recognition by this prestigious organization is a powerful addition to any student’s portfolio.  We hope you will encourage participation in this contest.

We are looking for videos that are creative, memorable and 'viral worthy'.  Humor and parody are encouraged, but not required.  Videos should be original, but you can find inspiration and ideas on our web and Facebook page. 
1. The video must be non-partisan in nature.  Specific examples can be cited, but only to demonstrate a point, not to suggest a pattern of a particular candidate or party.
2. Video must be posted to YouTube and the link sent to contest organizers no later than midnight October 20, 2012**
3. Video must be consistent with the goals stated above
4. Video must be less than 2 minutes
5. The YouTube posting should not reference LWV in text or in a tag.
6. Video must be produced by students, with educator advice and input allowed.
For more information, please visit our web and Facebook page.  (Please like us while you are there!)
If you have questions please send an email to or call 206-261-7797
Early registration  as a contestant is strongly encouraged.  Registered contestants will receive contest updates and additional information.
Linnea Hirst
Kim Abel
League of Women Voters of Washington
**Videos posted later than this date may be considered for inclusion in the project but will not be eligible for the top prizes.




(3) quotes to use as journaling prompts or discussion starters, as election day approaches


“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.”
-- William E. Simon


“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

-- John Quincy Adams


Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.”

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


“To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”

-- Louis L'Amour


“People who don't vote have no line of credit with people who are elected and thus pose no threat to those who act against our interests.”

-- Marian Wright Edelman


"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men."

-- Lyndon B. Johnson




(4) Rock the Vote gear, including “We will be heard” buttons


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