Rock the Vote ‘Power to the People’ – UH Hilo Event

Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization in the United States whose mission is to engage and build political power of young people. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register to vote in every U.S. election. Rock the Vote strives to be the largest voter engagement campaign ever in 2012.

This free, music and informational event, organized by motivated students invites youth voters and ANYONE interested in becoming more informed about who is running in the very important upcoming general election on November 6th. Participating bands will be “rocking out” and encouraging students and the community to REGISTER TO VOTE before the last day, which is Monday October 8th, and most importantly get out and vote on November 6th.

Hawaii has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country. In the past few elections, only about 40 percent of the state’s registered voters have participated in the primary election. And that’s only about 36 percent of all the people in Hawaii who are eligible to vote, registered or not.

Rock the Vote ‘Power to the People’ is an event aimed at political awareness among UHH/HCC students and the surrounding community.

Our mission is to get more people to vote and to learn the importance of voting, and voting intelligently. There will be information booths, Departments of UHH/HCC, UH/HCC Clubs, Rock the Vote Confessions, students educating their community and local bands entertaining us!

Bands that will be performing so far: Ras and Queen Sparrow, Red Light Taxi, Bruddah Kuz & Miss Killa , Repellent, NYR and more TBA.

Hosted by HCC/UHH students, Political Science Tribe, The Social Justice Club, and the Global HOPE Organization. Global HOPE works for positive change in our local and global community. They believe that democracy requires an active and informed public, and work to make this ideal a reality.

Students from UHH/HCC will have the opportunity to speak freely about local and global issues. Helping to educate and inform fellow students and our surrounding community in hope they will make more intelligent decisions when voting on November 6, 2012.

Sponsored by: HCC/UHH students, Political Science Club, The Social Justice Club, Global HOPE, SOC 265, SOC 399, COM 499, Big Island Music Scene, Sodexo, Men & Women of Pa’a, Killa Entertainment, The County of Hawaii Office of Elections, League of Women Voters, Voter Owned Hawaii.

This is a drug/ alcohol free event and open to the public.

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