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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.

Rock the Vote – Pahoa Pictures

Today was the Rock the Vote event at the former Pahoa Police Station.

Global Hope member Jennifer Ruggles

I didn’t arrive until later in the afternoon but I could tell that it was a good turn-out with lots of candidates still present.

Hawaii County Prosecutor candidates Mitch Roth and Lincoln Ashida

County Council Candidate James Weatherford

Senate Candidate Russell Ruderman

County Council Candidate Steve K. Wilhelm

There was entertainment provided by local bands.

Bruddah Kuz and friends

It was a great event held today in Pahoa and I’d like to thank all those that worked so hard to put it together!

Donnie Maunakea and her daughter Kyla (event organizer)

The League of Women Voters of Hawaii County were present:

Of course there were the usual “Punatics”

It wouldn’t be a Pahoa event w/out John “The Chicken Man” showing up!

And of course we had our “Phantom” candidate in attendance as well!

Cardboard cut-outs manning the tables!

Rock the Vote in Pahoa

Rock the Vote! This free, grass roots, non partisan music & information event for youth voters and ANYONE interested in becoming more informed about who is running in the very important upcoming elections.

Participating young bands will be “rocking out” and encouraging people to register and vote on August 11th & November 6th. 2012.

Candidates from all parties running for all positions in all levels of government have been invited to attend and be available to talk story and answer questions.

Put a face with a name, find out what they believe in and what they will do for us if elected!

With the current trend of protest and frustration people have with their governments everywhere, the organization Global Hope http://globalhopehawaii.com/ will be present with interesting facts and possible solutions to help us understand the facts, but the first step is to register and vote. Global Hope has pushed this far, and will keep fighting to get people to vote, this year especially.

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.

The event will feature a variety of bands such as Birth Machine, Gin N Chronic, Uncle Greenie, Repellent, Bruddah Kuz & Miss Killa, Apple Sauce Boys and more!

This FREE event is DRUG/ ALCOHOL Free. No coolers please, refreshments will be available.

Mahalo to the Men of Pa’a, Kokua O Pahoa, Kanaka O Puna, all of our Politicians, Global HOPE, Big Island Music Scene, Killa Entertainment.