And now a message from Maroon 5!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Posted by Declare Yourself at 8:12 PM
Our tour with Zune and The Youngest Candidate documentary is almost over...but there are still 5 schools left! If you want to vote early, we can help you! Come to any of these campuses on these dates and check out the movie The Youngest Candidate and talk to representatives on how you can vote early!
Oct. 30th- UVA
Oct. 31st- Virginia Tech
Nov. 1st- Penn State
Nov. 2nd- Michigan State
Nov. 3rd- Univesity of Cincinnati
"On Oct. 27th and 28th our 'Why Wait?' Tour kicked into full gear as we stormed the early voting locations of FL. Pictured here are our fearless Tour Manager and Rock Star Dan Edinberg and one of the stars of 'The Youngest Candidate', Raul De Jesus. We handed out free Declare Yourself and Zune gear to all the early voters to encourage this incredibly important part of our electoral process. Why Wait? Vote Early. Vote Now!:)" Jason Pollock
Posted by Declare Yourself at 3:30 PM
Google has developed this fabulous voter information gagdet. Just enter your address and you can learn where your polling place is, the hours, your voter registration dedline, etc. Try it!
Posted by Declare Yourself at 1:54 PM
Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Snoop Dogg, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Ben Stiller, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Justin Timberlake, along with Sacha Baron Cohen as “Borat,” Zach Braff, Colin Farrell, Neil Patrick Harris, Scarlett Johansson, Shia LeBeouf, Tobey Maguire, Ryan Reynolds, and Jason Segal, are featured in a second of a series of public service announcements to encourage American youth to vote in partnership with Google, YouTube, Declare Yourself, and MySpace. Also featured in the PSA are everyday Americans speaking about important issues and reasons to vote. The non-partisan PSA’s, produced by DiCaprio’s Appian Way, were created to engage and inspire young people to vote and participate in the upcoming election.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Declare Yourself has always been about using humor to motivate young people to the polls. Laughter is the best medicine...right? And it cures voter apathy right?
Well either way, we have decided to post this video which is has more of an Indie film feel than our other videos and uses only language from the Declaration of Independence (except the line "I am going to text this to 5 friends...because I'm pretty sure Jefferson didn't have a Sidekicks). If you've been reading this blog then you would know that DY founder Norman Lear owns one of the original 200 copies of the Declaration printed on July 4, 1776 and it has been touring the country regularly since 2000. So this video definitely spoke to us.
Watch it now and post your thoughts! Which person will you be on Nov 4th? With the party crowd...or the loner with the TV? No peer pressure or anything :)
Posted by Declare Yourself at 5:34 PM
Thanks to the millions of you who have voted early and help make this campaign a success! It's now one week until the election so get to your polling place soon!
If you already voted, help us spread these videos around! From Christina Applegate to T.I., Maroon 5 to Har Mar Superstar, these celebs and activists have come out to speak on behalf of Declare Yourself and early voting. Post them on your blog or MySpace, and email them to your friends!
Christina Applegate on Voting Early!
Peanut Butter Wolf on Voting Early
Watch all the videos here!
Posted by Declare Yourself at 5:18 PM
This week, Declare Yourself launched a forty-school handpass campaign, concentrated in four battleground states across America. Our handpasses, designed by the legendary political artist Shepard Fairey, feature state-specific informaiton on how to VOTE EARLY in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Iowa!
Posted by Declare Yourself at 2:23 PM
Monday, October 27, 2008
Guest Blogger Jason Pollock
Posted by Declare Yourself at 5:37 PM
American rapper, songwriter, producer, and actor, T.I., is speaking our on behalf of voting early! Check out his video below for Why Wait.
Why Wait? To find out how to vote early, go to www.declareyourself.com/whywait
Probably one of the best political songs I've heard yet! Written and performed by the 7th Grade class of Ron Clark Academy, these students modified T.I.'s hit song "Whatever You Like" to "Vote However You Like."
Friday, October 24, 2008
We have celebs talking about voting in viral videos all the time. They have a megaphone most of us dont, and when they speak, people listen. But us non-celebs can be just as influential! Like Brad Nizekowski! Check him out in this new video! In the spirit of all those Publishers Clearing House winner videos, we have the Publishers VOTING House winners! You TOO have won ONE VOTE! WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NEXT?!?!
Publishers Voting House Winner - Frat Boy
Posted by Declare Yourself at 11:31 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Inspired by the Hollywood Declares Themselves video, the Youth Vote Project created this video. Their goal: to get every high school in America to register every eligible senior before graduation every year.
Posted by Declare Yourself at 3:33 PM
Guest Blogger Jason Pollock!
Wednesday Oct 23 - Today in Chapel Hill was awesome! The "Why Wait" campaign of Declare Yourself must be working because the campus was buzzing from EARLY VOTING! The Sneak Peak of "The Youngest Candidate" was great and one lucky audience member walked away with a FREE ZUNE! Many thanks to Niraj Shah who was the Zune rep at the school and helped to put the event together. I took some great pix of the early voting polling place too...
Posted by Declare Yourself at 10:14 AM
PRESS RELEASE REDMOND, WA — October 20, 2008 — Just in time for the presidential election, Zune is encouraging young adults to get out and vote on November 4, 2008 and is partnering with Declare Yourself, the national non-profit campaign to encourage youth to register to vote and get to the polls, and Jason Pollock, director of the new documentary “The Youngest Candidate.” Declare Yourself has been working diligently the past few months to inspire youth to register to vote and now with only 16 days to go until the election, Zune is teaming up to get those who registered to cast their vote. Now through the election, Zune is speaking to more than 2 million music fans by featuring an election page, “Declare Yourself! Election ’08,” in the Zune Marketplace online store, and by creating a “Declare Yourself” page in the online music community, Zune Social. Users can visit the “Declare Yourself” page on the Social to get the latest Declare Yourself public service announcements, political podcasts, custom playlists and to preview and download the trailer of “The Youngest Candidate” documentary, Jason Pollock’s film about four teenagers who ran for public office. In addition, starting today, Zune will be a part of the “Why Wait? Early Voting” tour with both Declare Yourself and Jason Pollock. The tour will travel on the Zune van to 15 college campuses around the United States in an effort to get the youth vote out before and on Election Day. Director Jason Pollock will host a sneak peak screening of his new film, “The Youngest Candidate” at each tour stop and Zune will hand out free 14-day Zune Pass subscriptions, which give fans unlimited access to millions of tracks available on Zune Marketplace, and will conduct a raffle to give a Zune to one of the students who attends the screening. Declare Yourself will be passing out information on early voting on flyers designed by Shepard Fairey. Pollock will also be writing blogs every day about each stop of the tour on his website, http://www.TheYoungestCandidate.com. Tour stops include: 10/20 - Duke University 10/21 - North Carolina State University 10/22 - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 10/23 - North Carolina A&T State University 10/24 - University of Florida 10/25 - Univ. of Central FL 10/26 - Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival 10/27 - University of South Florida 10/28 - Florida Atlantic University 10/30 - University of Virginia 10/31 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 11/1 - Pennsylvania State University 11/2 - Michigan State University 11/3 - Ohio University 11/4 - Ohio State University Zune Marketplace also features political podcasts, downloadable Saturday Night Live political skits and more. To access Zune Marketplace, visit: http://www.zune.net/en-US/entertainment/podcasts. To access the Declare Yourself Social, page visit: http://social.zune.net/member/DeclareYourself and to access the election page on Zune Marketplace visit, http://www.zune.net/DeclareYourself.com.
REDMOND, WA — October 20, 2008 — Just in time for the presidential election, Zune is encouraging young adults to get out and vote on November 4, 2008 and is partnering with Declare Yourself, the national non-profit campaign to encourage youth to register to vote and get to the polls, and Jason Pollock, director of the new documentary “The Youngest Candidate.”
Declare Yourself has been working diligently the past few months to inspire youth to register to vote and now with only 16 days to go until the election, Zune is teaming up to get those who registered to cast their vote.
Now through the election, Zune is speaking to more than 2 million music fans by featuring an election page, “Declare Yourself! Election ’08,” in the Zune Marketplace online store, and by creating a “Declare Yourself” page in the online music community, Zune Social. Users can visit the “Declare Yourself” page on the Social to get the latest Declare Yourself public service announcements, political podcasts, custom playlists and to preview and download the trailer of “The Youngest Candidate” documentary, Jason Pollock’s film about four teenagers who ran for public office.
In addition, starting today, Zune will be a part of the “Why Wait? Early Voting” tour with both Declare Yourself and Jason Pollock. The tour will travel on the Zune van to 15 college campuses around the United States in an effort to get the youth vote out before and on Election Day. Director Jason Pollock will host a sneak peak screening of his new film, “The Youngest Candidate” at each tour stop and Zune will hand out free 14-day Zune Pass subscriptions, which give fans unlimited access to millions of tracks available on Zune Marketplace, and will conduct a raffle to give a Zune to one of the students who attends the screening. Declare Yourself will be passing out information on early voting on flyers designed by Shepard Fairey. Pollock will also be writing blogs every day about each stop of the tour on his website, http://www.TheYoungestCandidate.com.
Tour stops include:
10/20 - Duke University
10/21 - North Carolina State University
10/22 - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
10/23 - North Carolina A&T State University
10/24 - University of Florida
10/25 - Univ. of Central FL
10/26 - Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival
10/27 - University of South Florida
10/28 - Florida Atlantic University
10/30 - University of Virginia
10/31 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
11/1 - Pennsylvania State University
11/2 - Michigan State University
11/3 - Ohio University
11/4 - Ohio State University
Zune Marketplace also features political podcasts, downloadable Saturday Night Live political skits and more. To access Zune Marketplace, visit: http://www.zune.net/en-US/entertainment/podcasts. To access the Declare Yourself Social, page visit: http://social.zune.net/member/DeclareYourself and to access the election page on Zune Marketplace visit, http://www.zune.net/DeclareYourself.com.
MySpace just released their coverage of the Declare Yourself Hollywood party! Young, hot, and politically active, these stars came out not just for a good time, but to also to encourage their fans to vote on November 4th (or sooner!).
MySpace Impact at the Declare Yourself Gala!
Check out Amber and Dilshad getting ready for the party!
Amber Stevens says get out and vote!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Perez Hilton voted early! Check out his vlog on it!
Natalie Portman and Kirsten Dunst also voted early!
Will you be voting early? Visit www.declareyourself.com/whywait for more information on how to vote early!
Why Wait is a nonpartisan effort to get out the vote before the official election day. Declare Yourself is encouraging people to vote early to avoid long lines, malfunctioning machines, and conflicting school/work schedules. Declare Yourself is in not endorsing or promoting any candidate or party.
Posted by Declare Yourself at 1:08 PM
So you're registered....now what? Two things, get informed and then find your polling place! Google has just released their polling place locater on Google Maps. Click here, then enter your address and the map will show you exactly where your polling place is!
Posted by Declare Yourself at 11:14 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Oh yea, we went there with that post title.
We've been blogging about Early Voting and its catching on! Okay we cant take all the credit, but we can post this picture of Kirsten Dunst walking out of the early voting polling place in Norwalk, CA.
Why Wait? Vote early! www.DeclareYourself.com/whywait
Posted by Declare Yourself at 3:26 PM
An earlier blog post on a high school class president election reminded me of something...HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 COMES OUT THIS WEEKEND!!!! Okay maybe this blogger is a little overexcited for the third installment of a Disney TV movie (on the big screen!) but it's because it's the first time some of the cast will be voting!
During the filming of HSM3, Declare Yourself was invited to visit the set in Utah and talk to the cast about voting and the election. The entire cast couldn't have been nicer! Olesya has been a passionate supporter of Declare Yourself since Sept 2007 and Zac said was excited to vote for the first time. He was originally hesitant to talk about it, since he had never voted before, but that is exactly why we wanted him to talk to our cameras. We are trying to reach out to young people who have NEVER voted before, and to encourage them to vote for the first time in this monumental election. So thank you HSM3 for helping us out!
Check out Zac, Monique, Olesya, and newcomer Matt Prokop in these short and sweet PSAs!
Zac Efron Declares Himself!
Monique Coleman on Voting
Matt Prokop on Voting
Oleysa Rulin on Voting
Monday, October 20, 2008
Posted by Declare Yourself at 10:55 PM
Posted by Declare Yourself at 12:35 PM
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he'd be casting his vote for Barack Obama come election day.
Do you remember the your high school class presidental election? I do, and for my school it was pretty much a popularity contest...in fact our class president was also our homecoming king.
Watch the trailer now!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thanks to Ypulse, I read this great article by Rainee Lyson about how young people today don't have their own protest songs, so they get their political inspiration from rockers of the 60's and 70's.
"Rock music of the 1960s, '70s and '80s reflected the social and political rebellion of the time. Fuelled by the Vietnam War and women's and civil rights movements, the teenagers of the '60s were a generation willing to fight for a better world. Generation Y sees no need to rebel. We have been handed over a world reformed. We lead comfortable lives, and not even the threat to our environment can upset our stability"
Read the whole article here and post your thoughts on our blog! What are some of your favorite protest songs?Listen to some of Declare Yourself's favorite political songs on Zune! http://social.zune.net/member/DeclareYourself
Posted by Declare Yourself at 1:21 PM
How can any of us forget that sad little bill sitting on Capital Hill? I think most of us grew up watching the School House Rock cartoons (Conjunction Junction was my fav) but finally School House Rock has grown up with us! In a parody of the original education cartoons, Declare Yourself now has a two Skool House Rocks videos! These cartoons are a little edgier (and maybe dirtier) than the originals...but hey, you're 18 and over right?
Posted by Declare Yourself at 11:12 AM
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Gap has a new series of viral videos out, one of which features Declare Yourself founder, Norman Lear! In this campaign, Gap is asking American's what they are voting for. Are you voting for better health care? A college education? lower taxes?
Find more videos like this on AdGabber
We want to know what you are voting for. You can submit a video response to our page on IbeatYou.com or you can post your dream for America on our new Facebook Application. Make your voice heard!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Saturday, Oct 11
233 Winston Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132
Walk Across America with Bow Wow! Rap artist Bow Wow will be walking around Washington DC registering voters and talking to young people. Meet at the Bowie State University at 12:30pm!
Walk Across America with Bow Wow! Rap artist Bow Wow will be walking around Boston registering voters and talking to young people. Meet at the Apple Store on Boylston at 10am!
Posted by Declare Yourself at 3:43 PM
Thursday, October 9, 2008
If you’ve ever wondered if your vote really does matter, check out these facts from some extremely close elections.
1800 – ONE VOTE in the electoral college made Thomas Jefferson President over Aaron Burr.
1845 – ONE VOTE brought Texas into the Union.
1847 – ONE VOTE elected Whig candidate George G. Dunn over Democratic candidate David M. Dobson for the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana.
1948 – 87 VOTES elected Lyndon B. Johnson to the Senate.
1867 – ONE VOTE decided on the purchase of Alaskan territory.
1868 – ONE VOTE prevented President Andrew Johnson from being impeached.
1955 – ONE VOTE elected the mayor of Huron, Ohio.
1916 – ONE VOTE in each California precinct re-elected Woodrow Wilson to the Presidency over Charles E. Hughes.
1960 – ONE VOTE per precinct made John F. Kennedy the President over contender Richard Nixon.
1962 – ONE VOTE per precinct determined the winners for Governor in the states of Maine, Rhode Island, and North Dakota.
1977 – ONE VOTE determined in a recount, decided that Robert Emond won the seat for Vermont State Representative over Sydney Nixon.
1984 – ONE VOTE elected a Monroe County, Florida commissioner.
1999 – ONE VOTE per precinct elected Leslie Byrne to the Virginia Senate.
2000 – 237 VOTES in Florida resulted in the election of George W. Bush to the Presidency.
2002 – 5 VOTES elected Dan Sparks to the Minnesota State Senate.
2004 – 129 VOTES declared Christine Gregoire the Governor of Washington in a third and final hand recount.
Now you REALLY have no excuses! Make your vote count!
Posted by Declare Yourself at 2:53 PM
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
We're not rating how the candidates did, becuase we all have our opinions...but how many people watched it?
These ratings are taken in the 55 top television markets. Several markets in swing states also saw household ratings boosts over the first presidential debate. Milwaukee had the largest jump, moving up 26 spots in Nielsen's ranking of debate viewing in the top 55 markets. Household viewing in Indianapolis and Dayton, Ohio (+21 spots in Nielsen's ranking), Minneapolis (+17 spots), and Cincinnati (+15 spots) also increased significantly from the first to the second McCain/Obama debate.
Posted by Declare Yourself at 1:14 PM
Thanks to everyone who has been posting their reasons for voting on IBeatYou.com...they're great! Some are hilarious and others are sincere and moving. If you haven't uploaded your video, do it now! Or vote for the one you like!
Here are some of the videos...click here for more!
The McCain-Palin team launched its latest ad, "Folks", which continues the Republican's campaign theme of questioning Sen. Barack Obama's record.
"The ad highlights Barack Obama's defense of his extreme liberal voting record by accusing others of lying," according to JohnMcCain.com.
The deadline to register to vote in California is fast approaching! Borders customers will have the opportunity to register to vote in the 2008 presidential election in two stores this month at a "Last Call to Register!" event.
Attendees can also view an original copy of the Declaration of Independence that will be on display at the store. This is the last time this year that the Declaration will be available for public viewing.
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Posted by Declare Yourself at 11:19 AM
Monday, October 6, 2008
Everybody remembers the classic 1970's Schoolhouse Rock videos... Check out this updated, mildly inappropriate version brought to you by alums from TV Funhouse and The Daily Show!
Posted by Declare Yourself at 10:10 AM
Sunday, October 5, 2008
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Friday, October 3, 2008
No harm, no foul for the candidates at the vice presidential debate in St. Louis on Thursday. In what was one of the 2008 campaign's most heavily anticipated moments, there was relatively little buzz to follow.
Vice-presidential nominees Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin took the stage at Washington University, ready to debate in an event hosted by Gwen Ifill of PBS. Following an erratic interview with Katie Couric, some political pundits expected Palin's performance at the debate to make or break the Republican ticket. Her performance did neither, nor did Biden's of the Democratic ticket.
The two squared off in a 90-minute contest centering around the economy, foreign policy, and U.S. energy policy. They touched on such hot-button issues as the war in Iraq and same-sex marriage, while confirming their allegiance to their selective presidential nominees.
Palin tried to keep the air casual, asking Biden, "Hey, can I call you Joe?", and catering to "Joe Six-Pack American". Though Palin often questioned Biden's record, Biden listed his work in the Senate while comparing that of McCain's to President George W. Bush.
"The issue is, how different is John McCain's policy going to be than George Bush's? I haven't heard anything yet," Biden said in perhaps of his most noteworthy soundbite of the night.
Early rating numbers show that the one and only vice-presidential debate of the 2008 election season drew in far more viewers than that of the first presidential debate, according to the Washington Post.
This was the second time in U.S. history that there has been a female candidate for vice president. The numbers for this year's debate are expexted to rival that of the 57 million viewers of the 1984 vice-presidential debate between George H.W. Bush, the Republican nominee, and Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic nominee. (Click here for YouTube segments of the 1984 V.P. Debate.)
The next presidential debate will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Belmont University in Nashville.
Posted by Declare Yourself at 1:43 PM
Jessica Alba is asking all of you why you are voting in the election. What issues are important to you? Environment? Iraq War? THE ECONOMY?!?! Submit your video response on I Beat You and Jessica and Hayden will pick their favorite.
Jessica Alba, in continuation of her work on the Only You Can Silence Yourself, stars in this mock home shopping show in which YOU, the voter, can purchase The Muzzler?
What is the Muzzler, you ask? Well it is a fashionable restraining device in which, when applied correctly, you can prevent your voice from being heard! Watch the video, and listen to the testimonials of Hayden Panettiere and 90210's Tristan Wilde, to find out more!
What are your opinions of the video? Was it memorable? Did you get the point? Will you be voting...or will you be visiting www.TheMuzzler.com?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tonight, Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin will debate for the first and only time this election. Over 52 million people watched last week’s Presidential debate and even more are said to tune in tonight. This debate is of utmost importance, as early voting has already begun in eight states, including the vital swing state of Ohio. Tonight, newcomer Sarah Palin will have to prove she has the experience and knowledge needed to be VP, while Joe Biden needs to talk up his 40 years of expertise.
Gwen Ifill of PBS will moderate tonight’s debate, which will take place at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The format will be slightly different than the Presidential debate, as the V.P. candidates will only have 90 seconds to answer questions, followed by a two-minute discussion led by Ifill. The short time frame is said to help both Biden and Palin, as both can ramble off-topic when they have the time.
The economy will definitely be a key issue tonight. Palin has termed herself “Joe Six-Pack American” and will surely try to appeal to the average citizens. Biden may have the upper hand though, as he can promote his and Barack Obama’s ability to bring change.
You can catch the debate tonight, October 2, at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific. It will be 90 minutes long and aired on numerous channels (check your local listings). You can also watch it on myspace.com/debates.
Posted by Declare Yourself at 2:54 PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Presidential Election Registration Deadlines:
October 4: Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington
October 5: Alaska
October 6: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia
October 7: Illinois, New Mexico
October 8: Missouri
October 10: New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma
October 11: Delaware
October 14: Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon
October 15: Massachusetts, West Virginia, Wisconsin
October 20: California, Kansas, South Dakota
October 21: Connecticut, Maine
October 24: Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska
October 29: Vermont
November 4, Day of Election: Idaho, New Hampshire, Wyoming, North Dakota
Posted by Declare Yourself at 2:18 PM
Don't vote...no just kidding, you defintiely should....THen why is Hollywood telling you not to? Watch above for answers from Amy Adams, Tatyana Ali, will.i.am, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, Maria Bello, Halle Berry, Selma Blair, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Connolly, Courteney Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jaime Foxx, Jonah Hill, Djimon Hounsou, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Kiedis, Ashton Kutcher, Adam Levine, Laura Linney, Eva Longoria, Tobey Maguire, Demi Moore, Esai Morales, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Ethan Suplee, Kyra Sedgwick, Michelle Trachtenberg, Usher, and Forest Whitaker.
Hollywood Declares Themselves
Posted by Declare Yourself at 10:26 AM