WHAT: Rock the Vote Concert
WHERE: UMass Dartmouth Veteran’s Memorial Ampitheatre
WHEN: Friday, September 24th, 2004
TIME: 5pm 1am
ABOUT: Rock the Vote is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and empowering young people to change their world. (http://www.rockthevote.com/rtv_about.php)
Also see http://www.rockthevote.com/rtv_campuscamp_dorights.php, on the rights students have in respect to where they vote.
Rock the Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, founded in 1990 in response to a wave of attacks on freedom of speech and artistic expression. Rock the Vote engages youth in the political process by incorporating the entertainment community and youth culture into its activities. From actors to musicians, comedians to athletes, Rock the Vote harnesses cutting-edge trends and pop culture to make political participation cool. Rock the Vote mobilizes young people to create positive social and political change in their lives and communities. The goal of Rock the Vote’s media campaigns and street team activities is to increase youth voter turnout. Rock the Vote coordinates voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote events, and voter education efforts, all with the intention of ensuring that young people take advantage of their right to vote.
Facts on young people, women and voting:
- Over15million 18-34 year old women did not vote in the last presidential election (US Census Bureau, www.census.gov)
- 11 million 18-34 year old women were not registered for the 2000 Election (US Census Bureau, www.census.gov)
- In Presidential election years between 1972 and 2000 the national youth voter turnout rate declined by 13 percentage points among 18-24 year old voters (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, CIRCLE www.civicyouth.org)
- 18-24 year olds vote significantly less than 25-30 year olds (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, CIRCLE www.civicyouth.org)
- Although overall youth voter turnout has been on a steady declined, voter turnouts among 18-24 year old African American women have slightly and steadily increase (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, CIRCLE www.civicyouth.org)
- 22 million single women- of any age- did not vote in the last presidential election (Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote www.wvwv.org)
- 16 million single women, of any age, were not registered for the 2000 elections! (Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote www.wvwv.org)
- Of the 30 million 18-34 year old women eligible to vote in 2000, less than half went to the polls! (US Census Bureau, www.census.gov)
- Fewer single women than married women vote (52% compared to 68%) and more young women today are likely to be single (Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote www.wvwv.org & CIRCLE www.civicyouth.org)
- Young women, as well as young men, see politics as something ‘old white men’ do -‘old white men’ who are driven by money and are largely corrupt(The White House Project, www.TheWhiteHouseProject.org)
- Almost half of all 18-25 year olds are non-college attending(The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, CIRCLE www.civicyouth.org)
- Women gained the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 20th Amendment (www.firstgov.org)
- Womenhave only had the right to vote for less than 84 years, our democracy is 228 years old! (The White House Project, www.thewhitehouseproject.org)
FEATURING: The Horse Flies (alternative roots rock), Boy With a Fish (indie rock) Karen Grenier (rock)
Also Performing: 44-Wreck (blues/rock), Oneiris (electric fusion), X-Tones (ska/reggae), Lunatic Rhythm (funk/hip-hop/reggae), Busted Fro (hip-hop), 3rd Eye (hip-hop), Monogoloids (rock n roll), Ahriginaill (rap/hip-hop), Shipyard Wreck (blues, funk, rock), 5Fox4 (rock), Neil McCarthy and Friends
SPONSORED BY: The UMass Dartmouth Women’s Resource Center, Campus Activities Board and The Office of Student Activities
CO-SPONSORS: Community Service Program, Residence Halls Congress, Student Senate, Political Science Association, WSMU, Class of 2006.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Juli Parker, Director, UMass Dartmouth Women’s Resource Center at JParker@umassd.edu or 508-910-4584.
RAIN LOCATION: Main Auditorium.