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Why Bother? Voices of a New Generation


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Why Bother? 10.2.2012
Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today

Voices of a New Generation event
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Attendees: 1 No Charge

DATE: Tuesday, October 2
TIME: 7 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
This conversation is being taped for broadcast.
           Please be in your seat by 7 pm
LOCATION: KLRU's Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: Event is free, but RSVP is required. Please RSVP at form on the left.
If you would like to RSVP for a group of more than 20, please email aburcham@klru.org

If you're a young adult today, you may be struggling to find a job, pay for college, and get child care. But less than a third of you bother to vote.

Like it or not, the government affects your life. So why are so few people politically engaged?

Join us on Tuesday, October 2nd for a conversation with young Texans – those who are engaged and those who aren’t – about the causes of low civic participation and how to boost it. What will you do to amplify your voice?

An interactive dialogue featuring:

  • Jeanne Goka, Principal, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
  • Paulina Sosa, Student, University of Texas, ONE Campaign volunteer
  • Community members in the audience and online
  • Ann Beeson, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Moderator

Why are some young people passionate community volunteers but disengaged voters? Why are others opting out of a presidential election that offers radically different visions for the future of the country? What will it take to magnify the influence of the largest potential voting bloc in America in the political process?

Sponsored by the Strauss Institute for Civic Life, KLRU, and KUT, this event is part of Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today, a news and public dialogue series intended to provoke a conversation among regular people about why Texas has one of the lowest rates of civic engagement in the world, and what we can do about it.