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18 in ’08

Youth vote mobilization has been a significant media talking point of late. But how, exactly, are these youths being mobilized? By each other. Consider David D. Burstein. A 19-year-old student at Haverford College, Mr. Burstein is the founder and executive directer of 18 in 08,  a documentary film that..\n


Youth vote mobilization has been a significant media talking point of late. But how, exactly, are these youths being mobilized? By each other. Consider David D. Burstein. A 19-year-old student at Haverford College, Mr. Burstein is the founder and executive directer of 18 in 08, a documentary film that turned into a young voter registration/mobilization effort-the initial idea being that a number of people would turn 18 in 2008, and those nascent of-agers ought to be voting. We talked to Mr. Burstein recently, and here's what he had to say:On Election Night 2004, I was sitting with a group of friends watching the results come in. The next morning I thought, "Why is it that only 47% of young voters turned out?" My second question was how do we change this for 2008? These questions led me on a journey to create a documentary film called 18 in '08. In the process of making the film, I met a person who is now running for his third term in the New Hampshire State House and just graduated from college, I met and interviewed scores of politicians from Senator John Kerry to Governor Jeb Bush. Now, as I travel around the country talking to young voters, screening our film, I realize that there is not only a hunger and ability by members of our generation to make a difference-in fact we already are-but there is the potential for something much bigger than changing our political process, but the real ability to solve seemingly insurmountable problems beyond our parents' generation's wildest dreams. It starts with all of us casting our vote this November. You can watch clips from the original documentary here.
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