Students at Antioch University New England have launched a Power Vote pledge campaign joining thousands of young voters across the country. As of 9:30 am on November 3, ANE was listed as seventh in Power Vote’s national Top Ten Pledges (by percent of school size) ranking. Power Vote is a nonpartisan, voter education campaign sponsored by the Energy Action Coalition. It seeks to mobilize one million “climate voters” on campuses across the country.
At Antioch New England, student organizers collected close to six hundred Power Vote pledges, which represents over fifty percent of Antioch New England’s students, faculty, and staff. Organizers have asked for pledges by manning on-campus event tables, in individual professor’s classrooms, and through internet postings and targeted emails. ANE President David Caruso, ANE’s faculty senate, ANE’s Department of Education, and ANE’s Environmental Studies Department have endorsed the student Power-Vote efforts.
According to Antioch Power Vote organizer John Lippmann, the 2008 election is a rare opportunity to push for a new national agenda of clean energy, green economy and environmental justice. “Participation in Power Vote,” says Lippmann, “has also helped us gain organizing skills necessary to help make this happen both at Antioch New England and in our communities beyond the classroom.” The ANE Power Vote campaign was begun as a service learning project for professor Steve Chase’s Organizing Social Movements class. Steve is the director of ANE’s environmental advocacy program.
On October 29th at 8:30 pm, Al Gore addressed ANE’s Power Vote group and others across the country in a live web cast. He stressed the importance of young people taking action to halt our climate crisis and called for voters to hold “elected officials accountable for repowering America through our voice and our Vote on November 4.”
You can sign the Power Vote pledge at www.powervote.org or by signing at a Power Vote table set up in one of ANE’s common spaces. To help with the ANE Power Vote effort contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Power Vote Pledge
The pledge is just three sentences long: “Our generation needs a brand new vision for our future. We need to lead the world towards a just, clear energy economy that moves beyond dirty energy, creates green jobs for all, and secures our climate. I pledge to vote, hold our leaders accountable through my sustained involvement, and create a Power Shift!”