Fall 2018 Action Theme: Why Vote?
We asked how you might create the most compelling, fun, and inspiring argument for voting in the midterm elections, regardless of who or what a person votes for.
Be Interactive collaborated with Rio Tazewell of Washington, DC to produce this video:
Fact Sources For Video
- College is free in two dozen other countries.
- In the US, 44 million people have student loan debt, totaling 1.5 trillion dollars.
- 118 other countries offer free and universal health care, regardless of pre-existing conditions or the ability to pay
- The US has had 57 times as many school shootings as all other major nations combined.
- Suicide is a leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds.
- 1 in 5 women will be raped in her lifetime.
- 81% of women will be sexually harassed in her lifetime.
- We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophes. Half a degree increase in global temperature will worsen extreme weather and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
- Since the 70s, the number of category 4 or 5 hurricanes has doubled.
- The government has defunded the Environmental Protection Agency.
- The government has rolled back protections from climate change and pollution.
- In the workplace, women are paid 18% less than men for the same work.
- Only 6% of CEOs are women. 94% of CEOS are men.
- 67% of Americans support Abortion Rights, but 29 states impose major restrictions on abortion access.
- No states restrict access to erectile dysfunction medications.
- African Americans are more unemployed than any other group in the United States.
- 21% of African American men were unemployed in 2016.
- In comparison to whites, African Americans are incarcerated over 5 times more frequently.
- African Americans are more than twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during a police encounter.
Building Strong Neighborhoods
- In 2014, immigrants paid an estimated $11.74 in billion in federal, state and local taxes every year.
https://www.newamericaneconomy.org/issues/taxes-spending-power/ (2014 is the latest data available)
- Immigrants have far lower conviction rates than native-born Americans.
- Hate crimes are up about 20% in the nation’s largest cities.
https://csbs.csusb.edu/sites/csusb_csbs/files/Final%20Hate%20Crime%2017%20Status%20Report%20pdf.pdf (2016/17 is the latest complete data available)