NATIONAL HIP-HOP TEAM VOTE 2008 CAMPAIGN
TO BE LAUNCHED IN PENNSYLVANIA
WHO: Russell Simmons; hip-hop stars Jim Jones and Freeway; Terrence J, host of BET’s “106 & Park”; Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President/CEO of the Hip-Hop Research and Education Fund; Steve Phillips, Founder and Chairman of PowerPAC; Valeisha Butterfield, Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
Russell Simmons, Rosario Dawson, Eve, Fat Joe and Cheri Dennis will be recording radio PSAs in conjunction with Hip-Hop Team Vote to increase awareness on the importance of youth voter turnout. These PSAs will air until the Pennsylvania primary on April 22nd
WHAT:Press conference to launch the national “Hip-Hop Team Vote: Turn Up The Vote” campaign with Hip-Hop Research and Education Fund, PowerPAC and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. “Hip-Hop Team Vote: Turn Up The Vote” is an unprecedented, focused national campaign to mobilize the hip-hop generation of youth voters to ensure the largest youth voter turnout in American history on November 4, 2008. The press conference will announce a statewide youth voter registration effort between March 18 – March 24, the deadline to register voters for the April 22 Pennsylvania primary, as well as a Youth Voter Summit to take place in Philadelphia days before the Pennsylvania primary.
WHERE: University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall (Bodek Lounge) at 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
WHEN: Wednesday, March 19 at 11am EST. Press check in 10:00am
The community partners are Voto Latino, the United States Student Association and Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN).
Exclusive Radio Partner is Radio One
About Hip-Hop Research and Education Fund
Founded in 2001, the Hip-Hop Research and Education Fund (HREF) is one of the premier research and public education organizations, dedicated to raising public awareness about social, cultural, political and economic issues important to the hip-hop generation in America and throughout the world. HREF is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501C3 organization, based in New York City.
PowerPAC is a nonprofit advocacy and political organization. It was organized to champion democracy and social justice in states and communities across the country. PowerPAC directs financial and human resources to strategic local and state legislative fights, ballot initiatives, and candidate campaigns by organizing donors who are committed to social justice politics. The organization identifies priority areas for investment and helps donors achieve maximum political impact with their political giving. This process includes conducting research and analysis on the political landscape, identifying critical social justice issues to bring more voters -particularly voters of color – into the political process. PowerPAC believes that the most effective way to build political power for historically underrepresented constituencies is to invest in long-term political and for structure that can be mobilized for short-term victories.
About Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Founded in 2001, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is dedicated to harnessing the cultural relevance of hip-hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other societal concerns fundamental to the well being of at-risk youth throughout the United States. HSAN is the largest non-profit, worldwide coalition of hip-hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil rights proponents, and youth leaders united in the belief that Hip-Hop is an enormously influential agent for positive social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice.