The winner of the I AM THIS LAND contest is…

From the Restore Fairness blog-

(DRUMROLL PLEASE…)

The judges have spoken!

We’re pleased to announce that the winner for the I AM THIS LAND contest on diversity is Role Call!

Role Call was created by a team of students and alumni from Flushing International High School (FIHS) in Queens, New York under the supervision of FIHS Media Arts Teacher, Dillon Paul. The MTV-style video – of a student in class daydreaming about gender, cultural expression, and racial stereotypes – won the judges over.

Watch below!

Breakthrough got the chance to meet the winners at FIHS and we were quite taken with their story.Watch our interview with the high school team HERE. “The video was created in response to several incidents of violence in our school, and our desire to use media to promote respect and tolerance in our school and beyond,” said teacher Dillon Paul. “Our students come from approximately 40 different countries and speak 20 different languages. Like most high schools, however, cultural differences, sexual and gender identity can be sources of discomfort and fear, leading to bigotry, bullying and violence.”

Paul worked with current students and two alumni, Jean Franco Vergaray and Osbani Garcia, to introduce the Gay Straight Alliance, that promotes respect and equality for LGBTQ youth, at the school. Said Franco, “That we could portray one person being all these different personalities, all these different identities, was just a way to say, diversity is okay. People shouldn’t be labeled.”

We’re also pleased to announce the first runner up: What Are You? created by Genevieve Lin of Seattle, Washington.

Second place runners up (of equal ranking) are: I’m Coming Out and  American Girl by Eliyas Qureshi of Jersey City, New Jersey; American Dream by Suhir Ponncchamy of Belle Mead, New Jersey and Listen by Luke McKay of Fenton, Michigan. And check back for interviews with some of the other participants!  Visit I AM THIS LAND, to see all the amazing entries!

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The winner of the I AM THIS LAND contest is…

From the Restore Fairness blog-

(DRUMROLL PLEASE…)

The judges have spoken!

We’re pleased to announce that the winner for the I AM THIS LAND contest on diversity is Role Call!

Role Call was created by a team of students and alumni from Flushing International High School (FIHS) in Queens, New York under the supervision of FIHS Media Arts Teacher, Dillon Paul. The MTV-style video – of a student in class daydreaming about gender, cultural expression, and racial stereotypes – won the judges over.

Watch below!

Breakthrough got the chance to meet the winners at FIHS and we were quite taken with their story.Watch our interview with the high school team HERE. “The video was created in response to several incidents of violence in our school, and our desire to use media to promote respect and tolerance in our school and beyond,” said teacher Dillon Paul. “Our students come from approximately 40 different countries and speak 20 different languages. Like most high schools, however, cultural differences, sexual and gender identity can be sources of discomfort and fear, leading to bigotry, bullying and violence.”

Paul worked with current students and two alumni, Jean Franco Vergaray and Osbani Garcia, to introduce the Gay Straight Alliance, that promotes respect and equality for LGBTQ youth, at the school. Said Franco, “That we could portray one person being all these different personalities, all these different identities, was just a way to say, diversity is okay. People shouldn’t be labeled.”

We’re also pleased to announce the first runner up: What Are You? created by Genevieve Lin of Seattle, Washington.

Second place runners up (of equal ranking) are: I’m Coming Out and  American Girl by Eliyas Qureshi of Jersey City, New Jersey; American Dream by Suhir Ponncchamy of Belle Mead, New Jersey and Listen by Luke McKay of Fenton, Michigan. And check back for interviews with some of the other participants!  Visit I AM THIS LAND, to see all the amazing entries!

Send these videos on to your friends, post on your sites, share and discuss!

 

 

 

Creative Minds Needed -- Help Us Rename the KDP Blog!

It's been about three months since I headed South to Kansas to take over the online operations at the Kansas Democratic Party. I've had the chance to do some cool things and meet a lot of interesting people. But nothing has me more excited than what we'll be rolling out online in the next few months.

Our new website won't be done for a little while but we're leaking a bit of it today. (I couldn't wait!)

One of the newest features of our new website will be a fully functional, community blog in the style of Daily Kos. We haven't worked out all the kinks yet but we want to create a place where all Kansas Democrats could go to talk about their local party, candidates, and partner organizations.

Hopefully, it will become the new standard for state Democratic Party blogs.

This new blog will be 100% free to all Kansas Democrats. All we need to do to make official is give it a new name! Can you help us out by suggesting a blog name for our new community blog?

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Help a Progressive Win a $10,000 Blogging Scholarship -- I Need Your Help!

My name is David Mauro and I am a staff writer for the Burnt Orange Report, the leading progressive blog in Texas.

I am a full-time college student and have been named a finalist for a $10,000 Blogging Scholarship. Whichever finalist wins the most votes will win the scholarship and I really could use your help.

Please vote for me now. It takes just a few seconds.
http://www.collegescholarships.org/blog/ 2008/11/06/vote-for-the-winner-of-the-20 08-blogging-scholarship/

I am the ONLY progressive political blogger on the list of 20 finalists. Please help me win a victory for liberal blogosphere and vote for me now:
http://www.collegescholarships.org/blog/ 2008/11/06/vote-for-the-winner-of-the-20 08-blogging-scholarship/

Thanks for your support. It means a lot.

David
Staff Writer, Burnt Orange Report

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Exclusive Interview With Democrats' YouTube Contest Finalist

Cross-posted at Georgia Politics Unfiltered.

Nearly a week after finding out that her video was one of five selected in the Democratic National Convention/YouTube "Why are you a Democrat in 2008?" contest, 18 year old Lithonia, Georgia resident Morgan Harper is still surprised that her video got picked.

"It's kinda surprising," Harper said.  "When I first got the message on YouTube, I thought it was a generic message.  Then I read it and ran downstairs and told my sisters and my parents.  Everyone was really excited."

Back in July, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) launched a national online video contest with YouTube asking Americans to answer the question, "Why are you a Democrat in 2008?"

In Morgan's video, she describes her experience as a first time voter in the February 5th Democratic primary.

"I turned 18 the day before the primary," Harper said.  "And the guy who took my information [at the polls] was excited to see me voting saying that it was nice to see young people involved."

Morgan Harper said she cast her vote for Barack Obama.

When asked if she planned on volunteering with the Obama campaign in the fall, Morgan said that she's been really considering it but hadn't signed up for anything yet.

From now until 12noon on August 13th, YouTube users can log on to www.youtube.com/demconvention and vote for Morgan's video.

The finalist that receives the most votes will see their video played before thousands of delegates, elected officials and other guests at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

The winner of the "Why are you a Democrat in 2008?" will also attend the Democratic Convention and be sent on the campaign trail for a day, where as a member of the traveling press pool, they will record a video documenting the daily activities of the Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama.

Morgan Harper is currently a third-year student at Atlanta Christian College where she is majoring in English.  She says that she's also a musician and at the time of the interview, was in Florida auditioning for the new season of American Idol.

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