Author: Aaron Ghitelman

Why All Music Fans Should be Supporting the Juggalos as they March on D.C.

The HeadCount blog is a forum for our community where we welcome all opinions and perspectives. Anyone wishing to write for the HeadCount blog may do so by emailing [email protected]  In America you can be fired from your job, be rejected from joining the military, or even lose custody of your children because of the music…

Posted in Personal Liberty

Our LOCKN’ Family Inspires Us

8,924 actions taken by festival-goers. $18,500 raised from the silent auction (featuring a signed D’Angelico guitar) to be shared by the orgs of Participation Row. Close to $20,000 raised via the festival stream to support the Charlottesville Community Fund. 4,000 pounds of food collected by Conscious Alliance for the Nelson County Food Pantry. 575 voters…

Posted in Participation Row

ACT LOCAL: Participation Row at LOCKN’ 2017

Participation Row is coming back to LOCKN’! We are partnering with Qello Concerts to put on this year’s activism village and it it will be more fun than ever to be socially conscious at LOCKN’. There’ll be free Ben & Jerry’s, a drawing for a signed D’Angelico guitar, and a silent auction to raise funds…

Posted in Participation Row

HeadCount, Charlottesville and LOCKN’

HeadCount is an organization that seeks to empower all Americans and make sure their voices are heard. We try to make sure everyone feels like welcome participants in the democratic process. That creed directly conflicts with the fascism, Nazism and violent thuggery we saw on display from the white nationalists who marched on Charlottesville, VA this weekend….

Posted in News

Interview: Rebecca Wood on Her High-Profile Heathcare Activism

Rebecca Wood is a mom, a huge music fan, and HeadCount’s Charlottesville, VA Team Leader. In just the last few months, she’s also become become a high-profile advocate for the Affordable Care Act, meeting with multiple members of Congress and getting interviewed many times by the national press. She never expected to be an activist…

Posted in Health Care Reform

#VoteLocal Phish Photobooth – Win Phree Ben & Jerry’s at Baker’s Dozen

We live in interesting times. Phish is playing a 13-night run at MSG, Ben & Jerry’s just dropped the special Freezer Reprise flavor and Jon Fishman is an elected official. So obviously we’re going to celebrate this Baker’s Dozen run. Our #VoteLocal photobooth has traversed the country this summer from the Hangout Fest in Alabama, High…

Posted in News

Turning Crowds into Custodians: The Magic of Electricology

Why do I love music festivals? Obviously it starts with the music. But if all I wanted was music I’d never have to leave my couch (or Spotify account). What really gets me going at fests is being part of a community greater than just myself. And Electric Forest holds a special place in my…

Posted in Music and Activism, Sustainability and Climate Change

People Are Flipping Out Over Trump’s New Voting Integrity Commission

Yesterday President Trump announced an executive order creating a new voting integrity commission to look into voter fraud and voter suppression, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. Protecting voter integrity is surely a good thing. And in some pockets, people are cheering the President’s move. Breitbart News did an exclusive interview  with the commission’s controversial…

Posted in Election and Voter Registration Reform

Facebook’s Town Hall Feature Just Revolutioned Digital Activism

Earlier this week Facebook launched something called Town Hall that makes it easy for you to find and contact those who represent you at every level. Town Hall is awesome. Here is a rundown of what it puts at your easy disposal. FIND YOUR REPS This is pretty straightforward, all you do is plug in…

Posted in Politics and Elections

Internet Responds to ‘Steve Bannon was a Deadhead’ Story

According to a college friend of Steve Bannon, the presidential advisor was a big Grateful Dead fan during his undergrad days at Virginia Tech. Such a big fan that when Arnold Toynbee, a favorite historian of his passed away, he went to down to the university radio station and requested that they dedicate a spin…

Posted in Politics and Elections