Why a blog? - HeadCount

This is an extremely important time for both HeadCount and our country. We are launching new teams every week in different cities across the country. We are registering more voters every day at shows and on our website. We continue to expand; working with like-minded partners on projects that will help us reach the goals we set out to achieve. Young people are showing up in record numbers for the primaries and it’s impossible to read a newspaper or watch an hour of CNN and not hear about the “youthquake”. While candidates like Barak Obama and Ron Paul have managed to successfully capture this movement in their campaigns, they are certainly not the cause. Several organizations like HeadCount have been working hard for years to engage young people in politics again. Whether registering people to vote at concerts or running online get out to vote campaigns, these groups have had a direct impact on young voters. The phenomenon we are now witnessing is the culmination of years of hard work by progressive organizations, and young people becoming outraged by the current situation of this country. The numbers speak for themselves, its clear that the youth movement is here and more young people will be registered and voting. What does this mean though? It is important to discuss where this movement will take us. Simply registering to vote, and voting on November 4th is not enough. It is important that young people begin to take an active role in society, searching out for what is important to them and doing all that they can in order to create a change. Registering to vote is a perfect catalyst for igniting this sort of interest. Once people are registered they are not only prepared to take part in democracy a few days a year by voting, they can also become aware that they have the ability to take part in democracy 365 days a year. If people want change, they will have to fight for it themselves. Politicians will not be able to solve all the problems we are facing today, people need to become responsible for themselves and the society they live in. HeadCount is fueling this type of social engagement throughout the live music community. People gather at the table, register to vote, sign our mailing list, read about the organizations history and discuss current events. HeadCount was started from scratch by two guys who saw a problem and chose to do something about fixing it. This can be an inspiration to all people who feel that they are insignificant and powerless in the greater scheme of things. The purpose of this blog is to create the same type of environment that we maintain at concerts. HeadCount staff will be sharing stories and experiences from working at concerts and interacting with different people at those shows. We will be posting about current events concerning everything musical, political and activist orientated. Most of all, we encourage all of you to join our discussion and comment on our posts. HeadCount is a grassroots organization and its volunteers, both current and future, are its soul.