Wednesday, 2 July, 2008 1:08 PM
of Independence Continues to Inspire 232 Years Later
Fourth of July Approaching, Our Nation's Birth Certificate Energizes
Millions of Young People to Register to Vote through the Non-Partisan
Initiative Declare Yourself
courtesy of www.history.com
Declaration of Independence.
ANGELES -- 232 years to the day since it was first printed,
an original copy of the Declaration of Independence will once again
be in the people's hands this July 4th, as part of Declare Yourself's
non-partisan initiative to register every new voter in time for
election day. Founded by producer Norman Lear, Declare Yourself
has registered nearly two million voters in the past four years.
touring the country, Lear's is one of 25 remaining originals of
the Declaration of Independence created on the evening of July 4,
1776, a symbol of democracy that is just as powerful over 200 years
after its creation. Lear purchased the Declaration of Independence
at auction after it was discovered in 1989 hidden behind a framed
painting purchased at a flea market.
of July, the Declaration of Independence will be on public display
aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego throughout the day, then
again that evening when the Museum reopens for its annual "A
Celebration of America" event. To commemorate the birthday
of America and the presence of our nation's most prized possession,
Cricket Wireless and Declare Yourself are also planning a major
entertainment show prior to the Big Bay Fireworks Show, which will
feature celebrity performances and a special program to honor US
Veterans in cooperation with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran's
Association of America.
enduring power of the Declaration of Independence speaks for itself,"
said Marc Morgenstern, executive director of Declare Yourself. "We
know by the amount of traffic to our website, the Declaration helps
motivate young people, and there's no better way to honor our nation's
birth certificate than by registering and voting this year."
The youth voter initiative expects to register thousands of young
people at the San Diego event and on-line across the nation at http://www.declareyourself.com/.
the Declaration of Independence is touring the country as part of
the Cricket Wireless Declaration Road Trip, making 17 stops along
the way as it reaches tens of thousands of eager viewers of all
ages. Evidence of the continuing impact of the document can also
be witnessed in the many efforts of some of Declare Yourself's partners
for the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, which include:
Collins - Inspired by the Declaration, a new book has been released
called Declare Yourself in which 50 celebrated Americans -- from
Adrian Grenier to Amber Tamblyn to Hayden Panettiere to Alice Walker
-- share their compelling perspectives on voting and civic involvement
in this one-of-a-kind book. Guest edited by actress America Ferrera,
this collection of more than fifty essays and unique pieces explores
topics ranging from "The First Time I Voted" to "Why
the Personal is Political," all straight from the pens of recognized
Eagle Outfitters - Bringing the spirit of the Declaration to life
for today's trendsetters, American Eagle Outfitters has designed
a limited edition graphic T shirt available now for young adults
looking to make a nonpartisan fashion statement and "Declare"
themselves in 2008. American Eagle Outfitters has created a complementary
online and in-store campaign encouraging all 18-year olds to register
and vote in the 2008 election.
registered nearly 500,000 voters for the 2008 election, Declare
Yourself is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign that energizes
and empowers every eligible 18 to 29 year-old in America to register
and vote. Using the power of strategic media partnerships, celebrity
spokespeople, the sports arena, and most importantly, mobile and
Internet technology, Declare Yourself's campaign blankets the landscape
of popular culture with a simple, clear message: REGISTER and VOTE!
Declare Yourself registered 1.2 million young people in 2004 and
has targeted 2 million registrations in 2008. The nonprofit, founded
by Norman Lear, was launched in 2003 as the culmination of the Declaration
of Independence Road Trip, a nationwide multi-media exhibit and
tour of an original copy of the Declaration of Independence.