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Issue Papers from Public Agenda

Should gays and lesbians be allowed to marry? Do you support a tax cut? Is the air we breathe clean enough? If you're still craving a good explanation of the background and arguments for or against big issues or want to know how these and other issues affect you, check out the First Choice Guides below.

Don't see the issue you care passionately about? Visit Public Agenda for more in-depth issue guides.

Environment (PDF)
Gay Rights (PDF)
Healthcare (PDF)
Higher Education (PDF)
Immigration (PDF)
Jobs (PDF)
Race (PDF)
Taxes (PDF)
Terrorism (PDF)
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Rock the Vote
Rock the Vote
http://www.rockthevote.com/


Rock the Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, which mobilizes young people to create positive social and political change in their lives and communities. The goal of Rock the Vote's media campaigns and street team activities is to increase youth voter turnout. Rock the Vote coordinates voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote events, and voter education efforts, all with the intention of ensuring that young people take advantage of their right to vote.
 
Declare Yourself
Declare Yourself
http://www.declareyourself.com/


Declare Yourself is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign to energize and empower a new movement of young voters to participate in the 2004 presidential election. Declare Yourself will rally young Americans through a live spoken word and music tour of college campuses; an unprecedented nationwide voter education initiative for high school seniors; a comprehensive voter registration and election information Web site; an extensive online awareness campaign; a massive voter registration drive; a televised "get out the vote" concert; and public service announcements.
 
Fact Check
Fact Check
http://www.appcpenn.org/


The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Fact Check is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
 
Hip Hop Action Summit
Hip Hop Action Summit
http://www.hsan.org/


Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, founded in 2001, is a non-proft, non-partisan national coalition of Hip-Hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil rights proponents and youth leaders dedicated to harnessing the cultural relevance of Hip-Hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other societal concerns to the well-being of youth throughout the United States. HSAN started its Hip-Hop Team Vote program this year.
 
Meetup
Meetup
http://www.meetup.com


Meetup is a free service that organizes local gatherings about anything, anywhere.
 
New Voters Project
New Voters Project
http://www.newvotersproject.org/


The New Voters Project will be the largest grassroots youth voter mobilization campaign in history. This state-of-the-art voter registration campaign and Get Out The Vote drive will increase youth voter turnout in 6 states in the 2004 elections.
 
Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart
http://www.vote-smart.org/


Thousands of candidates and elected officials. Who works for you? Who is seeking your vote? Project Vote Smart, a citizen's organization, has developed a Voter's Self-Defense system to provide you with the necessary tools to self-govern effectively: abundant, accurate, unbiased and relevant information. As a national library of factual information, Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings.
 
Public Agenda
Public Agenda
http://www.publicagenda.org/


For over a quarter of a century, Public Agenda has been providing unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues ranging from education to foreign policy to immigration to religion and civility in American life. Nonpartisan and nonprofit, Public Agenda was founded by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in 1975. Public Agenda's two-fold mission is to American leaders better understand the public's point of view and help citizens know more about critical policy issues so they can make thoughtful, informed decisions.
 
Smackdown Your Vote
Smackdown Your Vote
http://vote.wwe.com/


Smackdown Your Vote! is a partnership of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations working to encourage young people to get involved in the political process and vote. Each United States citizen 18 years and older is afforded the right to vote in national, state and local elections. However, many Americans do not exercise their right to vote. Therefore, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has created Smackdown Your Vote!, to encourage all eligible Americans to register to vote.
 
USA Freedom Corps
USA Freedom Corps
http://www.usafreedomcorps.gov


The USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network is the largest clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities ever created. It includes millions of opportunities to work with more than 75,000 organizations in the 50 United States as well as in U.S. territories and countries around the world.
 
Voto Latino
Voto Latino
http://www.votolatino.org/


Voto Latino (VL) is a non partisan, youth driven, multi-issue, national organization founded for the purpose of creating awareness of the importance of voting, and in the process create a unified voice for Latino youth and young adults on issues that impact their lives on a daily basis. VL is also a public policy and advocacy non-profit organization whose primary mission is to empower Latino youth and young adults across the United States to participate in the democratic process via informed, unbiased communication that will enable constituents to effectively promote and support social, political and economic betterment in partnership with Latino community organizations throughout the United States.
 

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