31 July 2006

The 2009 Project

As regular readers* probably know, I'm a big fan of participation in politics by all, which is why I'm supporting The 2009 Project.
Its aim is to sign up 13 million people under the age of 35 to a pledge to take part in the next general election. This will then make politicians listen to the needs and concerns of young people - which at the moment, they rarely do (especially the 18-25 year olds, as we are the age group that votes the least). As The 2009 Project puts it:
"You can look at it one of two ways. Either accept that young people aren't interested in politics and therefore forget about them. Or take the view that we need young people to be engaged in politics for a healthy democracy."
The 2009 Project

There's also an Early Day Motion**, which so far has been signed by ninety seven MPs, which calls on Members of Parliament to support The 2009 Project's objective and to encourage their younger constituents to pledge to vote. If your MP hasn't signed it, you can write to him via WriteToThem.com and let them know.

(Via Adam Teladia)

* Both of you
** A kind of petition for MPs only.

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