Turn Around America Online Video CompetitionDeadline: June 10, 2008 (Extended from May 20, 2008)
The AFL-CIO has launched its first-ever online video contest with national winners as well as city and youth winners.
The contest will kick off a national AFL-CIO initiative to "Turn Around America," which will go through the summer and culminate with massive rallies around economic issues.
Participants are invited to submit online videos in any creative form that will answer the question of how to turn around America. The contest will run April 10 through May 20. Winners will be announced in early June.
The national winner will receive $2,000 and the chance for the video to run on TV stations. City winners will win $1,000 and may be featured at AFL-CIO rallies and on local television. A "young activist" category will also be awarded to the best video made by someone between the ages of 14 and 25.
Judges will represent the arts and music industry as well as Americans working to "turn around America," including retired steelworker Steve Skvara who famously asked presidential candidates in Chicago last August, "What's wrong with America and what will you do to change it?"
Winners will be announced in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; Portland, Oregon; Maine; New Hampshire; St. Paul, Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota; St. Louis, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois.
The contest can be accessed at www.turnaroundvideocontest.com.