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Motivating Slackers

Motivating Slackers

With the presidential election about a month away, and his new film nearing its DVD release date, Michael Moore is back in the mix with a college tour that will take him to 60 cities in 20 states.

In an email today entitled, “Slackers of the World, Unite”, Moore said that he intends to “go to every battleground state in the country and do whatever it takes to get out the vote.” Continuing he said in the message, “I will do your laundry, I will clean your house, I will give you a year’s supply of beer nuts if you will commit to me to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2.” (the complete email is posted below.)

Clearly, Moore’s “Slacker Uprising Tour” could have an impact. He’s already drawn thousands at recent college appearances. There are an estimated 30 million people between the ages of 18 – 30 who are eligible to vote this year and Moore is determined to register voters and deliver them to the polls on Nov. 2. Along the way, Moore said that “Fahrenheit 9/11” is being brought back to some 600 theaters before its DVD release on October 5th.

9/25/04

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow I begin a little 20-state, 60-city tour to try and convince the fed-up, the burned-out, and the Nader-impaired to leave the house for just a half-hour on November 2nd and mark an “X” in a box (or punch a chad or touch a screen) so that America and the world can be saved. (I don’t mean “saved” as in all workers will henceforth control the means of production. That’s, um, going to take a few more years.)

What I’m asking is that our fellow Americans, as the collective landlord of a public housing project at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., take just a few minutes to evict the tenant who is currently wrecking the place (not to mention what he’s doing to the rest of the neighborhood). After all, isn’t this one of the coolest things about a democracy, getting to give some payback to those in power? “YOU’RE FIRED!” Oooh, that feels good — especially if the recipient of the pink slip is someone who wants to send your kid off to war.

So, having nothing better to do for the next month (and eager to visit such swinging states as Iowa! Ohio! Arkansas!), I have decided to go to every battleground state in the country and do whatever it takes to get out the vote. I will do your laundry, I will clean your house, I will give you a year’s supply of beer nuts if you will commit to me to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2.

I’m calling it “The Slacker Uprising Tour ,” a coast-to-coast effort to bring the non-voting majority out of hibernation and kick some political butt. My goal is to get as many of the 100 million non-voters in America as I can to give voting a try — just this once. I want at least 56% of all eligible voters to vote and thus set a modern-day turnout record.

I’m putting out the red alert call to slackers everywhere to help me lead this revolt. I want everyone in their teens and twenties who exist from one packet of Ramen noodles to the next bag of Tostitos to take your fully-justified cynicism and toss it like a Molotov right into the middle of this election. As “non-voters” you have been written off. But if only a few thousand of you vote, it could make all the difference. You literally hold all the power in your hands. That’s even cooler than holding a TV remote.

I, the original slacker — I, who have endured all sorts of attacks for my slacker demeanor — yes I am coming to an arena or stadium just outside your dorm room (or that little space off the furnace room where your parents still let you stay, rent-free). Why arenas and stadiums? Because there are so many of us — AND they serve beer and chips. From the Sun Dome to the Key Arena, from the Patriot Center to the Del Mar Race Track, I will be there and I will bring prizes and presents and clean underwear for all in need.

Before I arrive, I have arranged for free screenings of “Fahrenheit 9/11” in each city. When I get there I will have with me dozens of voter registrars who will register new (or recently transplanted) voters (please check here for voter registration deadlines — they are fast approaching in most states in the next 10 days!). Absentee ballot applications will also be available. And the good people of Move-On , ACT and other groups will be present at each of my appearances to sign up volunteers to get out the vote on election day.

Details of where I will be appearing will be available in your local media. Many venues, due to advance word already out there, have “sold out” (at most stops, students get in for free and community people pay a nominal fee — usually $5 — to cover costs). Again, check your local media to find out the times and dates and how to get advance tickets.

A partial list of the cities I’m visiting includes: Seattle, Big Rapids (MI), Mt. Pleasant (MI), Tucson, Dearborn, Phoenix, East Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Albuquerque, Toledo, Columbus (OH), Ames (IA), Cleveland, Fairmont (WV), Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Bethlehem (PA), Fairfax (VA), Carlyle (PA), State College (PA), Minneapolis, Gainesville, Nashville, Miami, Memphis, Orlando, Salem (OR), Jacksonville, Tampa, Kansas City, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Madison, Green Bay, Las Vegas, Reno, Denver, and, of course, Tallahassee, Florida. Others will be posted later.

While on the road, I will try to keep my blog up-to-date and post some pictures we take in each city. The three campuses on the tour which register the most students to vote (or who have the most non-voters committing to me to vote) will receive a special scholarship from us at the end of the tour.

Thanks, in advance, to everyone out there who is working hard during this election. I know it will make a difference.

Let’s leave no non-voter behind.

Yours,

Michael Moore
mmflint@aol.com
www.michaelmoore.com
www.michaelmoore.com/vote

P.S. Good news! This current weekend our distributor has added an astounding 600 new theaters to the list of those still showing “Fahrenheit 9/11.” This is highly unusual for a film entering it’s fourth month of release, but the demand has been strong to bring it back in many areas and our wonderful distributors have responded. This is a perfect time to either see it again on the big screen or take a friend who hasn’t seen it, as it won’t be around in theaters for long. The DVD and home video come out October 5!

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