79 JFK AND BEYOND
Voting is for Whom?
In March, when Urban Outfitters began selling a controversial t-shirt with the slogan, Voting is for old people, it hit a nerve at the Kennedy School, especially the Institute of Politics (IOP), which has been trying for years to get young people to take politics seriously. The IOP struck back.
A couple of weeks later, in conjunction with the World Wrestling Entertainment “Smackdown Your Vote!” campaign, they held a voter registration drive at Harvard, complete with a slew of professional wrestlers (including IOP fellow Jesse Ventura) and a t-shirt with the saying, Voting is for young people! Says IOP Director Dan Glickman, “In this critical election year, we at the Institute of Politics are always looking for new opportunities and new ways to engage young voters at Harvard and across the country.”