DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 2, 2023) — Iowa state government is becoming increasingly reactionary on issues important to most Iowans — especially younger Iowans. One Human Family QCA (OHFQCA), together with the Coalition for a More Just Iowa, seeks to change that narrative by engaging more young people in the political process. To that end, OHFQCA is offering five $300 prizes for the best and most viewed short-form videos by Iowans 26-and-under highlighting one or more of the following progressive issues:
1. Increased Funding for Public Education;
2. Valuing Human Lives over Gun Rights;
3. Iowa Needs Immigrants/protecting the rights of refugees;
4. Women’s Reproductive Rights; and
5. Support for LGBTQ Rights.
Videos must contain the hashtag #whatsupwithiowa and may be posted on TikTok, YouTube, or other social-media platform. A link to the short-form video must be sent to email@example.com to register. Rules for the contest are posted at onehumanfamilyqca.org.
“I think there are a lot of young Iowans out there who are passionate about these issues and who are extremely creative,” says OHFQCA Co-Chair, Rev Rich Hendricks. “We would love for the contest to go viral and draw more attention to these important issues. Of course, everyone is welcome to make a video and use our hashtag — the more the merrier! The prizes, however, are only available to Iowa students/residents aged 26 and under.”
Co-Chair Rabbi Henry Karp says, “We can’t wait to see the amazing videos that young Iowans come up with.” The contest is made possible in part by a grant from The Puffin Foundation. Readers are invited to be creative and to share news of the contest with their peers.
A OHFQCA-created video promoting the contest is planned to be released soon.
For more information contact Rich Hendricks at 563.940.9630.