Make Your Voice Heard at the Women's March on January 21!

On January 21, 2017, the day after the presidential inauguration, over 200,000 people will be gathering for the Women's March in Washington D.C. The event initially started as a spontaneous feminist rallying outcry via social media that quickly went viral and is now expected to be one of the largest demonstrations in American history.

The official mission and vision from the organizers states: "We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."

The march is open to everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and compassion for our shared humanity. This is an incredible opportunity to unite with your fellow peers and community members and make your voice heard about the issues you care about the most.

If you can't make it to Washington D.C. on January 21, there are over 600 other Women's Marches that have been organized so everyone across the country (and beyond) can join in solidarity. You can find the nearest one in your area HERE. 

You can also download Make America Smart Again's signs to bring to the march or to post on social media HERE.

Most Students Don't Know When News Is Fake

A Stanford study on how teens evaluate information they find online revealed that most students absorb social media news without considering the sources and could not distinguish between an ad labeled "sponsored content" and a real news story on a website.

Although websites are starting to take the steps to prevent the dissemination of fake news, it is still important to teach students proper research skills and instill skepticism in order for them to be savvy about choosing and believing the information they read.

Read more about the study here: 

Most Students Don't Know When News Is Fake, Standford Study Finds by The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 21, 2016

 

 

Critical Thinking + The News

The spread of misinformation to the masses is a major concern. Just because it's on the internet, doesn't necessarily mean it's true.

We wanted to share a few articles about how imperative it is for us all to use critical thinking skills when reading articles online:

Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little-Known Loophole (The Huffington Post) 

Facebook Fake-News Writer: 'I Think Donald Trump is in the White House Because of Me' (The Washington Post)

Here's How to Outsmart Fake News in Your Facebook Feed (CNN)

 The Huffington Post quoting John Oliver.

The Huffington Post quoting John Oliver.

Win a sold out Idiocracy Print Signed by Shepard Fairey

We are giving you an opportunity to win a previously sold out IDIOCRACY print, signed by Shepard Fairey! Each person who purchases a Make America Smart Again shirt from our partners Obey Clothing now until 11/2/16 at 11:59PM PST will automatically be entered for a chance win one of these prints. The winner will be contacted on 11/3/16. Good luck!

Proceeds from sales will benefit Rock the Vote. Purchase your MASA merch today, wear it proudly, and encourage others to be informed and VOTE!

 

Help spread the Make America Smart Again message in your town!

The election is only a few weeks away, so we need your help to spread our message to the masses!

You can now download our Make America Smart Again stencil and posters to spread the word about the importance of being informed and participating in our democracy by voting in November.

Download the stencil and poster HERE.

 ***Please be sure to use the stencil and posters with thoughtful discretion...unfortunately, not everyone wants to Make America Smart Again!

***Please be sure to use the stencil and posters with thoughtful discretion...unfortunately, not everyone wants to Make America Smart Again!

LIMITED EDITION IDIOCRACY PRINT AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH MONDOTEES.COM 10/9!

To celebrate the cult film Idiocracy's 10th anniversary, MASA founder Shepard Fairey has designed a poster to encapsulate everything we love and fear about the film. This limited edition poster will go on sale on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5pm to coincide with the second presidential debate and will be sold exclusively through mondotees.com for only 72 hours.

"The seeds of Make America Smart Again were planted when Amanda and I noticed a legitimate correlation between the movie “Idiocracy” and the real dumbing down of American media we were witnessing even ten years ago.

I’ve always felt that art, entertainment, and humor can be the best delivery vehicles for social commentary, so I love the way humor is used in “Idiocracy” to make the social critique more digestible.The movie is a harsh but necessary indictment of the anti-intellectual culture and politics that seem to become the norm more and more every day. The film is great in a cautionary way and has an enjoyable irony being a somewhat low-brow piece of entertainment about the perils of succumbing to a cultural rejection of anything intellectual or high-brow. In other words, the genius of the film is that it may actually get through to the audience it should reach, rather than just preaching to the intellectual elite.”

-Shepard

Idiocracy. 18 inches by 24 inches. Limited run, numbered and signed by Shepard Fairey. $40 each.

 Sale ends Wednesday, October 12 at 5pm PST

Proceeds benefit League of Women Voters and The Young Literati of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles

ONLY 9% of AMERICA CHOSE TRUMP AND CLINTON AS NOMINEES

With less than 100 days away until Election Day, it is more crucial than ever to educate yourself on the issues and candidates, register to vote, and encourage others to do the same. 

88 million eligible adults do not vote at all, even in the general elections and only 9% of Americans chose Trump and Clinton as their presidential nominees. That’s a TON of unaccounted votes that can make or break this election!

Check out the New York Times’ interactive breakdown to see why your vote is imperative this November!