Wednesday in Vancouver — Help stop Trump! Joseph Huff Hannon – Avaaz

Dear friends in Vancouver and the Northwest,

This Wednesday, Avaazers are hitting the streets of Vancouver in a giant “Stop Trump” bus to let Americans across Canada know that it’s essential they register and vote.

We’ve already pulled off head-line grabbing stunts in London, Berlin, and Mexico City. Now we’re bringing our call to Vancouver, and we need everyone to join in to show how much Canada cares about keeping Donald Trump out of power!

Join the Vancouver Event
There are millions of Americans living abroad — up to one million of them in Canada, and close to 200,000 live around Vancouver! Many of them are globalist thinkers, who could stop Trump from taking over the White House… but only 12% vote. We can reach all of them with an urgent call to register and vote with a fun stunt that gets media attention. News crews have already been invited, and will be showing up.

There will be music, flags, food, and great people — and we need every possible Avaaz member there. If you’re American, come register for your overseas ballot! If you’re not, join us and help reach out to as many Americans as possible.

We don’t have much time — Click to let us know if you’re coming and invite all your friends!

Join the Vancouver Event
Hope to see you then,

Joseph and the whole team at Avaaz

P.S. If you’re an American citizen and you’d be up for talking to the media on the day, send a short email to

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This is the coolest film festival, hands-down -Matt and Ross Duffer 10/3


As twin brothers growing up in North Carolina, our parents gave us a Hi8 video camera in the third grade. We became obsessed with it — when other kids went to summer camp, we’d wander around our neighborhood with our friends, filming our own stories. We made movies about things we loved, like supernatural creatures and fantasy card games. (Yes, we’re “nerds.”)

Of course, looking back, these movies are pretty bad, but it didn’t matter to us at the time. We fell in the love with the idea that, as filmmakers, we could create our own imagined worlds of endless possibility — and take viewers on adventures within those worlds.

So that’s why today, we’re incredibly proud to be here at the third annual White House Student Film Festival to help the next generation of aspiring filmmakers debut their own imagined worlds. For the past few months, the White House has received hundreds of submissions from K-12 students on the theme “The World I Want To Live In” — and today, they’re premiering the 10 finalists.

Trust us, you don’t want to miss these films — make sure to tune in live at 1pm ET to watch their debut.

White House Film Fest

We got a sneak peek of the films and these students have crazy talent. Their films paint big ideas for the future, like tackling climate change, creating equal education, and making our society more inclusive. When we were their age, were mostly thinking about things like … possessed stuffed animals and shape-shifting monsters. But hey — we all have to start somewhere!

Anyway, tomorrow, at the South by South Lawn festival, the White House will screen the three Official Selections along with appearances by some of the incredible kid cast members from our show, Stranger Things!

This is hands-down the coolest film festival we’ve attended. So join us at 1pm ET, and make sure your friends and family watch, too.


Matt and Ross Duffer
Creators of Stranger Things

P.S. You can get all the details and follow along as tomorrow’s South by South Lawn festival kicks off right here: