Voting in 2022Learn about your Democracy

US onAir supports US citizens to become more informed about and engaged in federal and state governance and elections while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Americans.

The US onAir curators aggregate and organize the best publicly available information on federal and state governance and elections. You can learn about YOUR federal and state representatives as well as other federal and state candidates and representatives. You can also learn about the legislative committees and issues you are interested in and the nonprofit organizations promoting democracy and citizen engagement.

Any web user, on a laptop, desktop computer or smartphone connected to the internet, can freely and easily access content on any Hub in the US onAir network of 50 state governance and election Hubs and this US onAir central Hub.

 

Summary

US onAir supports US citizens to become more informed about and engaged in federal and state governance and elections while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Americans.

The US onAir curators aggregate and organize the best publicly available information on federal and state governance and elections. You can learn about YOUR federal and state representatives as well as other federal and state candidates and representatives. You can also learn about the legislative committees and issues you are interested in and the nonprofit organizations promoting democracy and citizen engagement.

Any web user, on a laptop, desktop computer or smartphone connected to the internet, can freely and easily access content on any Hub in the US onAir network of 50 state governance and election Hubs and this US onAir central Hub.

 

About

All US onAir Hubs US have posts on each state’s Governor, US Senators, and US House members as well as posts on how to register and vote in the upcoming elections. Curated stated Hubs like Virginia onAir also have posts on US House races, other state executives, state senators, and state House members and posts on issues. As a state enlists more curators, posts on city and county representatives and elections will also be started.

Coming next year, you will also be able to watch aircasts on the above topics in forums, debates, town halls, and interviews. Aircasts are Zoom meetings with featured guests and audience participation that are livestreamed to the public. Aircasts are recorded and archived in onAir Hubs and YouTube channels and shareable on social media and websites.

Any resident of a state can participate in a US onAir Hub. We are particularly interested in educating and engaging college and high school students as well as disenfranchised and non-participating citizens.

Open to all Residents

Each state Hub’s governance and elections content will be curated by university students, members of democracy supporting organizations, and concerned citizens affiliated with an onAir Chapter.  The US onAir coalition with the support of Democracy onAir will be establishing onAir chapters at public colleges and universities in each state. Any state resident can participate in a university onAir chapter. Students can be majoring in any academic discipline although government, political science, communication, and multi-media/broadcasting are the most relevant areas of study. Students can participate via internships, experiential courses, research projects, student clubs, and their student governments. US onAir is committed to ensuring that all interested students and residents have the opportunity to engage in politics regardless of their time constraints or location.

Some special features of the US onAir network are outlined in the video below.

Elections

Learn about races at the federal and state level. You can find recent federal and governor races under the Elections billboard on each Hub.

Representatives

Learn about your federal and state representatives.

You can find your representative by going to va.onair.cc and select the “VA Representatives” billboard and the “Who Represents Me” choice. Type in your street address, city and state.

Committees

Learn about the bills passed by state and federal committees.

You can find state senate and house committees you are interested in. Select the “Governance” billboard then “US House” or “US Senate” Committees and go to the committee you are interested in.

Issues

Learn about issues under the Governance billboard.

Also learn under the Governance billboard, learn about your state legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Also learn about the civic engagement and political science programs at a state university.

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1- Be part of discussionsBe part of discussions

To participate in post discussions and aircasts, all that is required to be a US onAir member is your first and last name, an email address, and your zip code.

Your real name and any other profile information will NOT be displayed unless you choose to do so. Your personal information is NOT shared with any other website or organization.

Hub membership will enable you to:

  • Ask questions, make suggestions, and give endorsements to your representatives and other politicians;
  • Interact directly with Post Authors and Curators giving them feedback, content suggestions, and asking questions,
  • Participate in aircast forums, research studies, and surveys,
  • Be able to ask questions during onAir livestreaming broadcasts via chat

Join here. It’s free!

Summary

To participate in post discussions and aircasts, all that is required to be a US onAir member is your first and last name, an email address, and your zip code.

Your real name and any other profile information will NOT be displayed unless you choose to do so. Your personal information is NOT shared with any other website or organization.

Hub membership will enable you to:

  • Ask questions, make suggestions, and give endorsements to your representatives and other politicians;
  • Interact directly with Post Authors and Curators giving them feedback, content suggestions, and asking questions,
  • Participate in aircast forums, research studies, and surveys,
  • Be able to ask questions during onAir livestreaming broadcasts via chat

Join here. It’s free!

Give your Feedback

Every post has a feedback section where registered Hub members can, depending on the type of post:

  • Ask a post’s Moderator questions about the post
  • Recommend edits and new content
  • Ask questions and make suggestions to politicians communicated by the post’s curator
  • Give endorsements for their favorite politician

See Terms of  Service for more information about our discussion guidelines.

Participate in forum discussions

Be part of online discussion about Virginia governance and election topics of your interest.

Participate in Aircasts

Become part of an aircast audience and interact with politicians through a Virginia onAir Aircast. Aircasts

Aircasts are Zoom meetings with featured guests and audience participation that are livestreamed to the public. Aircasts are recorded and archived in onAir Hubs and YouTube channels and shareable on social media and websites.

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4- Become a CuratorBecome a Moderator

You can learn more about your Virginia representatives by assisting in the curation of the relevant posts on Virginia onAir.

You can learn more about issues important to you by assisting in the curation of the relevant posts on Virginia onAir.

Summary

You can learn more about your Virginia representatives by assisting in the curation of the relevant posts on Virginia onAir.

You can learn more about issues important to you by assisting in the curation of the relevant posts on Virginia onAir.

Moderate a politician post

Project:

Curate new information on a US politician that has a post in US onAir.

Description:

Learn how to c curate information and news items. Information that might be curated:

  • Bio
  • Any updates to staff, contact information
  • Record (voting, elections, fundraising)
  • Committees
  • Positions on issues
  • Sponsored legislation
  • Events
  • Media coverage

Use the Who Represents Me? tool to determine your representatives.

Example politician post: David Bulova

Contact:
Fatima Iftikhar at fatima.iftikhar@onair.cc

Moderate a committee/issue post

Project:

Write about and compile information on an issue of interest to you that has been started by US onAir.

Description:

Learn how to create a post and curate information and news items regarding a chosen issue that will be addressed by the 2021 US Senate and US House. 

You can provide background on the issue, associated organizations and corporations, major perspectives, and current legislative efforts. You can cover a new aspect to the issue, such as public opinion, related events (e.g. hearings, town halls, etc), or details on a piece of legislation.

Reaching out to representatives interested in the issue is recommended.

Content should be unbiased, though common perspectives should be represented. Separate opinion/advocacy pieces will be available later.

Example committee post:

Contact:
Dima Kassem  at dima.kassem@onair.cc

Moderate an Aircast

You can coordinate and moderate aircasts with your US politicians representatives and their staff. You will also be able to interact with their constituents particularly on issues important to you or your community.

Project:

Organize aircasts between with your federal and state representatives and their constituents. Consider inviting community leaders, subject matter experts, and your representatives.

Description:

Aircasts are Zoom meetings with featured guests and audience participation that are livestreamed to the public. Aircasts are  recorded and archived in onAir Hubs and YouTube channels and shareable on social media and websites.

You will be supported  by onAir Producers. who will be responsible for all technical issues related to the aircast.  If appropriate, you can also interview the aircast’s featured guests as well as include slide presentations, invited panelists, and audience polls.

Contact:
Jim Lillard at james.lillard@onair.cc

Types of Aircasts

You can curate aircasts with your VA representatives and their staffs and with their constituents particularly on issues important to you or your community.

You will curate aircasts that feature a host and panelists knowledgeable on a specific issue. Slide presentations and short videos can be part of an aircast to introduce an issue. Host and panelists will decide on who can participate in the aircast’s Zoom audience.

You may consider using slides or a short video to share information with attendees.Aircasts are also conducted with the support of aircast producers who manage all the technical aspects of the aircast.
Contact: Shuaib.Ahmed@onair.cc to become an aircast producer.

Below are some of the types of aircasts you can curate on Virginia onAir.

Watch an Aircast

Curate an aircast on an issue important to you.

As an onAir Curator, you coordinate and introduce aircasts on issues important to you.

Watch an Aircast 1

 Curate an aircast presentations.

As an onAir Curator, you coordinate and introduce aircasts on presentations important to you.

Watch an Aircast 2Curate aircasts w/ your representatives

As an onAir Curator, you coordinate and introduce aircasts on presentations important to you.

Watch an Aircast 3

Curate an aircast debate.

As an onAir Curator, you coordinate and introduce aircasts on debates important to you.

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Become an Intern 1Become an Intern

Democracy onAir welcomes any US citizen to apply for an internship. We require a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week.

We have a special interest in working with undergraduate students majoring in government, communications, media, or a related field with a passion to improve democracy in the US.  Students (and other US citizens) who want to intern with Democracy onAir this fall can submit their resume with an introductory email articulating why you are interested in being a Democracy onAir intern and include a link, if appropriate, to your relevant academic program (internship, capstone project, research project etc.) to: internships@onair.cc. 

Summary

Democracy onAir welcomes any US citizen to apply for an internship. We require a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week.

We have a special interest in working with undergraduate students majoring in government, communications, media, or a related field with a passion to improve democracy in the US.  Students (and other US citizens) who want to intern with Democracy onAir this fall can submit their resume with an introductory email articulating why you are interested in being a Democracy onAir intern and include a link, if appropriate, to your relevant academic program (internship, capstone project, research project etc.) to: internships@onair.cc. 

ABOUT US ONAIR

To reinvigorate our imperiled democracy, US onAir is developing 50 curated, media rich online state governance and election Hubs and a central US Hub. We are supporting the US public to become more informed about and engaged in federal, state, and local politics while facilitating more civil and positive collaboration.

US onAir is a growing coalition of individuals and organizations creating a new kind of digital democracy network. Participation in US onAir is open to all US citizens and qualifying organizations. Democracy onAir, a nonpartisan 501c3 nonprofit, is providing the technology, curation, and organizational support needed to establish a dynamic, evolving network.

To learn more about the US onAir network, go to this post with 2 minute introductory video.

WHY BECOME AN INTERN?

The primary internship benefits beyond helping to reinvigorate democracy are intended to be career-enhancing:

  • Visibility in your field; potential contact with thought leaders, organizations, and potential employers
  • Skill development in political communication, media, and other position-specific opportunities such as grant-writing, video editing, and team management
  • Interaction and networking with politicians and other nonprofit organizations
  • Career opportunities with Democracy onAir and US onAir coalition organizations
  • Potential for individualized projects and skill development

Internships are mostly self-directed with weekly online meetings. Since much of the internship work is done remotely, students are on an honor system as to the hours they report to us. Part-time interns do not receive any monetary compensation.

Opportunities

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3- Become an AdvocateBecome an Advocate

Advocates of various issues important to US residents will have an opportunity to contribute position papers, reviews, videos, and other types of content related to an issue. As premium members, they will be able to:

  • author new posts on issues
  • co-author existing posts on issues
  • contribute to curated overview posts on issues

Advocates can sign up through an existing organization or individually. Until our beta testing is completed, advocate memberships are currently only available upon request without charge.

Send requests to: Jessler Elvira at jessler.elvira@onair.cc

Summary

Advocates of various issues important to US residents will have an opportunity to contribute position papers, reviews, videos, and other types of content related to an issue. As premium members, they will be able to:

  • author new posts on issues
  • co-author existing posts on issues
  • contribute to curated overview posts on issues

Advocates can sign up through an existing organization or individually. Until our beta testing is completed, advocate memberships are currently only available upon request without charge.

Send requests to: Jessler Elvira at jessler.elvira@onair.cc

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Become a Sponsor 2Become a Sponsor

Any organization or business can become a sponsor of this Hub. Sponsors can choose to support the entire organization or state Hub, as well as specific operations, such as a District and all the posts within it, an individual politician Post, or a specific Issue Post. We are particularly interested in sponsoring organizations that seek to support student civic engagement, democratic and civil discourse, and the intersection of technology and government. Foreign owned or affiliated organizations are not permitted to be sponsors of any US onAir Hub.

Hub sponsors will be displayed throughout an onAir Hub and its posts. Hub sponsors will have the option to create their own US onAir post or sponsors can have links to their websites or video.

For further information about sponsoring, contact scott.joy@onair.cc.

Summary

Any organization or business can become a sponsor of this Hub. Sponsors can choose to support the entire organization or state Hub, as well as specific operations, such as a District and all the posts within it, an individual politician Post, or a specific Issue Post. We are particularly interested in sponsoring organizations that seek to support student civic engagement, democratic and civil discourse, and the intersection of technology and government. Foreign owned or affiliated organizations are not permitted to be sponsors of any US onAir Hub.

Hub sponsors will be displayed throughout an onAir Hub and its posts. Hub sponsors will have the option to create their own US onAir post or sponsors can have links to their websites or video.

For further information about sponsoring, contact scott.joy@onair.cc.

Sponsorship Form

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6- Become a DonorBecome a Donor

If you are interested in creating a more trusted source of political information and more civil political discussions, donate to Democracy onAir.

Donations can made by any individual or foundation that wishes to support the mission of Democracy onAir. Donors can choose to support the entire organization or state Hub, as well as specific operations, such as a District and all the posts within it, an individual politician Post, or a specific Issue Post. Donations, at the donor’s request, can be displayed on the appropriate Hub with links to social networks and/or websites.. Anonymous donations are accepted as long as they are verified as US residents or US-based foundations with no foreign affiliations.

Democracy onAir was chartered in Virginia in 2018 and has obtained 510(c)(3) status. Checks or wire transfers are made out to Democracy onAir. All donations are tax deductible.

Summary

If you are interested in creating a more trusted source of political information and more civil political discussions, donate to Democracy onAir.

Donations can made by any individual or foundation that wishes to support the mission of Democracy onAir. Donors can choose to support the entire organization or state Hub, as well as specific operations, such as a District and all the posts within it, an individual politician Post, or a specific Issue Post. Donations, at the donor’s request, can be displayed on the appropriate Hub with links to social networks and/or websites.. Anonymous donations are accepted as long as they are verified as US residents or US-based foundations with no foreign affiliations.

Democracy onAir was chartered in Virginia in 2018 and has obtained 510(c)(3) status. Checks or wire transfers are made out to Democracy onAir. All donations are tax deductible.

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