Calling all you pro-freedom, liberty-loving activists! It’s time for the 3rd annual Sammies – the awards given by the Sam Adams Alliance to the hardworking everyday folks who are trying to make this country and the world a freer place. Check the categories:
Blogger: Cover state and local issues in your blog? Broken a story recently? An award for a dedicated citizen journalist who not only breaks the story but who strategically frames the debate: $3,000.
Video: Know how to edit video? Have the skills to go viral? An award for an exceptional online video that presents the ideals of liberty in relation to a contemporary issue: $3,000.
Watchdog: Fancy yourself a private eye? Good with FOIA? An award for an intrepid citizen investigator who uncovers government waste, abuse, patronage, and/or fraud: $3,000.
Town Hall: Give a town hall speech? Capture it on video? An award for an individual who delivered an eloquent and passionate town hall speech and, moreover, used that experience as a launchpad to speak out on other issues and work for local change: $3,000.
Tea Party: Organize a tea party? Turn that protest into concrete action? An award for the leader of a successful and ongoing local tea party movement: $3,000.
Modern-Day Sam Adams: The grand prize. An award for a remarkable individual who achieved a major political victory for freedom: $5,000.
Remember, kids – entries are due on February 17, 2010. The Sam Adams Alliance will fly the winners to Chicago (just like Oprah!) for a red-carpet presentation ceremony in April. To enter the Sammies, visit the Sammies website.