Union Group Holds National Video Contest

    The AFL-CIO is calling for Denver filmmakers to participate in the organization’s first online video competition called “Turn Around America.”

    Winners will be selected in Denver and in more than a dozen other cities across the nation.Participants in the public contest can submit videos on the Web to answer the question of “What’s wrong with America, what changes would you like to see and how do we turn it around?”

    The competition prohibits films that mention specific political figures or businesses, but submissions are meant to influence the positions of candidates running in 2008.

    According to the AFL-CIO, the Denver winner will win $1,000 and the video may be featured as a television ad.

    The contest runs from Apr. 10 through May 20, and winners are expected to be announced no later than June 10.

    Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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