Rosario Dawson Talks Arrests, Bernie Sanders Support at Creative Coalition Event

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Dawson's co-hosts for the event at STK included Constance Zimmer and Emily Ratajkowski, who spoke about a "disheartening" visit to Capitol Hill earlier in the day.

Rosario Dawson, the actress and activist known lately for hitting Hillary Clinton hard on behalf of Sen. Bernie Sanders, rushed down a red carpet Friday at the Creative Coalition and Supper Suite By STK's Gala Benefit Dinner, "The Night Before.”

Dawson was among the big names at the event, which boasted a mixed of actors, lawmakers and regular citizens who scored a ticket to watch the D.C.-Hollywood mingling.

Dawson didn’t have time to put on heels, “but her black suede boots looked just fine,” according to a representative for the event, which was sponsored by Maestro Dobel Tequila, Blue Moon Brewing and Line 39 Wines.

During the party, the actress described her recent arrest during a march on the U.S. Capitol during a Democracy Spring protest of money in Washington.

"I had to go get fingerprinted because I got arrested two weeks ago," Dawson said, according to USA Today. "They just give you a ticket and say come back within 15 days."

"They just gave people tickets, the jails were full," she said, describing the mass arrests that took place around the pair of protests.

Official hosts for the dinner included Dawson, Emily Ratajkowski, Nina Dobrev, Neve Campbell, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Constance Zimmer. Other hosts included Lisa Edelstein of Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Richard Schiff of The West Wing, Rogue producer Matthew Rhodes from Whiplash and Esai Morales of The Brink, who offered an emotional appeal for donations to the Creative Coalition.

Ratajkowski and Zimmer. Photo: Michael R. Faulkner)

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell represented the cable news business. Annalynne McCord of 90210 fame walked the red carpet in a dress with a plunging neckline dress but covered her cleavage with tinted crosses.

Ratajkowski told People that earlier Friday she’d made her first visit to Capitol Hill. She was there to lobby against funding cuts for arts education in public schools.

She may have been bummed to learn the federal government has little control over local education budgets.

“It was disheartening,” Ratajkowski told the publication. “A lot of people that you meet with don't feel powerful. And it's hard to ask them to do things when they don't feel like they can make a change themselves.”


Edelstein and husband Robert Russell. Photo: Michael R. Faulkner)

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