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Mark Ruffalo, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Common and the teens who became activists in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting are among the stars, activists and organizations joining forces for a virtual rally and on-the-ground mobilization to boost early voting, particularly among young voters and people of color.
Other stars participating in the effort include Amy Brenneman, Amy Schumer, Carmela Zumbado, Chelsea Handler, The Chicks, Desus and Mero, Francia Raisa, Dua Lipa, Josh Gad, Kelly Marie Tran, King Mel, Las Cafeteras, Lisa Bonet, Michael K. Williams, Norman Lear, Rachel Platten, Ronnie Chieng, Rosario Dawson, Russell Westbrook, Uzo Aduba, Willa Amai, Wilson Cruz, Sherry Cola, Andra Day, Candice Dupree, VIC MENSA and The War and Treaty.
The virtual rally will focus on why, how, when and where to vote, emphasizing safe, in-person, early voting and will highlight early vote events in Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix.
Organizations involved with the effort include #ALLINFORVOTING Campaign, APAI Vote, Ballot Ready, Black Male Voter Project, Black Voters Matter, Civic Power Media, Collective Education Fund, The Early Vote, Future Coalition, Headcount, League of Women Voters, March On, Milk Studios, M.O.B.B., Pull Up Neighbor, RepresentUs, Vote Early Day and We Stand United.
The campaign, titled Vote With Us, will include a three-hour virtual rally streaming on Oct. 24, known as Vote Early Day, at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT, on YouTube, the Vote With Us website and various social media channels.
Day, Platten, Amai, The Chicks, Common, VIC MENSA, King Mel, Las Cafeteras and The War and Treaty will perform during the rally, which will also feature never-before-seen clips from the upcoming Kim Snyder-directed documentary, Us Kids, about youth activists, featuring Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors Emma González, David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin and Samantha Fuentes as well as additional activists Alex King and Bria Smith.
“To vote is to harness your power, and we have to use the power that’s given to us,” González says in a statement. “Don’t just vote for yourself, vote for every person; for every person whose basic rights are at risk, for every person who can’t vote because they are undocumented or incarcerated, for every person who is affected by the system and for every person who fought with everything they had just to give us the right to vote. Vote because you can. Vote because we haven’t always been able to.”
The rally will also include clips from the Stacey Abrams voter suppression doc All In, directed by Lisa Cortes and Liz Garbus.
The on-the ground mobilization efforts are already underway in Texas, California, Arizona and other states. Voters can check out Vote With Us’ interactive map to find local get-out-the-vote events and how to organize their own.
“Young people are done watching older generations gamble our futures away for the sake of power,” Future Coalition executive director Katie Eder said in a statement. “We’ve spent much of 2020 making our message loud and clear in the streets, and we’re going to make it binding at the ballot box, too. After Nov. 3, nobody will say anymore that young people don’t show up. We are showing up in record numbers and we are the ones who are about to decide the future of our country.”
Ruffalo added, “More than 15 million Americans turned 18 and became eligible to vote since the 2016 election. Young people and people of color make up a majority of the electorate in 2020, which gives them an incredible opportunity to set the country on a more progressive path for generations to come. It also provides the chance to hold those in power accountable.”
Oct. 23, 3:10 p.m. This story has been updated with more stars set to participate in Saturday’s virtual rally.
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