The actress on President Trump, systemic racism, and the killing of Breonna Taylor.
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“Voting is the foundation of our democracy and our freedom. And I would consider this upcoming election the most consequential of our lifetime. I’m voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this year because Donald Trump has and will continue to put himself before the safety and well-being of America. He does not represent my values as an American, and most importantly as a human being.
“I’ve been a board member of Represent Us for just over three years. It’s an incredible non-partisan movement and anti-corruption organization working to unrig America’s broken political system, and put power back in the hands of the American people. To date, the movement has passed 114 transformative anti-corruption acts and resolutions in cities and states across the country— huge wins toward fixing our broken elections, fighting against gerrymandering, stopping political bribery, and ending secret money in politics. The hope is to make Americans aware of the corruption in our government, so we can vote it out. Gloria Steinem has always been a personal hero of mine. She has spent a lifetime truth-telling, freedom-fighting, and turning rightful anger into meaningful progress. Tamika Mallory is doing great work for the Black community with her organization Until Freedom. And there are so many others fighting tirelessly. As a white American, I’m listening, learning and trying to show up as an ally. The Black community is not safe or treated equally and that needs to change.
“The bad news can feel overwhelming at times, but the most important thing is to stay focused on the ways we can all be a part of the solution. In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, I’m inspired by the millions of people around the world who have banded together to finally say, ‘Enough.’ From their collective pain, there has grown a huge appetite for change—people are passionate, invested, and demanding policy reforms. And it’s working. From the passing of Breonna’s Law in Louisville, to police reforms in Minneapolis, the collective voice of the people is enacting real change, and that gives me hope. But there’s still a lot of anger, which I think is important.”