Politics September 8, 2017
"We are America. And, we are here to stay."
America Ferrera has been an active leader in the fight against President Trump’s policies.
Alongside celebrity participants such as Katy Perry and Cher, Ferrera led the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 20. but before the march, she released a statement about their mission. Ferrera declared:
“Since the election, so many fear that their voices will go unheard,” Ferrera wrote. “As artists, women, and most importantly dedicated Americans, it is critical that we stand together in solidarity for the protection, dignity and rights of our communities.”
“As a woman and as a proud first-generation American born to Honduran immigrants, it’s been a heartrending to time to be both an immigrant and a woman in this country,” Ferrera said. “Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack and the platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday. But, the President is not America, his cabinet is not America, congress is not America, we are America. And, we are here to stay.”
But that wasn’t the last time Ferrera stood up against Trump’s policies.
This year she was part of a panel created by her organization, Harness, and Cosmopolitan called #ActivismIRL. They held the panel in Twitter’s New York Headquarters. Ferrera, Cosmopolitan editor Amy O’Dell, co-founder of Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors were all part of the panel. The women talked about how to organize and resist the current political policies being implemented.
According to PageSix, Ferrera talked about the importance of change.
“We want to shift culture beyond the administration that is currently in the White House and really we want to shift culture beyond any one given president because it’s not enough to have the power as the people for four years and then go back to sleep,” Ferrera said. “We have to change what in our culture has led us to this moment.”
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