Celebrity Activism in the Trump Era


Political activism skyrocketed in 2016: Trump and his administration’s actions have spurred countlessly many first-time protesters and advocates to raise their voices, take to the streets, even run for office. Lifelong human rights activists dove right in, showing outraged onlookers how it’s done. Those with preexisting public platforms felt the call to speak out against misuses of power in this political era as much as anyone — and, in some cases, had to learn how.

On this panel, we’ll hear from Piper Perabo, a Golden Globe-nominated actor, who became a forceful presence on the protest circuit in response to Trump’s election, most notably during the Kavanaugh confirmation when she was arrested on Capitol Hill. And we’ll hear from Monica Ramirez, a social entrepreneur, activist, civil rights attorney and author, who founded the non-profit Justice for Migrant Women to help low-paid immigrant women fight for their rights. The panelists will talk about their evolutions and educations, and will share some practical wisdom about how to maximize your efforts on the frontlines.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Beginner