- Artists, celebrities and activists join Democracy Summer 2020 on June 18 to help build the political power of young people in this election year.
Building the collective power of young people in politics, Rock the Vote will host Democracy Summer 2020 initiative headlined by Katy Perry and the Black Eyed Peas. The two-hour virtual event will bring the power of pop-culture, music, art and technology to deliver key messages concerning the upcoming elections, particularly to over four million Americans turning 18 this year and will be eligible to vote for the first time.
“This is no ordinary year,” stated Carolyn DeWitt, president of Rock the Vote. “Rock the Vote was built to support young people and in this moment when young people are showing their power and demanding action, we are honored to launch Democracy Summer. Artists, influencers, elected officials and activists are joining together to help sustain the fire lit by America’s youth and build a movement to the polls to elect leaders who will take action.”
The event will be co-hosted by Logan Browning and Rosario Dawson on Thursday, June 18 at 8 PM ET on DemocracySummer.org, and Democracy Summer’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
Ne-Yo, Chuck D, Eve, Big Freedia, Lucy Hale, Amara La Negra, Saweetie, Skylar Astin, Max, Leslie Grace, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Rich Brian and Michael K. Williams, Little Miss Flint and many others are among those slated to perform remotely and address the movement to the polls.
“I’m excited to be a part of this kickoff to Democracy Summer 2020 with so many amazing talents, activists and speakers,” Perry said. “The young people of America are speaking loud and clear on the streets and online, and come November, it will be more important than ever to fight for justice and equality, and against systemic racism, with our ballots.”
“One of the realities is coronavirus derailed the momentum that is required in a major election cycle,” DeWitt tells Billboard. “A few months ago we began seeing how the restrictions were affecting young people in particular, by moving them off college campuses and disrupting graduations and proms,” she says. “Our effort is really about building that momentum back up.”
“Frankly speaking, a big part of that is people are exercising their rights in a democracy. Young people are looking for things they can do and actions they can take in order to create change. We want to make sure we’re continuing to sustain that fire and passion into November, and make sure young people know the power of their votes and create the change they want to see,” added DeWitt.
Rock the Vote is a non-partisan nonprofit organization that is partnering on this event with March for Our Lives, Voto Latino Foundation, When We All Vote and more.
“Now, more than ever, voting is key for long-term change,” Black Eyed Peas said in a statement. “The youth vote is going to decide the future of America. It’s not just our duty but our honor to spread the word in an election year.”
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