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Jan 20, 2017

NowThis, We Are Here, #LoveArmy Partner for a Star-Studded Inauguration Day Program Featuring Alicia Keys, Van Jones


Millennial digital news brand NowThis and social justice organizations We Are Here and #LoveArmy have partnered to produce "We Are Here" - an hour-long program to advocate for citizen use of the core freedoms protected under the First Amendment. 

The star-studded special will air during NowThis' full-day live stream coverage of the Inauguration, immediately after President-Elect Trump is sworn in (at 1pm ET), exclusively on NowThis' channels.

With Alicia Keys and Van Jones (Founders of We Are Here and #LoveArmy, respectively), the event will be a digital quilt of important voices from across America - combining elected officials, celebrities and citizens - to empower and inspire young people to speak up, stand up and fight for the issues they believe in. 

"We Are Here" is unique in that it gives an equal platform to citizens, activists, celebrities, influencers and politicians - all of whom are equal in their importance under our democracy.

"We Are Here" will feature:
  • Senator Bernie Sanders (Politician)
  • Janelle Monae (Artist, Actor)
  • Robert Reich (Social Influencer)
  • Lin Manuel Miranda (Artist)
  • Geena Rocero (Transgender model and activist)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Artist and Activist)
  • Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Politician)
  • Ava DuVernay (Filmmaker)
  • Chelsea Handler (Comedian)
  • Cenk Uygur (Host and Co-founder of The Young Turks)
  • Shaun King (Journalist)
  • Ezra Levin (Ex-congressional staffer and founder of Indivisible: A Practical Guide to Resisting Trump's Agenda)
  • Senator Cory Booker (Politician)
  • Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez (Founders, Women's March)
  • Common (Artist)
  • Representative Keith Ellison (Politician)
  • Taraji P. Henson (Actor)
  • Max Carver (Actor)
  • Charlie Carver (Actor)
  • Ann Marie Cox (Journalist)
  • Issa Rae (Artist)
  • Gregory McKelvey (Activist)
  • Baratunde Thurston (Influencer)
  • Nicole Hockley (Advocate)
  • Councilman Ritchie Torres (Politician)
  • Chris Willson (Citizen)
  • Connor Franta (Social Influencer)
  • Colton Haynes (Actor)
  • Park Cannon (Politician)
  • Trae Crowder (Comedian)
  • Wade Davis (Former NFL player)
  • Zoe Kravitz (Actress)
  • Derek Black (Former white supremacist)
  • Senator Chris Murphy (Politician)
  • Diane Guerrero (Actress)
  • Taryn Southern (Artist and YouTube star)
  • Xiuhtezcatl "Kid Warrior" Martinez
  • Michael Moore (Filmmaker)
  • and more.

"No matter who we are, we have the right to express how we feel and proclaim our allegiance to freedom and democracy. I'm grateful to all the unique and important voices that have come together to tell our collective stories. It's a necessary rallying cry," Alicia Keys said.
"We are calling for a massive reawakening in this country. Democracy is not a spectator sport. We want all of the millions of good people out there to speak up and act powerfully. We all need to be in the arena" Van Jones said.
"This project is meant to be part inspiration and part call to action. We're proud to be partnering with Alicia and Van, and their respective organizations to deliver that message to our young, engaged audience," Tina Exarhos, Chief Content Officer for NowThis, said. "This is a celebration of the core freedoms of the First Amendment and a reminder that everyone's voice and action is needed to protect those freedoms."

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