— COMMON (@common) March 5, 2018
There were plenty of political moments at the Oscars on Sunday night. Common and Andra Day gave a powerful performance of "Stand Up for Something" from Reggie Hudlin’s film, Marshall.
Common and Day had the idea of bringing together activists from a myriad of causes and spotlighting them during the Oscar performance. He told Variety, “I thought, ‘What if we got people who really do the work?'” “People who are true activists out in the world and on the front line. People whose lives, whether by circumstance, have become prime movers for change,” he adds.
On stage labor leader and civil rights advocate, Dolores Huerta was among the heroes honored during the performance of the Oscar-nominated song. The New Mexico native has fought on the front lines for workers' rights in California birthing the National Farm Workers Association alongside César Chávez. As well as encouraging her people with the mantra "Si Se Puede!"
The other activist included Puerto Rican chef, José Andrés, who arrived just days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and organized efforts to provide about 10,000 meals a day.
An homage to all chefs, volunteers, First responders, military, doctors, nurses that helped during last hurricane season everywhere...and especially my fellow Puerto Rican brothers and Sisters #StandUpForSomething @common @AndraDayMusic @Lin_Manuel #oscars live stream pic.twitter.com/mRxPoJEB2A
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) March 5, 2018
The other individuals are Alice Brown Otter, a powerful voice of the Standing Rock youth spearheading the #NoDAPL movement. Bana Alabed, a Syrian refugee from Aleppo, known worldwide for her tweets during the siege of the city in 2016. Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the author of Just Mercy. Mr. Stevenson and EJI have won relief for scores of people who were wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced. Cecile Richards, an activist for women’s rights and social justice, including more than a decade as president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Patrisse Cullors, artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, California and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Tarana Burke, founder of #MeToo and American civil rights activist who works at the intersection of racial justice and sexual violence. Janet Mock, founded #GirlsLikeUs, a project that empowers trans women, and recently spoke at the Women’s March on Washington. Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan Hockley, a student who was tragically gunned down in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. Hockley is the founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), the national non-profit organization, working to enable social change and promote gun violence prevention.
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) March 5, 2018
Our Executive Director, Bryan Stevenson, just arriving at the red carpet of the 90th Academy Awards! Stay tuned for a big surprise tonight. pic.twitter.com/vYI3OQ2kQp
— Equal Justice Initiative (@eji_org) March 4, 2018
— Nicole Hockley (@NicoleHockley) March 5, 2018
An honor to share the #Oscars stage with @common & @AndraDayMusic as well as real-life heroes @OsopePatrisse @TaranaBurke @DoloresHuerta @CecileRichards @ChefJoseAndres @AlAbedBana @NicoleHockley & Bryan Stevenson of @eji_org & Alice Brown Otter. #StandUpForSomething pic.twitter.com/d1nzqv4qrO
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) March 5, 2018
— Dignity & Power Now (@PowerDignity) March 5, 2018
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