Celebrities are very often scrutinized for their beliefs or political stance, causing many to keep quiet when issues arise. But others, like Stacey Dash and Eva Longoria, aren't afraid to go out there and speak their minds -- regardless of what anyone might think. Check out 11 stars who speak out about their beliefs and stance on various matters:
1. stars speak slide 01 Eva Longoria
The former Desperate Housewives star is known for speaking out for women and the Latino community. A little over a month ago, Longoria even slammed Arizona state legislature for banning Mexican American studies. “I think it’s even more tragic than SB 1070,” she said. “This is where our communities can learn about our history and to prevent anyone from doing that is criminal.”
2. stars speak slide 02 Stacey Dash
The 46-year-old actress faced a large amount of critcism for publicly endorsing Republican Mitt Romney last year, but that didn't stop her from speaking her mind and writing a 1,344 word essay on why she voted for him. Most recently, Dash shared her stance on the Louisiana school voucher dispute.
“I'm saying deny a child education because of the color of their skin. That's absurd,” the Clueless actress told Fox News. “You know, the natural evolution of a well-educated populous is integration. And this is not political, it's not theoretical, it's not even partisan.”
“It's personal. You know, I was one of those children. I went to a failing school, and by the grace of God, my mother was able to put me into private school, and had she not, I would probably be in a gang or dead right now, because that was the road I was going down. So what they're doing is immoral.”
3. stars speak slide 03 Eduardo Verastegui
In 2008, the Mexican actor took part in the campaign to pass California's Prop 8. He was quoted saying, "As a Latino man proud of my community, I feel I have been called to fight for traditional marriage between a man and a woman."
4. stars speak slide 04 America Ferrera
The former Ugly Betty star spoke out on immigration while paying a visit to Washington, D.C. in April. "My name is America,” Ferrera proudly proclaimed outside Capitol Hill. "I say to any American who is out there, who is ready to join us, that you Facebook, tweet, write letters, call members of Congress. Make sure they hear from you, that they know without a doubt in their minds, that keeping their jobs depends on them supporting comprehensive immigration reform.”
5. stars speak slide 05 Maria Conchita Alonso
Maria Conchita Alonso
The Cuban-born Venezuelan-raised singer-actress has always been a very outspoken critic of Cuba's Fidel Castro and former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. In 2011, Alonso got into an argument with actor Sean Penn over Chavez and accused him of hypocrisy and of accepting human-rights violations perpetrated by Chavez. She called Penn a "Communist a--hole," but then while on a radio show, apologized for calling him an a--hole.
6. stars speak slide 06 Rosario Dawson
In 2010, the 34-year-old Chavez actress who co-founded Voto Latino, spoke out against Arizona's immigration law. "When you look back at Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, he got arrested and asked everyone else to get arrested and people were afraid to step forward," she said while speaking out against the issue.
7. stars speak slide 07 Javier Bardem
During an interview with GQ magazine last year, the Spanish actor wasn't afraid to speak out on his religious beliefs, or lack thereof. "I've always said I don't believe in God, I believe in Al Pacino," he said.
8. stars speak slide 08 Q'orianka Kilcher
The 23-year-old star, best known for playing Pocahontas in The New World, is always speaking out in support of Native Americans In 2010, the half-Peruvian actress and her mother were arrested for chaining themselves to the gates of the White House in protest of President Obama's meeting with Peruvian President Alan Garcia Perez, who sought to drill for oil in his country's indigenous lands.
9. stars speak slide 09 Jessica Alba
In 2007, the 32-year-old beauty told ELLE magazine that although she had been raised Catholic, her "religious devotion began to wane" at the age of 15. And when it came to the Bible, "I thought it was a nice guide, but it certainly wasn't how I was going to live my life."
10. stars speak slide 10 Shakira
The Colombiana was among those who criticized Arizona's SB 1070. She traveled to the state and spoke to officials, protesting the law on the grounds that it could deter Arizona immigrants from reporting crimes for fear of getting deported.
11. stars speak slide 11 Martin Sheen
The West Wing star has long been a vocal advocate for various issues including farmworkers' rights and anti-nuclear and anti-war causes. He's been arrested 66 times as a result of his efforts to speak out for these causes.