LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Starting June 10th, When We All Vote hosted the first Culture of Democracy Summit featuring When We All Vote Co-Chairs Chris Paul, Selena Gomez, Liza Koshy, Bretman Rock and Kerry Washington, Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Magic Johnson, Doc Rivers, David Hogg and more. The four-day nonpartisan convening brought together artists, athletes, academics, grassroots organizers and business leaders to discuss the role different industries play in protecting and strengthening democracy through voter registration, education, mobilization and culture change.
More than 1,000 people convened at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles for the final day of the Summit. A full list of speakers and the livestreams from both events are here. Photos and video footage available for members of the media are here.
Special Summit Announcements:
During the final day of the Summit, Lyft announced that the company will provide transportation grants to Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students participating in When We All Vote’s VOTE LOUD HBCU Squad Challenge in the fall.
When We All Vote partnered with the Center for Media & Social Impact and MTV Entertainment Studios to release first-of-its-kind research examining how voting, civic engagement and civic leadership are shown in top entertainment programming. The study found that while TV show characters are often shown talking about contemporary civic and social issues, they are rarely shown taking leadership and acting to solve civic problems in their communities. The study also found that entertainment TV characters engage in voting behaviors in less than 1% of top-rated entertainment TV programming.
When We All Vote will use this research and partnership to launch a new initiative to create more diverse narratives around voting, civic engagement and public service. At the Summit, leading entertainment executives, producers and showrunners, including Adam Conover, Scott Budnick, Charles D. King and Wanda Sykes, discussed the importance of civics in storytelling.
Recap of the Four Day Culture of Democracy Summit
Culture of Democracy Awards
When We All Vote also announced the winners of the first-ever Culture of Democracy Awards. The awards recognized leaders across industries and communities doing critical work to strengthen and protect democracy through voter registration, mobilization and culture change. The awards were designed by artist Brandan “BMike” Odums.
The full list of Culture of Democracy Award winners is below:
Throughout the weekend, When We All Vote invested in Black, Latinx, women and locally owned businesses, including Johnny’s West Adams, Uncle Nearest Whiskey Sorel Liqueur, Loft & Bear Distillery, Pinch of Flavor, BBQ Smokehouse, Chomp Chomp, GoFusion, Bad Ass Burgers, Sabroso, El Mas Chignon, StopBye, Compton Vegan Flamin Grains and MKG.
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