Beginning with Lee, the ad’s director, urging America to “wake up” and vote, the ad sees Creed star Tessa Thompson, Susan Sarandon, Alan Cumming, Transparent‘s Gaby Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, and Dr. Cornel West stepping up to the mic to voice their support.
“Since the recession of 2008, we have seen the erosion of the black middle class get worse,” Thompson began. Citing the fight to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour and for more affordable housing, she added, “The policies that the next president enacts will either set us on a course towards poverty or prosperity.”
“We live in the greatest country in the world and yet so many of our citizens can’t get an education,” Sarandon continued, “and if they do, they’re paying their student loans for the rest of their lives. Education is a right, not a privilege.”
Following Cumming’s statement on the country’s healthcare system, Hoffman remarked, “This election is not a popularity contest. It’s not about who you like or who you wanna go have a beer with. It’s about our future. It’s about our children.”
Other celebrities who’ve come out in support of Sanders are Mark Ruffalo, Sarah Silverman, Justin Long, Danny DeVito, Gone Girl‘s Emily Ratajkowski, and Divergent‘s Zoe Kravitz.