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September 20, 2018

Michelle Obama Featured in New When We All Vote PSA, Campaign Announces Nearly 2,000 Events Around the Country for the National Week of Action Kicking Off  Saturday

WASHINGTON, DC — In the run up to the National Week of Action, When We All Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, released a new PSA featuring Co-Chair Michelle Obama encouraging Americans to register to vote and get to the polls this November and in every election.  “When We All Vote, we get new ideas and new energy. We get leaders that share our values” said Mrs. Obama in the PSA that will run on digital platforms and on radio across the country. The PSA will air over the next two weeks before voter registration deadlines.

Today, When We All Vote also launched it’s text message campaign which allows people to text WeAllVote to 97779 to register to vote.

During the Week of Action volunteers will host nearly 2000 grassroots events across the country. The purpose of these events is to recruit more volunteers, educate, register voters, and get them ready to vote every election. As previously announced, Co-Chair Michelle Obama will headline events during the Week of Action in Las Vegas (Sept. 23)  and Miami (Sept. 28). Co-Chairs Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Tom Hanks and Faith Hill will also lead flagship events along with Loni Love, Keegan-Michael Key and Shonda Rhimes in Atlanta, Houston, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Detroit and Los Angeles, respectively.

People can sign up to attend or host their own events during Week of Action HERE

Press can RSVP to cover our Week of Action events HERE

Full Transcript

“Why should I vote?”
“Nothing ever changes.”
“The system is rigged.”
“Why bother?”
Whether you’re trying to get dinner on the table after
working a double shift…
dropping baby off with Grandma…
or studying for exams…
voting can feel like the furthest thing from your mind.
You might even feel like it’s just not worth it.
But that’s exactly what some people want you to think.
The truth is, when we stay home, things stay the same…
or they get worse.
But when we all vote, we get new ideas and new energy…
we get leaders who share our values and listen to our voices.
That’s how we change America.
And that’s why it’s so important to register right now
and vote this November, and in every election.
Go to WhenWeAllVote.org
or text WeAllVote to 97779 to get started.
And know that your vote will make a difference.
Be sure to get registered and get to the polls on November 6th.

ABOUT When We All Vote:
When We All Vote—a new national, nonpartisan not-for-profit—brings together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting.

When We All Vote’s co-chairs are some of America’s most trusted voices, including Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. Join the conversation by talking to friends, family, and neighbors about the importance of their voice and their vote. Because When We All Vote, we can change the world.


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2018

Faith Hill To Headline When We All Vote National Week of Action Event in Nashville & Updates on Other Events

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, When We All Vote announced that Co-Chair Faith Hill will headline a Week of Action event Monday, September 24 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN. The National Week of Action takes place September 22 – 29th when communities across the country, through the help and support of volunteers, will host voter registration events throughout the week in cities large and small.

“When we all vote we make a difference,” said Hill. “A difference that can be felt all the way from Tennessee to the nation’s capital, and everywhere in between.”

Today When We All Vote also announced that Mrs. Obama’s Week of Action events will be held at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, NV (Sept. 23) and at the Watsco Center at the University of Miami (Sept. 28).

Mrs. Obama announced When We All Vote’s National Week of Action in a video message urging Americans to sign up to volunteer and host events. Last week, we announced that Co-Chair’s Chris Paul and Tom Hanks will headline Week of Action events in Houston and Pittsburgh, respectively. Keegan-Michael Key and Loni Love are set to return to their hometown to headline the Detroit event and Shonda Rhimes will lead the Los Angeles rally in partnership with L.A. Promise Fund’s Girls Build Summit which will bring together 10,000 young women from across LA County.

DETAILS:

People can sign up to attend Faith’s event and all other Week of Action events HERE:
https://www.whenweallvote.org/events/

When We All Vote Rally with. Michelle Obama – Las Vegas, NV
Sunday, Sept 23 // 4-6pm PT
Chaparral High School
3850 Annie Oakley Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89121
PRESS RSVP

When We All Vote Rally with Faith Hill – Nashville, TN
Monday, Sept. 24 //  5-8pm CT
Marathon Music Works
1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203
PRESS RSVP

When We All Vote Rally with Michelle Obama – Miami, FL
Friday, Sept 28 // 4-6pm ET
Watsco Center, University of Miami
1245 Dauer Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146
PRESS RSVP

ABOUT When We All Vote:
When We All Vote—a new national, nonpartisan not-for-profit—brings together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting.

When We All Vote’s Co-Chairs are some of America’s most trusted voices, including Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. Join the conversation by talking to friends, family, and neighbors about the importance of their voice and their vote. Because When We All Vote, we can change the world. For more information on When We All Vote, Please visit: When We All Vote


For more information contact: [email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2018

When We All Vote Announces Co-Chairs Tom Hanks and Chris Paul to Headline Week of Action Events in Pittsburgh and Houston
Keegan-Michael Key, Loni Love, Shonda Rhimes Headline Events in Detroit and Los Angeles
Jim Rooney, James Conner of the Pittsburgh Steelers to Join Co-Chair Tom Hanks Event

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, When We All Vote announced that Co-Chair’s Chris Paul and Tom Hanks will headline Week of Action events in Houston and Pittsburgh respectively. The Week of Action takes place September 22 – 29th.

Keegan-Michael Key and Loni Love are set to return to their hometown to headline our Detroit event. Shonda Rhimes will lead the Los Angeles rally in partnership with L.A. Promise Fund’s Girls Build Summit which will bring together 10,000 young women from across LA County.

“Voting is a small act that proves that we are a democracy— a government of the people and by the people,” said Hanks. “It’s up to each and every one of us to make sure our government doesn’t just represent a small some—not just the most powerful—but all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union.”

“Everyone’s vote matters and each vote represents a voice that needs to be heard,” said Paul. “Voting gives us the power to create real change and change doesn’t happen if we remain silent. We need your voice to be heard by voting.”

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, team executive Jim Rooney, and Kiya Tomlin, wife of head coach Mike Tomlin, will join When We All Vote Co-Chair Tom Hanks in Pittsburgh.

Last week, When We All Vote announced that Co-Chair Michelle Obama will host events in Las Vegas and Miami and Co-Chair Janelle Monae will host our Week of Action rally in Atlanta. Mrs. Obama announced When We All Vote’s National Week of Action in a video message urging Americans to sign up to volunteer and host events around the country to register voters, get people engaged and ready to vote in the midterm elections and beyond.

These events join a growing list of flagship events across the nation. Details on locations and ticketing are forthcoming.

People can sign up to attend the events below:

When We All Vote Event with Chris Paul – Houston
Saturday, September 22
RSVP: weall.vote/houston

When We All Vote Rally with Tom Hanks, Jim Rooney, James Conner & Kiya Tomlin – Pittsburgh
Tuesday, September 25
RSVP: weall.vote/pittsburgh

When We All Vote Rally with Loni Love and Keegan-Michael Key – Detroit
Thursday, September 27
RSVP: weall.vote/Detroit

When We All Vote Rally with Shonda Rhimes & L.A. Promise Fund – Los Angeles
Friday, September 28
RSVP: weall.vote/LA

SOME FLAGSHIP CITIES INCLUDE:

Detroit, MI
Los Angeles, CA
Baltimore, MD
Miami, FL
Atlanta, GA
Las Vegas, NV
New York, NY
Pittsburgh, PA
Nashville, TN
Houston, TX

ABOUT When We All Vote:

When We All Vote—a new national, nonpartisan not-for-profit—brings together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting.

When We All Vote’s Co-Chairs are some of America’s most trusted voices, including Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. Join the conversation by talking to friends, family, and neighbors about the importance of their voice and their vote. Because When We All Vote, we can change the world. For more information on When We All Vote, please visit: www.whenweallvote.org.


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2018

Michelle Obama to Host When We All Vote Rallies in Miami and Las Vegas During the National Week of Action
Co-Chair Janelle Monae Will Also Headline Event in Atlanta

When We All Vote Co-Chair Michelle Obama will host events in Las Vegas on September 23rd and Miami on September 28th. In August, Mrs. Obama announced When We All Vote’s National Week of Action in a video message urging Americans to sign up to volunteer and host events around the country to register voters and get people engaged and prepared to vote in the midterm elections and beyond.

This evening, Mrs. Obama will moderate a special volunteer call asking participants to host an event during the Week of Action. When We All Vote is teaming up with thousands of community leaders, colleges and universities, artists, athletes, and influencers to help organize, sign up volunteers and host events in communities across the country.

As Mrs. Obama said when she launched When We All Vote: “Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power. And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years. We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress. The leaders we elect to these offices help determine just about every aspect of our lives and our democracy. So the future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard.”

Co-Chair Janelle Monae will also host When We All Vote’s Atlanta event held in the heart of the Atlanta University Center at Spelman College.

These are just three of the flagship events that will be held in cities across the nation taking place during the Week of Action. Details on locations, ticketing and remaining flagship events, are forthcoming.

People can sign up to attend Michelle Obama’s events below:

When We All Vote Rally with. Michelle Obama – Las Vegas
Sunday, September 23
RSVP HERE

When We All Vote Rally with. Janelle Monae – Atlanta
Thursday, September 27
This event is open to students, faculty and guests of the Atlanta University Center
(Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University)

When We All Vote Rally with Michelle Obama – Miami
Friday, September 28
RSVP HERE

Watch Mrs. Obama’s Week of Action Announcement Here: https://youtu.be/_hFZ653SXxc

There will be flagship events across the country and the campaign is calling on people across the country to host events in their communities throughout the week. Starting today, people can sign up online to attend a flagship event and download the When We All Vote toolkit with instructions on how to plan their community events and register voters. Mrs. Obama and the other “When We All Vote” Co-Chairs will attend and or support some of the events on the ground. More details on the Co-Chairs and Ambassadors participation will be announced in the comings weeks.

SOME FLAGSHIP CITIES INCLUDE:

Detroit, MI
Miami, FL
Atlanta, GA
Las Vegas, NV
Nashville, TN
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Pittsburgh, PA  

ABOUT When We All Vote:

When We All Vote—a new national, nonpartisan not-for-profit—brings together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting.

When We All Vote’s Co-Chairs are some of America’s most trusted voices, including Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. Join the conversation by talking to friends, family, and neighbors about the importance of their voice and their vote. Because When We All Vote, we can change the world. For more information on When We All Vote, Please visit: When We All Vote


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2018

Mrs. Obama Celebrates the Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act By Encouraging Americans to Join When We All Vote’s Week Of Action

Watch Mrs. Obama’s Announcement Here: https://youtu.be/_hFZ653SXxc

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, in celebration of the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, “When We All Vote” announced the “When We All Vote” Week of Action.

From September 22 to September 29, the team will crisscross the country to speak with and register voters, get folks fired up, and ready to vote in the midterm elections and beyond.

There will be flagship events across the country and the campaign is calling on people across the country to host events in their communities throughout the week. Starting today, people can sign up online to attend a flagship event and download the When We All Vote toolkit with instructions on how to plan their community events and register voters.

Mrs. Obama and the other “When We All Vote” Co-Chairs will attend and or support some of the events on the ground.

More details on the Co-Chairs and Ambassadors participation will be announced in the comings weeks.

SOME FLAGSHIP CITIES INCLUDE:
Detroit, MI
Los Angeles, CA
Baltimore, MD
Miami, FL
Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Las Vegas, NV
New York, NY
Pittsburgh, PA
Nashville, TN
Houston, TX
Milwaukee, WI

About When We All Vote:
When We All Vote—a new national, nonpartisan not-for-profit—brings together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting.

When We All Vote’s Co-Chairs are some of America’s most trusted voices, including Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. Join the conversation by talking to friends, family, and neighbors about the importance of their voice and their vote. Because When We All Vote, we can change the world. For more information on When We All Vote, Please visit: When We All Vote


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2018

When We All Vote Launches National Voter Registration & Participation Initiative

Campaign Co-Chairs Include Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, & Tim McGraw

WASHINGTON, D.C.—When We All Vote—a new, nonpartisan, not-for-profit—was created recognizing three critical facts about electoral participation in our country:

  1. Our registration rates are low: In 2014, more than 1/5th (21.4 percent) of all American citizens who were eligible to register to vote were not registered. (The Pew Charitable Trusts, June 2017)
  2. Our participation rates, especially in midterm elections, are also low: In 2014, just a little over a third (36.4 percent) of eligible citizens voted, the lowest participation rate in midterms since World War II. (PBS, November 2014)
  3. Eligible unregistered voters are not asked to register or lack information about the registration process: According to a Pew 2017 study, more than 60 percent of adult citizens have never been asked to register to vote and a majority of adults say they never had an opportunity to register. (The Pew Charitable Trusts, June 2017)

These numbers and the reasons behind them should alarm every American. No one organization can dramatically change those numbers alone. But every citizen can be part of the solution—and that’s why When We All Vote is calling on Americans to take responsibility and start a conversation by asking friends, family, and those in their own communities to register, and to show them how easy and important it is to vote in every race—from the school board, to the statehouse, to Congress, and the Presidency.

When We All Vote is a national organization that will—online and in-person—reach into all 50 states to help people register and to vote. It aims to recruit American citizens, institutions, companies, and organizations to work in their communities to increase voter registration and participation. When We All Vote’s Co-Chairs are some of America’s most trusted voices, including Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw.

Launched today, When We All Vote will start a conversation on the responsibilities that we all have in shaping our country’s future through the ballot box. When We All Vote will also:

Recruit, Train, & Mobilize Volunteers

  1. Recruit volunteers to self-organize across the country to encourage people to register in their own communities.
  2. Provide training to volunteers on how they can best help their families and friends register themselves to vote.
  3. Share tools for volunteers to serve as ambassadors to encourage election participation.
  4. Promote offline organizing opportunities in their communities.

Make it Easy to Register Yourself to Vote

  1. Ask all eligible Americans to register and participate in the initiative.
  2. Through extensive social media and digital outreach, in partnership with Rock the Vote, provide people an easy-to-use website for people to register or request a registration form online.
  3. Provide potential new registrants information that removes barriers to the registration and voting process.

Spark Conversation & Promote Activity Around Increased Participation

  1. Ask citizens, national and community organizations, and the business community to assist in helping people in their communities register and vote.
  2. Ask volunteers to host voter registration events.
  3. Organize weekly online and offline efforts that speak to various communities across America. Organize a national week of action in September to promote registration and
    participation in communities and cities across America.

When We All Vote is also partnering with and calling on corporate, educational, and civic institutions to be a part of the solution in fundamentally increasing voter participation in the United States.

When We All Vote aims to create a culture where Americans want to and are expected to vote. And to turn research that shows that the main reason people don’t vote is because they think their vote doesn’t matter on its head. To learn more and sign up, go to WhenWeAllVote.org.

Statements from When We All Vote Co-Chairs:
Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States “Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power. And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years. We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress. The leaders we elect to these offices help determine just about every aspect of our lives and our democracy. So the future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard.”

Tom Hanks, Actor and Filmmaker “Voting is a small act that proves that we are a democracy— a government of the people and by the people. It’s up to each and every one of us to make sure our government doesn’t just represent a small some—not just the most powerful—but all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Composer, Lyricist, Playwright, and Actor “When each and every one of us votes, we make sure our government represents all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union. When we all vote, those who we elect pay attention.”

Janelle Monáe, Singer-songwriter, and Actress “It’s gonna be our generation that corrects the mistakes of our past and creates a more inclusive future that works for us all. As voters, we are the ones that hold the power to make this dream a reality.”

Chris Paul, NBA player for the Houston Rockets “Everyone’s vote matters and each vote represents a voice that needs to be heard. Voting gives us the power to create real change and change doesn’t happen if we remain silent. We need your voice to be heard by voting.”

Faith Hill, Singer and producer “When we all vote we make a difference. A difference that can be felt all the way from Tennessee to the nation’s capital, and everywhere in between. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make your voice heard.”

Tim McGraw, Singer and actor “We make a difference in every single step along the path of our democracy. That first step begins when you register to vote. Then when you cast your ballot, you are standing up for what’s important to you. It’s up to all of us.”

About When We All Vote
When We All Vote—a new national, nonpartisan not-for-profit—promises to bring together all willing citizens, organizations and institutions across America to spark a new conversation around the responsibilities we all share in shaping the promise of our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting.

When We All Vote’s Co-Chairs are some of America’s most trusted voices, including Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. Because When We All Vote, we change the world. For up-to-date information, visit WhenWeAllVote.org and follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.