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Michelle Obama to Lead Famous Elites at LA Democracy Summit


Michelle Obama can see malevolent forces challenging democracy everywhere, so she’s gathered a host of celebrities to defend it.

To that end, she will deliver the keynote address at a democracy summit in Los Angeles in June, adding to her previous efforts to push for legislation to advance federal ownership of the election, eliminating the voter identification laws.

The former first lady leads the When We All Vote lobby group backed by an all-star team including actors Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Kerry Washington and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Also included hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, television producer Shonda Rhimes, singers Janelle Monae, Jennifer Lopez and HER and professional athletes Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Megan Rapinoe, to name a few.

Obama’s June 13 remarks at the inaugural When We All Vote Democracy Culture Summit in Los Angeles will be his first in-person appearance before a large audience since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers told the Press Association (PA).

She last spoke to When We All Vote, a group started in 2018, in person ahead of that year’s midterm elections.

“We need to talk about the state of our democracy and ways to protect it directly from our own communities,” Michelle Obama said in a tweet ahead of the event.

Conversations at the June 10-13 summit would center on “protecting democracy, fighting voter suppression and ensuring equal access to the ballot box for November’s midterm elections this fall and the political contests beyond,” the organizers said.

Artists, athletes, scholars, local organizers and technology, civic and business leaders are among the 1,500 people expected to participate, AP reports.

“Democracy isn’t just a box we check every four years,” said Stephanie Young, executive director of When We We All Vote. “Voting must be integrated into all aspects of our culture.”

Last year, Breitbart News reported that Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joined Obama in pushing for legislation to advance federal support for the election, eliminating laws on voter identification.

File/Actor Tom Hanks kisses U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama during the 92nd Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse at the National Mall on December 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

File/Former US President Obama and his wife Michelle aboard the 138-meter Rising Sun yacht where the couple and friends spent the morning off the South Pacific island of Moorea, part of Polynesia French, April 14, 2017. The couple and American singer Bruce Springsteen, American actor Tom Hanks and television personality Oprah Winfrey, spent two hours aboard the Rising Sun before leaving Tahiti. The Obamas left Tahiti after a month-long stay in French Polynesia. (MIKE LEYRAL/AFP via Getty)

A video of Abrams’ Fair Fight Action and Obama’s When We All Vote was released showing the two pushing for legislation that would allow the federal government to take over the election, saying, “We are working to change the future of this nation.

“Our democracy and our vote — the very foundation of this nation and the most powerful tools we have as citizens are under attack,” Abrams said in the video, which is nearly two minutes long.

“Right now, dangerous legislation is being proposed across the country that limits the freedom to vote, to vote, and to make our votes count,” Obama said.

This message should be repeated in Los Angeles in June.

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