Declaring that the “stakes are even higher” now than when she first launched the effort last year, former first lady Michelle Obama announced this week that she’s drafted a celebrity-studded ‘squad’ to help her get out the vote in next year’s contest.
In a video posted online, Obama said, “Last year, we went big. Millions of new voters made their voices heard for the first time. Now the stakes are even higher. That’s why I’ve been reaching out to some friends to expand my voting squad for the year ahead.”
Appearing in the video along with the former first lady are some of the biggest names in Hollywood and progressive-celebrity circles, among them actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinhoe, Broadway sensation Lin-Manuel Miranda, producer Shonda Rhimes, and singers Faith Hill and Selena Gomez.
Obama first launched the effort, dubbed When We All Vote ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Organizers are encouraging people to register to vote and pledge to help other friends, or “squad members,” to do the same in every election. The aim, the group said at the time, is to “start a conversation on the responsibilities that we all have in shaping our country’s future through the ballot box.”
In the latest video, a string of celebrities tells viewers that, “You’re the only person that can have that conversation with your family and your friends and your girlfriends and even with your community to get them registered and ready to vote.”