Common - Why I Vote
Our “Why I Vote” campaign gives artists a chance to share personal opinions on the key issues shaping the 2016 Presidential Election. Along the way, they encourage young people, a traditionally under-represented demographic at the polls, to participate in the political process that impacts us all. From Kesha to T.I. to American Authors, each episode focuses on a particular subject, including immigration, LGBTQ rights, mass incarceration, and education opportunities. We’re hoping to galvanize first-time voters interested in shaping their own future.
For Common, programs that open doors for prisoners to secure jobs after they have been paroled are key to making a difference in our communities. He believes it’s up to us to elect candidates who show support for prisoners’ rights, and will move such programs into action. “You vote for the politicians that you know are standing for what you want to change,” he says, “the ones who stand for what you want to see go on in your community and in this world.”
Previous episodes of “Why I Vote” featured Vic Mensa, T.I. Kesha, American Authors, Becky G., John Legend and Andra Day. The series finale will premiere tomorrow and features JoJo.
Vevo will further the discussion on Friday, November 4th by hosting a Facebook Live event “Why I Vote: Live” at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT. It will discuss the many issues at hand and the upcoming election. Artists expected to participate include T.I., Andra Day, Vic Mensa, and Bethany Cosentino. Rock The Vote’s Jesse Moore will lead the discussion along with Vevo’s Julz Goddard.