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America Ferrera Wants To Change The Way Americans View Activism

By in Huffington Post on May 19, 2017

By Carolina Moreno

America Ferrera wants to keep the activist momentum going in the United States.

And with her new organization, Harness, the actress is hoping to turn many citizens’ interest in various social justice issues into action. The group hosted an #ActivismIRL event with Cosmopolitan.com and Twitter on Thursday in an attempt to turn hashtag activism into real change.

At the event, the star moderated a panel with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors; Sophie Sarah Flicker, the national organizer for the Women’s March; and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, the executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Before the panel, Ferrera sat down with Amy Odell, the editor of Cosmopolitan.com, for a fireside chat. During their conversation, Ferrera described Harness’ mission and why she decided to launch the organization in February alongside her husband Ryan Piers Williams and actor Wilmer Valderrama.

“We do realize that this is a moment in our history of heightened awareness, heightened engagement and we want to harness that energy, that opportunity that’s arising right now to give people a sustainable way to engage in these issues,” Ferrera said during the event held at Twitter’s New York City headquarters and live-streamed via Periscope. “We want to shift culture beyond the administration that is currently in the White House. And really we want to shift culture beyond any given president, because it’s not enough to have the power as the people [every] four years and then go back to sleep. We have to change what in our culture has led us to this moment.”

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