Hollywood is taking a stand. A number A-list of actors and actresses have come together to make a powerful show of support for millions of refugees who have fled their homes and possessions in order to save their lives. Today, Cate Blanchett and other celebrities are leading a petition to help them find a better future.
“One pair of flowery jeans, that I wore to a party, and won’t wear again till I go to another one…”
The line is from a powerful poem “What They Took With Them.” It was written by Jenifer Toksvig and details a number of items that refugees grabbed to take with them right before joining 65 million people in fleeing their war ravaged homes in search of a better life.
In another line, one refugee revealed bringing a whitening cream along. “I don’t want them to know I’m a refugee. What if somebody spots me and calls the police because I’m illegal? But not if I’m white. That’s right, isn’t it?” the poem read.
Along with Cate Blanchett who is a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador, celebrities like Keira Knightley, Jesse Eisenberg, Neil Gaiman, Kit Harington, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Stanley Tucci also joined the poem presentation.
With this video, it is hoped that many will come and support a petition that will presented the UN General Assembly in New York on September 16, ahead of the historic UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants scheduled on September 19.
In the petition, the plan is to ask governments to ensure education for every refugee child, a safe place to live in for every refugee family and an employment and proper training for every refugee.
Meanwhile, speaking with co-actor Chris Hemsworth during a Facebook Live discussion on the current refugee crisis, Blanchett said that being able to visit and talk refugees is a “humbling” experience. “You realize there’s a lot of similarities between the things they value and the things I value and perhaps the things that people who have never met a refugee value,” she said.
You too can pledge your support for the petition and stand #WithRefugees here.
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