“WHY I VOTE” EPISODE 6 & 7: RISE AGAINST ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND JOHN LEGEND ON PRISON REFORM AND MASS INCARCERATIONOctober 25, 2016
With exactly two weeks until the election, our ‘Why I Vote’ series hopes to prepare and encourage citizens to vote by narrowing in on a few more critical issues our country currently faces. Today we premiered an episode with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against discussing the severity of climate change, and Thursday John Legend talks about the importance of drug decriminalization and prison reform.
We recently had the opportunity to speak to Tim McIlrath of Rise Against to discuss climate change, and the urgency to make it a priority amongst our nation’s leaders. The Earth’s climate is constantly shifting, but the present trends are of particular significance because there is overwhelming evidence that climate change is considered to be human-induced, and is progressing at an unprecedented rate. “For meaningful policy and meaningful legislation to happen, as voters, we need to put people in office who we believe have faith in making those things happen,” Tim says.
For John Legend, advocacy for drug treatment and prison reform is near to his heart. Throughout his young adulthood, John’s mother, Phyllis, was arrested several times for charges related to drug abuse. Since then, John has been extremely vocal in his beliefs that rather than criminalizing drug addiction, we should be doing everything in our power to provide the treatment necessary for recovery. In hopes to change the conversation about our country’s policies and improve America’s criminal justice system, John says, “I vote to end mass incarceration, I vote for a free America.”
Previous episodes of “Why I Vote” featured Vic Mensa sharing his personal experiences with police brutality, T.I. telling his own story of growing up in Atlanta at the beginning of the government’s “War on Drugs,” Kesha discussing LGBT rights, American Authors talking about gun safety, and Becky G. discussing immigration.
Upcoming episodes of “Why I Vote” will premiere in the coming weeks, and will feature Andra Day, Common and JoJo.