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Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo, Olivia Wilde Join Dozens of Artists Encouraging Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Run for President

More than 90 artists have joined the Artists for Warren movement, releasing an open letter to the Massachusetts senator asking her to run. Supporters include Matt Bomer, Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna, Adam Horovitz, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Norton, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Chloë Sevigny, Julia Stiles, Olivia Wilde, and Joss Whedon.

** See the full letter here: http://ow.ly/InGgU **
** Read more from Vanity Fair here: http://ow.ly/IkP87 **

NEW YORK CITY – More than 90 well-known artists and members of the creative community have joined forces to encourage Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016, forming “Artists for Warren” and releasing an open letter to the Massachusetts senator.

“We, the undersigned artists, are joining hundreds of thousands of Americans who want to passionately urge you to run for President,” the letter reads. “We need someone who stands up for the people—America’s students, mothers, retirees, teachers, minimum-wage workers—instead of for the big banks and corporations. …Senator Warren, we’re ready to show you that you have the support needed to enter this presidential race. We’re ready to fight with you, Senator Warren. Please, run for President.”

Read the full letter here: http://ow.ly/InGgU
More from Vanity Fair here: http://ow.ly/IkP87

The Artists for Warren effort—co-founded by cultural organizers Laura Dawn, chief creative director and founder of ART NOT WAR and the former cultural director for MoveOn.org, and Winnie Wong, a Ready for Warren organizer—is a joint project of Run Warren Run and Ready for Warren. The Run Warren Run movement—a major grassroots campaign to encourage Elizabeth Warren to bring her vision into the presidential contest—is being organized by MoveOn.org Political Action and Democracy for America; members of both groups overwhelming voted to support the draft effort and the groups have hired staff and opened offices in Iowa and New Hampshire. Another group, Ready for Warren, is also working to encourage the senator to run.

“We are thrilled that many of our friends and colleagues in the creative community are voicing their support for Elizabeth Warren and joining the growing movement to encourage Warren to enter the presidential race,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “Elizabeth Warren’s tireless advocacy on behalf of middle-class and working Americans and her fearlessness in standing up to big banks and corporate interests has motivated hundreds of thousands of Americans to join this Run Warren Run effort, and having the voices of actors, musicians, and other artists is the latest sign of the growing momentum for a Warren presidential campaign.”

“It’s so great to see artists, actors, and musicians coming out to urge Elizabeth Warren to run for president,”  said Erica Sagrans, Ready for Warren Campaign Manager. “These artists inspire us, and they’re making it clear they’re inspired by Elizabeth Warren—her integrity, her authenticity, and her vision for what our country can be. We’re psyched to have them on board.”

“The members of the creative community joining the Run Warren Run campaign will not only bring even more people into this fight, but add the pop culture firepower needed to make clear what having a populist progressive hero like Elizabeth Warren in the 2016 race would mean for our country,” said Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director of Democracy for America.

In January, artists gathered in New York City for the first “Artists for Warren” event to learn more about the Run Warren Run campaign and Ready for Warren and pledge their support. The Run Warren Run campaign works to demonstrate to Warren that her core message—an electrifying call to fix a rigged political and economic system that is failing America’s families—resonates among crucial early primary voters and caucus goers, voters more broadly, and the constituencies whose support she’d need to run a winning campaign.

A list of artists who have signed the Artists for Warren letter as of Feb. 2 is below:

  • David Amram, composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist
  • Adira Amram, musician
  • Alanna Amram, musician
  • Tiffany Anders, filmmaker
  • Alison Anders, filmmaker, director
  • Laurie Anderson, musician
  • Darren Aronofsky, director
  • Darren Bader, fine artist
  • Aurora Barnes, activist, musician
  • Matt Bomer, actor
  • Lizzie Bougatsos, fine artist, musician
  • Joe Brusky, Overpass Light Brigade
  • Tom Chapin, activist, musician
  • Abigail Chapin, activist, The Chapin Sisters
  • Lily Chapin, activist, The Chapin Sisters
  • Steve Chapin, musician
  • Peter Coyote, actor & activist
  • Damien Crisp, fine artist
  • Guy Davis, musician, actor, activist
  • Laura Dawn, director, musician & Artists for Warren co-founder
  • Jules De Balincourt, fine artist
  • Jennifer DeLia, director/producer/screenwriter
  • Kyle Depew, The Illuminator
  • Charlie Dibe, filmmaker
  • Carol Diehl, fine artist
  • Sharon Dowell, artist
  • Steve Earle, songwriter/musician
  • Beka Economopoulos, artist, activist
  • Lori Ellison, fine artist
  • Danny Goldberg, artist management
  • Kim Gordon, musician, artist
  • Michael Gottwald, producer, Beasts Of The Southern Wild
  • Yvonne Gougelet, performance artist
  • Robert Green, producer
  • Lane Hall, Overpass Light Brigade
  • Kathleen Hanna, musician
  • Lara Herscovitch, musician
  • Vanessa Hope, filmmaker
  • Adam Horovitz, musician
  • Donna Huanca, fine artist
  • Scott Hug, fine artist
  • Melissa Ip, fine artist
  • Desiree Kan, artist, activist, storyteller
  • Nina Kaplan, filmmaker, writer, & producer
  • Sandra Khalifa, artist, activist
  • Marayam L’ange, producer
  • Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, fine artist
  • Nathan Larson, Musician Shudder To Think
  • Sadie Laska, fine artist
  • Jamie Laurie, activist, musician, Flobots
  • Marc Levin, filmmaker
  • Natasha Lyonne, actor
  • Thalia Mavros, filmmaker
  • Cecily McMillan, activist, writer
  • Paul Miller, DJ Spooky, composer, producer, author
  • Alexis Mincolla, artist, musician
  • Lisa Moline, Overpass Light Brigade
  • Michael Moore, filmmaker, author, activist
  • David Moscow, actor, producer
  • Jessie Murphy, musician
  • Daron Murphy, musician, writer, & activist
  • Aliya Naumoff, filmmaker
  • Arthur Nersesian, playwright, activist, poet
  • Ed Norton, actor/director
  • Elizabeth Olson, artist
  • Julie Pacino, director/producer/screenwriter
  • Annabel Park, filmmaker, Story Of America
  • Maranda Pleasant, co-founder and editor-in-chief, ORIGIN magazine
  • Martha Rosler, fine artist
  • Alexander Ross, fine artist
  • Mark Ruffalo, actor & activist
  • J.D. Samson, musician, activist
  • Susan Sarandon, actor & activist
  • Chloë Sevigny, actor
  • Sam Sharpe, artist, cartoonist
  • Eve Silber, musician, songwriter
  • Athena Soules, NYC Light Brigade
  • Helen Stickler, filmmaker
  • Julia Stiles, actor
  • Spencer Sweeney, fine artist
  • Matthew Swenson, creative director
  • Lissy Trullie, musician
  • Andrew Vladeck, musician, Fireships
  • Dana Wachs, musician
  • Harry Waisbren, activist, Founder Act.TV
  • Mike Watson, curator
  • Joss Whedon, director/producer
  • Olivia Wilde, actor & activist
  • Chris Wilder, fine artist
  • Winnie Wong, activist & Artists for Warren co-founder


For more information, or for interviews with a MoveOn.org representative, please contact Brian Stewart at press@moveon.org.