It’s critical that we take active roles in our communities. Being informed, engaged citizens helps ensure that we move forward as a society. Whether it’s filling out your census form, applying to vote, bringing others to the polls, or making sure you’re aware of the issues of the day, WarnerMedia is here to help.
Rock the Vote
Elections are our chance to let our voices be heard. But to participate, one has to register to vote -- and then take the time to cast a ballot when election day arrives. We’ve partnered with Rock the Vote, a leading nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people, to get people registered. Through our online tools, would-be voters can check to make sure they’re registered and, if not, get the information they need so they can cast their vote this fall. We’re also encouraging registered voters to pledge to vote as well as enlist their friends, families, and colleagues to do the same. Visit our Rock the Vote-powered page here.
Citizen by CNN
CITIZEN BY CNN is the network’s civic engagement platform designed to bring people together to discuss issues that matter, the motivations to vote and the importance of being informed and engaged in the political process.
As Americans prepare to cast their votes, CITIZEN BY CNN will introduce a voter information tool that will connect users to personalized, local information about candidates, voting and issues. It is designed to bring people together to discuss issues that matter, the motivations to vote and the importance of being informed and engaged in the political process. The tool will help users discover local information on where/how to vote, allow them to stay up to date on important changes to voting information, and empower them to get information to feel confident casting their ballot.
On Tuesday, September 22nd, CNN will virtually host the third annual CITIZEN by CNN conference to foster thoughtful dialogue and lively debate about the critical issues facing the American electorate weeks away from the 2020 election. It will feature interviews and panel discussions moderated by the network’s anchors and journalists.
CNN will continue to host series of virtual conversations pairing our journalists with cultural newsmakers to talk about engagement and issues that matter. Past conversations have included Van Jones with Grant Hill, David Axelrod with Isaiah Thomas, Arnie Duncan, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Conversations will be held virtually to engage new audiences in this important discussion.
Vote Because: 2020 Elections
HBO Max and Rock the Vote are kicking off a new partnership that encourages voters to highlight the issues that have most affected their daily lives, families, and communities. Everyone is encouraged to join the conversation started by @HBOMax and @HBO and fill in the blank –– that they will “#VoteBecause __________ Depends On It” — on social media to spread the word about why they’re heading to the polls this election. To further fuel the conversation, a selection of more than 20 topical and critically acclaimed HBO and HBO Max documentaries are available to stream for free on HBOMax.com and HBO.com through November 8. For more on all things voting, visit rockthevote.org/warnermedia.
With Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count (of course!), and all of our friends at Sesame Street, WarnerMedia is helping make sure we’re all counted in the 2020 United States Census. Young children are missed in the census for a multitude of reasons, but confusion about who goes on the form is a major one. Nearly 40 percent of children under five live in complex households, where they may split time between homes, be cared for by foster parents, grandparents, or other relatives, or their caregivers may be housing-insecure. Uncertainty about who counts on the census questionnaire is only magnified if the child lives in a linguistically isolated household. Through a bilingual kit developed on Sesame Street, we’re striving to close this gap. Learn more here.
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote
Ahead of one of the most pivotal elections in our nation’s history, HBO Max, The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, and the original cast of the Emmy®- and Peabody Award–winning hit Warner Bros. Television drama series will come together with Sorkin and executive producer/director Thomas Schlamme for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, which will debut on the streaming service this fall. “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote” will feature a special theatrical stage presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from the show’s third season. The creative team and cast organized this historic production in order to raise awareness for and support the vital mission of When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama which was founded to increase participation in every election in America. In honor of the special, WarnerMedia will make a donation to When We All Vote. Learn more here.
On The Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries
Produced by CNN Films, this documentary feature trails the exhilarating and exhausting lives of several female CNN political reporters as they cover the historic 2020 presidential campaign. Drawing from unprecedented access to the press corps as they sacrifice sleep and their sense of autonomy for the prestigious, all-consuming job of covering the Democratic primary elections, “On the Trail” reveals the extraordinary stories of the journalists behind this divisive and unusual campaign. Giving viewers a “backstage pass” through months of election nights, debates, campaign events, and more, the film dives into the challenges – and victories – these powerhouse reporters face as they juggle life back home with life on the road.
A story that embodies the tenacity and passion of the American Dream, “Siempre, Luis,” debuting Tuesday, October 6 (9:00-10:35 p.m. ET/PT) during National Hispanic Heritage Month, is a portrait of the pioneering activist Luis A. Miranda Jr. Luis is a decades-long fighter for Latino communities, a key player in the New York and national political arena, and a loving father of three – including the award-winning composer, lyricist and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max. Learn more here.
Stockton on My Mind
“Stockton on My Mind,” is the multi-layered story of millennial mayor Michael Tubbs, whose own experience growing up amid poverty and violence inspired him to create innovative change in his beleaguered hometown of Stockton, California. Born to a teenage mother and an incarcerated father, Tubbs felt society destined him for either prison or death. Defying expectations, at the age of 26 in 2016, he became one of the youngest mayors of a major American city and Stockton’s first African American mayor. The film follows Tubbs’ efforts to reverse the fortunes of a city known as one of the poorest, most violent and least literate in the nation. This film will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max. Learn more here.
John Lewis: Good Trouble
The CNN Film, “John Lewis: Good Trouble” tells the incredible story of civil rights giant and political pioneer John Lewis. The behind-the-scenes footage, rare archival material and personal interviews chronicles the life of a man who shaped American history. With thousands of protests, dozens of arrests and 33 years in Congress: Lewis’ impact is undeniable.
David Byrne’s, “American Utopia” brings the critically acclaimed Broadway show to HBO in a one-of-a-kind film directed by Oscar and Emmy-winner Spike Lee. Recorded during its run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in New York City, David Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount. Learn more at MyAmericanUtopia.com.
Adult Swim’s “Holy Calamavote”
Adult Swim and Ben & Jerry’s have come together to announce Adult Swim’s first-ever broadcast musical performance by Grammy-nominated hip-hop powerhouse, Run The Jewels. The event will air Saturday, October 10th at Midnight ET/PT, only on Adult Swim, to encourage fans to vote this November. With this unique fan experience, Adult Swim continues its mission to engage directly with fans using its reach to amplify the importance of voting. In addition to the linear telecast, the performance will also be simul-streamed on AdultSwim.com. Immediately following the broadcast, fans can watch it on the Adult Swim YouTube Channel and have the opportunity to donate to the ACLU.
Across our networks and beyond, WarnerMedia is airing PSAs encouraging people to register, to vote, to volunteer as poll workers, and more. Check out all of the PSAs on our YouTube channel.
What You Gonna Do When The World’s on Fire?
This portrait of contemporary Black life in the American South weaves masterfully between four wrenching storylines: Judy Hill, who strives to keep her family and friends afloat as her bar is threatened; two young brothers Ronaldo and Titus, whose neighborhood is plagued by violence; Kevin, the Big Chief of Mardi Gras, who is keeping the heritage of his people alive; and The New Black Panthers, who carry out a door-to-door people’s investigation of a killing attributed to white supremacists. Award-winning documentary, “What You Gonna Do When The World’s on Fire?” observes these communities as they struggle to maintain their cultural identities and to find justice.
Other Voting Resources
Rock the Vote
Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. For 30 years, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way we use culture, technology and activism to engage young people in the civic process. Since its founding, Rock the Vote has processed over 12 million voter registrations and consistently turns out its voters more than 30 points above the national youth average with approximately 60% voting for the first time. Rock the Vote focuses on voter registration, education, and mobilization and works to modernize the process and fight for young people's right to vote. Learn more at rockthevote.org and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat @rockthevote.
Visit WarnerMedia’s Rock the Vote-powered page here: https://www.rockthevote.org/warnermedia/
Voto Latino Foundation (VLF) is the largest Latinx voter registration organization in the country with over 1 million supporters and having registered over 711,000 voters, to date. VLF is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization centered around Latinx youth predicated on their influence in their households and their sheer numbers. 66% of Latinos in the US are under the age of 33 and will propel the Latinx voter to be the second-largest voting block for the first time in 2020. VLF is among the top 10 voter registration outfits in the nation and the only Latinx organization on the list.
When We All Vote
When We All Vote is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that brings together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
She Se Puede
She Se Puede is a new digital lifestyle community and media platform that inspires, affirms, and informs Latinas to leverage their power in a way that transforms their lives, families, and communities. The nonprofit initiative is the destination for the modern Latina who wants to level up her life -- they curate content on health, parenting, food, fashion, culture, and civic engagement for the Latina ready to make her whole life better.
Color of Change
Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force, it moves decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.