Rosario Dawson: ‘I Was Walking in Marches…Back When Al Sharpton Still Wore Sweatsuits!


Politically active actress and Voto Latino founder Rosario Dawson shares her desire to help others in a special series for Newsweek.

“I really want to be doing meaningful things. I think that comes with being 29. That’s a natural progression,” Dawson writes in the weekly magazine. “I was walking in marches with my mom when I was 10, back when Al Sharpton still wore sweatsuits.”

The Eagle Eye star, who grew up in a New York City “squat,” adds, “It took a long time for me to realize how to commit that celebrity value to something that I really believed in. I don’t want to just be the spokesperson for something; I want to be affected by it as well.”

Rosario Dawson Tapping into Hispanic Vote via Voto Latino

Actress Rosario Dawson is tapping into the Hispanic vote via Voto Latino, a site that is reaching out to Latino voters on the web using multi-platform technology.

“For me, as a second-generation American, Voto Latino is personal,” Dawson, who starred in a PSA for the site with Wilmer Valderrama, told Variety. “I’m proud to say that a lot of my work has helped shed light on this often misunderstood electorate.”

The site, which has been in development since 2004, was started by Dawson and political consultant Maria Teresa Petersen.

“We created the first voter registration engagement programs that involved iTunes, MySpace, YouTube, radio stations and youth-space networks,” Peterson said. “And we were the first organization on a national level to use kids text messaging and the first to use viral videos like telenovelas.”

Since the beginning of the year, Voto Latino has registered more than 22,000 people in the U.S. on their website.

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