Video aims to raise awareness of US midterm elections
Joan Jett, Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss and singer-songwriter Cass McCombs have appeared in a video campaign to get more American women to vote in the US midterm elections.
The star-studded video also includes appearances from Eleanor Friedberger, Sia, Lesley Gore, Melissa Auf Der Maur, as well as other public figures such as Tavi Gevinson and Alexa Chung.
Created by campaign group The Department Of Peace, the video sees Joan Jett joined by dozens of people who lip sync to her song ‘Bad Reputation’.
“There are candidates running for office this November who have backwards views on women’s rights,” Jett says in the video. “If you care about our right to control our own bodies and our own paychecks, then get yourself out to the polls this November 4 and vote. And bring your friends.”
The video also encourages viewers to visit Lady Parts Justice for a list of every state’s anti woman laws and proposals.
A statement from The Department Of Peace said: “In 2013, there were more laws passed to limit women’s reproductive rights than in the entire previous DECADE. Many of us may have access to good health care, but our experience being a woman – and our rights – shouldn’t depend on our zip code.
“Our sisters in Texas, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Ohio, Arkansas, and so many other states don’t have what we have. The most regressive, anti-woman, anti-voting, anti-equality laws are being passed on the state level. This is why the MIDTERMS are so important.”
The US midterm elections sees all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 out of the 100 seats in the United States Senate contested.