And in contrast to some celebrities, political activism has lengthy been part of Dawson’s storm. She’s co-founder and on the board of Voto Latino, and she or he’s been arrested greater than as soon as whereas protesting. She primarily makes use of social media to advertise causes near her coronary heart, resembling voting rights, childhood growth and schooling (in September she partnered with Tom’s of Maine on the model’s $3 million initiative to attach 150,000 children with nature who may not in any other case have prepared entry to outside areas) and, as all the time, advocating for a extra humane immigration coverage.
“So long as we hold utilizing worry as our foundation for this subject, we’ll proceed to sow extra divisions and sow extra hatred, and finally create extra issues for ourselves,” she told Pop Sugar in 2019 amid Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the topic as topical now because it was then (and two years earlier than that, and so forth). “If we begin coming at this from the understanding that these are our households, these are our brothers and sisters, we now have a possibility to create a unique type of coverage that helps all of us to be celebrated quite than dehumanized.”
Social justice has influenced her inventive decisions as effectively, and she could be seen subsequent enjoying a DEA agent within the Hulu restricted collection Dopesick, premiering Oct. 13, primarily based on the nonfiction guide of the identical identify concerning the opioid disaster plaguing West Virginia and surrounding environs.
“It is the best way that [OxyContin maker Perdue Pharma] had all of those of us going into every of those docs—personalizing their relationship with them, , getting them presents and doing all this type of stuff,” Dawson defined in an Oct. 7 sit-down for Washington Post Live. “How do you push again towards an organization that has that a lot cash to dominate and create and perpetuate a story? You understand, and all of those particular person victims get silenced as a result of they’ve already been encapsulated on this story, and their story is that they are simply addicts, and you know the way we’re—we take into consideration addicts. They’re simply lowly, unhappy, pathetic people who find themselves the shame of our society and must be pushed apart. And it is like, that is completely by no means the story, but it surely’s dominated the dialog for therefore lengthy, and I believe is the explanation why we’re nonetheless seeing this unfold in a manner that isn’t actually centered in justice.”