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Michelle Obama: 'Our Democracy Only Works With Your Participation'


Why Global Citizens Should Care
Exercising the right to vote is crucial to maintaining a fair democracy. Campaigns like Michelle Obama’s ‘When We All Vote’ give citizens the information they need to make sure they have a say in who’s elected to represent them. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.

More than 60,000 Global Citizens in New York’s Central Park were personally asked Saturday night to vote by two highly influential women — Cardi B and Michelle Obama.

Cardi B ended her first solo performance since giving birth by introducing a video message from Obama about her When We All Vote campaign. 

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“We all have a right to vote,” Cardi B told the crowd of fans, world leaders, and activists.

The native New Yorker, who’s urged fans to vote in local primary elections, singled out young people. 

“We need to vote, especially us millennials, under 25 and above 18. We need to vote so we can change our community,” Cardi B said.

“I voted, what’s good?” she shared before the former first lady of the United States tuned in via video.

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“No matter what issues you’re passionate about, no matter what causes you’re fighting for, there’s one thing that I guarantee will make a difference,” Obama said to the camera in the motivational clip.

“Our democracy only works with your participation,” she continued. 

When We All Vote is a new national nonpartisan organization Obama founded and launched in July. Made up of key players in various industries — including Janelle Monáe, who performed at the festival, and Robert De Niro and co-host Rachel Brosnahan — the group is committed to getting citizens, institutions, companies, and organizations talking about the right and responsibility to vote.

The campaign needs all the support it can get to drive up voter participation ahead of the midterm election on Nov. 6. The US has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any developed country, according to the Pew Research Center


The 2018 Global Citizen Festival in New York will be presented for the very first time by Citi. MSNBC and Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and MSNBC.com. The Festival will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter, presented by Johnson & Johnson. Proud partners of the 2018 Global Citizen Festival include Global Citizen’s global health partner and major partner Johnson & Johnson, and major partners P&G, CHIME FOR CHANGE Founded by Gucci, Verizon, House of Mandela, iHeartMedia, and NYC Parks. Associate partners include Microsoft, Great Big Story, and One Championship.

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