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, comparable to voting rights, childhood growth and training (in September she partnered with Tom’s of Maine on the model’s $3 million initiative to attach 150,000 youngsters 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 maintain utilizing concern as our foundation for taking a look at 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’ve got a possibility to create a unique sort of coverage that helps all of us to be celebrated moderately than dehumanized.”
Social justice has influenced her inventive selections as nicely, and she may be seen subsequent enjoying a DEA agent within the Hulu restricted sequence Dopesick, premiering Oct. 13, primarily based on the nonfiction e book of the identical title in regards to 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 medical doctors—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 recognize, 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 ought to be pushed apart. And it is like, that is completely under no circumstances the story, however it’s dominated the dialog for therefore lengthy, and I believe is the rationale why we’re nonetheless seeing this unfold in a means that isn’t really centered in justice.”