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As voters head to the polls for the Super Tuesday Democratic primaries in 14 states today, March 3, over 1,400 artists, writers, musicians, and creatives endorsed Elizabeth Warren for the presidency in a new open letter dubbed “Artists for Warren.”
Catherine Opie, Deborah Kass, Dawoud Bey, Cady Noland, Anoka Faruqee, and Eddie Aparicio are some of the artists who signed the open letter, which was drafted by painter Anne Harris. Others include Angela Dufresne, Lisa Blas, film producer Treva Wurmfeld, photography historian Greg Foster-Rice, author adrienne maree brown, and critic Aruna D’Souza.
“We believe Elizabeth Warren embodies the qualities our country needs most: compassion, respect, integrity, wisdom, intellectual curiosity, optimism, and the fundamental understanding that when the least among us does better, we all do better,” the open letter reads.
“Warren identifies and articulates systemic problems,” the letter continues. “She crafts workable solutions. She has the persuasive skills to put those solutions in place, and the backbone to stand up to power. She will work for us and fight for us.”
In February, Anoka Faruqee announced her impassioned support of Warren in an article on the Medium titled “It’s Now or Never.”
“I too worried at the launch of Warren’s campaign that she couldn’t get elected because, well, a lefty woman couldn’t possibly stand up against the misogyny, racist slurs, money and power of Trump and the Republican Party,” Faruqee wrote. “I realize that my own reticence to support Warren was entangled with how sexism and internalized misogyny operate so I work hard now to pronounce my support for Warren loud and proud.” Faruqee urged “shy” Warren supporters to actively join the campaign.
Elizabeth Warren .
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather (@JanelleMonae) March 3, 2020
On Twitter, singer-songwriter and actor Janelle Monáe showed her support for Warren with a tweet this morning that simply said: “Elizabeth Warren.” She followed up with a tweet saying, “There is no perfect candidate on the dem side. I am still voting for one of the imperfect dem candidates.” Monáe’s tweet prompted a debate between supporters of Warren and supporters of another Democratic contender, Bernie Sanders, with some replying with a tweet stating: “Bernie Sanders.”
Warren also received support from Black Lives Matter’s co-founder, Patrice Cullors, although it wasn’t exclusive. Speaking on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber, Cullors said that she was giving a “dual endorsement” to Sanders and Warren because progressives need to “make sure that we don’t get people like Mike Bloomberg, people like Biden into the president’s office.”
Last week, thousands of artists endorsed Sanders in a similar open letter dubbed “Artists for Bernie.” Signatories include Nan Goldin, Kara Walker, Nicole Eisenman, Hito Steyerl, Wu Tsang, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Ed Atkins, Kader Attia, Kevin Beasley, and Hannah Black, among others. As of this writing, the number of artists who have signed in support of Sanders has reached 3,425.
Update 3/3/2020 5:29pm EST: Since this article was published at 12:36pm, the list of signatures has grown to 2,203 (updated on the Artists for Warren website at 1:23pm EST).