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Somos Más GOVT Tour Visits North

Some 30 North High students had the opportunity to talk voting and politics with two celebrities Wednesday.  Film and TV star America Ferrera and Oscar winner Natalie Portman stopped in on their Somos Más GOVT Tour, presented by Voto Latino.  The organization heard about Phoenix Union’s student civic engagement and voter registration efforts and they met a group of mostly seniors who recently registered to vote and student volunteers who helped with the District-wide National Voter Registration Day.  The discussion ranged from the importance of voting to issues facing the local community.  Maria Teresa Kumar, a nationally-recognized commentator and the President and CEO of Voto Latino also attended.

Ferrera, who was Betty Suarez in the TV show Ugly Betty, and in appeared in the movies such as  Real Women Have Curves, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, is politically active.  She spoke at the 2016 Democratic Convention, was the opening speaker for the Women’s March on Washington, in January, 2017, took part in the #MeToo campaign and was a founding member of the Time’s Up legal defense fund. Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007.

Portman, who was in three Star Wars episodes as Padmé Amidala, two Thor movies,

V in Vendetta, played Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie, and won an Oscar for Best Actress in Black Swan.   She has also been politically active, supporting anti-poverty initiatives, such as micro-lending, to help finance women-owned businesses.  During the 2018 Women's March in Los Angeles, she spoke about the "sexual terrorism" she experienced in her career.