Hawkins Mikita Hosts NY Gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon

On Friday morning, Hawkins Mikita hosted Cynthia Nixon, candidate for Governor of New York, for a Pride Breakfast in Manhattan to introduce the progressive candidate to LGBTQ professionals and allies in the entertainment and nonprofit industries. 

Cynthia Nixon is a life-long New Yorker and progressive advocate fighting for a better, more equal New York. For years, Cynthia has been at the forefront of fighting LGBTQ equality. In 2010, Cynthia helped create Fight Back New York, an effort to remove state Senators opposed to same-sex marriage. The campaign ultimately raised $800,000 and helped elect three new Senators in support of marriage equality. 

Moreover, she is a fierce advocate for better schools and more equitable education funding all across the state, women’s reproductive rights, and so much more. 

To learn more about Cynthia Nixon's run for governore, visit CynthiaForNewYork.com.

 
 

embRACE LA Hosts 100 Dinners to Discuss Race

In April Todd Hawkins worked with embRACE LA to help produce 100 free dinners in homes throughout the 15 council districts that make up the City of Los Angeles. Each dinner consisted of a chef, a gathering of 10 neighbors, and a thoughtful dialogue centered on one of the most important topics of our time: Race.

embRACE L.A. is an initiative aimed at unifying Angelenos and empowering communities through a citywide conversation about race and racism challenging and changing inequities. embRACE LA is a citywide initiative launched during fall 2016 by Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.

 
 

Starlight Children's Foundation Launches Inaugural Design-A-Gown Contest

In March, Starlight Children's Foundation launched their inaugural Design-A-Gown contest calling on participants across the United States to design new, comfy, and fun hospital gowns to help improve the hospital experience for young patients.

Working with a core team of partners, Hawkins Mikita assisted in securing social and entertainment influencers to create a group of All-Star ambassadors who helped amplify the Design-A-Gown contest. 

Starlight Children's Foundation partnered with Michaels Craft Stores, Niagara Cares, and Dunkin's Joy in Childhood Foundation to collect over 6,000 design submissions from across the country. In April, three finalists were chosen and over 18,000 voters nationwide chose the winning design by 6-year-old Jack from Chicago, which was designed for his little sister Everly who has a congenital heart defect.

All three final designs were manufactured into tens of thousands of Starlight Gowns and delivered to hospitals across the country.

 

 
 

HARNESS Brings Together Entertainment, Tech, & Nonprofit Influencers

Over the weekend, Hawkins Mikita had the pleasure of working with Wilmer Valderrama, America Ferrera, and Ryan Piers Williams to join their HARNESS team and convene over 400 entertainment, tech, business, and nonprofit influencers to support and protect our most vulnerable communities.

"We are all part of this ecosystem," said Wilmer Valderrama as he opened the event. "We have a responsibility to understand, to unite, and to take action."

Senator for California, Kamala Harris, delivered a keynote address echoing Coretta Scott King as she reminded us that "the fight for justice must be fought and won with each generation."

The event hosted ten nonprofit organizations representing some of the most vulnerable communities whose missions are at stake under the current political climate. America Ferrera hosted various panels and discussions focussing on the Indigenous, black, Asian, immigrant, Muslim, and LGBTQ communities. 

With the help of numerous project managers, Hawkins Mikita is helping the HARNESS community focus the energy of Saturday's event into direct action and impact for these communities. 

Explore the HARNESS Spotlight online to learn more about the organizations present at the event.

HARNESS has launched a #30DaysofAction campaign on their online platforms offering action items daily, which everyone can take to stay informed and create change. 

Follow HARNESS online: (Facebook) (Twitter) (Instagram) (Website)

 
 

Photos by Paiwei Wei

Hawkins Mikita Hosts Congressman Swalwell

On Thursday night, Hawkins Mikita hosted Congressman Eric Swalwell in Los Angeles to introduce the Future Forum chairman to young professionals in the entertainment and nonprofit industries. 

Congressman Swalwell is an up-and-coming and impactful representative in Democratic leadership; he is a Ranking Member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's Subcommittee on the CIA and is a member of the House Judiciary Committee. 

Congressman Swalwell, who represents California's 15th District and much of the East Bay, reminded us that a fundamental pillar of our democracy is the ability for ordinary citizens to speak up, speak out, and take action:

  1. Volunteer: Volunteer at local organizations for causes that inspire you. These organizations are built on individual participation and involvement. (Visit Harness.Space for some ideas).

  2. Speak Up: Call your city council member, mayor, state representative, governor, senator, or congressperson and make your voice heard. (Find your representatives' contact information here).  

  3. Run for Office: Run for your local school board, or assembly district, or city council position and affect change at every level in government. (Get started here).

  4. Register to Vote: Vote in every local, state, and congressional election. (Register to vote here). (Find your nearest swing district here). 

We are inspired by the work that Congressman Swalwell has accomplished in the House of Representatives, and we look forward to joining him in the fight to move our country forward.