In response to the first State of the Union address of Donald Trump's presidency, actress/activist Alyssa Milano created a digital counter-programming initiative called "State of the Dream." And in the current political climate, it is exactly what we want (and NEED) to see and hear right now.
Please join us! Resist and persist with digital counter-programming to Trump’s #SOTU! Check out and share this google doc for instructions and more info. #StateOfTheDream
Pass it on. https://t.co/r0PxCCs52n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 26, 2018
According to Deadline, Milano's #StateOfTheDream presented "brief (60 seconds max) videos from Americans describing their dreams for the country. The videos will be posted on Twitter and other social media" at the same time Trump presented his State of the Union.
"#StateOfTheDream will highlight what truly makes America great: that we come from many places, races and creeds, and together work for a more perfect union," Milano said in a proposal statement that was posted on her Twitter account, as reported by Deadline. "Our digital #StateOfTheDream address will support our dreamers and immigrants, call for a DREAM Act, lean into the Senate, fundraiser for United We Dream, and express our vision for a more inclusive, progressive America."
And so many activists from all over the country and the internet took part in the #StateOfTheDream:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 31, 2018
Tonight in the #SOTU , Donald Trump will say we're in a "New American Moment". And he's right. But not for the reason he thinks. My video response in two parts. This is part one.#StateoftheDream #StateoftheUnion pic.twitter.com/n55R21oACO
— Charlotte Clymer(@cmclymer) January 31, 2018
— Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer) January 31, 2018
the dream act decision is upon us. we are all citizens of this beautiful world...let’s treat each other kindly, with respect & love, NOT division or hatred. here’s the link to get info & get IN TOUCH W/ CONGRESS. https://t.co/TKtKxj72h6 #StateOfTheDream pic.twitter.com/7bra0y2fIX
— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) January 31, 2018
We have until February 8 to pass a Dream Act, which would create a pathway to U.S. citizenship without using young immigrants as bargaining chips to harm immigrant communities. The clock is ticking. #StateOfTheDream pic.twitter.com/Z5Cz7Xi2QJ
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) January 31, 2018
Standing up for the most vulnerable and voiceless among us is the noblest of traits. We must be noble & support our immigrant youth by demanding a DREAM Act. #StateOfTheDream pic.twitter.com/pBMFY5ynUd
— Heather Matarazzo (@HeatherMatarazz) January 31, 2018
"As a man who was born in Ohio & raised in NC I can tell you for a fact that every DREAMer is just as much of an American as you and I are. They deserve the same rights as any other American. Because they ARE Americans." Scott Dworkin#StateOfTheDream #SOTUBLACKOUT #SOTU pic.twitter.com/nzT5mtXKGn
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 31, 2018
— MoveOn.org (@MoveOn) January 30, 2018
I want our children to grow up in a country that respects women & girls.
That doesn’t use immigrant youth as bargaining chips to hurt their communities.
That makes each and every child feel safe, protected, happy.
This is my #StateOfTheDream. What’s yours? pic.twitter.com/I8RXwqzDs1
— Maureen #StateOfTheDream Shaw (@MaureenShaw) January 31, 2018
As a patient w/#chronicillness, I spend an inordinate amount of time in doctors offices.
It is my dream that people can focus their energies on healing instead of worrying about their healthcare being ripped away from them. #StateOfTheDream pic.twitter.com/SlYUnqbYk7
— Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) January 31, 2018
— tara strong (@tarastrong) January 31, 2018
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) January 31, 2018
My dream for America is one in which everyone is welcomed, regardless of religion, race, or country of origin. It’s people who make America great, not bigoted policies. End broken windows policing! #StateOfTheDream
Donate to @unitedwedream here: https://t.co/eglitQ0qTr pic.twitter.com/czxcIefYhD
— Eliza Orlins (@eorlins) January 31, 2018
I reject this administration's bigotry. I believe in a kinder America, where immigrants and others are welcomed and embraced, and are free to pursue prosperity. If you don't, get out the way.
Spoken word on #StateOfTheDream: pic.twitter.com/Xxo7treVxN
— Hassan Ahmad #StateOfTheDream (@HMAesq) January 31, 2018
Our #StateOfTheDream includes a future with greater freedoms for #LGBT people, immigrants & other vulnerable communities. Share a dream in your own 60-second video on Twitter. More: https://t.co/N1tWJFzZki pic.twitter.com/rdRBhGyzkg
— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) January 31, 2018