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Cate Blanchett Lip Syncs at a Drag Show in NYC to support Newtown Action Alliance

Cate Blanchett Lip Syncs at a Drag Show in NYC to support Newtown Action Alliance

On February 20th, Cate Blanchett joined a concert at Stonewall in support of the Newtown Action Alliance, a “grassroots organization founded by Newtown residents after the tragic December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting” with the aim of ending gun violence.
First, Cate appeared alongside Margeaux Powell (hair and makeup artist/DisarmHate founder Jason Hayes) for a performance of Adele’s “Hello.” Here’s the video:

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Later, Cate showed up onstage in a Marlene Dietrich look and lip synched Dusty Springfield’s version of Leslie Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me.” Among the performers were Aurora Sexton, Vanice Vega, Candice Cox, Brenda Dharling, and Zola Powell. Chris Ryan, member of the cast of The Present, currently in NYC on Broadway, also took part in the event. Watch the video of Cate’s performance below:


View from another angle

Some official photos were released yesterday and they are available in our gallery.





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Photos via Ian Carlos

For more information >> Newtown Action Alliance

via Flavorwire

Cate Blanchett brings NDIS character to life #Nadia

Cate Blanchett brings NDIS character to life #Nadia

Hello everyone! Cate has joined a new project*!

Cate Blanchett has given her voice to play an online character who will give people information about the national disability insurance scheme.

Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett has injected some Hollywood stardom into the national disability insurance scheme.

Blanchett has taken on the voice role of Nadia, an online virtual assistant who can speak, write and chat online while answering common questions about the NDIS

“I have disability very close to me in my family,” Blanchett said in a promotional video, when asked why she took on the role.

The avatar character has been co-designed with people with disabilities.

Nadia already understands thousands of questions and her knowledge bank will grow with more interactions.

Nadia will start on a trial basis on the NDIS’s participant portal website in coming months and it’s expected to take 12 months before she’s fully operational.

via SBS

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Support Newtown Action Alliance with a T-Shirt autographed by Cate Blanchett

Hello everyone!
As we previously announced Cate Blanchett is supporting Newtown Action Alliance, an organization born to support the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 children and six educators were killed on December 14, 2012.
Cate Blanchett will attend a benefit dinner on February 20th and you can support the Alliance by purchasing a t-shirt signed by Cate Blanchett and Jason Hayes here

The Ghostlight Project & Women’s March

The Ghostlight Project & Women’s March

On January 19th, Cate attended the Ghostlight Project, which objective is to “gather outside of theaters to create ‘light” for dark times ahead, and to make, or renew, a pledge to stand for and projetect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone, regardless of race, religion, country or origin, imigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender or sexual orientation.” You can join by visiting their website at theghostlightproject.com.

Below are photos and the video of Cate taking the oath.



On Saturday, Cate and The Present team showed their support for #WomensMarch from the backstage of the Barrymore Theatre:

Cate Blanchett: ‘I Have Seen Firsthand The Determination Refugees Have To Protect Their Children’

Cate Blanchett: ‘I Have Seen Firsthand The Determination Refugees Have To Protect Their Children’

Dr. Munjed Al Muderis is an orthopedic surgeon who has pioneered a new prosthetic limb allowing amputees to start walking sooner. It’s helped countless veterans. But in 1999, Munjed was ordered to cut off the ears of people fleeing the army in Baghdad when he was a junior doctor and Saddam Hussein was president.

So he fled Iraq, seeking asylum in Australia. Ten months were spent in detention but soon he was back in a hospital. This time, in Mildura. Today he’s in Sydney with his wife, his daughters and his dog. How far he has come.

Munjed is also one of the many refugees being celebrated by the UNHC’s ‘Human Lives, Human Rights’ campaign as 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the first major refugee arrival down under (five young men fled Vietnam and sailed into Darwin Harbour).

You can see their stories here and below, but Australian actress Cate Blanchett wants you to know something about them. They’ve never been more important.

“This campaign comes at an important moment, as more people are displaced globally than ever before,” Blanchett told The Huffington Post Australia.

“As an Australian, I am immensely proud of our refugee history. As this campaign shows, refugees have been welcomed in Australia across many decades, and they in turn have contributed to the richness, diversity and skills base of our nation.

“Importantly, the campaign also reminds us that continued recognition of refugees as human beings and as vulnerable people is fundamental to their protection, and to finding humanitarian solutions to their plight.

“The fundamental human rights of those fleeing war and persecution do not change, regardless of how they are forced to seek safety.”

In September 2015, the Australian government announced a special intake of 12,000 asylum seekers fleeing the Iraq and Syria conflicts (in addition to Australia’s humanitarian program, totalling 13,750). This was increased to 18,750 in total for the 2018-19 financial year.

Blanchett, who is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, has met with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia since she was appointed an ambassador for the UN refugee agency in May.

“I’ve talked with families who have been stuck in limbo for over three years, and seen first-hand how desperately solutions are needed for all those remaining in this precarious situation,” Blanchett said.

“I’ve also met Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Lebanon and Jordan and the common experience of refugees wherever they are, is the devastation of losing homes, livelihoods and family.

“In the face of such loss I have witnessed the tremendous resilience refugee families display when forced to make the choice to undertake treacherous journeys in order to find safety. I have seen firsthand the determination refugees have to protect their children and loved ones — a determination we would also share if forced to flee.”

Munjed is just one of four refugees to tell their story in the campaign. There is Najeeba Wazefadost, who fled Afghanistan with her parents and now helps refugee women learn English when they arrive down under. There’s Saeid Safavi who fled his business in Iran, and now runs a cafe in the small South Australian town of Port Pirie. And then there’s Tac Tam Lam who was on board the first refugee boat to arrive in Australia 40 years ago. He’s semi-retired in Darwin now, but he’s been busy. There are three generations of the Lam family down under.

So why don’t you see for yourself? Click here.

Via: Huffinton Post

New photos from UNHCR

New photos from UNHCR

Good morning!  A mini update of the gallery: missing photos from Cate’s humanitarian visit in Lebanon (2015) and new behind-the-scenes images from the recording of What They Took With Them, part of the #Withrefugees Campaign. – via UNHCR



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UNHCR unveils new images

UNHCR unveils new images

The UNHCR has published a new image from Cate’s humanitarian trip to Jordan during the past spring.

I’ve also added the screencaptures from the Facebook interview with Chris Hemsworth and the long version of What They Took With Them, and two images from the behind the scenes. Enjoy!



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Cate Blanchett talks to Chris Hemsworth about the refugee crisis and launches new video for the #WithRefugees campaign

Cate Blanchett talks to Chris Hemsworth about the refugee crisis and launches new video for the #WithRefugees campaign

Hi everyone!

On Monday, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett was interviewed by Chris Hemsworth to talk about the refugee crisis and her work with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The interview, live from Queensland/Gold Coast where Cate and Chris are filming the latest Thor movie, is part of the #WithRefugees World Tour live on Facebook, a series of events to support a petition ahead of a major UN summit. During the interview, Cate also answered some questions submitted by viewers and presented the new video, entitled ‘What They Took With Them’, to promote UN Refugee Agency’s #WithRefugees campaign and petition.
Read bellow the public note from UNHCR’s website, published before the event, with additional information and watch the videos. The petition can be sign here >> www.withrefugees.org 

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GENEVA – In the moment they flee, refugees cast a last desperate look around their homes and grab a few vital possessions to take into exile.
Highlighting their harrowing choices, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today launched a powerful video, supporting UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign and petition exclusively on the Facebook platform.
The video is based on a rhythmic poem entitled ‘What They Took With Them’ by Jenifer Toksvig, inspired by first person testimony from refugees of items they took with them when they were forced to flee.

“As soon as I read Jenifer Toksvig’s poem, and even more so after I took part in an early performance of it, I was struck by its immense power,” said Blanchett.

“The rhythm and words of the poem echo the frenzy and chaos and terror of suddenly being forced to leave your home, grabbing what little you can carry with you, and fleeing for safety,” she added.

Blanchett performs the poem alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman.

“Over 65 million people across the world have been forced to leave everything behind them – everything – and start their lives again from scratch,” Blanchett said. “As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, I believe the very least each of us can do is work together to ensure refugees have the basics with which to build back their lives – an education, somewhere safe to live, the ability to work. I hope this film will urge people to go to withrefugees.org and sign the petition.”

The video is exclusively released on the Facebook platform. The centre-piece of the UN Refugee Agency’s #WithRefugees campaign is a petition asking governments to ensure all refugee children can go to school, all refugees have a safe place to live and that all refugees can work and contribute to their local community.

It already has nearly 900,000 signatures and will be delivered to the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN General Assembly on Friday September 16 ahead of the historic UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants on September 19.

The film of ‘What They Took With Them’ is also being released on UNHCR’s Facebook page at 09.00 BST on September 12 as part of a ‘Facebook live’ from Australia with Cate Blanchett.

During the broadcast, Blanchett talks about her personal experience of meeting refugees in Lebanon and Jordan with the UN Refugee Agency, and why the #WithRefugees campaign is so critical in the run up to the Summit on Refugees and Migrants. She will also be answering questions related to her work as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador submitted by viewers.

This broadcast will be the first in series of Facebook live events with UNHCR high profile supporters that will sweep across the world encouraging people in every region to sign the #WithRefugees petition, building momentum and support for the campaign in the lead up to the hand-in moment on September 16.

One of the sources for the poem was Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR. Many of Brian’s photos, along with firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed, are featured in the film.

Sign the #WithRefugees petition and see the full version of the film here.

Interview ( Cate Blanchett is standing #WithRefugees )

 Let’s help this important campaign and show Cate that she has more than 3 fans!

What They Took with Them (short version) 

 

What They Took with Them (full version)

 

via UNHCR

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