ABOUT

#HoldTheFloor is a 24+ hour Instagram Live marathon that will accomplish three things

  1. Hold the “floor” for a community of voices, as many and as diverse a representation as possible, to break the record for the longest filibuster in history. That record currently stands at 24 hours and 18 minutes and is held by one man, Strom Thurmond in 1957, who used his voice to support white supremacy and silence the voices of countless people of color and underrepresented individuals.


2. Highlight the efforts of organizations and individuals who are currently doing the work to turn voices into votes. This includes voter registration, fighting to un-gerrymander districts, and pushing back against voter suppression tactics.


3. Raise money and awareness for these efforts.  Proceeds will go to Field Team 6 to register voters and get out the vote in swing districts and states across the country.

During the event, there will be one "floor-holder" marking each of the 24+ hours and welcoming guests from a number of backgrounds and interests to the IG live conversation hosted at @bhastert. Each guest will share their voice, perspective, and experience with the "floor-holder" and add theirs to the voices calling for change. We hope each viewer gets registered to vote, feels inspired to vote, and considers a contribution to Field Team 6 so that they can continue ensuring that others vote as well. 

 

#HoldTheFloor

May 30-31, 2020

 
 
 
 

Partner Organization: Field Team 6

This event is a fundraiser benefitting one of the organizations doing the work of bringing power back to the voices of the people: Field Team 6. We are proud to support the inspiring work of this organization.

FIELD TEAM 6 is a 527 nonprofit organization launched in 2019. The mission of Field Team 6 is simple: Register Democrats. Save the World. We do this by conducting openly partisan voter registration across 12 battleground states. By targeting the states we need most, we aim to establish Democratic majorities in state legislatures, grow our House majority, flip the Senate, and take back the White House. We are highly effective and our work is crucial to flipping some of these elections at every level, which are often won or lost by razor-thin margins. We have a winning strategy, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, and amazing partners that help us increase our capacity. At the end of the day, it's not about winning elections anymore, it's a matter of life and death.

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Things to Know

Follow the IG Live @bhastert

Follow @bhastert now so that you can get all of the notifications!


From 3pm PT/6pm ET on May 30th to 3:19pm PT/6:19pm ET on May 31st, you'll be able to catch the whole conversation

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BRIAN HASTERT

Founder/Floor-Holder

Brian Hastert helped found The TEAM theater company with Tony award winning director Rachel Chavkin, and helped write and perform a number of acclaimed original works about the experience of living in America today. As an educator he created a new BFA program in acting for Film and Television for Pace University. He holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama. Currently living in LA. IG:@bhastert

ALYSSA SIMMONS

Producer

Alyssa Simmons is a creative producer and manager. She currently serves as the Assistant General Manager at The Public Theater. Her interests run the gamut from theatrical productions to immersive experiences to festivals and live events. Alyssa pursues projects that challenge the idea of performance, broaden the form of storytelling, and, most importantly, make the audience experience something memorable. Alyssa holds a BA in Theater Studies and International Studies from Yale University and a MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama.

 

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What To Do?

Head to your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter page and post any #HoldTheFloor flyer that makes you smile! 

Follow @bhastert on Instagram for updates on how you can donate and become a part of the #HoldTheFloor community. Then, tune in to the live broadcast on May 30th/31st via Instagram to watch the filibuster take place. See you there!

 

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