Leadership / 06.17.20
ICM's Travis Merriweather on Agency March, Hollywood & Activism
Pollstar (06/12/20) Speer, Deborah
ICM Politics political specialist Travis Merriweather supervised a June 7 protest and march in Los Angeles that drew participation from more than 2,000 people, and from CAA, WME and UTA, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement following the death of George Floyd. ICM Politics was established to help ICM clients make an impact in political activism, and Merriweather said it is particularly important for the entertainment industry to directly engage with BLM and other activists. He described the protest and march as "a humbled approach to uniting and turning out to listen to the speakers, and listen to what these black leaders in the communities have to say and what the change is that they want to see on the ground. I wanted it to be a platform to share from the movement and from black talent on the way that they think that Hollywood could change for the better." ICM Politics also proposes policy ideas and supports reform and legislative change, in addition to the work of the Congressional Black Caucus and the recently unveiled police reform bill in Congress. The department also backs the NAACP and Colin Kaepernick's legal defense funds. Other issues that ICM Politics focuses on include voter education and anti-suppression initiatives like Michelle Obama's When We All Vote and Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight organizations, and voting by mail.
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