From Celebrity to Concerned Citizen: These Powerful People Are Quitting Their Jobs to Fight Trump, Racism, and More

Since the 2016 election, many powerful people have used their platforms to bring awareness to the social issues that don’t fit in with the Trump Administration’s agenda — including the ones the White House has disregarded altogether. But, for some of these celebrities and top executives, their voices and current platforms aren’t enough.

From A-list celebrities to NFL superstars, we take a look at the powerful people who have quit their day jobs to fight President Trump’s political agenda, ahead.

1. Chelsea Handler

Comedian Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler has become a strong voice in opposition of Trump. | Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

Comedian Chelsea Handler announced in October that season 2 of her hit Netflix show, ‘Chelsea’ will be the final season. While the talk show host has brought a lot of attention to political issues and conversations on her show, it appears the show has limited her political efforts.

Find out what she’s doing next, ahead.

She’s leaving her talk show to work with EMILY’s List

There’s no denying that Chelsea Handler’s political interests stem from the 2016 Presidential Election and, more so, Trump’s win. In a statement posted on Instagram, the comedian shared how she will be moving on to become a more informed and engaged citizen and work with EMILY’s list to help “elect more women to public office, register people to vote, and campaign for candidates fighting for women’s rights.”

Next up, an NFL player takes a knee for the final time.

2. Anquan Boldin

The wide receiver played for five different teams during his career. | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Since the election, many NFL stars have used their platforms to bring attention to the issues that matter most to them. But, that isn’t enough for Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin.

See what’s in the athlete’s playbook, ahead.

He’s leaving the NFL to focus his efforts on social activism

With a busy football schedule, Boldin doesn’t have the time he wants to give to work on advocacy for social activism. And with that, has decided to move on from football and focus his efforts on criminal justice reform.

Up next, a longtime magazine Editor-in-Chief puts her pen down for politics.

3. Cindi Leive

Cynthia Leive

She’s focusing on helping women more directly. | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Glamour

Longtime Glamour Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive announced in fall 2017 that come the new year, she would be leaving her job to focus on something bigger and better. See how she plans to use her power, ahead.

She’s leaving her Editor-in-Chief position at Glamour Magazine to advocate for women’s rights

According to WWD, Leive sent an email to members of the magazine’s staff to inform them of her decision. Stating, “As for what’s next for me: I’ve loved being in conversation with women over the last decade, and I’m excited to go deep into projects that stand to improve women’s lives. This is an electric moment for women and activism, and I plan to be part of that.”

See why a SpaceX executive left his job after just 6 months for politics.

4. Dex Torricke-Barton

Dex Torricke-Barton

He’s the son of a refugee. | Dex Torricke-Barton via Facebook

Following the election, Dex Torricke-Barton, former Head of Communications at SpaceX, left his job to advocate against the Trump Administration.

Find out why, ahead.

He left his executive position at SpaceX to combat the Trump Administration on social change

After six months at SpaceX I’m leaving to work on causes focused exclusively on social change.Over the last eight…

Posted by Dex Torricke-Barton on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

As an immigrant and son of a refugee, Torricke-Barton couldn’t sit back and watch as the Trump Administration toyed with the United States’ immigration policies. Instead, he decided to focus his efforts exclusively on social change.

In a November 2016 statement, Torricke-Barton explained his political plans: “I’m going to spend time working at the grassroots level to help address the deep and growing social divides in this country.”

In addition to those leaving their high-power jobs for activism, many other powerful people have stepped up their political game. See who’s advocating for what during the Trump presidency, ahead.

Lena Dunham: Women’s reproductive rights

Lena Dunham

The actress struggles with her own reproductive health issues. | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

A champion for women’s reproductive rights, Lena Dunham campaigned for Hillary Clinton and is a major supporter of Planned Parenthood.

So much so that the actress — along with other Hollywood A-listers — created a short animated documentary in celebration of Planned Parenthood’s 100th birthday. The documentary touches on the history of Planned Parenthood and the on-going fight for reproductive rights. You can watch the documentary, here.

Up next: The actress who was arrested while advocating for indigenous people and their land.

Shailene Woodley: Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines

Shailene Woodley posing for photgraphers

She even got arrested in the process. | Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images

An activist against the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, Shailene Woodley has used her voice and her platform to raise awareness about what the pipelines would do to indigenous people. The actress was arrested in 2016 while protesting against the pipeline construction in North Dakota.

Next up, the Hollywood actor who is doing big things for climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio: Climate change

Leonardo DiCaprio

He’s been spreading the message about climate change for years. | Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

A longtime champion for the environment and a U.N. Messenger of Peace for the Climate, Leonardo DiCaprio has definitely stepped his eco-friendly game up in Donald Trump’s presidency.

While the White House may have removed ‘climate change’ from it’s website, DiCaprio had his own political agenda. With the help of his foundation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, he awarded $20 million to over 100 organizations working towards wildlife and habitat conservation, defending indigenous rights, and more in fall 2017.
See the NFL superstar who caused controversy throughout the league and started a social movement for racial injustice, ahead.

Colin Kaepernick: Racial injustice

He started a movement that’s taken on a life of its own. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

NFL Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick ruffled White House feathers — and started a movement — when he took a knee for racial inequality in 2016 during the National Anthem. Since then, he has inspired many other players to do the same. Causing a wave of conversation (and controversy) throughout the league and creating a social movement among players.

See what celebrity gathered five former U.S. presidents to help raise money for hurricane relief.

Lady Gaga: Hurricane relief

Lady Gaga at press event

Lady Gaga’s no stranger to using her platform. | Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images.

While President Trump was busy throwing paper towel rolls at hurricane victims, Lady Gaga and the five former U.S. presidents got together to raise $2.6 million for One America Appeal (a campaign started by the former presidents). The money will go towards helping victims of the devastating 2017 hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean.

Sophia Bush: Gun control

Some of you have come at me on social media recently, telling me that I deserve to die. That I'm a disgrace to America. That I should get shot and stop complaining. All because I am heartbroken and really, really fucking angry about America's gun problem. I've had people tell me to give up my body guards. Guess what? I don't have any. Tell me that if I'd ever shot a gun in real life I'd feel differently. Guess what? I've been a sharp shooter since the age of 12, own my fair share of guns, & love nothing more than an afternoon at the range. Especially with the SWAT team and/or the servicemen & women I've visited on USO tours. I've had people tell me that I live in a "celebrity/coastal/libtarded bubble" & have no clue what real people go through. That my outrage is just band wagon jumping. Guess what? My cousin's 9 year old was murdered in a mass shooting. In Arizona. No coastal bubble in sight to save her. So STOP. If you're more outraged that I'd say "fuck you" to a President & GOP masquerading as leaders, than you are that they're pushing laws to make silencers readily available (because they're getting NRA $$) the same week of a mass shooting? Well then you & I have different priorities. And that's fine. But on my end? I'm angry that the NRA wants to sell more crap that we don't need so they can make money. I'm angry that they're claiming it's about ear protection. Newsflash it's not. That's what cans are for. I'm angry that money is valued more than human life in this country. I'd happily go through more rigorous background checks, wait longer to get a gun, or give my guns BACK, if it meant we could work toward stopping this madness. Saying it doesn't work that way just ISN'T real. Data doesn't lie. Every country that's enacted some form of gun control has ended massacres. And for the "dangerous criminals who don't abide by laws?" That's what our police & military are for. And they don't think any of us need auto/semi-auto weapons or silencers either. So the next time you tell one of your fellow Americans to die/get raped/leave the country because she doesn't like that leaders value kickbacks over children's lives? Look in a mirror. Long & hard.

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From women’s rights to gun control, Sophia Bush is an activist on a mission. That said, after the devastating attack in Las Vegas, Bush took to Instagram to share her powerful thoughts on gun control.

The post was an excerpt from Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald on the issue of gun rights and control in the United States. In addition to the excerpt, Bush added a statement expressing her frustrations and anger.

Kerry Washington: Domestic violence and financial abuse

Kerry Washington has been an advocate for women in abusive relationships. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety

From the president’s grotesque comments to the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, domestic violence and sexual assault are a hot topic in the U.S. right now. That said, Kerry Washington has fought to raise awareness on the issue for years.

Recently, Washington has turned her focus to a topic that isn’t always talked about: financial abuse. According to this Forbes article, “financial abuse is the top reason someone stays in an abusive relationship, and the number one reason someone may go back to an abusive partner.”

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