‘The government needs to work for us, and right now, it doesn’t,’ Jennifer Lawrence gets political in short documentary where she talks about ‘the total political system failure in America’
- The 28-year-old actress stars in the short film called Unbreaking America
- The film is by Represent. Us, a leading anti-corruption group
- Lawrence breaks down the ways in which the political system no longer works for the average American citizen
- She goes on to outline how to fix what she calls the ‘political breakdown’
Jennifer Lawrence is the star of a new documentary about corruption in the American political system.
The film is called ‘Unbreaking America: A NEW Short Film about Solving the Corruption Crisis,’ and lasts just over 12 minutes.
The film is by Represent.Us, an anti-corruption group, which seeks to bridge the political divide, creating anti-corruption laws that ‘stop political bribery’ and ‘fix broken elections.’
Lawrence is the star of a new documentary about corruption in the American political system
The film is by Represent.Us, an anti-corruption group, which seeks to bridge the political divide, creating anti-corruption laws that ‘stop political bribery’ and ‘fix broken elections’
The Hunger Games actress is a board member for the organization and at one point in the film co-founder of Represent.Us, Josh Silver, makes an appearance.
Against a backdrop of bright graphics, Lawrence talks about flaws in politics and makes it clear that she isn’t talking ‘about Democrats and Republicans.’
‘I’m talking about the flaws that exist in our politics system regardless of which party is in power,’ Lawrence says.
‘…look, the government is ours. We pay for it, so it needs to work for us, and right now, it doesn’t,’ she adds.
Lawrence highlights one of her concerns, if an issue has 0 percent support or 100 percent support, there’s only a 30 percent chance that Congress will take action on it, she says, because lobbying interests dictate policy.
Co-founder of Represent.Us, Josh Silver makes an appearance in the short film and outlines possible reforms to the current system
All of the suggested reforms are put in a ‘model law’ called the American Anti-Corruption Act which Lawrence and Silver think could become a reality if enacted on the local level
Lawrence poses during a photocall prior to the Fall-Winter 2019/2020 Ready-to-Wear collection fashion show by Christian Dior in Paris on Tuesday
Lawrence asks, ‘how do we unrig this system?’
‘I’m obsessed with this idea, not just of unrigging it but actually fixing it,’ she continues.
She talks about changing things on the local level, ending gerrymandered voting districts, mandating transparent political spending and overhauling lobbying laws.
All of the suggested reforms are put in a ‘model law’ called the American Anti-Corruption Act.
Silver adds that politicians win in the current system so for change to occur they need to go ‘around’ Congress with cities and states all across America passing anti-corruption acts.
They present the argument that if laws are changed at the local and state level then federal officials will have almost no choice but to enact laws that would reduce the influence of money in American politics and policy.
On its website, Represent.Us says it needs 11 million people to watch the film.