October 14, 2014 marked the six month anniversary of the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls who are still missing. Alicia Keys joined protesters with the Bring Back Our Girls campaign in front of the Nigerian consulate in New York to demand more action from the government. Celebrities who have forgotten the red carpet for a little while to join fellow protesters on the ground, campaigning for the causes they believe, have historically helped raising the profile of movements. We have a look at the best celebrities with a cause.
The People’s Climate March in New York benefitted from the illustrious presence of Leonardo DiCaprio (centre), Edward Norton (right) and Mark Ruffalo (left)
Sting at the People’s Climate March in New York
In March 2012 George Clooney and his father journalist Nick Clooney were arrested for trespassing at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington where they had been protesting against human rights abuses by the Sudanese government
Jane Fonda holds her arm up in the air as she joins a group of anti-war demonstrators on a march towards the Western White House to protest the visit of South Vietnam’s President Nguyen Van Thieu on April 2, 1973 in San Clemente, California.
Fonda remained active through the years and has attended many protests for the causes she supports. In 2002 she joined Israel’s Women in Black group in an anti-occupation demonstration near the residence of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in west Jerusalem. The Israeli pacifist group had been demonstrating against the occupation of Palestinian territories every Friday noon for years. Fonda was travelling with a delegation of the New York-based V-Day (a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls) and arrived in Israel for a three-day visit aimed at promoting peace in the region.
Emma Thompson joined the People’s Climate March in London on September 21, 2014 with her daughter Gaia (holding the card)
Sean Penn holds an Egyptian flag as he joins protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on September 30, 2011 during a mass rally to reclaim the revolution amid anger over the military rulers’ handling of the transition
Russell Brand visiting the mothers of Focus E15 campaign who are battling eviction from a social housing in east London.
Then newly-weds John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose for photographers during their famous bed-in protest in Amsterdam. T
Drew Barrymore marches during a homosexual rights protest rally in Hollywood on May 26, 2009.
Annie Lennox joined thousands of protestors to march in support of Palestine in London on January 03, 2009
Daryl Hannah was among dozens of protestors arrested in a demonstration against the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline
Susan Sarandon and antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan take part in a Mother’s Day antiwar protest in front of the White House
Lady Gaga speaks during the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Grassroots Rally in support of repealing the Don’t Ask,
Mia Farrow (second from left) is joined by Colin Redgrave and his sister Vanessa (both wearing masks) to protest against the war in Vietnam in the 1971 Arte Vietnam Demonstration in London’s Hyde Park
Hayden Panettiere (left) flew to Taiji, Japan to protest against the slaughter of dolphins during hunt season on October 28, 2007
Vanessa Redgrave and Tariq Ali attended the 1968 World in Action demonstration against the war in Vietnam held in London’s Trafalgar Square on March 16, 1968
Actors Sheila Hancock (third from left), Albert Finney, Robert Morley, Kenneth Haigh and Kenneth Williams protest outside the South Africa House in London on October 13, 1976 against the detention of Winston Ntshona and John Kani at Butterworth in South Africa