Hanging with Danny Glover

Hanging with Danny Glover, Christina
Valhouli, George Magazine
If you think of Danny Glover as just that Hollywood actor who
co-starred in the Lethal Weapon movies, you are missing out on one
of the most politically aware personalities appearing on the silver
screen today, according to Christina Valhouli of George
His long career in activism began even before his
acting, when he was an economics student at San Francisco State
College during the civil rights movement. Today he maintains
similar leftist ideals, advocating for the abolition of the World
Trade Organization, suing the New York City Taxi and Limousine
Commission for racial discrimination after five cabs in a row
refused to pick him up, and donating a million dollars to the
African-Caribbean lobbying group TransAfrica Forum. Valhouli
enumerates more: ‘Last May, the 53-year-old actor lobbied the Texas
legislature and hit the morning talk-show circuit to try to stop
the execution of Gary Graham. As co-chair of the Fund for
Democratic Election, he traveled to South Africa with Angela
Bassett and Alfre Woodard to encourage blacks there to vote in
1994, and crisscrossed the South with pal Harry Belafonte, stumping
for better working conditions for black farmers.’ As Belafonte put
it, ‘Danny’s analysis of life is seen through a political prism.’
— Amanda
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