Although the Oscars ceremony is coming up this month, there are more pressing issues at stake.
That's why one of Hollywood's biggest agencies — United Talent Agency — will forgo its annual Oscars party and will make a generous $250,000 donation to the American Civil Liberties Union,which has taken legal action against Donald Trump's Muslim ban, and the International Rescue Committee.
Additionally, two days before the Academy Awards, UTA will hold a pro-immigration rally at its Los Angeles office to bring awareness to America's diversity.
According to CEO Jeremy Zimmer in a staff memo:
"This is a moment that demands our generosity, awareness and restlessness… Our world is a better place for the free exchange of artists, ideas and creative expression. If our nation ceases to be the place where artists the world over can come to express themselves freely, then we cease, in my opinion, to be America."
Specifically, Zimmer believes Trump's horrific policies damage the work and creativity of artists all around the world.
"When fear and division get the better of a society, artists are among the first to feel the impact — and to denounce the ill winds."
We applaud UTA for their generosity, and for their courage to defend those who are affected by Trump's presidency.