(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray declared today “Hayden Panettiere Day” in the District of Columbia for her activism in support of self-determination and voting rights for DC residents. He gave the television and film actress the proclamation at a ceremony in his office.
“Ms. Panettiere has proven not only her acting chops, but also her commitment to the cause of full democracy for the people of the District of Columbia,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “Many celebrities take on worthy causes, but I’m thankful that Ms. Panettiere has chosen to take on the District’s cause and raise awareness among a new generation of our unique and unjust plight.”
Ms. Panettiere, best known for her starring role as Claire Bennet in the 2006-2010 NBC television series Heroes, was born and raised in Palisades, N.Y., but has embraced the District’s fight for voting rights and self-determination. She has also been an outspoken proponent of social justice and progressive politics in other areas, including activism against the abuse of marine mammals (as featured in the award-winning 2009 documentary The Cove, where she was one of several activists who attempted to stop a dolphin hunt in Japan) and support for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
During the 2008 Democratic National Convention, she joined the DC delegation at an event supporting full democracy for the District, and she spoke again in favor of DC self-determination at an event during President Obama’s 2009 inauguration festivities.
She is the featured guest this evening at a fund-raiser to support the D.C. Statehood Fund. A copy of the Mayor’s proclamation is attached, as are photos from the proclamation ceremony. For high-resolution versions of any of the photos, please contact Lateef Mangum at firstname.lastname@example.org.