Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
— Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s true. On January 20th, Donald Trump took the Oath of Office. But don’t worry--that is not how our story will end. On January 20th and beyond all-of-us will take and live our own oath to “protect, preserve, and defend the Constitution.”

#TakeTheOath was created by a group of film, television and theater producers, directors and actors: Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen, Tara Smith, Kaily Smith Westbrook, and Schele Williams [bios below]. This is not a dress rehearsal -- they are asking everyone to join wall-of-us in taking the Oath on Inauguration Day. But that’s just the beginning. We must each write the post-inauguration chapters of our own stories by living The Oath and taking action.

And collectively, that’s called a movement.

I ask for the movement to continue. Because it’s not about personal gain, not about ego, not about power... it’s about the “us’s” out there.
— Harvey Milk (1978)

Our story will not be about one man. It will be about a movement of all-of-us.

To take the oath:

1. Raise your right hand.

2. Say these words (and mean them): "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute my role as an American, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

3. Share your Oath. Tag your Oath. #TakeTheOath/ #WallofUs. If you need a little inspiration, here are social media examples

4. Watch this video to see Karen Olivo and fellow citizens taking the Oath.

5. Now, live the Oath and join the movement by taking action every week on wall-of-us. Subscribe right now to receive our emails with calls to action. 


TAKE THE OATH FOUNDERS

Dustin Lance Black won the Academy Award® and the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Milk. Black is also the creator of the upcoming When We Rise, an eight-hour ABC miniseries that tracks the LGBTQ movement from 1972 to today. He is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which successfully ended California’s discriminatory Proposition 8.

Bruce Cohen is an Academy Award® winning producer for American Beauty, and was also nominated for Best Picture for Silver Linings Playbook and Milk. He is an executive producer of When We Rise and served as president of the board for AFER.

Kaily Smith Westbrook is an actress, producer and co-founder of the cutting-edge television festival, SeriesFest. Under her production banner, Red Ladders Entertainment, she created and starred in the award-winning web-series, MERRIme.com, as well as the recently wrapped feature film, People You May Know. She is co-chair and a volunteer with the celebrated non-profit Art of Elysium, which brings artists and communities of need together to heal through art.

Tara Smith is a multi-award-winning and TONY-nominated producer of Broadway hits Xanadu, You’re Welcome America and An American in Paris, among many others, and co-founder of Triptyk Studio with whom she will open Amelie this spring. Her drive for social action led to her collaboration with Stevie Wonder on the upcoming Broadway and television production, Freedom Run, and the Antarctic-based climate change drama series, Big Dead Place. She is a co-founding board member of Teens For Food Justice, which is fighting to end food deserts in the United States.

Schele Williams is recognized for her Broadway credits in Rent, Aida, and Motown the Musical. Schele is passionate about pairing social causes with the arts and has directed several Broadway benefits including Uprising of Love, starring Sting and Patti LuPone, for global equality; and Defying Inequality, starring Liza Minnelli and Ben Vereen, a benefit for marriage equality for which she received a New York City proclamation. She is president of the board of the Broadway Inspirational Voices.