— Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) January 11, 2017
Multi-talented artist and activist Riz Ahmed, who is as lauded in the rap scene as he is in his acting career, tweeted his support for the #bridgesnotwalls campaign, a U.K. movement designed to present a united front against the Trump administration’s proposed policies that may endanger the safety of immigrants, namely Mexicans and Muslims. The movement urges people across the world to get involved, stating “Bridges Not Walls is a chance to say what you want to say about it, in your own words, but as part of a bigger collective project that connects the dots between all of our concerns. Simply organise to meet on a bridge near you, with a banner carrying your message, and take a photo. These photos will be collected centrally and their messages shared far and wide.” You can learn more about Bridges Not Walls on their website.
Ahmed, otherwise known as Riz MC, has never shied away from using his rocketing star power to speak out against prejudice and address injustices. He continues to be vocal about issues such as race and xenophobia, heard in his own tracks as well as in his collaborative project Swet Shop Boys with Himanshu Suri.
But along with voicing his opinion, Ahmed also works to engage his fans in activism and charitable giving – most recently, Ahmed encouraged fans to donate to his Syrian aid campaign, which provided blankets, food, and medical care to Syrian citizens caught in the midst of their country’s civil war.