Laura Dawn

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Laura Dawn is an American political activist and singer/songwriter. She has been the cultural director for since March 2004 and was named the organization's national creative director in 2007.

Musical work[edit]

In 2001, Laura Dawn released her first album Believer[1] on Extasy International, an offshoot of Japanese label Extasy Records. The label folded while she was working on her second album, which was never completed.[2] She was the featured vocalist on Moby's platinum selling album Hotel, and she toured the world with him for nine months in 2005.[3] Her current music project, "The Little Death", is a collaboration of original songs co-written and performed with Moby, musician/composer Daron Murphy and drummer/composer Aaron A. Brooks.[4] The music is inspired by vintage blues, film noir and 1960s psychedelic rock.[5]


Laura Dawn produces all of MoveOn's media and serves as Creative Director of MoveOn National Media Strategies. She directs an in-house creative agency and production company for all MoveOn Media.

In 2004, Dawn co-conceived and co-created the Bush in 30 Seconds Ad Contest, co-organized the online contest and national media campaign, and produced Bush in 30 Seconds LIVE.[6] She has created national campaigns and organized artists, musicians, and filmmakers extensively for MoveOn and all MoveOn PAC projects, such as the Bake Sale for Democracy, the Fahrenheit 9/11 Campaign, the Virtual Garage Sale, the "50 Million Women Count" media campaign, the MoveOn CD with Barsuk Records, the Kerry Kit, the Vote for Change Tour, and, most notably, the 10 Weeks: Don't Get Mad, Get Even! Ad Campaign and live event.[7]

Dawn has since spearheaded MoveOn's creative collaborations between the entertainment and political worlds, working with artists such as Oliver Stone, John Cusack, Doug Liman, Shepard Fairey, and, most recently, collaborating with actors Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, and Heather Graham in support of the Public Health Insurance Option. She also co-produced (along with Shepard Fairey, OBEY Giant, and EMGPR) the Manifest Hope project, a series of galleries that united established visual artists with grassroots artists in support of the Obama presidential campaign.[8]

Awarded the Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award of 2004 for the 2004 Staff of,[9] Dawn has 3 political ads in the Museum of the Moving Image,[citation needed] and again broke new ground this year by writing and producing the first wholly interactive GOTV video starring Olivia Wilde.[10]

Hurricane Katrina[edit]

In 2006, Dawn compiled and edited the book It Takes a Nation: How Strangers Became Family in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina, the story of Civic Action's Hurricane Housing program, featuring a foreword by Barack Obama. Using the innovative online organizing techniques that is famous for, MoveOn Civic Action members housed over 30,000 evacuees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.[11][12]


In 2008, Dawn produced the documentary feature film "The End of America", the film version of Naomi Wolf's best-selling book of the same title.[13] In 2009, she was featured in the documentary "MoveOn: The Movie", a film that charted the growth and influence of from 1998 to 2008.[14] In 2010, Dawn made her acting debut in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" as the co-worker of the character "Winnie", played by Carey Mulligan. "Winnie" was based in part on Dawn's work as an activist and Mulligan shadowed her for a few months prior to filming.[15]

Art Not War[edit]

Dawn founded Art Not War, a Brooklyn-based creative agency and production studio that specializes in creating cultural campaigns for social justice and progressive issues.[16]

Dawn also serves on the advisory board of the grassroots environmental advocacy group The Climate Mobilization.[17]



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