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Olivia Wilde has never shied away from voicing her opinion on political matters, and this upcoming election is no exception.
The actress and new mother is speaking out in support of Proposition 47, a California voter initiative which reduces penalty time for certain crimes.
“Family is everything. I’ve always felt that way, but having a baby this year really drove that truism home,” Wilde began.
“Being a mother has reinforced and refined my thinking on many issues, including—believe it or not—our criminal justice system. That’s why I’m supporting Proposition 47.”
Wilde gave birth to her first child with Jason Sudeikis, a baby boy named Otis, earlier this year. She and Sudeikis are engaged but have yet to tie the knot.
Wilde continued on about the initiative, saying that her family “instilled, since I was a child, a commitment to critical thinking. Don’t believe what you hear; explore and analyze what you encounter to determine your own truth. This family trait has led me to not only think deeply about societal issues but also to act. Having my son has only increased my desire to do so.”
She continued, “I also am one of several Artists for 47 endorsing the initiative, ranging from Jay?Z to Brad Pitt to Cameron Diaz and John Legend. We’re united in this effort because our current justice system is tearing apart families for low?level crimes, and draining community resources and tax coffers to pay for it. It hasn’t worked, and I urge Californians to join me on November 4 in voting yes on Prop. 47.”
For NAMI California’s position paper supporting Proposition 47, click http://namica.org/webdocs/Prop_47_Letter_10.29.pdf