USA Network’s Characters Unite Tour at Public Square

Characters Unite Tour Stops in Cleveland

USA Network’s Characters Unite Tour Stops in Cleveland today and Tuesday

When I wake up at five each morning to write, there’s one thing I do before anything else. Before I turn my laptop on or make a cup of tea, I turn on my tv.

While some people like to listen to music when they work, tv is my go-to background noise. I’ll confess, though, on occasion I can get too wrapped up in the shows on my DVR.

From Burn Notice and Psych to White Collar and Suits, USA Network has probably been the biggest culprit in my early-morning procrastination.

However, their focus on character-driven stories has led to more than just an entertaining slate of shows.

Inspired by their “Characters Welcome” brand, USA Network developed the Characters Unite public service campaign to address social injustice and cultural division.

With the support of national nonprofits like the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network; Children’s Defense Fund; and The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, they’ve developed activities on-air, online and in communities to promote understanding and acceptance.

Today and tomorrow the Characters Unite bus tour is stopping in Cleveland’s Public Square.

Because they’re spreading a message I really stand behind, I wanted to encourage anyone who’s downtown the next couple of days to stop by.

USA Network Characters Unite bus

Characters Unite bus

Whether it’s bullying, racism, homophobia, intolerance, it’s time to say “I won’t stand for” hate and discrimination. Stop by Public Square between 11am and 8pm on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 to lend your voice to the campaign.

Film an “I won’t stand for…” video as part of the Characters Unite movement (you can see others’ videos on the I Won’t Stand For site). Or personalize an “I Won’t Stand for” t-shirt and take the message with you.

Charactes Unite I Won't Stand for shirts

At the Characters Unite stop, personalize an “I Won’t Stand for…” shirt

If you can’t make it out either day, the tour is just one part of USA Network’s Characters Unite Month and online they provide many other ways to help build awareness:

And then get involved in the local community. Cleveland’s Foundation Center has a great infographic about Northeast Ohio’s diverse nonprofit community. You can find volunteer opportunities at many area nonprofits through HandsOn Northeast Ohio, Greater Cleveland Volunteers and ServeOhio.

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