The Strokes appear in a virtual fundraiser for New York mayoral candidate Maya D. Wiley. Julian Casablancas will also speak to Wiley about “her plans to revitalize the city’s economy,” according to a press release. The event will take place on Saturday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Maya Wiley is a former attorney for outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I’ve long been a fan of Maya,” Casablancas said in a statement. “I wanted to reach her before she announced her campaign. When she announced she was running for mayor, I was so excited to have someone so smart, solid, and caring run for every office, let alone run the city we are all from and we are all from love and care so much. Maya’s lifelong commitment to racial and social justice is so inspiring to all of us and we couldn’t be more excited to do so with her this weekend. “
As Stereogum points out, Julian Casablancas spoke to Wiley’s opponent Andrew Yang last November for the Rolling Stone interview series SOS – Earth Is a Mess. Yang announced his mayoral run in January 2021.
Last year, before The New Abnormal was released, the Strokes appeared in a rally for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire.
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