Spike Lee has cut a star studded, five-minute ad for Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin meets with Sanders, Jayapal amid spending stalemate America can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair MORE, the latest project from the director aimed at swaying the minority vote from rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell The Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief MORE ahead of the New York primary Tuesday.
The ad, titled “Wake Up,” features actors and activists who’ve come out to support the Vermont senator, including Harry Belafonte, Cornel West and Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, who died after being put in a chokehold by NYPD officers last year.
The ad, which was posted online Friday, begins with Lee shouting “wake up” while hundreds of people file into a rally in a gymnasium.
Various speakers, activists and actors take turns speaking at a microphone, touting Sanders and the work they say he will do for minority communities.
“At this current moment in American history we need my brother Bernie because he’s a man of integrity, honesty, dignity and courage, and he’s got a vision that focuses on everyday people,” West says.
Sanders appears throughout the ad, speaking about racism at a series of rallies.
“For hundreds of years African Americans and their allies stood up and fought back against racism, segregation and bigotry,” Sanders says at an appearance in the South Bronx.
Lee has been one of Sanders's most prominent and active celebrity surrogates, appearing in and directing ads for the Democratic socialist.
Clinton and Sanders are both making a push to win over minority voters ahead of New York’s primary, where Clinton is leading in the polls. She has a nearly 14-point margin over the Vermont senator, 53 percent to 39 percent, according to a RealClearPolitics average.
In a Monmouth University poll released Monday, Clinton had a large lead over Sanders among black, Hispanic and other minority voters, at 62 to 22 percent.