Scandal actress Kerry Washington opened the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards with a powerful message to Donald Trump and those who believe actors should remain silent.

Looking into the camera, Washington said, “A lot of people are saying right now that actor should keep our mouths shut when it comes to politics. But the truth is, no matter what, actors are activists because we embody the humanity and worth of all people. This union helps me to do that.”

Other actors such as Sterling K. Brown followed with their own messages of solidarity. 

With so much at stake in the country right now, it’s wonderful to see actors speaking out and using their platforms to make a difference.