Ava DuVernay has a powerful message to share.

Just yesterday, director Ava DuVernay spoke at a Black Lives Matter Election Day Event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California where she asked attendees of the event to simply show up.

In her powerful statement, DuVernay said, “Thank you for holding space for this resistance, for this power, for this voice, for demonstrating who we are, that we can proclaim what we want.” She added, “That we can exercise rights that are given to us and rights that we take that are not given to us, that we can declare what we want.”

It’s obvious DuVernay has used her platform to share her honest thoughts on the election and the power of using your voice at the polls. She even partnered with Harvard University, Ron Clark Academy, and her advocacy collection Array now.

The Emmy Award winner continued in her speech saying, “This moment is not an end all be all. This vote, this election is not even the half of what is ahead of us and what needs to happen tomorrow and the next day and the next day. But it is a tool, it is a weapon in our arsenal and we are going to fight. We are in a war.”

The votes for the 2020 Election are still being counted.