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Jessica Biel and Jason Bateman Support Matt Damon's Toilet Strike - Shooting a PSA

Jessica Biel and Jason Bateman appear in a PSA to support Water.org's Matt Damon in his strike to not use the bathroom in protest of the 2.5 billion people who lack access to safe water and sanitation, and ask for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Wednesday March 6, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)



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Jessica Biel and Jason Bateman Support Matt Damon's Toilet Strike - Portrait

Jessica Biel and Jason Bateman support Water.org's Matt Damon in his strike to not use the bathroom in protest of the 2.5 billion people who lack access to safe water and sanitation, and ask for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Wednesday March 6, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)



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Jason Bateman supports Matt Damon's Toilet Strike - Portrait

Jason Bateman supports Water.org's Matt Damon in his strike to not use the bathroom in protest of the 2.5 billion people who lack access to safe water and sanitation, and asks for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Wednesday March 6, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)



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Josh Gad supports Matt Damon's Toilet Strike - Portrait

Josh Gad supports Water.org's Matt Damon in his strike to not use the bathroom in protest of the 2.5 billion people who lack access to safe water and sanitation, and asks for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Wednesday March 6, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)



Matt Damon Goes on a Toilet Strike - Press Conference

Water.org's Matt Damon announces that he's not using the bathroom in protest of the 2.5 billion people who lack access to safe water and sanitation, and asks for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Tuesday February 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)



Matt Damon Goes on a Toilet Strike - Press Conference

Water.org's Matt Damon announces that he's not using the bathroom in protest of the 2.5 billion people who lack access to safe water and sanitation, and asks for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Tuesday February 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)



Matt Damon's Toilet Strike - Portrait

Water.org's Matt Damon holds up a strike sign in protest of the 2.5 billion people who don't have access to safe water and sanitation, and asks for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Tuesday February 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)



Matt Damon's Toilet Strike - Portrait

Water.org's Matt Damon poses with a toilet seat in protest of the 2.5 billion people who don't have access to safe water and sanitation, and asks for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Tuesday February 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)



Matt Damon Goes on a Toilet Strike - ShayCarl Interview

(L to R) YouTube star ShayCarl interviews Water.org's Matt Damon after he announces a toilet strike in protest of the 2.5 billion people who lack access to safe water and sanitation, and asks for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Tuesday February 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)



Matt Damon Goes on a Toilet Strike - Live Prude Girls Interview

YouTube stars Live Prude Girls (L to R Milana Vayntrub and Stevie Nelson) interview Water.org's Matt Damon after he announces a toilet strike in protest of the 2.5 billion people who lack access to safe water and sanitation, and asks for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Tuesday February 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)



Matt Damon Goes on a Toilet Strike - Lisa Schwartz Interview

(L to R) YouTube star Lisa Schwartz interviews Water.org's Matt Damon after he announces a toilet strike in protest of the 2.5 billion people who lack access to safe water and sanitation, and asks for help at http://strikewithme.org as of Tuesday February 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Water.org)


Press Release

SUPPORT BUILDS FOR MATT DAMON'S STRIKE

Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman and Josh Gad join Water.org Co-founder Matt Damon to protest lack of access to safe water and adequate sanitation for 2.5 billion people
Go to Strikewithme.org to view their Public Service Announcement

Los Angeles, CA (March 13, 2013) Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman, and Josh Gad publicly declared their support for Matt Damon’s Toilet Strike in a PSA, released today. In doing so, they announced their protest of the global water crisis and pledged “…not to go to the bathroom until everyone in the whole world has access to clean water and sanitation.”

This latest declaration follows the dramatic press conference held by Matt Damon on February 12 in which he announced his “toilet strike.” Since that time, prominent YouTube and online celebrities have supported Damon including Smosh, ShayCarl, EpicLloyd, WheezyWaiter, LivePrudeGirls, Lisa Schwartz, and John Elerick. Biel, Bateman, and Gad are the latest to take action in an attempt to accelerate action towards providing safe water and sanitation to the 2.5 billion people who do without.

In the PSA, Biel, Bateman and Gad reveal their unique take on the strike and how they’ve managed to follow through on their commitment. Biel reveals, “I’ve never gone to the bathroom in my entire life.” Bateman divulges his ingenious alternative to the toilet, while Gad demonstrates his persistence – and how he feels about it.

Co-founder of Water.org, Damon makes an appearance in the PSA, inviting all to “Join the millions of famous people who’ve already joined” his strike.

Water.org invites viewers to http://strikewithme.org where they can "Support the Strike," subscribe to upcoming videos, take action, and learn more. To view the PSA and the February 12, 2013 Damon Press Conference: youtube.com/water.

About Water.org

For more than two decades, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based solutions to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation; giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed the lives of more than 1,000,000 individuals living across communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean; ensuring a better life for generations ahead.

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Press contacts

  • Ali Boneval, Water.org Press Secretary, Tel: +1.202.262.0474, Email: ab@thebeltwaymediagroup.com
  • Chet Mehta, PR Dept., Tel: +1.323.556.3100, Email: chet@pr-dept.com

February 12th Press Release

MATT DAMON GOES ON STRIKE

Matt Damon protests lack of access to a toilet or basic sanitation for 2.5 billion people

Los Angeles, California. February 12, 2013. Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org, held a press conference where he announced that to protest the fact that 2.5 billion people lack access to a toilet or basic sanitation, he will be going on a "toilet strike." Damon remained afterward to make appearances in videos by top talent on the YouTube platform designed to bring awareness and activism to the global water and sanitation crisis.

At the news conference, Damon pointed out that "780 Million people, that's twice the population of the United States, lack access to clean water." He then announced his "toilet strike," declaring: "In protest of this global tragedy, until this issue is resolved, until everyone has access to clean water and sanitation... I will not go to the bathroom."

Damon challenged reporters to tell him how they celebrated World Toilet Day; observed annually on November 19th, it aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. Hearing no meaningful responses, Damon asked the press: "[Does] anybody have any idea what invention has saved more lives than any other in the history of humankind? "The Toilet." To underscore his point about the sanitation component of the water crisis, Damon added "More people have cell phones than toilets."

Damon is also working with a group of YouTube creators on appearances scheduled to debut on each creator's YouTube channel, including ShayCarl, EpicLloyd, WheezyWaiter, LivePrudeGirls, Smosh, Stan Lee, Lisa Schwartz, and John Elerick.

Gary White, Water.org co-founder and CEO said: "Matt's strike announcement and the vlogger videos are designed to start an online conversation that can engage people across the digital landscape, and we hope people will share the video, and respond to it with their own thoughts..." Gary added, "I've been working on the water crisis for over 25 years and the interest and excitement for our work against one of the world's most solvable problems has never been more real. We are confident we will solve this crisis in our lifetime."

Jessica Mason, YouTube for Good Manager added, "Water.org's latest public awareness campaign shows how nonprofits can use video to raise awareness about important issues. YouTube is committed to helping more nonprofits reach global audiences with important messages and is thrilled that Water.org is leading the way."

Water.org invites viewers to http://strikewithme.org where they can "Support the Strike," subscribe to upcoming videos, and donate to the cause. The site supports integration with YouTube, Facebook Connect, Twitter OAuth, bitly, and Instagram.

About Water.org

For more than two decades, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based solutions to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation; giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed the lives of more than 1,000,000 individuals living across communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean; ensuring a better life for generations ahead.

Water.org and the infinity mark are trademarks of Water.org, Incorporated. Other trade names used are the property of their respective owners and do not represent an endorsement.

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Press contacts

  • Ali Boneval, Water.org Press Secretary, Tel: +1.202.262.0474, Email: ab@thebeltwaymediagroup.com
  • Chet Mehta, PR Dept., Tel: +1.323.556.3100, Email: chet@pr-dept.com

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