Tom Hanks is seen here receiving the Medal of Freedom award in 2016. Image via Ron Cogswell / Flickr.

Tom Hanks is using his time in Pittsburgh for more than just a star turn as our beloved Fred Rogers.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hanks will be speaking at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall during a #WhenWeAllVote event. The organization is hosting a “Week of Action,” with events scheduled in cities and towns around the country Sept. 22 through 29.

Hanks will headline Pittsburgh’s event, along with Jim Rooney, Kiya Tomlin and Steelers running back James Conner.

“Voting is a small act that proves that we are a democracy — a government of the people and by the people,” Hanks said in an announcement about the event. “It’s up to each and every one of us to make sure our government doesn’t just represent a small some — not just the most powerful — but all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union.”

#WhenWeAllVote organizers bill the event as a celebration of “the most important rights and responsibilities of our democracy: registering to vote and casting a ballot.”

You can RSVP for the event here and organizers say that once you do, “you will receive additional details as they are finalized.”

The registration page includes this disclaimer: “Please note that the details on the exact date, time and location are subject to change, and will be updated soon via an email notification once details are finalized. Stay tuned!”

Not sure whether you’re registered to vote in Pennsylvania or wish to register? Click here.

Melissa Rayworth

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