Updated May 17, 2011
Take Action Events Around the Country
On May 1st, AEA members and staff joined hundreds of other union members at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago in a union solidarity rally.
Actors' Equity participated in a massive WE ARE ONE march and rally on Saturday, March 26 in downtown Los Angeles.
(left photo) Timothy Smith (staff), Maura Murphy-Barrosse (staff), Nicolas Fournier (supporter, Maura's husband), Mary Lou Westerfield (staff)
(right photo) Mary Lou Westerfield (AEA), Ron Morgan (AFTRA)
As part of the AFL-CIO's national pro-union "We Are One" campaign, a rally was held in Seattle on April, 4th. Members of IATSE Local 15, which organized the rally, were joined by Equity members as they marched from the Space Needle to the downtown Labor Temple. The marcher's spirits were high despite a steady drizzle, and many drivers honked and waved in support as the chant "We are UNION, We are ONE!" rang out loud and clear.
(left photo) Equity and IATSE members march past the world famous Space Needle as part of the "We Are One" rally in Seattle
(right photo) David Klein (center) and Roger Curtis, the Equity Liaison for Seattle (right), were among the Equity members who joined I.A.T.S.E. Local 15 in marching
Abner Genece, Mary Munger
San Diego Liaison Committee members Abner Genece and Mary Munger joined members of NABET 54 and the San Diego Labor Council for A Day of Solidarity Candlelight Vigil , April 4, 2011 at San Diego’s Civic Center Plaza. The event honored the sacrifice made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968, and the continuing struggle for workers’ rights across the nation.
Ivy Bethune is well-known to SAG, AFTRA and AEA members for her nearly 80 years of service to her unions and to the civil rights movement. As we mark the commemoration of the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and come together for WE ARE ONE, the woman known affectionately as Miss Ivy shares her thoughts with her fellow union members via this online post:
I first joined Actors' Equity in 1939 and found myself rallying for civil rights at the age of 15. In the 1950s, I was blacklisted, along with many other union members, for being so outspoken about protecting the rights of other workers, fighting to ensure a fair wage and a safe workplace. But I came back fighting. And we're still fighting today. Working people's basic rights are under attack across our nation. If we don't stand together, it will only embolden those who are anti-union. We must stand together because We Are One.