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If people here are interested [Dec. 24th, 2007|10:33 am]
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[ladycatherina]
Inviting everyone to check out and consider volunteering creative talent for strike_support to benefit writers and non-union creative techs out of work due to the WGA strike. How it works is that people offer to make icons or sketches or write short fiction or poetry as a gift for someone in exchange for that person's donating to a fund to provide emergency help with rent, food, healthcare, etc for unemployed workers in the television industry.

I know many of you are incredibly talented with writing, poetry, music, graphic design, etc - and it's a good cause. Many people in the writing industry are not wealthy - they're 'starving artists' looking for a chance to survive while following their dream and working one or more dayjobs between gigs. And this is a creative, democratic, (discordian!) response to the whole situation.

Here's the community's information:

Everyone knows that the writers are out of jobs because they're on strike. It's what being on strike means, and it's a risk they decided to take.

But hundreds of other people are also out of jobs: actors, technicians, staff, crew. These people had no say in whether the writers went on strike or not. They didn't choose to lose their jobs.

Fans have done a lot to support the strike, so that it ends as quickly as possible. But that end is still far out of sight.

But there's a way that you can help now the people who need help the most. strike_support is a general fandom community dedicated to helping those affected by the strike, who don't have their union's funds to fall back on. We're doing this through two charities: The Actors' Fund, based in NYC, and The Motion Picture & Television Fund, based in LA. If you know another charity that supports "below the line" people, please contact esotaria
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[User Picture]From: ladycatherina
2007-12-26 07:14 pm (UTC)

Re: support the other unions, not those who try to undercut them

strike_support allows artists to choose which organizations the sale of their work will benefit - including the WGA's own fund for their members who are experiencing hardship as a result of the strike, as well as other union organizations. Our intent is to assist whomever needs the help, whether they are in a union or without the protection of one (maybe some people simply needed a job and could not find union work? My aunt was in that situation for awhile.) However, you and anyone else who chooses to join strike_support may certainly support WGA and other union members.
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