It's Thanksgiving week, and in the spirit of that we hope all our readers will take some time to help those in need to whatever extent they can.
The excellent LiveJournal community wga_supporters recently ran this note from David Rambo of CSI:
The WGA currently has a $12 million strike fund. However, the people who will need assistance as this drags on longer are those in film and TV who don't have access to the strike fund: the office assistants, crew members and actors. They will really need the help to be able to continue in support of our strike, and there's no fund for them. There is, however, a wonderful 125-year old nonprofit organization that provides direct, confidential assistance to all entertainment professionals in need, such as those I just mentioned. It's called the Actors Fund, and you can find out more or make a donation through their website.Since David's post, the WGA has established its Union Solidarity Fund to benefit members of unions other than the WGA. The Pencils2MediaMoguls campaign will donate money remaining after the pencils have shipped to the Union Solidarity Fund. Once an online donation system for the USF is in place, we'll post it here.
If you do donate, let the Actors Fund know that your contribution is in support of those affected by the writers strike. They'll appreciate it, and so will I.
Keep checking our site for other announcements about donation and assistance opportunities. And please use our comments section to post information about fund drives and worthy groups assisting people in the business and beyond. Thank you!