The Rainbow Report – The Writers and Actors Strike: A Stand for Fairness and Ethics 🌈
“We must work passionately and indefatigably to bridge the gulf between our scientific progress and our moral progress. One of the great problems of (humanity) is that we suffer from a poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The current writers’ and actors’ strike is a watershed moment for the entertainment industry. For the first time in over 60 years, the two unions representing these creative professionals have walked off the job in protest of the studios’ unethical practices.
The strikers are demanding several things, including:
- Increased base pay and residuals. The studios have been making record profits in recent years, while the salary of writers and actors has stagnated. The strikers are demanding a fair share of the profits.
- Guarantees against job loss due to automation. The studios are increasingly using artificial intelligence (AI) to create content, and there is a fear that this will lead to job losses for writers and actors. The strikers are demanding guarantees that their jobs will be protected.
- A say in how their work is used. The studios have increasingly used writers’ and actors’ work without consent. The strikers demand a say in how their work is used, including the right to approve or disapprove of its use in new media.
The studios have responded to the strike with threats and promises. They have warned that the strike will devastate the industry, and they have promised to make concessions if the strikers return to work. However, the strikers are not backing down. They are determined to stand up for their rights and ensure that the entertainment industry’s future is fair and ethical.
At Safe Schools, we support the rights of workers to unionize and strike. We believe all workers deserve a fair wage and a say in their working conditions. AI has the potential to be a powerful tool for good, but it must be used ethically. We stand with the writers and actors fighting for a better future for the entertainment industry, and we call on the studios to meet their demands.
We also ask that the implications of AI be explored further and that a framework be set up to ethically embrace the many benefits that AI can bring to not just the entertainment industry but our society as a whole. AI has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our lives, but we must use it in a way that benefits everyone. We must ensure that AI is used to promote justice, equality, and human rights.
The writers’ and actors’ strike is a step in the right direction. It is a sign that the creative community will not stand for exploitation. We hope the strike will be successful and lead to a more fair and ethical entertainment industry.
By: Harold Marrero
Chief Operating Officer
We encourage you to share this information with friends, fellow teachers, and allies and join us in bringing awareness to our efforts. Your support is essential for our ongoing work to create safe spaces for all students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or expression. Please consider donating to Safe Schools so that we can continue advocating for inclusivity and diversity within the education system.