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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: I AM PWD Campaign Pushes for More Roles for Performers with Disabilities

Pittsburgh (March 17, 2010) — Efforts to cast performers with disabilities in film, television and stage roles was the focus of an article in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The piece by Tina Calabro featured the work of the tri-union I AM PWD campaign — the Inclusion in the Arts and Media for People with Disabilities campaign of SAG, AFTRA and Actors’ Equity. Click here to read the article.

I AM PWD is a global civil rights campaign seeking equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities throughout the entertainment and news media. In September, I AM PWD was endorsed by the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention delegates through Convention Resolution 18, entitled “Unions Should Give People with Disabilities a Voice and a Face.”

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker said then, “The AFL-CIO is proud of our progress toward diversity in our leadership, especially when it comes to race, gender and sexual orientation, but the fact is that workers with disabilities are not yet fully included in the life, work and leadership of our labor movement.  We took action today to begin to change that, and to work toward full equality for people with disabilities in American life.” AFL-CIO Convention Resolution 18 pledges, “The AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions endorse and support the I AM PWD campaign and invite SAG, AFTRA and Equity to share its lessons.”

Beyond its endorsement of the I AM PWD campaign, Resolution 18 also declares the AFL-CIO’s intention to “make itself a model by including people with disabilities in all discussions addressing diversity and by encouraging the labor movement at all levels to do the same.”

To join the I AM PWD campaign, visit