On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. The workers were trying to form a union.
Join us in solidarity with working people across America fighting to keep the very rights Dr. King gave his life for that day in Memphis. Workers rights are under attack in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and elsewhere. Those working families need to know that you stand in solidarity.
Post and Tweet your support via comments on SAG’s Facebook page and by tweeting your solidarity messages on April 4. Share your solidarity, union pride, and/or the immortal words of Dr. King. Please use the hashtags #April4 and #SAGmember. Here are sample messages to get your creativity flowing:
Remembering MLK. Supporting union workers. 4411 #sagmember #solidarity #April4 "The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress." MLK Jr #April4
I support union workers. We are One. April 4th, 2011 #sagmember #solidarity #April4
Wisconsin – We are with you. #SAGmember #solidarity #April4
Stand with working families. #sagmember #solidarity #April4
We support public sector unions. #sagmember #solidarity #April4
If you can read this, thank a teacher. #sagmember #solidarity #April4
From the people who brought you the 8 hour day. #sagmember #solidarity #April4
From the people who brought you the weekend. #sagmember #solidarity #April4
Another #sagmember in support of working families. #solidarity #April4
Remembering MLK. Supporting union workers. 4411 #sagmember #solidarity #April4
"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress." MLK Jr #April4
"We must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.'" MLK Jr #April4
[When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried 2 secure shores not only itself but the whole society. MLK #April4
"Whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth." MLK #April4
Take a photo, or shoot video of yourself on April 4 showing your union solidarity and email it to email@example.com (see details below* and be sure to include your full name and location). We’ll add it to an online album and share it with the world.
Please see sample photos and videos below.
Tell at least four friends or family members about Apr. 4th and why unions are important to America. Engage as many people as possible in defending working people against the assaults happening right now in many states. Have your friends contribute to our online album documenting the day.
SAG members in the Hollywood Division, the New York Division and in Branches across the country are participating in solidarity events in their area. Click here to find an action in your area.
Screen Actors Guild's support of this initiative should not be interpreted to be the position of any individual member. SAG advocates for a legislative and regulatory environment that protects and supports Screen Actors Guild members, but does not raise funds or endorse political parties or candidates for publicly-elected office.
*All photos, videos or other materials submitted as a part of this program become the property of Screen Actors Guild and may be cropped/edited in our discretion and will not be returned. While we will make every effort to include all submitted materials in the online album, we cannot guarantee inclusion and some material may not be included, uploaded or recognized due to inadvertence or editorial discretion. By submitting any material, you represent that you own the material and have all necessary permissions from all individuals appearing therein and you grant to Screen Actors Guild permission to use in any media, in connection with the material, the name, voice, likeness, and location information of all individuals appearing therein.