Welcome to the Los Angeles Local!

By now, you may have read an email from SAG-AFTRA stating that broad organizational policies and safety protocols are being employed due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 public health situation. To recap, effective immediately, SAG-AFTRA is canceling, postponing or reconfiguring certain national and local in-person meetings and events. This includes member education, L.A. Conservatory and Film Society events. As such, in concern for your health and well-being, I have decided, in consultation with L.A. Vice Presidents Frances Fisher and David Jolliffe as well as executive staff, to postpone the planned March 29 Los Angeles Local Membership Meeting. 

This was not an easy decision. I was so looking forward to talking to you and hearing from you directly. It is our first and only opportunity since being elected as your L.A. leaders to do this, as we only have one membership meeting a year. Your elected L.A. Local leaders very much want the opportunity to hear directly from you, answer your unedited questions and listen to your concerns. Please know that we will reschedule the local membership meeting when there is more information on the virus’ impact and longevity to our community. Please watch for a new date, so you don’t miss this meeting. 

We appreciate your understanding of this unique circumstance, hope you are well and taking note of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention precautions. If you or a member of your household are unwell, we politely ask that you do not visit SAG-AFTRA Plaza. Staff and elected leaders are closely monitoring public health advisories and will continue to provide updates as conditions evolve. We remain grateful for you and your union membership. I’m looking forward to exchanging information and ideas in person as soon as possible. Stay healthy! 

Keeping the membership first,

Pat Richardson, President

SAG-AFTRA National Seniors Committee members gather with CSA Casting Directors and other panelists before the CSA Senior Actors Town Hall at SAG-AFTRA Plaza on Aug. 23. Panelists discussed growing job opportunities for senior performers.

SAG-AFTRA members Anthony Marciona, Stephen Peluso and Michael Patrick Bruen write letters to service members at the SAG-AFTRA L.A. Host Committee’s Annual Winter Celebration, which drew more then 1,000 union members to SAG-AFTRA Plaza on Dec. 11. Attendees enjoyed a holiday feast, carolers, a complimentary headshot station, “sparkliest” holiday attire competition, a station for letter-writing to overseas U.S. military heroes and take-home gifts for all attendees.

SAG-AFTRA L.A. Local elected leaders cut the cake with Ed Asner at a special celebration for his 90th birthday at the L.A. Local Board meeting on Nov. 4 at SAG-AFTRA Plaza.

SAG-AFTRA L.A. Host Committee Chair Lisa Ann Walter and SAG-AFTRA L.A. Local President Patricia Richardson take a quick selfie during a commercial break at the Annual SAG Awards viewing party on Jan. 19. The event brought more than 700 members to the Alex Theatre in Glendale to watch and celebrate the year’s outstanding performances at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Photo by Jesse Grant.

SAG-AFTRA national leaders joined the SAG-AFTRA National Performers with Disabilities Committee to present the annual Harold Russell and SAG-AFTRA Disability Awareness Awards at the 2019 Media Access Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 14. This year’s recipients were actor Nyle DiMarco and the Ruderman Family Foundation.

Renowned SAG-AFTRA member Alfred Molina discusses his career, the business and the importance of the union with SAG-AFTRA L.A. Conservatory Committee member Michael Bradley at the Conservatory’s Actors 2 Actors with Alfred Molina panel held at SAG-AFTRA Plaza on Nov. 26.

It takes a village, and SAG-AFTRA has one! More than 30 volunteers and staff pose for a victory picture following the successful annual SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Summer Intensive on July 22. The Conservatory’s biggest annual event provides members with a full weekend of back-to-back workshops, classes and panels at the American Film Institute Campus.

SAG-AFTRA L.A. Local members carry the union banner while marching in the 40th Anniversary L.A. Labor Day Parade coalition on Sept. 2 in Wilmington, California.

SAG-AFTRA members celebrate love and equality at the June 9 L.A. Pride Parade in West Hollywood.

SAG-AFTRA L.A. background actors enjoy a special industry mixer with SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and other union leadership on March 18 at the Parlor in Hollywood. The mixer was organized by the L.A. Background Actors Education Subcommittee.

Cheryl Francis Harrington, left, and Délé Ogundiran, right, listen as Lavelle Roby talks about the advancements made by black female actors. The discussion was part of the MOVE L.A. panel Images of Black Women in Entertainment, held at SAG-AFTRA Plaza on Feb. 28.

SAG-AFTRA member A. Martinez, SAG-AFTRA National Board member Esai Morales and L.A. First Vice President Frances Fisher show their appreciation for the great work of casting directors and the Casting Society of America at the 2020 Artios Awards on Jan. 30 at the Beverly Hilton.

SAG-AFTRA MOVE L.A. Committee co-chairs and vice chair represent SAG-AFTRA at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Breakfast, organized by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, at the Westin Bonaventure.

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