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IATSE DEI Committee Statement on Buffalo Mass Shooting

The IATSE and entire labor movement is completely shattered by the senseless and horrific act that occurred on Saturday, May 14, 2022. This racially motivated hate crime which took the innocent lives of 10 and wounded three in Buffalo, New York is a hate-fueled domestic terrorism crisis toward Black people and the larger BIPOC communities in our country.

We urge the Biden Administration and the United States Congress to take decisive federal action to combat the rise of racial violence in America. Furthermore, we call upon all Americans to speak up to their elected officials and demand overdue legislative action against hate-fueled violence.

Like millions across the nation our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and the entire Buffalo community.

In Solidarity,

― IATSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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