IATSE Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee 2021 Juneteenth Statement

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The IATSE Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee would like to wish IATSE Leadership and all of the Members of IATSE Locals a Happy Emancipation Day, also known as “Juneteenth.” With the successful release of COVID-19 vaccines, and social distancing restrictions being relaxed, we hope you find you and your loved ones celebrating safely outdoors.

On June 19, 1865, nearly two months after the end of the Civil War, and over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, the remaining enslaved people in Texas were informed of their freedom. This moment was a true turning point in the shameful history of human enslavement in the United States.

Currently, Forty-five states in the US recognize Juneteenth as a day of historical significance and a celebration to promote the history and culture of the stolen people of Africa, and their descendants.

The commemoration of this day is especially poignant at this time in history. The call for racial & socio-economic equity has never been more unified, or cacophonous, across so many equity seeking groups. As a society we must seize this momentum to bring forward our varied histories that shape our present, and continue to influence our future. With this holiday gaining more prominence nationally, we are delighted that President Biden has signed it into law, officially making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Please join us in recognizing the historical significance of this day and continuing to foster the celebration of Juneteenth/Emancipation Day.

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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 150,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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