IATSE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Condemns Asian Hate
NEW YORK, NY — It was with heavy hearts that we all took the news of the devastating racist attack on Asian women in Atlanta, Georgia in March. Our condolences go out to the loved ones of the victims.
While this disgusting racist attack took place in the United States, the effects reverberate across our communities. What happened in Atlanta is not an isolated incident but rather part of a tide of rising anti-Asian racism and violence. Racism towards Asian peoples is not new, however over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the racism targeted towards Asian communities has increased drastically.
Women of Asian heritage make up a vital part of the workforce and the labor movement. Allies of Asian communities must take actionable steps to #StopAsianHate. We acknowledge anti-Asian racism and we must work tirelessly to dismantle it everywhere. We stand in solidarity with our Asian kin.
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.