SCREEN ACTORS GUILD THREATENS ITS OWN MEMBERS WITH ARREST FOR DISSENTING OPINIONS
Mr. Carter angrily marched up to me, nearly shouting that “You can’t be here doing this. You have to leave immediately”
I had been there four minutes at that point.
I said, “I have every right to be here doing this. I’m a Screen Actors Guild Member and this is a public access entryway”
He said “Let me see that thing you’re handing out” He said “This is political in nature so you can’t be handing this out here because it’s not sanctioned by SAG”
I said “I’ve seen at least three dozen members of SAG standing in exactly this spot doing exactly the same thing I’m doing. I don’t have a picket sign in my hand. You can’t tell me to leave”
He said “You have to leave or you’ll be arrested”
The security guard was sent out then to further ‘advise’ us to leave, and I said that he should go in and tell that man that I am waiting to be arrested and that I will call Channel 4 and Dave McNary and it will be all over the news that SAG is arresting its own members, and that I hope they do come out to arrest me because a false arrest STARTS at 15,000 dollars in this state and I really could use the money because my union is under attack and my residuals have been dwindled down to nothing because of this and I rally need that money.
I held my hands out as if they were handcuffed and did the “time to get arrested dance” for him with each hand on my head then against the wall.
Then Scott Wilson showed up with LAPD Sergeant Kenneth Lu to explain to Carter and Crabtree and Greenwalt that its a Civil Rights violation to arrest us, and they would have to make a ‘citizen’s arrest’ because the LAPD would not take responsibility for a false arrest because we could sue the living piss out of them in Civil Court.
Then Scott Wilson said “You should arrest me first then”
We continued to pass out the petition flyers and Crabtree and Greenwalt slinked back in to the building.
We will be there again before the meeting tonight, passing out information about our Petition for our union.
Perhaps we’ll be arrested. Two reporters already called wanting to find out if there was a story to be had with union members being arrested for having an opinion.
I’ll make sure my hair looks decent for my mugshot and the subsequent press interviews. I’m looking forward to it because I don’t make any residuals under ALL THOSE AFTRA BASIC CABLE SHOW JOBS, so I can really use the cash for the discrimination lawsuit I’ll be filing.
It starts at 15,000 dollars per head, let’s see how much they want to get sued.
Thursday, March 8, 2012,
1:00-3:00 pmScreen Actors Guild
5757 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036The purpose of these rallies is to get the attention of the media. They can report on how this merger is flawed. They can help get our message out to the membership, why we must vote no.If you care about the Screen Actors Guild… Show up! → Meet at 1:00 pm in front of the Guild, on Wilshire Boulevard…←Thank you,
Scott Pierce (Rally Organizer)