Today’s Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and Labor Community Solidarity Rally held in NYC’s Washington Square Park was a major celebfest. Almost 1,000 members of the labor community were on hand, including striking writers from the WGAE and WGAW; and representatives from 15 unions including SAG (whose NY president, Sam Freed, is pictured at the podium above), AFTRA, DGA, SEIU, UNITE-HERE, AFT, the national and local AFL-CIOs and the New York City Central Labor Council. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards spoke to the crowd reaffirming his commitment not to cross WGA picket lines at ABC’s The View and also the upcoming CBS-sponsored Democratic debate. (Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton sent statements.) Actors, writers, and politicians gathered and The Huffington Post’s Patrick Waldo capture them on video, including 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey and Jack McBrayer, SNL‘s Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, Sex and the City‘s Kristin Davis and Evan Handler, The Office‘s Rashida Jones, Tim Robbins, Danny Glover, Gilbert Gottfried, Lost‘s Michael Emerson, David Chase, Tony Goldwyn, Edie Falco, Joe Pantoliano, B.J. Novak, Michael Nouri, Julianna Margulies, Anthony Edwards, Eric Begosian, Nancy Giles, John Slattery, Richard Belzer, David Proval, Colin Quinn, and Aasif Mandvi, Tom Fontana, Raven Metzner, Michael Rauch, Jack McBrayer, Frank Gilroy, Peter Hedges, and most of the staffs of The Late Show, SNL, Colbert, etc.
Tomorrow, the WGAE again pickets Time Warner Center from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.