Posted by Charles on March 07, 2000 at 22:14:00:
In Reply to: The Devil Made Me Do It posted by Jon on March 07, 2000 at 20:06:55:
It was a phrase coined by some folks other than you or I. I used their terminology.
We didn't call it "strike day" last year. It was called "The Great Alliance" and that's exactly what it was.
Most people aren't nearly as lucid as you are when making a comment. I understood your suggestion as one of enthusiactic anticipation of the event, which is why I wanted to make clear that nothing traditionaly or stereotypically associated with a strike will be evidenced at the meeting, as was demonstrated last year when my call for this gathering was first initiated.
None the less, the meeting is intended to be a act of defiance in part. That's why it's not scheduled in the evening or over a weekend. The whole purpose of the meeting is to get up and walk out, at least for part of the day. If artists are getting bent out of shape over this, then tough cheese. They don't have to come.
As I reiterated last year and as I'm reiterating again this year, if you are concerned about being fired from your job, then don't come. If you are nervous about it, then don't come. If you've never done anything like this before and you're too insecure, then don't come. There'll be plenty of people there to take your place.
The only thing I ask is if you don't show up, then do those who will be attending a big favor and keep your gripes and your whines to yourself. I for one am tired of listening to whimpering artists for the past 20 years.
There will be an open microphone in the Empire Room as there was last year. If you've got something constructive to say to the world, you're welcome to join in. You Jon, have something constructive to say so you'll have a captive audience of artists who've made the decision to stand up for themselves for once in their careers. Twice if they showed up last year. You offer the animation community in LA a unique perspective on things. We can learn from your experiences and input.
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