#ArtsHero A Conversation with DG Member & Co-Organizer Matthew-Lee Erlbach on Political Engagement
Wednesday, September 16 at 1pm EDT
Join us for a conversation with Matthew-Lee Erlbach, in which he'll discuss how he helped draft an Open Call Letter to the 116th U.S. Congress to ask for an extension to the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program (FPUC), and a 100 percent subsidy for the COBRA, with eligibility extended to 36 months. You can read (and sign) the full letter here. So far, the group has collected over 9,000 signatures—including Laura Linney, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Phillipa Soo, Glenn Close, and, Michael Urie—urging the government to enact a series of laws protecting unemployed arts workers until the crisis is over.
About The Political Engagement Initiative
The PEI is focused on the political and institutional systems and communities that, taken together, form the context in which theatre is made. The issues addressed by the PEI are identified by Dramatists Guild members themselves, individually and/or in community. The PEI does not set the agenda, but serves as a connector of playwrights to other playwrights with similar concerns, and to resources, organizations, and strategies to aid dramatists and their communities in taking action on their own behalf. It is a non-partisan tool of local empowerment.
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