Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds Condemn Antisemitic Protesters at first preview of Parade

The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds, representing workers both on and off stage in New York State and beyond, today condemned the self-described neo-Nazis who harassed theatregoers prior to Tuesday’s preview performance of Parade outside the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The involved extremist organization has been known to stage incendiary racist and antisemitic “protests” for decades, and is considered a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Theatre and the arts have the power to bring people together, promote empathy and understanding, and inspire each of us to make the world a better place. COBUG is united in its commitment to ensuring that members and audiences can enjoy the transformative power of the arts without fear of harassment or violence.

"Antisemitism, vile hate speech, and censorship have no place on Broadway—or in American culture or society,” says COBUG Co-Chair Laura Penn, Executive Director, SDC. “COBUG calls on all members of the theatrical community, all people of conscience, and Mayor Eric Adams to safeguard inclusive environments for everyone who participates in or attends theatrical events in New York.”

The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds, COBUG, is a group of 18 unions that represents workers both on and off stage in New York State and beyond. The members of the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds are:

Actors’ Equity Association

American Federation of Musicians (international union)

American Guild of Musical Artists

Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, IATSE LOCAL 18032

Dramatists Guild of America

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, AFL-CIO, CLC

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 817

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30

Associated Musicians of Greater New York (AFM Local 802)

Mail Telephone Order Clerks, IATSE Local B-751

Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists, IATSE Local 798

Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, SDC

Theatrical Protective Union, IATSE Local One

Theatrical Wardrobe Union, IATSE Local 764

Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Union, IATSE Local 751

United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829

Ushers, Ticket Takers and Stagedoor Persons, IATSE Local 306

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