Sherrice Mojgani here, I'm running for a Trustee seat on the Local Union Executive Board designated for Eastern Region (outside of New York).
I live in Virginia now but when I joined the union in 2015 I was living in Southern California.
This labor day weekend I've been thinking alot about what it means to me to be a proud union member in 2020?
Here is what I’ve come up with:
I must take pride in the work, and have enough self worth to organize and demand to be treated fairly. And in doing so make an easier way for those who will work with me now and in the future.
And I say all this acknowledging that I don’t know when the next time will be that I might step into a theatre, sit down at a desk and light a play.
I believe in this model of abundance. That as a union we can address all the challenges of working this industry.
I know from lived experience that USA 829 needs to give more support to BIPOC membership, to anyone working primarily as an assistant or associate and to anyone trying to exist in our union while balancing caregiver duties. This is what I have lived, I also acknowledge there are other problems that need our attention urgently.
I believe the union must practice equity and justice as we address the needs of our members.
For too long women and BIPOC members have been told their concerns were not big enough problems and their ideas were not good enough. I have spent five years as a member of this union trying to convince white people that my good ideas were actually their good ideas. But it is a new day. My goal now is to be a voice for women and BIPOC members on this board.