On the escalation of violence in the Middle East…

** The Bulletin ** October 7, 2023

Hi everyone,

I wish I was writing you under lighter circumstances, but unfortunately, as I was preparing this week’s newsletter—militants from Gaza have begun attacking Israel, a tragedy that has killed at least 200 innocent Israeli citizens and over 230 Palestinian citizens. Over 2,000 more are wounded (combined). I am heartbroken that it came this far, and I strongly condemn these attacks on innocent people, including children. None of this is fair, or right, and I am hoping and praying for everyone in the Middle East and around the world that is affected by this escalation of violence. Finally, I call on our world leaders and members of the U.N. to advocate for and work towards peace in the region and across the world.

(You can read this statement at SladeWatkins.com as well.)

I had a whole blurb here but it doesn’t feel right to talk about all this stuff right now. I’ll save it for next week’s Bulletin. For now, I’ll leave you with details on the next craft show, plus the new blog post and strike funds.

Next Saturday, October 14th, 2023: my mom — the brilliant mind behind Theodessa Designs — will be at the 2023 Harvest Fest in Downtown Bennington, Vermont (the festival is going to be on Main Street and School Street this year.) Please come on down! The event will be free and open to the public, and you can find more information on Facebook or at BetterBennington.com. (I will also be there helping my mom, so please come say hi!)

New from the Journal

Strike Funds

SAG-AFTRA is still on strike—UAW just went on strike—which means a lot of people are out of work. Instead of scabbing or crossing a picket line, please give to people in need if you are able! I’ve compiled a list below of funds I’ve independently verified are legitimate. Thank you!

[Also, if you know of a fund that I should add to this list, please send me an email!]

  • GoFundMe for Sean Mason — ineligible for the Entertainment Community Fund due to affiliation with IATSE Local B-192 (which is classified as a “Theme Park” union); donations will help with rent, keeping a roof over his head for the holidays.

  • SAG-AFTRA Foundation — Helps SAG-AFTRA members urgently in need of financial and other assistance.

  • Entertainment Community Fund — the fund previously mentioned, which helps folks in the broader entertainment sector stay afloat while work stops.

  • UNITE Here Local 11 Strike Mutual Aid Fund — For members in Los Angeles who need assistance as the union works out deals with their hotels.

One day longer, one day stronger.

Sorry it’s so short this week, but I promise I’ll make it up to you next time around. Let’s hope and pray for peace. And be kind to each other. Please.

Peace and love,

—Slade

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