A number of Hollywood's biggest stars have donated millions of dollars to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Emergency Financial Assistance Program in support of their fellow actors who are struggling financially during the ongoing strike.
The strike, which began on July 14, is between SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents film and television actors, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the trade association that represents the studios and networks. The two sides are negotiating a new contract, and the main sticking points are pay, residuals, and health care.
So far, more than $15 million has been donated to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, including $1 million or more from George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Dwayne Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Jackman, and Nicole Kidman.
The foundation's Emergency Financial Assistance Program provides financial assistance to SAG-AFTRA members who are facing financial hardship due to illness, injury, job loss, or other unforeseen circumstances. The program can provide grants to cover basic living expenses, such as rent, food, and utilities.
The donations from Hollywood's biggest stars will help to ensure that the Emergency Financial Assistance Program can continue to provide much-needed support to struggling actors during the strike.
In addition to the financial donations, many actors have also been using their platforms to raise awareness of the strike and to encourage their fans to support the union. For example, George Clooney and Julia Roberts recently appeared in a video urging viewers to contact their elected officials and demand that they support fair pay for actors.
The strike is still ongoing, but the donations from Hollywood's biggest stars are a sign of the solidarity that exists among actors and their commitment to fighting for better working conditions.