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Sept. 12, 2018 | Send us comments by clicking here
If you're passionate about diversity and inclusion, come join the newly-formed Diversity Committee. Chaired by Local 802 member  Steven Cuevas (an outspoken diversity and inclusion activist), the committee aims to create and foster a diverse and inclusive environment where no voices are silenced -- and all of us can thrive. Musicians of all backgrounds have the potential to disrupt and transform entrenched practices and thinking. If you're interested in this empowerment mission and want to be added to our list, click here to contact Marlena Fitzpatrick, staff liaison of the Diversity Committee. A meeting will be scheduled in early October. 
It's time to make your vote count! On Thursday, Sept. 13, New Yorkers will head to the polls to cast their votes in New York state and local primaries. The Local 802 Executive Board has voted to endorse a slate of passionate candidates committed to fighting for the labor movement and prioritizing issues important to working musicians, from preventing misclassification and exploitation of musicians to education, transportation, and affordable housing. Now more than ever, it's important that we exercise our right to vote and elect local leaders who will fight for our communities.

Unsure what district you're in? Find your sample ballot and polling place here.
Help us fight for a union campaign to stop YouTube and others from profiting off the mass infringement of our rights! Reform the "Safe Harbors" clause of Digital Millennium Copyright Act!

Come to the next meeting of the ARTIST RIGHTS CAUCUS!

When: Monday, Sept. 17 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
More info: Click here

IMPORTANT! SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READING FROM MARC RIBOT AND THE ARTIST RIGHTS CAUCUS:

This excellent article by Neil Turkewitz shows two things:

1. The Silicon Valley corporate powers that be are scared to death that the recent changes in section 230 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act mean that the public is finally outraged enough at misleading news reports, invasion of privacy, child pornography, and other digital corporate irresponsibility, that they will support reforming section 512 of the DMCA to limit the corporate "Safe Harbors" which have allowed Google, YouTube, et al to profit from the mass ripoff of musicians.

2. The tech corporate lobbyists don't want that, so they are trying to cut Safe Harbor reform off at the pass. It's an old trick: If you want to make sure a law can't be changed, just get it hardwired into an international trade agreement. Then Congress' hands are tied: they can't change the law without unraveling other laws and treaties, destroying business agreements affecting millions, and maybe even subjecting the U.S. to punitive fines. That's why these corporate clowns are suddenly so fond of getting the DMCA status quo hardwired into the re-negotiated NAFTA.

We want to share this article as widely as possible: expose the hypocrisy of the tech corporate lobby and their political apologists (Senator Ron Wyden) and front organizations Fight For the Future, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge. We need to keep the legislative door open for the 512 Safe Harbor reforms. This is our best (and maybe only) hope for restoring a fair market for our work and preserving our rights in the digital domain.

-- Marc Ribot and the Artist Rights Caucus
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NETWORKING IS POWER! Networking continues to be one of the most powerful methods of connecting to future opportunities, in and out of the entertainment business. Building new professional relationships is a critical component of staying on top of trends and keeping current in your creative life. Local 802's Musicians' Networking Group is meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at Local 802. Free refreshments served!

WHAT: Local 802 Musicians' Networking Group, open to all

FREE REFRESHMENTS? Yes!

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Local 802

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Come relax between gigs and enjoy live music at Local 802! The Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra performs compositions born of the genres of funk, contemporary and Latin jazz while embracing the varied backgrounds and experiences of its members. Audiences are treated to high-powered contemporary music that communicates, transcends and inspires. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. at Local 802. Your donations will support the Local 802 Musicians' Emergency Relief Fund, which helps musicians in need. For more information, contact Bettina Covo at (212) 245-4802, ext. 152 or click here.
DID YOU
KNOW? If you're a participant in Local 802's health plan (Plan A or A+), you're eligible for a vision benefits deal. The deal includes $50 off your first pair of frames/lenses and 50% off a second pair of frames/lenses! Offer expires Sept. 30. Click here for the details, and click here for more information on the union's health plans. 
JAZZ JAM AT LOCAL 802 (NEW SCHEDULE!) There is a jazz jam on select Mondays at Local 802, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The next jam is Sept. 24. PLEASE NOTE: The jazz jam will now meet twice a month instead of every Monday. For more info, click here or contact Joe Petrucelli at the Jazz Foundation of America at (212) 245-3999, ext. 10, or Joe@JazzFoundation.org.
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