The Writers Guild of America called a strike effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2023. The Writers Guild of America East put the call out to members and on social media to take to the street in midtown on Tuesday afternoon from 1:30p.m. to 4:30p.m. Upon arriving to the location of 415 5th Avenue where on this day Peacock streaming service was conducting NEWFRONT in the building, a strong stream of picket signs and voices for fair contracts prevailed.
Actor Sara Ramirez (And Just Like That, Grey's Anatomy) was in the picket line representing SAG-AFTRA showing solidarity for fellow industry members and their quest to receive an acceptable contract. Also representing SAG-AFTRA were Clark Gregg (Agents of SHIELD) and Aidy Bryant (SNL, Shrill).
Below is a video of Ramirez in her own words:
Sara Ramirez was vocal and truly spirited as she chanted and cheered for the cause of the writers.
Several hundred marched in solidarity with individual and shared messages written on their signs.
Below are a few of the signs: