Although most Americans may not be too familiar with IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), the works its members do, from lighting in motion pictures to broadcasting sports events, is central to American culture. IATSE is a labor union consisting of multiple locals and divisions, representing tens of thousands of workers. The COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down nearly every Hollywood production, proved the necessity of worker negotiations and rights. Many craftspeople lost their jobs or were put in unsafe conditions. Now, as more and more members return to work, they’re fighting for better set environments than pre-pandemic.Continue Reading

After coming close to catastrophe earlier this month, Congress voted to raise the US debt ceiling by $480 billion in order to allow the government to borrow enough money to fund its commitments until December. In this article, Dhruv Muralidhar explores the debt ceiling and makes a case for why it should be removed. Continue Reading