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  • Julie Sokolow

    Thank you, Alessandra. You are such an incredible writer. Hopefully soon America will treat its artists and teachers with the respect they deserve!

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      I appreciate you saying that. I sometimes go back and forth and wonder if it's selfish to want better benefits for freelancers considering it's a lifestyle-- but I also think people choose that lifestyle for sanity- it's a mental health issue. I could go on, but I think you'd appreciate the work of the Freelancer's Union. Have you ever done a video on them? This was their recent post:

      • Julie Sokolow

        It's not selfish to hope for universal health care! In every other industrialized nation, health care is seen as a basic, fundamental human right, guaranteed to all citizens. So we're way behind as a nation. Thanks for sharing that post. We'd definitely like to work more with all sorts of unions on this issue.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Incredible video and article, Julie. With all my health issues, this is why I haven't taken the leap to be an artist- and I find that unfortunate. I think I'm resilient- but there is a part of me that wants to be practical for my health. Your work is so important for raising these issues.