Striking Writers Enlist Kids

Writers use Veterans Day to teach kids and garner attention
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2007 6:20 PM CST
Michael Lent carries his three-year-old son, Willem, on his shoulders as Lent and other Writers Guild of America members picket outside the Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., Monday. Nov 12, 2007, at...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Striking scribes took advantage of Veterans Day to bring their kids to picket lines in Los Angeles today, the AP reports. The move garnered attention and gave parents a chance to tutor youngsters in payments and residuals. "It's a little rude for the producers to take so much and have nothing left to share," said one 10-year-old carrying a homemade sign.

Donuts and cookies nourished the roughly 100 kids as they picketed at Disney studios. A screenwriter said her daughter "has been dying to strike all week," while another said he wanted his sons to experience the strike as "a once-in-a-lifetime thing—I hope." One preschooler's sign was mere scribbles with green marker, but another's was clear: "I'm learning to share. Can you? Play nice."