Nov. 9, 2015
To: Council 4 Local Presidents
From: Sal Luciano, Executive Director
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am writing to urge you to join Council 4 in boycotting movie director Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming, The Hateful Eight, which is due out Christmas Day.
Mr. Tarantino recently marched in an anti-police rally in New York City, describing dedicated public safety servants as “murderers.” (In a sadly ironic piece of timing, the rally at which Mr. Tarantino railed against police came less than a week after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was killed in East Harlem.)
Council 4 represents approximately 35,000 workers across the state, including more than 2,500 municipal police officers who are part of our Public Safety Council. We find Mr. Tarantino’s remarks offensive, divisive and hateful. While we recognize every person has First Amendment rights, we as union members have the right to push back in principled opposition. One way we can show support for the public servants we represent is not to spend our hard-earned dollars in support of those who stoke the flames of intolerance and even hatred against dedicated public servants.
We are proud to represent thousands of front-line public safety workers, such as correction officers, police officers, dispatchers and others, who work every day to keep us safe and to protect our communities. The fact that the men and women who work in law enforcement give their all, and put their lives on the line, to protect the public are part of the same attack that public employees in every field face from anti-worker politicians, the billionaires who fund their campaigns, and the mainstream media serving as their echo chamber, makes Mr. Tarantino’s public position all the more reckless.
Please join us in taking a stand against those who are anti-law enforcement, anti-public safety and anti-public employee. Please do not support The Hateful Eight or other Tarantino films.
You can also sign our online petition by going to www.council4.org.
Sal Luciano, Executive Director