Update: I've started a petition on the Petition Site in support of the WGA. Found out John Edwards supports the writers and I respect his opinion on many other human rights issues. http://www.knbc.com/politics/14616273/detail.html?rss=la&psp=news
He was one of the only candidates to address Darfur during the debates. Not necessarily endorsing him for President, as I don't know nearly enough, but I do respect some of the stands he takes.
My petition encourages people to pledge to read or write one night a week instead of turning on the TV, until the strike ends.
In support of the Writers' Guild of America's strike for compensation when their work gets streamed on the Internet, sign up here to pledge to read or write yourself instead of watching TV at least one night a week.
Not all Hollywood writers are wealthy and successful - some are "starving artists" who remain unemployed and work second and third jobs between writing gigs. I've personally met some members, actually of the Screenwriters' Guild, and they traveled the country in a trailer performing at poetry slams for extra cash to live on in between gigs - and I'm sure many WGA members are in a similar situation.
Some writers produce content mainly or exclusively intended for the Internet, and the Internet is growing in influence and writers should be compensated for the use of their work.
And - writing/reading on your own will be fun! Whether you produce poetry, a memoir, a novel, short stories, vignettes, even decorated shopping lists - or finally finish that novel you've been meaning to get to someday, you'll open yourself up to new horizons.