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Fighting the Derail Since March 2009
Announcing Wiscon fundraiser 
10th-Mar-2009 07:49 pm
wood cat

As previously discussed, I am pleased to announce a fundraiser to assist fans of color attend Wiscon.

This will proceed in two parts:

Part One: in a post whose comments are screened, fans of color will comment and say, "Hi, yes, I've been wanting to go to Wiscon, but I need a membership / a couch / a bed / $X for travel / etc."

Any requests for help I receive by Wednesday March 18 will be aggregated and posted as goals for Part Two:

Part Two: people donate memberships, offer couches or beds, auction goods/services in exchange for donations (ETA: at con_or_bust), or donate money starting Wednesday March 18 and ending Monday April 13, or sooner if we meet the goals earlier. (Since Wiscon does have an attendance cap, it would be good if it were earlier, though I'm advised they're currently well under.) Any cash overflow will be donated to the Carl Brandon Society.

Administrative Notes

  • I'm doing this in two parts because I'm not starting an ongoing fund that will roll over extra cash (my own self is not willing to hang on to donated money on a year-to-year basis), and thus I'd like the fundraiser to have as specific a set of goals as possible.
  • (If people ask for help after fundraising starts, however, I will simply update the goals.)
  • I'll be keeping records as a public Google Docs spreadsheet. Requests for help will be anonymized; contributions can be, too, upon request.
  • I'm presently asking people requesting help for the name under which they're going to register at Wiscon, which I will keep in confidence unless there is any unpleasantness about people not using the donated resources in the manner intended. Other suggestions welcomed, however.

What you can do now

  • Spread the word! Encourage fans of color to request assistance. Encourage everyone to start thinking of auction items. ETA: check out the items already posted at con_or_bust and think about what you'd like to bid on when bidding opens. The more people who know about this, the better.
  • Start thinking about how we can keeping this going in the future, if this turns out to be successful. Perhaps the Carl Brandon Society would be interested in adopting it? Perhaps Wiscon itself? Or people who actually go to Wiscon would like to form an organization?
11th-Mar-2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Do you need someone to go ahead and set up an auction comm that links here, and can be promoted along with the effort so people will already have joined it by the time the collections period starts? I'll take that on, as I was one of the co-mods at saveours00j and know a few things about how to structure the tagging system, etc., for efficiency.

Edited to add: I'll take that on if you feel that it's needed and tell me so. :D

Edited at 2009-03-11 01:40 am (UTC)
11th-Mar-2009 03:10 am (UTC)
I was envisioning the auction here. What do you all think? Better to have it separate?
11th-Mar-2009 03:44 pm (UTC) - Links: SF/F, Race, Translation, IBARW, Remyth
User coffeeandink referenced to your post from Links: SF/F, Race, Translation, IBARW, Remyth saying: [...] Wiscon Wiscon program signup ends Friday. has opened the Send POC to Wiscon fundraiser. I have seen a few people (, maybe? or ?) ask about Wiscon programming about RaceFail09. The deadline for programming submission was before all ... [...]
11th-Mar-2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
I've got plenty of books I could donate if there's an auction. It worked with Vera Nazarian's house issues, and S.J. Tucker's recent medical issues. It's good to know those of us with no cash can help.
11th-Mar-2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Excellent, thanks and watch this space.
11th-Mar-2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
I can't give a huge amount, but can spare $25. Will you be taking PayPal?
11th-Mar-2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Yup, and Amazon.com gift certificates too (because money is fungible). Also checks & money orders if people need to mail them.

11th-Mar-2009 07:15 pm (UTC) - linkage
User cofax7 referenced to your post from linkage saying: [...] but the sequence of events is, in fact, correct, so far as I can tell. Wiscon fundraiser here. I will absolutely be supporting this, and I hope people take advantage of it. In other news, the Organization for Transformative Works is ... [...]
12th-Mar-2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Hey Kate. I'm not affiliated with either the Carl Brandon Society or Wiscon but I've set up a scholarship program before, for the association for women in computing. It would be best to have a non-profit organization own it so that donations can be tax-deductable but even without that you may be able to do that by making it a community fund (at least, that's what we call them in Michigan).

I would be happy to help set up a fund to make this happen on an ongoing basis and to coordinate a fundraising effort to seed the fund so that scholarships can be paid for simply from the interest on the fund.
12th-Mar-2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
oooh! If you need an able and willing assistant, may I please volunteer? I've no experience setting up scholarships, but I have reasonable spreadsheet skillz, and would love to help.
14th-Mar-2009 04:02 am (UTC)
The wiscon concomm has linked here in their statement about POC and Wiscon.

Can we update the post itself to include a link to the auction?
15th-Mar-2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Someone told me this existed and I asked if they were joking.

Are you really setting up a fund raiser to send People of Color to a con?

Why are you perpetuating a stereotype that people of color are financially incapable of sending themselves to something like a convention? Why are you taking something as volatile, explosive, demeaning and stupid as quote "RACEFAIL 09" and turning it into an opportunity to champion your own "anti-racism"?

While I can see that you're obviously trying to do good here by giving an opportunity to someone less fortunate it's so oppression-minded to limit the giving only to a race that's being made out as inferior because of financial limitations. Poverty isn't limited to those of color it's fairly wide-spread, especially in an international economic downturn. While your heart is in the right place I'm having a very hard time noticing your brain involved anywhere.
15th-Mar-2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
I will reiterate that this is in response to comments from actual people, other fans of color, I know who said they wanted to go to WisCon and weren't able to.

I choose not to respond to the rest of your comment as your tone makes me believe that you not only lack the context of the entire discussion but aren't interested in finding out.
18th-Mar-2009 11:59 pm (UTC) - Dreamwidth auction for <lj user=con_or_bust>
User synecdochic referenced to your post from Dreamwidth auction for con_or_bust saying: [...] is an auction to raise funds to assist fans of color to attend Wiscon if they'd like to. (See the description for more information.) Any excess funds will be donated to the Carl Brandon Society. The starting bid for this auction is ... [...]
20th-Mar-2009 04:45 pm (UTC) - More nifty stuff on which to spend monies
User deifire referenced to your post from More nifty stuff on which to spend monies saying: [...] , the fundraising auction for 's WisCon Assistance Program. Need a hand-knit Dalek, Brownies of Doom, bellydancing gear or some pants? (And let's face it, everybody needs pants.) You can bid on those and many other fine items and help ... [...]
30th-Mar-2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Hi, I believe I have a governor's club room reservation which I can't use... I haven't got any money to donate with it (beside that which I've already paid out at the auctions), but could you use the reservation by itself?
31st-Mar-2009 02:44 am (UTC)
Hmm, on one hand the Inn isn't going to be booked, but on the other it's not that much more expensive than the Inn and it comes with free breakfast . . .

Is your reservation for a single or a double?

And regardless, thanks for offering!
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