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Fighting the Derail Since March 2009
WisCon Assistance Fund final report 
9th-Jun-2009 09:58 pm
wood cat

I'm closing the books on the WisCon Assistance Fund for the year [*], and here's the final report:

We raised $5,898.14; sent nine fans of color to WisCon on $4,294.26 and four transferred memberships; and are donating $1,603.88 to the Carl Brandon Society. (You can see full details at the spreadsheet, as always.)

On one level, nine people's not a lot; but on another, since WisCon is only 1,000 total and since I saw several comments that there were noticeably more fans of color present, I think it's reasonable to say we made a difference.

I do not yet have anything definite how the fund will be run in the future, but one way or another, we'll do this again next year. Meanwhile, I want to thank popelizbet for all her help with the auction; Deb Stone of the WisCon concomm for taking most of the PayPal credit card payments and donating the transaction fees; the WisCon 33 co-chairs, Debbie Notkin and Jim Hudson, for help with the membership transfers; and all of you who donated, offered up auction items, and spread the word. Thanks.

[*] I have received payment from all of the auction winners but one, and have heard from that one and know that payment is on the way. If either winners or offerors have issues with the auction, please feel free to contact me, either by LJ message or e-mail, and I'll see if I can help work things out.

Crossposted to con_or_bust.

(P.S.: I have belatedly updated the OT post on Judge Sonia Sotomayor with additional links.)

10th-Jun-2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Congratulations to everyone who made this happen.
10th-Jun-2009 09:10 am (UTC)
You are due a huge vote of thanks yourself.
A quick question: I was wondering if you would consider the appalling result of the UK elections to Europe (two white supremacist candidates were amongst those elected) as a possible topic here? It's causing a lot of alarm amongst UK fandom and is part of a distressing trend towards racist/fascist parties in Europe generally. I'd raise it, but I don't want to derail away from sff issues.
11th-Jun-2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, apparently answering comments in my mind does not actually make them appear on the screen. Who knew?

I admit that I don't have very much standing against OT things at the moment, given that I just posted about a US judicial nominee; granted I saw a pattern in the non-discussion of the merits of her appointment, but still, I shouldn't have for just this reason.

Compromise? If you have pointers to discussion, leave them in a comment here, and next time I do a link post, I will point to it.
11th-Jun-2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The discussion has been rather scattered to date -- a lot of outraged posts, but nothing focused. I'll hunt around and see if anything more coherent has formed.
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