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Because we still live in a racist society, the only way to combat it in any systematic way is to establish—and repeatedly revamp—anti-racist institutions and traditions. That means actively encouraging the attendance of nonwhite readers and writers at conventions. It means actively presenting nonwhite writers with a forum to discuss precisely these problems in the con programming. (It seems absurd to have to point out that racism is by no means exhausted simply by black/white differences: indeed, one might argue that it is only touched on here.) And it means encouraging dialogue among, and encouraging intermixing with, the many sorts of writers who make up the sf community.
Do You Want A Say On WisCon’s Direction?
To All WisCon Committee and Program Committee members:
As many of you know, the Society for the Furtherance and Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction, or SF3, is the corporate parent of WisCon. SF3 is the entity that actually enters into contracts and puts on the convention, and SF3 bears the ultimate responsibility for the event and its consequences. If a year ever occurs in which no volunteer steps forward to chair the WisCon planning committee, the officers of SF3 would be faced with the choice to either co-chair the convention themselves or to cancel it outright.
The members of SF3 meet only once a year. At that annual meeting, officers are elected, any proposed new or changed bylaws are discussed, and other official business discussed and decided.
One vital part of the official business at every annual meeting is approving or vetoing the individual(s) who have volunteered to chair the upcoming convention.
The next annual meeting of the Society for the Furtherance and Study of Fantasy and Science Fiction is scheduled for Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Solitaire Room of the Concourse Hotel. The meeting itself is open to all interested parties, but only those who are dues-paid members of SF3 may vote on resolutions that are presented for consideration.
SF3 membership dues are as follows:
- Less than 18 years old - $9.00
- Basic/Student - $12.00
- Contributing - $24.00
- Supporting - $36.00
- Sustaining - $48.00
- Patron - $60.00
Membership in SF3 is open to all. If you wish to become a member of SF3 and vote at the October 3 meeting, your dues must be received by an SF3 officer (NOT postmarked!) no later than the beginning of the meeting. Dues should be mailed to SF3, PO Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701-1624. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may designate a different member of SF3 to vote your proxy.
The SF3 bylaws, including those governing membership, the use of proxies in voting and other relevant topics may be perused here: http://juliegomoll.com/SF3/about/sf3-bylaws/.
For the first time of which I am aware, the October 3 SF3 meeting will include the use of the conference phone for the convenience of any members who are unable to attend in person. The usual phone number – 800-281-5354, passcode 202847 – is in effect for this meeting.
If you have strong feelings, either pro or con, about the direction that the current co-chair committee is taking with any or all issues involving WisCon, I urge you to become a member of SF3 without delay. The meeting on Sunday, October 3 offers you the very best – indeed, the only – opportunity to be a part of the decision whether to confirm or veto the volunteers who are now in place.
Karen Moore, Corresponding Secretary
The Society for the Furtherance and Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction