Fellow Browncoat JenskiJen is on holidays in the US…sort of. While she was in LA, the Writers Guild of America went on strike. And Jen, being Jen, volunteered to help out the fandom support campaign. The full story is on her LJ but to save you the trouble of an extra click you can read it all here 😉
Writers on Strike – Fans4Writers Campaign
You would think that when I travel all the way from Australia to the US to go on a holiday, I’d just relax and have fun, right? Um… well, see… while I was in LA, the Writers Guild of America went on strike. And I kinda volunteered to help out the fandom support campaign. And boy, has it steamrolled!
If you don’t know about the strike, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ55Ir2jCxk
In response to the strike, we have formed Fans4Writers.
Fans4Writers is a movement born from fans of Joss Whedon, at WHEDONesque.com. As supporters of the people behind the scenes, who develop and write the stories that have meant so much to so many, we wanted to do something tangible to show them that we support the Writers Guild of America strike.
Our first foray out to the picket lines was to deliver pizza to the writers at Universal Studios, to feed the bodies that have fed our minds. You can read about it at http://whedonesque.com/ws/
It quickly became clear and necessary for the effort to encompass more than a single fandom. As such, Fans4Writers is not just for Whedon fans. It is not just for “genre” fans or television fans. This effort belongs to fans of ALL striking writers.
What kind of things will the campaign include?
Through our “Food for Thought” program, we will organize and facilitate the delivery of provisions to writers on the picket lines. In addition, fans will gather to join their favorite writers on the picket lines.
Through a planned ad in Variety or other major outlet, we will tell the industry — and the public — in no uncertain terms that we support the writers’ right to a fair deal.
Should the strike be of any significant duration, we will contribute to the Guild’s strike funds to assist affected writers.
At the conclusion of the strike, any remaining funds will be donated to the Writers Guild Foundation to support its charitable and educational activities.
While the studios might not be prepared to value the writers highly enough to offer them a fair deal, the fans will commit themselves, their time, their energy, and their money to show just how highly WE value them. For as long as the strike lasts.
Our message is simple – “Don’t write until it’s right.”
WHAT CAN I DO TO BE INVOLVED?
Check out fans4writers.com (currently under construction). In addition to the details of the “Food for Thought” and other campaigns, we will inclulde many ways that you can help, from boycotts to postcard campaigns, and much more. We have a Paypal link set up should you wish to donate.
Spread the word about the campaign!
We want to be able to support all writers, but we understand that some fandoms would prefer to take the lead themselves. With this in mind, we are structuring our fan support campaign in such a way that individual fandoms can use the formula and conduct their own campaigns. We would ask that each fandom who chooses to do this select a campaign head, and liaise with us. This way, all writers will be supported, and no picket line is neglected.
If you would like to volunteer to help us deliver “Food for Thought” to the picket lines in Los Angeles or New York City, please email us at email@example.com, and leave your contact details (including phone number and availability).
If you would like to become involved and organise an affiliate campaign, please have the campaign head contact us, so that we can support each other.
Remember, without the writers, there would be no fandoms. And without us, there would be no studios.
Yours in solidarity,