A large number of detailed allegations of abusive behaviour and non-payment of authors and staff have recently come to light. Friends and members of the Can*Con community have been touched and hurt financially and emotionally. As Co-Chairs of Can*Con, we stand with the victims and offer our support, both as an organization and as Derek and Marie. We do not believe that there is a place in our community for abusive behaviour.
We would also like to offer to use what platform and resources we have to help the affected authors and staffers continue to move their careers forward. We would like to immediately offer to:
***use Can*Con's social media presence to promote the books that affected authors may have for sale that will put money in their pockets, as well as places where the public can support their art through means such as Patreon, Ko-Fi, Drip, etc;
***waive the registration fee for Can*Con 2020 to affected authors and staffers so as to reduce the burden of participating in the community; and
***we will set aside 1-2 tables for free in the dealer's room at Can*Con 2020, where affected authors and staffers can sell their author stock, other books, etc. without an additional conference expense. The authors could work together to organize shifts for the table, so that they can enjoy the con and network.
Any staffers or authors who would like to participate in any or all of this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As co-chairs of a public event, we also have additional responsibilities in the face of this new information. We'll take other appropriate actions to make Can*Con a place free of harassment and abuse, although it is possible that we will not be able to make public statements about that work. However, we hope that people take at face value our commitment to creating a positive, encouraging, energizing, uplifting space for SFFH folk. We are committed to always listen, learn, and act to continue to make Can*Con a space the community can be proud of.
We send our best and much warmth to those directly affected and also those triggered by these events. If we can do anything to help, please feel free to personally reach out to either or both of us.
Derek and Marie (and the whole Can*Con team)
Reading this yesterday made me so happy. It's nice to see the community stand up and do something good.
I'm proud of you Can*Con.
Now I have work to do, so, I'm off to do it.