|Writers on Strike - Fans4Writers Campaign
||[Nov. 7th, 2007|11:45 am]
You would think that when I travel all the way from Australia to teh 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.
So, what are we doing?
The fans4writers.com site is currently being fine tuned, and will have all the details of our campaign, as well as resources to educate and spread the word.
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,
Awesome! If there's anything I can do to help! Let me know!
Promote it wide and far? Feel free to use the text above!
Awesome! I love that both my fandoms (Whedon and Supernatural) are being so supportive of the strike. *hugs you for being an awesome browncoat*
I'll be sure to check the website. I don't really have much money to spare right now, but I'd sure like to show my support.
Is there anywhere I could send postcards to show the networks we support the writers? Do you think that would help?
We'll have details of write-in campaigns up soon. There will be something for everyone. :D
In the meantime, please spread the message wide and far. The more fandoms we can contact, the more impact we can have. Feel free to use the text in my post, or link people to this post.
Hey Jen. Hope you're having fun. I've copied this onto Soz as people have been asking what the fans can do to help.
Thanks PW. If you are in any other fandoms, please spread the word. :D
how'd I know you'd be somehow involved? hehe
will go and check out what I can do to help. huzzah.
Because I'm completely incapable of taking a holiday? lol
You are made of awesome. If there's anything I can do in the way of web/graphic design or similar I'll be glad to help. I'll spread the word and make a post in my lj about this.
Thanks! Our main goal at this point (aside from continuing the "Food for Thought" runs) is to get other fandoms involved.
If you know of any movers and shakers in film or television fandoms, please tell them about what we're doing, and invite them to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The more fandoms and people we have involved in a consistent and co-ordinated campaign, the more effective we can be.
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