You know what, for absolutely no reason whatsoever, I think today would be a lovely time for people to support the idea of inclusion and diversity in the field of science fiction and fantasy. And that brings to mind the Carl Brandon Society, a non-profit group dedicated to increasing the “racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.” Well, that sounds good to me, and I’ve participated in the work they’ve done before, specifically the Con or Bust program, to help sff fans of color go to and enjoy science fiction and fantasy conventions. In short, a fine group, doing laudable things for a goal that’s to the benefit of the entire genre.
So, here’s my plan. Today (which for this purpose runs through 11:59:59pm Pacific Time), I will pledge match donations made to either The Carl Brandon Society or The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund (which is administered by the organization), up to, oh, let’s say, $1,000. So, if you donate a dollar, I donate a dollar. You donate $10, I donate $10. And so on, up to $1,000 total. The donate buttons are there on the pages I linked to. And because the Carl Brandon Society is a 501(c)(3) organization, if you’re in the US, your donations are tax-deductible.
Why am I doing this today? Oh, as I said, for no particular reason whatsoever. In a general sense, however, any day is a good day to say, “hey, I support the idea that science fiction and fantasy is a genre open to and inclusive of everyone, including people of color.” I think most of you believe that too, so I want to encourage you to financially support a group that helps make that happen. And why not today? Today is a fine, fine day for it.
So go donate. I’ll match it. Let me know in the comments if you do. Thanks.
Update: First, we have another pledge matcher for that first $1,000:
— ArachneJericho (@ArachneJericho) June 13, 2013
We also have someone ready to pledge match for the $500 after the first $1,000. So go!
Update, 6:25pm: Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfeld have announced they’re are fundmatching the next $1,000 in contributions. So if you haven’t donated yet, here’s a very good reason. Thanks, Justine and Scott!