Sunday, November 9, 2014

It's time to leave the capsule if you dare

Upgrade your bookmarks and RSS feed reader -- WisCon is moving from Blogspot to a new blog hosted on our own website. Please follow us at "WisCon, WisCon, do you read?" [url: http://blog.wiscon.info/]. (Named, of course, for the James Tiptree, Jr., story "Houston, Houston, do you read?") See you on the other side!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An apology from SF3

The board of SF3, WisCon's parent organization, has posted the following apology on their blog:
An Apology

The SF3 Board extends heartfelt apologies to those who have been harassed at WisCon, to those who feel unsafe at WisCon, to the ConCom, and to our wider community, for letting you down. We regret allowing Rose Lemberg’s report to languish. We are writing this statement as prompted by Rose Lemberg’s liaisons, Saira Ali and Alex Dally MacFarlane (link: http://phi.dreamwidth.org/331071.html). While this statement is being written per their request, the SF3 board would like to emphasize that it is genuinely sorry for Rose Lemberg’s pain being perpetuated by a seemingly unending tangle of bureaucratic lapses. WisCon co-chairs change from year to year, as do department heads such as Safety, but the makeup of the SF3 Executive Board is more static, as the turnover is staggered. Our board is organized so as to provide continuity and stability, and we recognize that our positions make us uniquely culpable for having failed to monitor and intervene in the communications with individuals who reported harassment at WisCon.

We failed to see that our process was a flawed and porous system that allowed reports to get misplaced. Since the SF3 Board officially appoints the chair(s) of WisCon, which in turn is technically a committee within the larger organization of SF3, the board acknowledges that it is ultimately our responsibility to oversee issues of safety that affect all WisCon attendees.

We will focus on our accountability and responsibilities as an institution and be vigilant in the future to try and prevent such events from happening again.

A number of valued concom members have chosen to resign over the summer, including several past WisCon chairs. In addition, several other former chairs have decided to significantly reduce their work on WisCon. We recognize that chairing Wiscon is a difficult task, even with co-chairs, and that the responsibilities of chair and other high-responsibility positions need to be rethought. The concom is currently examining itself, and has begun work to replenish committee positions and to provide training or apprenticeships for prospective chairs.

You may leave comments on SF3's blog post or send them via email to the SF3 Corresponding Secretary.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bergmann subcommittee requests additional information

As one of the concerns brought up regarding the Frenkel decision was that all available reports were not considered, the subcommittee convened to consider Rose Lemberg's report would like to ask if anyone has additional information about the events publicly discussed by Rose Lemberg [http://rose-lemberg.livejournal.com/354919.html] and Saira Ali and Alex Dally MacFarlane [http://sairaali.livejournal.com/201577.html] that they would like to make WisCon aware of at this time.

We do have Rose Lemberg's report, Saira Ali and Alex Dally MacFarlane's open letter to WisCon, and WisCon's other correspondence with Rose Lemberg, FJ Bergmann, Saira Ali, Alex Dally MacFarlane, and other witnesses. If you have additional statements or information, please email it to safety@wiscon.info by Monday, October 6.

Thank you.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

2014 SF3 annual meeting

SF3 will meet on Sunday, October 5th, at 11:30am central time in the Concourse Hotel. The agenda and details about membership, voting, and proxies are available on the SF3 website.

[Comments on this post are off because you should direct your inquiries to the SF3 Corresponding Secretary at sf3info@wiscon.info.]

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Update from Bergmann subcommittee

The subcommittee reviewing Rose Lemberg's report of harassment by FJ Bergmann is continuing its deliberations, while being mindful of the ways in which the first subcommittee's process was flawed. We believe that WisCon owes all involved parties, and the WisCon community, a resolution to this matter sooner rather than later, given how long this situation was neglected by WisCon. All subcommittee members will be involved in deciding what information should be reviewed, we will be very mindful of WisCon's Statement of Principles and our commitment to member safety, and the WisCon concom will be reviewing our recommendations for action before the decision is finalized.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Concom decision on Jim Frenkel

The WisCon 37 and WisCon 38 concom members jointly reviewed the Frenkel subcommittee's recommendation, and, after extensive discussion and consideration of additional evidence, voted whether to clarify or strengthen the existing ban, or to make the ban permanent. By an overwhelming majority, the decision is for a permanent ban. This decision cannot be appealed. Jim Frenkel will not be allowed to return to any future WisCon conventions.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

State of the Concom, July 30th -- vote commencing

The WisCon concom has begun the voting process in its appeal of the subcommittee's decision on Jim Frenkel. In addition to reviewing the subcommittee's decision, the concom is also considering information that has been brought to its attention in the weeks since the July 18th announcement from the subcommittee. Voting will close over the weekend. The concom's decision will be announced Monday afternoon (Seattle time).