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Letter supporting Black Lives Matter

“Prejudice begets prejudice, you see. Knowledge does not always evolve into wisdom.”


― Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch

Dear Broad Universe,

Broad Universe is an organization devoted to promoting women and other underrepresented gender identities in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. As an inherently feminist organization, the Motherboard cares deeply about and is affected by other progressive causes.

We affirm that Black Lives Matter.

We support the people who are seeking changes from centuries of white supremacy, injustice and the resulting disenfranchisement, assaults and murders.

As an organization focused on an underserved community, the Broad Universe Motherboard is committed to actively engaging in efforts related to equity, diversity, inclusion and access (EDIA.) We recognize the importance of taking action to increase awareness among BIPOC writers of the support available in our organization.

We will demonstrate our commitment to these important values through the adoption of policies and practices to address disparities and social ills, and by providing access to resources that provide opportunities BIPOC authors to thrive.

We will not allow those who speak up for the need for change to be drowned out. We want BU to be a place where BIPOC writers know they are welcome, heard and supported.

In the future we will:

  • Commit to working with and donating to the BIPOC-led speculative fiction groups, including the Carl Brandon Society and the Black Science Fiction Society,
  • Invite BIPOC writers and editors to teach and talk at Broad Universe events in person and on-line,
  • Invite and promote BIPOC owned publishers and their submission calls to our community,
  • Offer anti-racism and diversity equity, inclusion and access classes for our Supporters.
  • Evaluate the structure of Broad Universe's dues and fees to aid BIPOC writers who can't join BU or participate in classes or other resources because of costs.

A list of places where you can learn more, donate, or get support follows below.

If any Supporter has suggestions or idea for how to further Broad Universe's equity, diversity, inclusion and access, we welcome your comments.

Sincerely,

Broad Universe Motherboard

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Broad Universe Statement about Arisia 2019

Broad Universe has been watching the developments and changes with the leadership of Arisia since the public notice of Crystal Huff’s moving blog post. BU had a long and supportive history with Arisia, both with members attending and sitting on panels as well as having a table in the dealer room and hosting events. We watched with concern and interest as events unfolded, especially given our policy on attending conferences with sexual harassment issues. At this time, Broad Universe is planning to attend the Arisia in January 2019 because of the changes we have seen to the Board and the policies they are looking to implement. Knowing that transformation takes time, we will evaluate the results of these changes before committing next year to ensure that true systematic shifts are still ongoing to prevent, effectively investigate, and effectively deal with harassment and assaults as well as clear steps toward creating a safe environment for attendees.