In less than 24 hours, we already have over 100 members watching and participating. I won't lie to you, at first I didn't think anyone would participate or be interested and I was frantically checking my email between breaks at work and when I saw all of the requests to join, I about damn near passed out. It's awesome to see so many new and familiar faces alike. Many of you I've seen around on various community forums but I'm both excited and humbled that you all joined. I look forward to kicking it with each of you.
Real talk here, I pride myself on being a tough guy and I don't believe in allowing myself to cry, but your comments and stories have had me fighting back tears. TRU FAX! TRU FAX! And I thank you for sharing them with me.
I'm still playing catch-up on replying to comments and reading messages so please bear with me.
A lot of you have asked some excellent questions, so I want to go ahead and try to answer them and take care of some other business:
1. Purpose of the Community.
foc_u is a place to serve as a central hub to combat the destructive effects of RaceFail. While there were a number of communities that were created in response to RaceFail, I hadn't come across a community (not saying they aren't out there, I just hadn't encountered them yet) that specifically dealt with RaceFail as far POCs combating its effects went in this specific manner. While we should continue to speak out, discuss, and educate, I also believe situations have shown us that a proactive approach is also needed. We garnered a huge victory with verb_noire and I want to follow in that tradition. It's my hope that Monday's protest is the beginning of an effort to debunk the bigotry within genre fiction.
foc_u is also intended to be a safe space for POCs/non-whites and white allies to discuss issues of race, gender, class, orientation and how they affect speculative fiction. While foc_u was created in response to RaceFail, it isn't just about RaceFail. This community also serves as a place to celebrate and affirm POCs of the speculative fiction genre, celebrate our favorite POC characters and storytellers, and it's also intended to be a fun place where we can come and discuss our fandoms, recommend movies, books, authors, etc. And for that matter...
2. Monday's Protest Is A Celebration
I discussed this with skywardprodigal and she reminded me of a very important point. A point I meant to mention in the original announcement (which was written after midnight when my brain isn't running at peak performance). Monday's protest, while in response to RaceFail, isn't just about RaceFail. It's also a celebration of POC fans, characters, storytellers, etc. Tell your story, express yourself, but most importantly celebrate yourself. You've earned it. And yes, I realize the irony of the previous sentences considering this community's snarky punned acronym (one that I'm quite proud of if I do say so myself. ;D
3. For Monday's Protest, Cross-Post Your Works Here
Feel free to cross-post your stories, art, etc. over here as well. I may try to do is do a roundup and make an epic mega post of all of the works of those of you who participate. If your posts have questionable/adult material or is immensely large, please use an LJ-Cut.
4. Moderated Community
As of right now, all posts will be placed in a moderated queue. I really hate doing this but unfortunately for right now it's a necessary evil. While the response has been overwhelmingly positive, I've had a few trolls and bigots to shut down on my blog. But it was completely anticipated and to be honest, I'm surprised it hasn't been worse, *bangs fist against wooden table*. My primary objective is to make sure this community is a safe place for FEN. Please post and be active. Once we get our footing, I'll move away from the moderated queue.
5. Safe Space
Because this is a safe space, members are expected to be respectful to one another. Discussion is heavily encouraged, but attacks, flaming and trolling will not be tolerated. There should be no reason for it here as we should all here for combatting RaceFail and celebrating FOCs.
6. Feel Free to Post
No really, please post. This is your space. Own it and make it something awesome.
7. A Fledgling Community
We're still a fledgling community so some items are subject to change. We're still trying to figure things out so I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
8. Open Door Policy
I want to serve each and every one of you and be an effective maintainer. I'm open to ideas and suggestions. If any of you are inspired and want to launch a movement or post a discussion, please let me know what I can do. What we're fighting for here is bigger than any one person. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or ideas. Again, this is your space.
9. Have Fun
No really, please have fun. Again, this is your space. Own it and make it something awesome.
10. Fabulous Gifts
doctoreon was gracious enough to create a text block for anyone who just wants to cut and paste the announcement in their own blogs and spread the word about Monday's Protest. doctoreon has also created similar text blocks for other RaceFail events for anyone who wants to add summaries to their LJ.
And the lovely and talented terajjin created this banner for Monday's Protest.
Feel free to post.
Also as requested, here are some smaller banners for anyone who needs them.
11. Welcome Aboard
And thank you for joining. If there's anything I can do, please let me know.