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 Post subject: Background to CSTS - About CSTS, Serenity & Equality Now
PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:41 pm 
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“Can’t Stop the Serenity” (or CSTS for short) started in 2006 by a man known as The One True B!x in Portland, Oregon. This very avid fan decided to show “Serenity” on Joss Whedon’s birthday as a charity event to raise money for one of Joss’ favorite charities that his late mother was involved with, Equality Now. When B!x decided to share this idea with the world and invite them to join in, we are sure he had no idea that 46 cities across the globe would sign up to organize similar events, across the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. These events ranged from simply screening the movie, to elaborate shindigs, parties, and even Browncoat feasts! Many were organized within just a couple of months. After all the screenings were done, these fans stood by proudly as their combined efforts raised over US $65,000 for Equality Now.

Immediately after, there was chatter about holding the event bigger and better in 2007. It wasn’t long before it was decided to make the event an annual one. So in 2007, with Devin Pike at the helm of the ship, 47 cities signed up to hold a screening. A stunning logo for 2007 was designed by Adam “Lexigeek” Levermore-Rich and from that global merchandise was organized: T-shirts and movie-size posters. The same design was used to create other merchandise locally such as magnets, mugs, badges, and many other shiny items. We received Global sponsorship from Universal, BenBella Books, the Bedlam Bards, Read My Chest, Things From Another World, Dark Horse, Dragonweave Jewelry, Quantum Mechanix, the Browncoat Cruise, and Done The Impossible. With more time to organize their events and a stronger global support network in place, the organizers in 2007 went on to raise an impressive US $106,000 for Equality Now.

What is “Serenity”?

Joss Whedon, creator of hit shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”, also made a short-lived series called “Firefly”. Although it was cancelled after only 11 episodes, its fan base snowballed until it reached a similar cult standing equal to any of Whedon’s other longer lived shows. The fans tried their hardest to get “Firefly” back on the air, but to no avail. Eventually Joss was approached by Universal to make a movie based upon “Firefly”, which is commonly accepted to be because of the fans insistence that more of the story be told. Whilst not being a smash hit at the box office, “Serenity” has gone on to sell more than 2 million copies and had a special ultimate Collectors Edition released last year on top of the previous special edition. Rumors suggest this was because the original versions of Serenity kept selling out. The movie itself was a big hit with the fans, who call themselves Browncoats after the rebels who fight against the Alliance in the Serenity ‘Verse.

Plot Summary: The future. A passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an awesome action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. From the mind of Joss Whedon, comes a new edge-of-your-seat adventure loaded with explosive battles, gripping special effects and fantastic new worlds.

Who or what is Equality Now and why are we supporting them?

Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses. Through its Women’s Action Network of concerned groups and individuals around the world, Equality Now:

• Distributes information about human rights violations
• Takes action to protest these violations
• Brings public attention to human rights violations against women

The Women’s Action Network is committed to voicing a worldwide call for justice and equality for women. Issues of urgent concern to Equality Now include rape, domestic violence, reproductive rights, trafficking of women, female genital mutilation, and the denial of equal access to economic opportunity and political participation. Human rights violations against women have historically been denied the attention and concern of international organizations, national governments, traditional human rights groups and the media. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of girls and women around the globe continue to endure debilitating and often fatal human rights abuses:

• India: A 10-year-old girl is rescued by a flight attendant who notices her crying. Her father has sold her to the 60-year-old Saudi Arabian man sitting next to her for the equivalent of US$240.
• Kenya: At a boarding school, 300 boys attack the girls' dormitory. Seventy-one girls are raped. Nineteen are trampled to death in the stampede to escape. The school's vice principal remarks, "The boys never meant any harm against the girls. They just wanted to rape."
• Brazil: A man who confessed to stabbing his wife and her lover to death is for the second time acquitted of murder by an all-male jury. The acquittal is based on the argument that he acted in legitimate defense of his wronged honor.
• Ireland: A 14-year-old girl, raped by the father of her best friend, learns she is pregnant. She is prohibited from traveling to England where abortion is legal. Only when she indicates she will commit suicide if forced to carry the pregnancy to term does the Supreme Court allow her to proceed.
• United States: A 51-year-old woman is stabbed 19 times and killed by her former boyfriend as she waits inside a courthouse to extend an order of protection. Twice before he had been charged with harassment. Both times the charges were dropped.
• 17-year-old Dua Khalil was pulled into a crowd of young men and was kicked and stoned her to death, instigated by her family. She was of the Yazidi faith, and was seen in the company of a Sunni Muslim, and possibly suspected of having married him or converted. That she was torturously murdered for this is not, in fact, a particularly uncommon story. But now you can watch it on the news and on places like YouTube because as the girl was on the ground trying to get up, the few in the group who were not busy killing her for ‘honor’ were filming the event with their camera-phones.

These are only a few instances of abuse that occur every single day. Human rights violations against women must be documented, publicized and stopped. We need Equality Now.

CSTS and Joss both feel very strongly about these things, and so as our birthday present to Joss, we hold these events, and raise this money to give to Equality Now who try to make the world a better place for us all, men and women alike. Last year, Joss auctioned off a dinner with himself for Equality Now, as well as some very cool collectible items and raised over US $52,000.

What do Joss and Equality Now think of this event?

“Thank you. All. First, for all your birthday wishes, which meant a lot to my spectacularly old self. But the second "Thank You" is obviously for the screenings, and everyone's involvement. Apparently there is only One True B!x and we should stop worshipping false B!x's. What an achievement. I wish I could have been at one, but destroying my enemies is time-consuming (and where the @#$% do I hide Goddard's body? He's ENORMOUS!). I got an E-mail from Jessica Neuwirth, who was of course thrilled and grateful for the whole thing. It's by your efforts that my
movie has become inexorably linked to such a vital, under-recognized cause, and so y'all should be frantically patting yourselves on the backs. Thank you. It matters. Plus, fun!”
-Joss Whedon (Posted on Whedonesque.com)

“All of us at Equality Now continue to be amazed by and grateful for the Browncoats’ and Serenity fans’ generous and committed support for our work. Their energy and enthusiasm is inspiring and these screenings are coming at a critical time when we are especially in need of funds! We thank each and every one of them and Happy Birthday to Joss!”
-Amanda Sullivan, Equality Now

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 Post subject: Re: Background to CSTS - About CSTS, Serenity & Equality Now
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:10 am 
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Wow, can you believe it's now coming up to our 8th year? Back in 2006, theonetrueb!x had a brain wave of holding a screening of Serenity to recognise Joss Whedon's birthday and donate the proceeds to Equality Now. Since then, we've gone on to see Can't Stop the Serenity in 100 cities across 9 countries! And we've raised over $700,000 for Equality Now and other worthy charities.

Well done everyone, and congratulations! We've done the impossible and that makes us mighty!!

Funds Raised Since 2006:
$714,380.03


Annual Funds Raised:
2006: $65,900.24
2007: $106,165.69
2008: $107,219.15
2009: $137,331.14
2010: $141,251.25
2011: $156,512.56

Participating Cities:
100 cities in 9 countries

United States
Albany, NY - 2006*
Albuquerque, NM – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Ann Arbor, MI US – 2006, 2009*
Arlington, VA – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Atlanta, GA – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Austin, TX – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011*^
Baltimore, MD – 2009, 2010, 2011
Bloomington, IN - 2006*
Boston, MA – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Champaign, IL - 2007
Charlotte, NC – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011*^
Charlston, SC - 2012
Chicago, IL US – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Cleveland, OH - 2006, 2007*
Columbus, OH - 2008
Concord, NH - 2006*
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Daytona Beach, FL – 2009
Denver, CO – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Des Moines, IA – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Fort Collins, CO - 2006*
Fresno, CA - 2006*
Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Hartford, CT – 2009
Houston, TX - 2006, 2008, 2012*
Kansas City, MO - 2006, 2011, 2012*
Las Vegas, NV – 2008, 2009
Lawrence, KS - 2010, 2011, 2012
Lebanon, TN - 2010
Lincoln, RI - 2010, 2011
Logan, UT – 2009, 2010, 2011
Los Angeles, CA – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011*
Madison, WI – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Memphis, TN – 2008, 2009
Milwaukee, WI - 2006*
Minneapolis, MN – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Nashville, TN/Scottsville, KY – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Newhall, CA - 2010
New York City, NY – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012*
Norfolk, VA - 2010, 2011
Orange County, CA – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Philadelphia, PA – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Phoenix, AZ – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Pittsburgh, PA – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Plainview, NY - 2010
Portland, OR – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Raleigh, NC – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Riverside, CA – 2009
Sacramento, CA - 2006, 2007*
Salem & Cambridge, MA – 2009, 2010
Salt Lake City, UT – 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011*
San Antonio, TX – 2009, 2010, 2011
San Diego, CA – 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011*
San Francisco, CA – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
San Mateo, CA - 2007
Sayville, NY - 2010
Seattle, WA – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Silicon Valley, CA - 2007
St. Louis, MO - 2007, 2008
Syracuse, NY - 2011
Tampa, FL - 2006, 2007, 2008*
Tucson, AZ – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Tulsa, OK – 2009
Yellow Springs, OH – 2008, 2009

Canada
Edmonton, AB - 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012*
Grande Prairie, AB - 2012
Halifax, NS - 2010, 2011, 2012
Montreal, QC - 2006*
Ottawa, ON – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Toronto, ON – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Vancouver, BC – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^

Australia
Adelaide, SA – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*
Brisbane, QLD - 2008
Launceston, TAS – 2008, 2009
Melbourne, VIC – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*^
Nowra, NSW - 2012
Perth, WA - 2011, 2012
Sydney, NSW - 2006, 2007, 2010*

New Zealand
Auckland – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*
Wellington - 2006*

United Kingdom
Beeston - 2011, 2012
Birmington - 2010, 2011
Bristol – 2009, 2010, 2012
Chelmsford - 2012
Edinburgh - 2007
Gateshead - 2010, 2012
Glastonbury - 2007, 2012
Gloucester - 2010, 2011, 2012
Leeds - 2006*
Leicester - 2008
Liverpool - 2011, 2012
London - 2007, 2008
Newcastle - 2011
Nottingham – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Oxford - 2006, 2007*
Warwick – 2008, 2009

Ireland
Dublin – 2007, 2009, 2011

Germany
Hamburg – 2009, 2010

Austria
Graz - 2007

France
Paris - 2007

* Foundation Year City
^ 5 Year Veteran City

Note: Information is based on content available on the past year global websites. To view past event websites, go to http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com/about-csts/events/

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Local Organiser/Crew: Melbourne (2007, 2009-2016), Vancouver (2006)
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