sooooo joe biel is gonna be at the sf zinefest. what should we do about it? message me if you have any ideas. they did an interview with him and are treating him like a guest of honor. can’t just go to the zinefest without doing something about it. help!
FYI, here is the response I got from the SFZF folks:
Thank you for raising your concern. After receiving your email, we got together to discuss the issues raised by Joe Biel’s presence, and it created a productive meeting about safe space. While some of us were aware of Joe Biel’s history, not all of us were, so it was good to update everyone on the matter.
After much discussion, we have decided that Joe Biel/Microcosm Publishing will be a vendor for this year. We understand that this is a controversial choice for SFZF 2014 and we respect that this may be an unpopular decision within the community. However, we stand by our decision to include Microcosm Publishing in this year’s Fest; please understand that this decision was not reached lightly.
That being said: we are working towards an immediate “Safer Spaces Policy” which will be posted on the SFZF website and available during SFZF2014 at our Information Desk. This policy will clearly list behaviors that will not be tolerated during the course of SFZF2014.If, over the course of SFZF weekend, you feel that you have been a target of the behaviors listed on our policy, it is strongly suggested that you reach out to an event organizer. You can do this via the Information Desk or by speaking with someone wearing a red SFZF t-shirt and “organizer” name badge.Should you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch.