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K Tempest #WakandaForever Bradford May 13
I haven't spoken about this here. I'm one of the 2018 VONA fellows. I was still planning to attend. But this policy regarding refunds has me angry and disappointed. No one should have to take a hit financially to feel safe.
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best kept secret May 23
Replying to @cocoazafreen
thank you everyone for your support. i have been refunded for my deposit now
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Aurielle Marie May 8
Replying to @ElleOfTwoCities
As folks come forward about 's abuse, I can't help but think about how little the lit world values women/nb/femme writers of color. How many would have been spared if our voices/bodies were seen as important? We can change that:
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google exists. May 12
I am HIGH key disappointed that this conversation has focused on what Junot Diaz means to people, and not what those who have experience his violence are asking for. Y’all need to follow the hashtag, and help support these incredibly brave writers.
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best kept secret May 19
Replying to @cocoazafreen
it is also really distressing to keep having to email administration about this. please continue to share & sign. refunds for students who don't feel safe attending are one of the demands
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rasha abdulhadi May 9
I signed the statement because I hope all our communities will reckon with accountability and build better spaces for us to share. Many organizations could benefit from the structural changes and practices in this list of demands.
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julayneelle Jul 8
went to my first VONA workshop last month and yeah, this all makes a lot of sense. thanks!
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Aishah S. Simmons May 10
We are former/current VONA fellows who are writing out of love for VONA & deep concern about allegations of sexual harm, harassment & violence that have been voiced bravely against VONA cofounder &longstanding faculty member, .
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Aurielle Marie May 8
Replying to @ElleOfTwoCities
is putting me in such a deeply grateful space. writers of color and our allies making a stand to protect survivors and end "whisper networks" and the specialized violence that threatens our careers and lives, everyday. Join us:
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You people are donkey May 8
Replying to @comosedicenerd
I also had amazing experiences at VONA, this would've been my fourth year there. It's terrible what's happening w Diaz and other faculty but I hope we can protect future fellows and really, create newer and safer spaces
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Dr. Lucia Lorenzi May 9
Writerly friends, please consider signing this in solidarity with the folks at VONA who deserve safety and accountability.
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Miguel M. Morales ™ May 8
Replying to @voicesatVONA
Until I see a substantial change in the organization, its leadership, and the way it vets its faculty, I will no longer cite in my bio or CV.
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julayneelle Jun 28
If the institutions that be are not what you envision, then speak and bring into existence what should be.
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Rodrigo Sanchez May 8
I've applied to VONA many times, never been accepted to go but I still signed the petition in solidarity because an injury to one of us is an injury to all.
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best kept secret May 22
Replying to @cocoazafreen
checking in as i still haven't been refunded my deposit for VONA, though i know two people who have been refunded. i feel frustrated, tired, helpless & as if i am being punished for feeling unsafe in an institution that didn't address harmful dynamics within it
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julayneelle Jul 9
Very good indeed. board and faculty, what are your thoughts on this?
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Feminist Wire May 10
Accountability at VONA Writers Demand Safety, Responsibility, and Accountability at VONA "Dear VONA Board of Directors, co-founder Elmaz Abinader, Executive Director Diem Jones, and VONA/Voices faculty and staff: We are former and cur…
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You people are donkey May 8
Replying to @TrustMiguel
I'm so sorry about this, Miguel. There are just so many stories, and not just about Junot, and not just sexual in nature, and not just at VONA. Thank you for adding your name
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Aurielle Marie May 8
Thank you so much for signing our letter, . Sending you so much love.
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You people are donkey May 8
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