It’s June 2009, and that means it’s time to get underway with the “Can’t Stop the Serenity” worldwide screenings to benefit Equality Now, a program that is near and dear to Joss Whedon, creator of the series Firefly and its feature film followup, Serenity.
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
Joss’ mother helped found this organization, and as a birthday present to Joss, Can’t Stop the Serenity holds these screenings every year to help raise money for Equality Now.
Joining us to talk about Can’t Stop the Serenity 2009 is David Adams, a member of the New England Browncoats who is the organizer of the Boston area screenings, and Anne Barringer, the global coordinator for Can’t Stop the Serenity. We talk about the charity, the screenings and the amazing growth of the project despite some of the challenges facing screening organizers over the past few years.