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Re: 2019 Harassment Response

Gale
 

Seems like 2019 is the year lots of us spoke up to offensive remarks about our communities at conferences. It's great, I think, that we are finding the support and courage to speak up. It's also going to make 2020 a very interesting year. Having recently been assaulted by a MAGA flag-waving male in downtown St. Petersburg, I can tell you that speaking up has a price. But, it's nothing compared to staying silent. As long as we support each other we can continue to speak up and be more present in society. 

It will be interesting to see how these incidents are addressed in crime writing conferences next year. 

xx,
g

Gale Massey

Florida Book Award 2018
Clara Johnson Award Finalist 2019

GaleMasseyBooks.com



On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 4:11 PM Kristen Lepionka <kristenlepionka+q@...> wrote:
This is super disturbing about Magna Cum Murder, esp because MWA Midwest (where I’m on the board) is a sponsor. Hawthorn, would you mind telling me more about what happened? How did the other panelists/audience/moderator (If any) react to this etc?

Re: 2019 Harassment Response

Kristen Lepionka
 

This is super disturbing about Magna Cum Murder, esp because MWA Midwest (where I’m on the board) is a sponsor. Hawthorn, would you mind telling me more about what happened? How did the other panelists/audience/moderator (If any) react to this etc?

Re: 2019 Harassment Response

Eliot
 

Hi, all--

Yes; poor taste on the part of the presenter. 

Eliot


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Yikes. That's certainly a poor response on his part. But well done to the Crime Bake committee.
 
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Re: 2019 Harassment Response

Hawthorn Mineart
 

Wow. That's disappointing to hear.

I hadn't had a chance to mention it, but there was a somewhat similar experience at Magna Cum Murder here in Indianapolis at the end of October. The 'International Guest of Honor' Ruth Dudley Edwards was in a presentation of satire in crime writing, and made several statements that were about 'how difficult it is to write satire because the world has become so absurd that one can't satirize it. Among the things she categorized as absurd: college campuses being a central point for 'snowflakes' oppressing free speech, 'men with beards invading women's restrooms,' endangering women, and the new trend of 'trans-racialism' where people are insisting they be identified as a different race than they were born into. She specifically mentioned Rachel Dolenzal as an example of the new trend.

I stood up and walked out, and complained to the organizers. I haven't received any response from them.

Re: 2019 Harassment Response

Bess Carnan
 

Yikes. That's certainly a poor response on his part. But well done to the Crime Bake committee.
 
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Bess
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

Re: 2019 Harassment Response

Catherine Maiorisi
 

It seems to be the trend. Put it back on the people who call out the behavior. He could have said, I'm sorry I offended anyone.. Or something along those lines instead of 
If people will feel better with an apology from me, then they have it. 
Catherine

On Nov 12, 2019, at 5:57 PM, cheryl head <cheadwrites@...> wrote:


For Your Information.  The New England Crime Bake coordination committee seems to have acted quickly, but the offender's apology is lackluster. ch
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November 12, 2019

At the close of the New England Crime Bake conference on November 10, it was brought to the attention of the organizing committee that inappropriate and discriminatory comments were made by Paul Zambella, a presenter at the conference. In the course of presenting on the topic of crime scene investigation, Mr. Zambella moved beyond the technical aspects of a murder case he investigated as a forensic scientist for the Massachusetts State Police to a discussion of the gender identity and expression of a defendant. His remarks were interpreted by multiple attendees as suggesting that transgender identity is linked to criminality.

The committee discussed the incident immediately after receiving the complaints and has issued the following statement: 

The organizing committee for New England Crime Bake has a zero-tolerance policy in regard to violations of its anti-harassment statement. It was printed in the conference booklet and is about to be posted on our web site. It reads: We are dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, body type or veteran status. We will not tolerate any kind of discrimination or harassment and encourage anyone who believes they have experienced or witnessed discriminatory or harassing behavior to report it to a member of the Crime Bake committee. 

After discussion with multiple first hand witnesses, the Crime Bake committee believes Mr. Zambella’s presentation violated this policy. His discussion of a criminal defendant’s transgender identity was not relevant to his topic.

The committee has apologized directly to the several attendees who brought this behavior to our attention. We also apologize to the community at large.

The committee has contacted Mr. Zambella to express our disapproval of his comments. We reiterated Crime Bake’s zero-tolerance policy and asked for his response.

Mr. Zambella has replied with the following statement: “Thank you for making me aware of this situation. My discussion of the transgenderism of Dr. Sharpe was a significant part of the relationship between Dr. Sharpe and his wife which, it is believed, ultimately led to her murder. It certainly was not my intention to offend anyone by presenting Dr. Sharpe in this light, only presenting the facts as related to this particular case. If people will feel better with an apology from me, then they have it. Let me end by stating that, in the eight years that this program has been presented, this is the first time that a complaint of this nature has been brought to my attention.”

New England Crime Bake is committed to creating a safe space for all attendees, free of harassment and discrimination. We pledge to work harder in the future to ensure all presenters are made aware of and understand our policy. The committee will be diligent in engaging only those presenters and panelists who share our commitment to it. We welcome your comments at contact@....

 
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2019 Harassment Response

cheryl head
 


For Your Information.  The New England Crime Bake coordination committee seems to have acted quickly, but the offender's apology is lackluster. ch
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November 12, 2019

At the close of the New England Crime Bake conference on November 10, it was brought to the attention of the organizing committee that inappropriate and discriminatory comments were made by Paul Zambella, a presenter at the conference. In the course of presenting on the topic of crime scene investigation, Mr. Zambella moved beyond the technical aspects of a murder case he investigated as a forensic scientist for the Massachusetts State Police to a discussion of the gender identity and expression of a defendant. His remarks were interpreted by multiple attendees as suggesting that transgender identity is linked to criminality.

The committee discussed the incident immediately after receiving the complaints and has issued the following statement: 

The organizing committee for New England Crime Bake has a zero-tolerance policy in regard to violations of its anti-harassment statement. It was printed in the conference booklet and is about to be posted on our web site. It reads: We are dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, body type or veteran status. We will not tolerate any kind of discrimination or harassment and encourage anyone who believes they have experienced or witnessed discriminatory or harassing behavior to report it to a member of the Crime Bake committee. 

After discussion with multiple first hand witnesses, the Crime Bake committee believes Mr. Zambella’s presentation violated this policy. His discussion of a criminal defendant’s transgender identity was not relevant to his topic.

The committee has apologized directly to the several attendees who brought this behavior to our attention. We also apologize to the community at large.

The committee has contacted Mr. Zambella to express our disapproval of his comments. We reiterated Crime Bake’s zero-tolerance policy and asked for his response.

Mr. Zambella has replied with the following statement: “Thank you for making me aware of this situation. My discussion of the transgenderism of Dr. Sharpe was a significant part of the relationship between Dr. Sharpe and his wife which, it is believed, ultimately led to her murder. It certainly was not my intention to offend anyone by presenting Dr. Sharpe in this light, only presenting the facts as related to this particular case. If people will feel better with an apology from me, then they have it. Let me end by stating that, in the eight years that this program has been presented, this is the first time that a complaint of this nature has been brought to my attention.”

New England Crime Bake is committed to creating a safe space for all attendees, free of harassment and discrimination. We pledge to work harder in the future to ensure all presenters are made aware of and understand our policy. The committee will be diligent in engaging only those presenters and panelists who share our commitment to it. We welcome your comments at contact@....

 
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Re: NPV Day! Also, is anyone at Crime Bake this weekend? #NPV

Bess Carnan
 

Wow! Way to write!
Podcasts are a *lot* of work for sure. They kind of have to be your main job/hobby, I think.

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Re: NPV Day! Also, is anyone at Crime Bake this weekend? #NPV

Dharma Kelleher
 

I discontinued my short-lived podcast (not sure if I mentioned it before) because it was too much of a time suck. 

I really need to build my backlist. I’m writing 2,500 words a day and should be done with the rough draft of my WIP be end of month. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com


On Nov 8, 2019, at 9:02 AM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

How did everyone do this week? I only managed to start writing again yesterday so I wouldn't call it my most successful week ever, but at least I'm writing again!


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NPV Day! Also, is anyone at Crime Bake this weekend? #NPV

Bess Carnan
 

How did everyone do this week? I only managed to start writing again yesterday so I wouldn't call it my most successful week ever, but at least I'm writing again!


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writer of unconventional mysteries
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November Writing Goals Thread! #Goals

Bess Carnan
 

Hey all!

It was *awesome* meeting some of you! Thanks for hanging out at the Boucher bar.

Now, time to plan your November! What do you want to achieve this month?

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writer of unconventional mysteries
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Re: Nanowrimo

Hawthorn Mineart
 

I'm doing this year to (hopefully) complete a partly done project. I'm Hawthorn_M on the site. I'm hanging in a local cafe right now trying to get inspired.

Re: Nanowrimo

"Mia P. Manansala"
 

I'm using Nano to (hopefully) finish an R&R for an editor. You can add me at MPMtheWriter if you'd like ^^
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Re: October Goals Check-In #Goals

Brenda Buchanan
 

Thanks, Neil!

Re: See you all tomorrow! (Boucher Meetup)

Brenda Buchanan
 

So sorry I won't be at B'con this year.  I'm sure you all (y'all?) will have a wonderful time.

Re: See you all tomorrow! (Boucher Meetup)

cheryl head
 

I'll look for you, Bess.  I'm not staying at the host hotel, but I should be on site by 4 p.m.
Looking forward to seeing you, again.
Cheryl

On Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 10:20 PM Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:
Monduel's, 5 o'clock. I'll be the one with the pink hair looking nervous! :)

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See you all tomorrow! (Boucher Meetup)

Bess Carnan
 

Monduel's, 5 o'clock. I'll be the one with the pink hair looking nervous! :)

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writer of unconventional mysteries
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Nanowrimo

Meredith
 

Hi all,
Are any of you doing Nanowrimo in November?  I have somehow been selected to lead 25 undergrads through the process 😱. So, this means I’m in this year!  I’m under MeredithWrites1 in the nano site if you want to talk nano and projects. 
I am really sorry that I will miss so many of you at Bouchercon😭.  Have a great time, and I hope to be there next year!
Meredith

Re: October Goals Check-In #Goals

Neil Plakcy
 

Oh, Brenda, I know that yo-yo place very well! But like a good yo-yo, remember the ball always comes back to you. If you believe in the work, it's good.

Neil

On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 8:48 AM Brenda Buchanan <brenda@...> wrote:
In October I finished revising Misguided, which I hope will be the first book in a new series featuring a lesbian criminal defense lawyer.

It is with my beta readers now, so I'm in that yo-yo place (optimism-doubt-optimism-doubt) about the book. 

Re: October Goals Check-In #Goals

Dharma Kelleher
 

I must confess I’ve been neglecting writing the new novel, focusing more on my book launch. 

I’m thinking of changing my podcast to once monthly rather than twice monthly, because it is so time-intensive. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com


On Oct 29, 2019, at 5:48 AM, Brenda Buchanan <brenda@...> wrote:

In October I finished revising Misguided, which I hope will be the first book in a new series featuring a lesbian criminal defense lawyer.

It is with my beta readers now, so I'm in that yo-yo place (optimism-doubt-optimism-doubt) about the book.