Update: Jan 16, 2021

This morning, Friends of MAGFest learned that Eli, Jack, Joel, Paul Good, Dom, and Tresch chose to resign from their positions on the MAGFest board last night. They elected 3 long-time members of the volunteer community as their replacements: Carrie, Cody, and Jason.

While we were not involved in the conversations that led to this point, we fully support the leadership changes that have been made and the new members who were elected. There is still so much work to be done, so many questions left unresolved, and so many changes that still need to be made. But we’ve finally started to have real hope for seeing those changes. This is a chance for a new beginning—a chance to right the wrongs of the past, and bring the organization into a new and better era. We will do whatever we can to ensure this chance doesn’t go to waste.

There are no guarantees for what happens next, or what MAGFest’s future holds. But we promise to work as hard as we can, with as many people as we can, to ensure that the future is as bright as it can be.

See the official MAGFest’s statement.

Home

Friends of MAGFest, a group of MAGFest employees and volunteers, went public on 11/19/2020.

Our purpose was to inform the community that MAGFest is facing an unprecedented, existential threat—the MAGFest Board of Directors and Executive Director.

The issues detailed on this site were raised privately numerous times. The Board of Directors and Executive Director did not respond to any of them a timely manner, and ultimately failed to resolve any of the concerns presented to them. Instead, they chose repeatedly to act in a way that is unquestionably harmful to the wellbeing of the entire MAGFest community.

Our concerns are:

Inappropriate actions include:

Note: All linked documentation can be found in the Friends of MAGFest Google Drive.

We continue to call for:

The Present

Since the Friends of MAGFest site first launched, several new developments have occurred:

Despite all this, we are still hoping for change. The situation continues to develop, and while it’s been a long, exhausting fight, it’s not over yet. We are unbelievably grateful for the community’s support, and the continued efforts to help MAGFest move forward in a more productive, healthy manner.

Thank you again for your support. We could not have made it this far without you.


Additional Notes

On the current site

The original documentation and website for Friends of MAGFest was written for an internal audience, and may be confusing for those with a different frame of reference. The site was rewritten and relaunched on January 11, 2021 to the version you’re reading today. In an effort to clarify the situation to those outside of our volunteer community, we are working on a timeline of events that occurred and will post it here as soon as possible. We hope this will provide context for the rest of our documentation, which can be found on our Google Drive. You can also view the original Friends of MAGFest site. We will continue updating and clarifying documentation as we are able.

On community involvement

Our campaign is fundamentally one against abuse and harassment, and we ask that nobody perpetuate this cycle further by attacking individuals on our behalf. We do not stand for or encourage harassment of any person involved, regardless of their actions—board members, employees, volunteers, performers, or attendees alike. A healthier community starts today with every one of us. We remain focused on our mission and demands, and ask that you do, too.