Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bakka-Phoenix Science Fiction Bookstore is taking donations for Peter Watts

It's been two days since we began fundraising for Canadian sf writer Peter Watts' legal defense - and the response from around the world has been staggering. The money that's come in to date will see Peter financially solvent through the first hump of this ordeal - so thank you, world - but we have no idea, still, how much he's going to need before he's free and clear.

That means we're still at it. And still looking for that "more graceful" way to get money to Peter. Toward that end, Bakka Phoenix Science Fiction Bookstore manager Chris Szego has offered the store's mailing address, for the small but significant number of potential donors who are uneasy about using the PayPal online service and who would rather write a cheque.

Cheques made out to Peter Watts can be mailed to Bakka Phoenix Science Fiction Bookstore at this address:

Bakka-Phoenix Books / 697 Queen St. West / Toronto, Ontario / M6J 1E6

Folks in Toronto can also drop by with cash, and Chris or anyone else on staff there will make sure Peter gets the money.

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Now back to the response. It has been startling, both in terms of donations, and attention. Science fiction writer John McDaid has put together an excellent survey of who's writing about the incident - both mainstream media and blogging - right here.

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(Update December 14). There have been a lot of comments showing up on the various postings about this situation. I'm not weighing in on them - other than to repeat: send money to Peter Watts.

But I am going to link to this one (that very eloquently sums it up), courtesy Robert Ashby (husband of sf writer Madeline Ashby) on her blog, right here.

3 comments:

mguinane said...

My 21 year old son also was pepper sprayed, thrown to the ground, and put in jail overnight because when he was pulled over by a police man who was driving IN FRONT of him, he too, asked "May I ask why you're pulling me over?" After asking the cop 3 times, the policeman pulled a knife on him, so my son was afraid. The cop tried to break the car window with the knife, and then peppersprayed my son's eyes throught the crack in the window. My son didn't want any more damage done to the car, so he opened the door and was immediately thrown to the ground and put in handcuffs. finally, the cop said my son,s bright lights were on, and he searched the car not just once, but twice. We have a tape of the whole thing, and it shows my son just sitting in the car, politely asking the officer what's wrong, while the cop goes ballistic! But my son is facing felony charges, and we've already paid all kinds of legal fees, and in the film it clearly shows that my son,s bright lights weren,t even on! We're told it doesn,t matter, that since 911 cops can do whatever they want, and judges will back them up. I"d love to show this tape to Americans, just to open their eyes as to how their freedoms are all being taken away.

Anonymous said...

This happened less than 2 months ago:

http://www.mybottlesup.com/tsa-agents-took-my-son/

Don't you think people should pause before they believe one side of a story?

Seth said...

mguinane, if you can get a copy of the tape (under Freedom of Information or Discovery), put it on YouTube. A number of cases of police misbehavior have only been corrected after such postings.