Year of Equality Now

In 2005, a dedicated group of fans came together to promote Joss Whedon’s upcoming movie Serenity, their reward for years of faith that Firefly could live on. Empowered by the return of the ‘verse, the fans knew they could do more, and chose to also raise money for Equality Now, an organization working to end violence against girls and women around the world.

Their hard work carried on through the years, spurred on by charitable work, inspiring others to follow their lead. This included the formation of the California Browncoats, Inc (CABC). We keep working to direct the power of our fandom toward raising awareness and money for charities. Thanks to the generous support of the Browncoat community, we’ve been able to raise over $100,000 for charities like Equality Now, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, Kids Need to Read, and Waterkeeper Alliance.

To celebrate the upcoming 5-year anniversary of Serenity and Browncoat fan tables at California pop culture conventions, CABC would like to take a moment today to announce their plans to make 2010 the Year of Equality Now.

Each fund-raising event CABC hosts in 2010 will support Equality Now and its vital mission. We look forward to a year filled with the energy, determination and positive effect on our world that is a significant part of being a Browncoat. No power in the ‘verse can stop us.

“We need equality. Kinda now.” – Joss Whedon