We got word this morning that Kickstarter fired two employees involved in unionization efforts within the company. This is on the tail of a previous union-related firing last week, and lots of generally shitty takes from Kickstarter management through this whole unionization process. You can read more about this news here.
If our Kickstarter campaign were to succeed—which, thanks to all of you, it’s well on its way to doing (seriously, thank you)—we would owe Kickstarter at least $600 in fees. In the grand scheme of things, this is a small amount of money, but we’re unwilling to hand it over to an organization that is actively conspiring against its workers. So, we’re shutting down our campaign early, and in doing so canceling all of our existing pledges.
This will not stop us, but it will make things a littler trickier on our end. We’re still buying a risograph, we’re still going to collaborate with local artists, and we’ll still be out with a new (and cheaper) issue when all is said and done. If you still want to help us, thank you, and please check out our Patreon page, where we’ve mirrored this Kickstarter’s content. Patreon is monthly, so feel free to cancel your recurring payment immediately to emulate Kickstarter’s one-time payment behavior. We’ll also remind you if you’re at one of the higher tiers. This is not ideal, we know. Reach out if you need help.
To us, this fund-raising campaign represented the start of our zine-publishing and art-printing business. We’ve always been critical of businesses that refuse to take principled actions when there’s money on the line. We want to found our business on the same principles we preach, so we’re taking a stand.
If you want to stand with us, or even if you’re just pissed off that you’re being inconvenienced, please get loud and give Kickstarter a piece of your mind on social media.
If you’d like to continue supporting our work and helping us buy a riso, you can find us on Patreon, and becoming a patron there would mean a lot to us. Thanks.
— Liam & Philip