On top of dealing with a deadly virus this year, the Summer months have brought to light the tragedy of racial injustice, with some police officers making decisions that have cost lives, and caused an uproar in the United States. Let me say for the record that I support our local police (my brother is a retired ex police officer), don't agree with defunding, and think that bad cops should fired and/or prosecuted if deemed necessary.
Which kinda sorta brings me to the topic of racial equality and the science fiction community. The RISFC has always been an organization that accepts people of all races. Hey, we started this as a crew of Star Trek fans, so in our minds, our friends are not only black, white, yellow, red, and brown, but purple, green, orange, and all shapes and sizes! . Racial stereotypes do not exist in the typical sci-fi universe, nor are they tolerated in the R.I. Science Fiction Club.
If you show up for one of our meetings, you should expect to be treated with dignity and respect. Oh, and we'll probably want to know about which books you read, if you collect comics, your favorite TV shows and movies, the list goes on. You know, the important stuff.
During the next few months, expect RISFC meetings to be held via Zoom. It's not the same as in person, especially in light of the holidays coming up, which are usually our most popular events. But we'll get through this, all of us, and know that no matter how we gather, all are welcome. See you soon.