More Friends of Lulu Response
Continuing coverage of the Friends of Lulu Empowerment Fund controversy, this time with more catfighting (at the end):
Board member Leigh Dragoon has additional comments (link no longer available), including a statement that all fund contributions are being returned.
…what we’ve decided to do is give all fund contributors full refunds. We contacted PayPal and, according to the customer service representative we spoke with, these refunds should go through over the next couple of days. If you contributed to the fund, and you do not receive your refund after about a week, please contact either myself … or the board at: board [AT] friends-lulu [DOT] org. I will be following up with PayPal either way to make sure things are progressing the way they told me things would.
I think that’s the best response possible, and I congratulate the organization on taking such direct action, a gesture incapable of misinterpretation.
Leigh goes on to firmly place blame:
Ronee has victimized a lot of people, something which is becoming very apparent to me now as I uncover more and more information, and I would like to point out that, at the end of the day, I and the other board members were her victims, too. Ronee misrepresented everything relating to the Empowerment Fund to us from the first step onward, announced the Fund without our permission and, as soon as she had achieved the notoriety she felt she deserved, dumped the whole thing in our laps and took off, leaving us to poke through everything and try to piece together shards of disparate information.
Leigh makes reference to my one attempt to contact Ronee; I wasn’t surprised that she didn’t respond directly to me (if it even went through her contact form, which threw an odd error at one point).
Also unsurprisingly, Ronee’s public response (link no longer available) is in keeping with her actions to date: she says nothing’s her fault and insults anyone who disagrees with her. Leigh says Ronee acted on her own. Ronee claims that she had then-President Katie Merritt’s permission. Ronee goes on to agree with Leigh’s statements about the aftermath, albeit in a foul-mouthed, backhanded way:
yes, I left FOL and I dumped it in their laps because I was tired of doing EVERYTHING for the organization that was not about the anthology or the awards. That’s all they cared about. I thought Friends Of Lulu stood for more and it took me a while, but it was very apparent that I was wrong. […] As for what they are doing now… I have no doubt they are dumping it. Because it would take a lot of work and courage to keep it! Either way, I assure you that my bleeding heart will no longer rule my decisions. Everyone can rot for all I care. FOL and snarky blogging bitches cured me of that.
It’s a shame that Ronee’s good intentions are always taken advantage of by others! I can totally understand why that would make you want to call other women names, even while proclaiming your feminism. How dare they ask “what’s really going on” or want to know what happened to hundreds? thousands? of dollars collected in the name of a good cause?
Even more charming is the title of Ronee’s earlier post (link no longer available), “Some People Just Need to Get Laid I guess…” How nice that such a strong voice for women has succumbed to using one of the most sexist putdowns typically seen online.