CSTS: 2010 – 2013

The Alberta Browncoats Society participated in the Can’t Stop the Serenity event for from 2010 – 2013.

Conceived in late 2005 by Christopher “TheOneTrueB!x” Frankonis, Can’t Stop the Serenity (or Serenity Now/Equality Now as it was known in it’s first year) included over 41 charity screenings in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, most held around June 23 (Joss Whedon’s birthday) to benefit Equality Now, one of writer/director Whedon’s favorite charities. These screenings were organized entirely by volunteer fans.

This staggering achievement raised over US$65,000 and began a movement that is growing stronger each year. In 2007, 42 cities in 7 countries raised over US$106,000. In 2008, this grew to 45 cities and over US$107,000 for Equality Now. 2009 saw the event grow to 55 cities across 7 countries. Since 2006, over $800,000 has been raised for Equality Now and $67,000 for other charities.

To lift a line from the CSTS Global website, “Can’t Stop the Serenity is here to support Equality Now.”

Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world.

Through its Women’s Action Network of concerned groups and individuals around the world, Equality Now:

* distributes information about human rights violations
* takes action to protest these violations
* brings public attention to human rights violations against women

While the bulk of all funds raised through Can’t Stop the Serenity events hosted world wide are donated to Equality Now, each city has the option of donating 25% of their profits to a locally based charity. Here in Edmonton, we have chosen a 75/25 split for all funds raised.

For more information about Equality Now, please visit the Equality Now website: http://www.equalitynow.org/.

To learn more about the history and goals of Can’t Stop the Serenity visit the global event website at http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com/.