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Mar 21, 2019 - Timothy Telleen-Lawton

CFAR's Mistakes Regarding Brent

This document is a follow-up to the public statements we made in September and November. Last September there were multiple public allegations that Brent caused grave harm to members of our community. We consider these allegations credible: we believe that Brent routinely manipulated those around him, and that he physically, sexually, and emotionally abused at least two of his partners. Until these abuse allegations were made public, most of our...

Nov 23, 2018 - Timothy Telleen-Lawton

Further Updates

[Since this post we have also posted a more detailed follow-up.] This statement is a short update to the public apology we made in September. Since then, we have taken the following additional actions: We have decided to permanently ban Brent from all CFAR events and spaces. After learning more about people’s experiences with Brent, and re-examining our own history with him, we have concluded that he poses significant danger...

Sep 21, 2018 - Timothy Telleen-Lawton

ACDC Update and Apology

[Since this post we have also posted a short and a more detailed follow-up.] We were horrified to learn of the serious allegations of repeated consent-violation and lasting harm detailed in three Medium posts. [Persephone, T, and Jonathan] Today, we have taken the following actions: Brent is banned from all CFAR activities and spaces until the original ACDC recommendation—which suggested a ban was unnecessary—can be revisited by an improved due...

May 11, 2018 - Timothy Telleen-Lawton

CFAR Newsletter (May 2018)

Hello, everyone! With spring already starting to look like summer here in Berkeley, we’d like to share some of the exciting things going on at CFAR. Updates Leadership change In case you missed our last big update, we have a new Executive Director! Timothy Telleen-Lawton started full-time with us in January, bringing his “unusual mix of process obsession and open-hearted exploration,” as former ED Pete Michaud put it. We’re excited...

Feb 27, 2018 - Pete Michaud

Fundraising & Leadership Updates

I have a bunch of good news to share from CFAR today. Fundraising & Venue I’ll start by reporting that we recently completed the most successful fundraiser in our history. First, we raised $768,000 from individual donors, which is an amazing outpouring of support that I think is justified by our case for this year. In addition, the Open Philanthropy Project renewed our institutional grant for this year and next....

Dec 23, 2017 - Pete Michaud

Fourth Quarter CFAR Newsletter

(Cross posted from our alumni mailing list) Hey everyone! As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to share some news about what we’ve done over the last quarter, and about what we plan to do next. Note: our fundraiser is currently live! You can find our 2017 retrospective here, and read more about our plans for 2018 here. What We Did Mainline Workshops - We ran three of our...