Watch the 2011 CSTS Global Intro Video, featuring Joss Whedon!

If you were able to make it to a Can't Stop the Serenity event this year, you may have had the opportunity to see this year's Global Intro video. But if you missed out, not to fret! You can watch it now on our YouTube Channel.

This year's intro was packed to the brim with big damn heroes. We're extremely honoured to have received a very special contribution from Joss, who has inspired us once more to continue to fight the good fight for equality. Other special guests include artist Jason Palmer, writer Jane Espensen, actors Tahmoh Penikett, Claire Kramer, Eliza Dusku, Dichen Lachman, Summer Glau and a host of Browncoats from across the globe! The global team would like to offer our special thanks to all those who contributed to the video, and to Liam Merrick for pulling it all together.

Check out our YouTube Channel for more videos, including past Global Intros from 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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Your words: Interviews with CSTS supporters

We're delighted to receive so many fantastic responses to our CSTS Supporter interview questions, and we'll be sharing them with you over the next few months.

Our first interview is with Heather from Maryland...

1. When was your first CSTS? The first year after I heard about CSTS the hubby and I didn't actually attend one, but we did hold our own in-home screening with friends. We all put in donations to Equality Now, which we sent in as support for our closest event which was Arlington VA. That was in 2008. In 2009 we went to the Arlington event. In 2010 we went to the new Baltimore event which was run by the same people as did Browncoats: Redemption. Then this year, 2011, we did both Arlington and Baltimore.

2. How many times have you seen Serenity? Aw geeze. Um... lots. More than a dozen, probably less than 20.

3. Who's your favorite Firefly character and why? Just one? Aw hell, I'm a fan of all nine (or ten, if you count Serenity). If I absolutely had to pick a favourite, I'd have to say Wash. Who wouldn't love a man who keeps dinosaurs on the dashboard?

4. What does being a Browncoat mean to you? It wasn't until the Browncoat cruise in 2007 that I considered myself a Browncoat rather than just a fan of Firefly and Serenity. Being a Browncoat means being part of a worldwide community of people who are passionate, dedicated, and not afraid to put in some long, hard hours to achieve the impossible. We became involved with the Browncoats: Redemption project, we've helped start a grassroots Browncoats Backwoods Bash in Indiana (4th year this September), and have helped to raise money for charity over the past few years. Being a Browncoat is being part of something far larger than any of us.

5. Why do you support CSTS and Equality Now? It was part of learning about CSTS that led me to learn about Equality Now. Some of the articles they've linked to show that women the world over still suffer terrible injustices for no other reason than their sex. Nobody should be put in a position where they're treated as inferior by anybody - no matter their sex, their race, their religion, or their sexual preferences. By fundraising for Equality Now, CSTS does its part to bring us to a future that's fairer for everybody.

If you'd like to share your responses, just email them to!

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Some big announcements are in the works…

We have some very exciting announcements coming up in the next few weeks!

We're tallying up all the donations from this year's events to announce the 2012 Global Donation Total and have news about our forthcoming auction! So keep your eyes peeled here, on Twitter and on Facebook.

In the meantime, don't forget that you can still get your hands on a Joss Whedon designed Equality Now shirt! If you attended a CSTS event this year, you will recognise it as the one Joss wore in his video message (and if you missed out, we'll be posting the video here in the next few days). And now you can one of your very own! They're just $20 from the Equality Now Online Store.

And last but not least, thank you to all of the wonderful people who have volunteered to coordinate Can't Stop the Serenity at a global level in 2012. We're in the process of finalising the applications for Global Team roles, and will have more news in coming days.

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Registration for 2012 Events is Open!

2012 marks our 7th Annual CSTS season and we are looking forward to welcoming back our fellow Browncoats, veterans of the cause, mentors and new organizers alike! We’re continually grateful and excited that folks interested in holding your own CSTS events to raise money for Equality Now.

Registration is open now, so you've got plenty of time to start planning a Can't Stop the Serenity event for 2012. All the information you need to get you started can be found in the Events section on the menu above.

Most CSTS events are known as "Screening Events" where Joss Whedon's "Serenity" is shown on the big screen in conjunction with auctions, raffles, contests, merchandise sales and other multimedia (pending licensing arrangements). If you're unable to organize a Screening Event (due to funds, location or proximity to other Browncoats), an Affiliate event may be the answer. This can be any kind of event, such as a BBQ, dance party, or trivia night. The choice is yours!

Once you’ve decided, you can begin planning at once. Take advantage of Event Resources to help you and your team with the planning process.

Next, you need to tell the Global Team about your plans so that you can become an official event. This year, there is a two step registration process – Pre-Registration and Registration.

Being an official CSTS Event means that you become part of the wonderful CSTS community which comes with some amazing perks. We’ll help you raise money for Equality Now by providing access to official CSTS merchandise and items from our wonderful sponsors to use as auction/raffle/contest prizes, assist you with promotion, give you access to our forums to talk with other organizers who have come before and continue to triumph and your event’s charitable donation will be added to the 2012 Global Donation Total. Plus you’ll get the support of other shiny people who are traveling this journey with you! In other words, you get a lot.

But most importantly, you'll be helping raise awareness and money for Equality Now so that they can continue their work to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. 2012 marks Equality Now's 20th year, and we hope that you will all join with us as we help celebrate Equality Now's achievements and continue to push for change.

"There are two ways to fight a battle like ours. One is to whisper in the ear of the masses, try subtlely and gradually to change the gender expectations and mythic structures of our culture. That’s me. The other is to step up and confront the thousands of atrocities that are taking place around the world on an immediate, one-by-one basis. That’s a great deal harder, and that’s Equality Now. It’s not about politics; it’s about basic human decency" - Joss Whedon

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This week (26-30 Sept): Dublin

Wrapping up a wonderful season, the final CSTS event for 2011 is Dublin, Ireland on 29 September. Thanks for a fantastic year! But it's not over yet... we've got a few more things in store for you over October, so check back often!!

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Remember to enter our Writing Contest by 30 Sept – Fantastic prizes are up for grabs!

Time's running out to enter the Can't Stop the Serenity/Kids Need to Read Writing Contest! Can’t Stop the Serenity has joined up with Kids Need to Read to give you the chance to win some fabulous prizes in our first ever “Words have the Power to bring about Equality” Writing Contest! All you have to do is write a short piece (500-1000 words) on why you support Can’t Stop the Serenity and Equality Now, and email it to Entries close on 30 September 2011 at 11:59PM. All the details are just a click away!

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