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I Stand with Team Harpy

September 23, 2014

I support #teamharpy wholeheartedly.

Team Harpy is a rapidly growing group of people who support an individual’s rights to call out the harassing behavior of another individual. Namely, Team Harpy supports the rights of Lisa Rabey and nina de jesus to speak about the behavior of Joe Murphy, a fellow librarian.  Why are they called Team Harpy? In the early days of this story, they were called harpies by some opinionated individuals.

This is the TL;DR version of the story to date.

1.      Earlier this year in 2014, Lisa Tweeted and nina wrote a blog post about the prevailing issue of sexual harassment and other problematic behavior in library conferences and mentioned Joe Murphy as an example.

2.      Joe sent a cease and desist letter to Lisa and nina telling them to remove not only their own posts, but to demand the removal of any re-Tweets, comments, links, etc. from anyone else who chimed in on the conversation. He also demanded a retraction and written apologies from both of them.

3. They refused to be silenced and said no.

4.      Joe then filed a defamation lawsuit against Lisa and nina for $1.25 million.

 

With their permission, I set up a legal defense fund for Lisa and nina starting Saturday. Today is Tuesday and we have raised $7,000 already. I am so proud of our community for coming forward, standing up for the right to free speech, the right for women to call out misbehavior. If you can afford to donate, I know they will appreciate it. So far, we’ve raised enough to cover their legal expenses to date with a bit of a cushion, but there’s no telling how much this will cost in the long run.

 

The most important thing right now is that Lisa and nina are looking for witnesses. Have you directly experienced Joe acting inappropriately—unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome sexual touching, unwelcome sexual comments, etc.? Have you not been the target, but saw it happen to someone else? Have you been made aware of Joe’s behavior from someone other than Lisa or nina? Please let them know.

 

We are stronger together.

 

To learn more, visit the Team Harpy website.

“I Stand with Team Harpy”

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