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A welcome letter from the Con Chair:


All Hail the mighty volunteers ...

The New England Leather Alliance would like to extend its most heartfelt thanks to all of the volunteers. Without the hundreds (if not thousands) of dedicated hours, the Fetish Fair Fleamarket® would not happen. Thank you!

 

A welcome letter from the Organization:


Happy New Year!

Welcome everyone, to the New England Leather Alliance's 26<th Fetish Fair Fleamarket®. This is our first time in the lovely town of Mainsfield, the setting fery reminiscent of our days in Andover. Interestingly enough, we are not too far from the site of the now famous Paddleboro incident. Do y'all remember that? Almost five years ago an arrest for a consensual spanking with a wooden paddle!

This week, I had a wonderful conversation with a Mansfield Lieutenant about our event. He did not want there to be any trouble, and his people will not look for any. Both hotel and law enforcement are happy to have us, assuming our attendees obey the law and enjoy themselves. "Oh, we will." I promised. If only it could be that easy ... for every group every time and everywhere.

So come in, be part of the magic. Browse, shop, revel in the atmosphere, learn something new, see an old friend, relax, and ENJOY!

The FFF would not happen without the incredible work and commitment of the NELA Board. All are outstanding individuals, and NELA is lucky to have them (in no particular order): Cecilia Tan - FFF Director and Programming Director. Danny - Board Memeber At Large, Sabrina Santiago - Director of External Relations, Rae - Director of Community Relations, JB - Secretary and Nikita and Emily our fabulous co-Production Directors. A special thanks to Tim S., who has agreed to handle our Associate-ships and be the Volunteer Coordinator for this event.

Bottom line though is that none of this would be possible without the letter V: Volunteers, Volunteers, Volunteers. If you see one around, in those nice orange vests, please give them a smile and a "thank you" for their donation of time, energy, and good will.

When we are not busy running the Fetish Fair Fleamarket®, NELA is hard at work on other projects and tasks: monthly programming, supporting other leather groups, organizing discussion groups, and giving presentations to other organizations on safe S/m sex. Check out nelaonline.org we look forward to seeing you throughout the year.

Cheers,
Vivienne
Chair, NELA

P.S. Please consider joining NELA, the bigger we are, the louder our collective voice becomes. Make a taxt deductible donation. NELA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and does not keep "membership lists." All personal information is strictly confidential; it will not and cannot be revealed or sharew with any other organization or agency.



Another message from Vivienne

I would like to applaud each of you for coming this weekend. By taking this seemingly fun and simple step, attending the Fetish Fair Fleamarket®, you make the choice to stand up and be counted in the fight towards sexual freedom.

"But I don't want to stand up and be counted. I am not an activist. I just want to learn and play."

I know. And I applaud you BECAUSE you want to learn and play. Unfortunately in this climate, just coming here is considered an act of radical politics. In the mids of the extremists who oppose our right to act as sonsensual adults, we are ALL perverts who do not deserve the right to assemble freely, without risk of persecution and shame.

Regardless of your personal beliefs, interests, and energies, be they playing in private, forming a political action committee, or educating law enforcement officers on the difference between SM and abuse, we must all be willing to support each other in our efforts, be them political, or personal.

No matter what role you "play" (literally or figuratively), you need to control your own sexual freedom. Otherwise, make no mistake; others will control it for you.

Vivienne Kramer
Chair, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
www.ncsfreedom.org