Hello, Waypoint readers! The Waypoint staff and moderation team are proud to announce that we will be running a seventy-two-hour gaming marathon in support of The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, a non-profit legal service organisation that provides free legal services to detained adults and unaccompanied children facing immigration removal proceedings in Arizona. We will be running this from Thursday 18th October, 12:00 EDT through to Sunday 21st October, 12:00 EDT.
This event is being jointly run by the Waypoint staff and the combined moderator teams of the Waypoint forum, Discord, and Twitch. The first thirty-six hours will be hosted by the Waypoint staff before they pass the torch onto the moderators to keep you entertained through the weekend.
Why A Stream?
Waypoint Presents Save Point grew out of a desire amongst the mod team to use the platform we have to do good in the world beyond our community. We take our work seriously, but there is a world beyond the online boundaries of the forums, the Discord, and the Waypoint Twitch.
We had run a community marathon before to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the forums. We knew we had the logistical framework to do it. After looking inwards, we chose to look outwards. What good could we do with what we had?
Why The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project?
You don’t need to come to Waypoint to hear that 2018 has not been a good year in the world. Whether from a news headline or talking with one’s friends, we all hear about rights refused, wrongs upheld, and stories of people suffering.
We thought hard about what cause we should support. We chose to focus on a cause that brought together overlapping difficulties and that had been brought to our attention so forcefully early this year: immigration issues in the United States.
We chose The Florence Project because we felt that it brought together everything we wanted in an organisation. Their mission is to ‘provide free legal and social services to detained adults and unaccompanied children facing immigration removal proceedings in Arizona’.
The Florence Project achieves this mission through six different programs, through their Adult Team, Children’s Program, integrated social services, advocacy & outreach, pro bono program, and their mental health team. Each represents a service that they provide, free-of-charge, to detained persons facing immigration removal proceedings in Arizona, whether through providing legal guidance, placing individuals with pro bono volunteer attorneys, or directly representing children and vulnerable adults in court. There is no public defender system for immigration proceedings, so the Florence Project helps to fill the gap with education, legal support, and the social services to support their clients.
Why 'Save Point'?
As we close in on Waypoint’s second anniversary, I returned to Waypoint’s mission statement. I can only speak personally, but passages from it are why I wanted to join the community in the first place. Specifically:
[…] Waypoint looks beyond the press and product cycles to focus on the people, passion, and politics of gaming. We pride ourselves on our thoughtful criticism, our investigative reporting, and our personal storytelling—all of which is built on a core understanding: Games are more than products we buy on a shelf, they’re an important part of our lives.
In some games, waypoints are communal, too. Digital commanders lead hundreds (sometimes thousands) of other players through voice commands and tactically designated waypoints. Friends mark each others maps and journey together to find gorgeous virtual vistas. Places, again, to rest and recuperate.
We wanted to exemplify the values that define Waypoint. Games are more than lines on a corporation’s profits and losses statement; they can be a communal experience too.
Games can serve a purpose for people facing huge challenges – look to features that Waypoint has run in the last year, such as At Play in the Carceral State.
A save point marks a place of safety and rest ahead of a difficult journey, whether you are out at the world’s end, returning home, or pausing at a camp before continuing down the road. It represents a place of rest and recuperation, but their presence highlights that not everywhere is safe. In a way, we considered ourselves the people here to build that camp, a meeting space at the crossroads with cheer, reflection, and material support for those going forward on their journey.
We hope that you’ll join us by our save point and help make the world outside a little better on the way.