Safer Space Agreement

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To be added on all our events!

Purpose

This Safer Space Agreement exists to facilitate an immediate response to any oppressive actions by attendees of our events. Oppressive actions include but are not limited to: discriminatory words or behavior on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, class, size, ability, immigration status, sexuality, gender identity and/or gender expression, as well as ​promoting disrespect or violence towards ​any type of ​non-human animals.

Collectively Free’s mission and goals include building a community that is diverse, welcoming and inclusive. If at any given moment you have felt unsafe at one of our events, please reach out to any organizer to ​talk about it​. We will promptly address the situation on your behalf, and we will retain your anonymity if you wish. We will do everything we can to reconcile, but ​if ​that fails or is not ​sufficient, we will remove the problematic individual(s) from our events.

​We will then follow up in private​ and address all issues and concerns.

Expected Behavior From All Members of the Community

  1. Be willing to learn about intersectionality.
  2. Be aware of your own privileges and learn more about it.
  3. Be willing to listen and never speak in absolute terms.
  4. Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
  5. Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  6. Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  7. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  8. Apologize if your are oppressive and learn from your mistakes. Apologize if you exhibit behavior that is perceived as oppressive to another member of the group and learn from your mistake.
  9. Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this SSA, even if they seem inconsequential.
  10. Do not make any assumptions on anyone’s religion, class, size, age, ability, sexuality, gender identity and/or gender expression, experiences, emotions, etc.
  11. Avoid victim-blaming. Blaming on the victim instead of addressing the issue can cause serious repercussions. Saying things like “you provoked them,”, “I think you’re exaggerating,” is unacceptable.
  12. Avoid apologism. Apologizing for someone who is being oppressive, in other words, siding with the oppressor. Never say things like “I’m sure they didn’t mean to do that.” Instead, take the opportunity to have a constructive talk with the victim.
  13. Avoid gaslighting. When people go as far as telling the victims that perhaps they are remembering it wrong, forcing them into a new reality that didn’t exist.

Unacceptable Behavior

Anyone engaging in the following behaviours with any of our members or non-members during our events will be asked to leave: ​

  1. Physical, verbal, or psychological abuse.
  2. Sexual harassment, or any type of non consensual ​sexual ​behaviour.
  3. Intimidation or fear tactics.
  4. Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  5. Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

Recurrent offensive behavior during or outside our events will result in a ban from our community.​

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify any organizers with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing governing policies.

Scope

We expect all shared participants to abide by this SSA in all community venues, online and in person, as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.
The SSA and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of shared activities when such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.

Contact

If you have any questions or need clarification about our Safer Space Agreement, please get in touch with any international organizer at info@collectivelyfree.org or get in touch with your local organizer. You may request to speak with a specific organizer or request a specific gender with whom to speak.

For Organizers Only

We are activists because we believe in universal principles such as justice, equality and freedom. It is our responsibility to ensure that our own space is inclusive to everyone and that perpetrators of oppression in our own community are held accountable.

Always share the SSA at every meeting/event and if there are new members, have them sign it at the bottom. You may send them through e-mail, have them digitally sign it, offer it in person on your phone or tablet or print it and have them sign, which is the least recommended option.
To digitally sign it, use Adobe Acrobat reader – it works for desktop, phones and tablets.
Tutorial for desktop; tutorial for Android, iPhone and for tablets use the equivalent Android or iPhone apps.
Download the SSA here.

Posted on September 24, 2015 in Guidelines

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