Safe Space Policy

SAFE SPACE
As activists, we work to create spaces that are free of as many barriers as possible. We are all responsible for creating the spaces we desire, by educating ourselves, each other, and ensuring that we are in dialogue. We recognize that the dynamics of hierarchy, power and privilege that exist within society are also found within our movement. We believe that failing to address these dynamics alienates and further victimizes our friends and allies and stops us from creating the equitable world we want.
Individuals participating are asked to be aware of their language and behaviour, and to think about whether it might be oppressive to others. We define oppressive behaviour as any conduct that demeans, marginalizes, rejects, threatens or harms anyone on the basis of ability, activist experience, age, criminal record, cultural background, education, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, language, nationality, physical appearance, race, religion, self-expression, sexual orientation or other such factors. Acting in a way that perpetuates oppression, including through language, is not acceptable.
Please keep the following in mind while interacting with others:
● Respect everyone’s physical and emotional boundaries. Ask first before touching, and listen and change your behavior if someone tells you that you are making them uncomfortable.
● Check in before discussing topics that might be triggering (e.g. sexual abuse, sexual experiences, physical violence, or encounters with the police).
● Be responsible for your own actions. Be aware that your actions have an effect on others despite what your intentions may be.
● If you are called out for problematic behaviour, do not be defensive. Your intentions and character are not under attack, just the behaviour that is being challenged. Be open to understanding the role your behaviour has in other people’s experiences of oppression.
● Respect the pronouns and names of everyone. Do not assume anyone’s gender identity, sexual preference, survivor status, economic status, background, health, etc.
● Respect people’s opinions, beliefs, experiences and differing points of view.
● We cannot guarantee a snitch-fee or cop-free space, and is therefore not a safe place to discuss your own or others’ illegal activities. Please maintain security culture.
● Be mindful of the presence of children and non-human animals. Try not to leave anything around that could endanger them or other adults.