Safer Spaces Policy

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A foundational premise of this camp & occupation is the right of every member of the project to feel safe, comfortable and welcome on site. Therefore every member is responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming space.

A simple starting point is adherence to these core principles. incidents that breach these principles will be treated as extremely serious and will likely result in perpetrators leaving the site.

Violent and intimidating behaviour
Physical violence and threats and harassment towards members are not permitted under any circumstances. The community has the right to respond in a way it considers necessary, justified and proportionate to defend physical safety.

Discriminatory behaviour
Language or behaviour that exhibits racial domination, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ablism, class discrimination, prejudice around age and all other forms of oppression will not be permitted under any circumstances.

Sobriety on camp
Alcohol or drugs should remain off site. This is to ensure the safety, comfort and rest of everyone and to ensure the effectiveness of the occupation.

Shared Responsibility
These principles are daily commitments to ourselves and the well being of those around us. They are not the sole responsibility of bold or exceptional individuals. if you witness an incident in breach of safe spaces, inform other members of the community and address the incident together. There will always be someone at the welcome Tent should you need them.

Abusive behaviour is an issue which affects the entire community, not personal conflict between individuals which others may stay out of. it is the responsibiity of the entire community to challenge it.

Education
Members commit to holding feminist and anti-oppressive politics. we commit to a continuous process where we educate ourselves and each other about how to effectively understand and challenge oppression to create a safer and healthier community.

Safe Spaces will be addressed at the beginning of every site meeting to ensure that any improvements to the camp’s safe spaces approach can be made. Safe spaces arise from the wish that every member feel valued and accepted in a way that our current society does not provide.