Special Event Model

Special or one-off events may use policies similar to those posted for convergences or occupations but they can often be simpler and/or more specific to the particular event due to the fact that they do not span extended lengths of time and/or include sleeping arrangements.  See the examples or utilize the language below to develop one:

 

The (…) safer space policy is intended to make this event a supportive, nonthreatening environment.  In order to do so, we will have an onsite mediation team.  People who have perpetrated inter-personal violence, assault and/or harassment are not welcome at the event unless they are actively engaged in an accountability process and currently in compliance with all the terms and/or demands of that process (according to the facilitators, the survivor, and/or whomever’s been designated to monitor the agreements emerging from the process).  Similarly, law enforcement is not welcome at this event.  If you notice any law enforcement activity, please notify the mediation team so that it can be addressed.

This policy is instated in recognition and rejection broad systems of oppression- such as patriarchy, white supremacy, capitalism, homophobia and colonialism.  We recognize that the law enforcement apparatus of the state is an oppressive force, and we therefore strive to limit our contact with anyone in league with this force.

Support Structure:

If you experience harassment, abuse, assault, or any other kind of violation while at the event, or if someone who has engaged in such behavior is adversely affecting your participation, or for any other reason you need support, please come to a volunteer.  There are trained and experienced advocates and support people available to address these issues.  We strive to be survivor centric and survivor oriented. When a decision needs to be made to give ‘benefit of the doubt’ to a someone who has engaged in abusive behavior or support to a survivor, the preference will be to support the survivor.

If you are a survivor and would like to make special provisions for this event beforehand, contact nycsafespace[at]gmail[dot]com.

Please disseminate this information widely to limit surprises at the event itself.  If there is any question as to whether or not this safer space policy prevents you from attending the event, please contact nycsafespace[at]gmail[dot]com to inquire.  Otherwise, if you are asked to leave the event in accordance with this policy, please do so immediately.  If you wish to discuss the reason for the decision, an appointment can be made to do so afterward.

Examples:
Chicago Anarchist Conference
Chicago Zine Fest
Gathering of the Goof Punx
Iggu Zine Release Party’s Policy
Law and Disorder Conference
Midwest Zine Fest
Olympia Anarchist General Assembly
Toronto Anarchist Book Fair

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