Safe Space Policy
ActivistWiki aims to create a safe space, in which individuals are able to contribute to the wiki without feeling discriminated or harassed. The following text describes our policy regarding the style of communication by and between contributors to and moderators of ActivistWiki.net This document is based on the safe space policy created by SistersUncut (UK) and Radical Assembly (UK).
We aim to make all our texts, discussions and meetings welcoming and inclusive for all people, particularly those often marginalised from activist spaces. People come to our spaces with differing backgrounds and levels of experience, and everyone should feel free and able to participate equally.
Informal hierarchies can emerge for a number of reasons, and we try to design our texts, discussion and meeting spaces to combat this tendency. It can be due a person's relative privilege and the confidence that can bring. It can be through them having more experience of activist environments. Or it can simply be because long term members will have created closer bonds with one other. We must make ourselves aware of these disparities of power in order to make our spaces supportive and accessible.
We try to make ourselves aware of the relations of power within both wider society and our own groups. As a diverse group of people we will encounter many different forms of oppression, such as ableism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism and transphobia. Our individual experience of how these interact will be complex and unique. In aiming to create an atmosphere of solidarity we must always be respectful of others' individual perspectives.
A person may not always be aware when they have acted inappropriately or are dominating someone else. We hope to create environments where people feel able and supported in speaking out when they feel attacked or marginalised, or when they see it aimed towards others.
ACCEPT OTHERS MAY FEEL HURT:
If you are accused of inappropriate or oppressive behaviour, as difficult as it may be, please try to respond with humility, respect and empathy. You may not agree with the accusation, but the fact that a person has felt hurt enough to speak out should be our first concern. By putting the emotional needs of others above our desire to explain and excuse our actions, we help the individual to feel supported, and in the long run create a space where everyone feels respected.
Any cases of violation to this policy should be reported –which could be anonymous- to the moderators of ActivistWiki. The moderators will examine the situation, ask all stakeholders for their perspective, and decide –with a majority of votes between at least two moderators- how to deal with the situation. This may include doing nothing, deleting a contribution, giving a suggestion how to improve the communication, giving a warning, and after two warnings the accused can be rejected as contributor to the website. Contributors are expected to follow this decision.
This document is a flexible guideline, and how we apply it must always be sensitive to the situation at hand. It will be periodically reviewed to ensure that it remains relevant and effective, and responds to changing needs.