BLACKBIRD SAFER SPACE POLICY

The safer space policy is intended to help Blackbird be a supportive, nonthreatening environment. This space is intended to be welcoming and engaging, and we encourage everyone to be proactive in creating an atmosphere where the safety of others is validated. While we understand that we cannot guarantee anyone’s well-being or pretend that our space is a zone exempt from the systems of oppression that exist outside our doors, we can treat each other with respect and autonomy and shut down those oppressive behaviors.

Everyone entering Blackbird is asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might be harmful to others. The following guidelines will help Blackbird be a safer space:

      • Respect peoples’ physical and emotional boundaries.

      • Always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries.

      • Respect peoples’ opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view.

      • Be responsible for your actions, and aware that they may have an effect on others regardless of original intent.

 

The following actions and forms of discrimination and abuse will not be tolerated:

      • Racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and all other forms of discrimination

      • Theft of money or property

      • Physical, verbal, or mental abuse

      • Sexual harassment, inappropriate/unwelcome comments and behaviors

      • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior

      • Causing a participant or attendee to feel distressed or unsafe

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The collective members and staffers at Blackbird are empowered to enforce these rules. If you cannot abide by the guidelines mentioned above, Blackbird reserves the right to ask you to leave. If you experience harassment or abuse please approach a Blackbird collective member or staffer whom you feel comfortable talking to in person or via email. They are here to help with any conflicts arising from the violation of our policies.

We welcome the continuing discussion about and improvement of this policy.