This proposal passed with 4 amendments on October 16, 2010.
PRINCIPLES of SAFETY, WELL-BEING, and SOLIDARITY
- Acting in solidarity with the Occupy Movement, we pledge to recognize our responsibility to our community, which means occasionally putting personal freedoms second for the safety and well-being of all.
- We are a weapons-free zone.
- We are nonviolent and we will not tolerate verbally aggressive or physically violent behavior, including unwanted touching. We pledge to resolve any conflicts that arise in a creative and nonviolent manner.
- In communal areas, no recreational drug or alcohol use. We recognize that a safe space is needed for card-carrying medical marijuana patients.
- We respect the rights and privacy of our fellow occupiers and our neighbors. We will not create unnecessary disturbances.
- Degrading ethnic, racist, classist, sexist, or homophobic remarks are not acceptable.
- We cannot permit open flames or other hazardous activities.
- We agree to direct all cigarette smoking to the corner of SW 4th and Main and will provide rain shelter for those who wish to smoke.
- We encourage everyone to follow health and sanitary recommendations throughout camp.
- By entering Occupy Portland, you agree to abide and uphold these guidelines.
- Create signage to be posted at every entrance and throughout camp showing guidelines and safety information. Recruit and promote the presence of greeters and educators who will provide information on these guidelines and help create awareness on community safety and wellness issues.
- Educate, promote, and train all Occupy Portland members on these guidelines and conflict resolution.
STEPS for DEALING with THREATS to SAFETY and WELL-BEING
- If you observe a threat to the safety and well-being of Occupy Portland (a disregard for any of the guidelines), assess your personal safety and decide:
A) If the situation is safe for you, know that you are empowered to tell the person to kindly stop the behavior and inform them of these community agreements as well as offer alternatives.
B) If the behavior is unsafe for you and you do not feel comfortable intervening, call safety by mic-checking “PEACEKEEPER”.
- If you approach the person and the threat continues, ask for community support (2-3 others, not a mob) in re-approaching the person posing the threat. The focus is to address the behavior. Repeat the request kindly and continue to offer alternatives.
- If repeating the request does not stop the behavior, as a group, consider resorting to collective chanting “leave now”. This can create non-violent social pressure.
- If the threatening behavior continues or escalates, call safety by mic-checking “PEACEKEEPER” until a safety volunteer arrives.
- While providing support, allow the safety volunteer to de-escalate the situation and use their discretion.
- Our community empowers and supports our safety volunteers in deciding if police need to be called in. We cannot allow trauma or tragedy to happen in our camp.
- If the threatening behavior continues to disrupt the safety and well-being of our community, the person will be asked to leave the camp. For this we will act together as a community and nonviolently escort the person out.
- If a person repeatedly acts to disrupt or disregard the guidelines for the safety and wellbeing of our community, the person will be barred from accessing the kitchen, coffee shop and any participation in the activities of the camp.
- Everyone is welcome at Occupy Portland, but individual freedoms are not to supersede our collective safety and well-being. That is what much of the 1% is doing.
*We define “communal” as any space shared with others or affecting others.
*Right 2 Dream Too, a project of Right 2 Survive: http://right2survive.wordpress.com/