+1 Shaista on safter spaces stuff. Also, as far as backlash, it seems to me that it's what happens when the cracks and disconnects in peoples' world-views are made apparent to them. They do not take to it well. We appreciate how hard it is to keep having these conversations, and I think we should support each other in making sure they happen.
On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 9:26 PM, shaista husain <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Doug is right, when he speaks about direct action--through political actions can we begin to heal and transform our relations to one another.... Also, wanted all you guys to know, Safer Spaces committee is working on drafting a better program for anti-oppression work and if you could get involved and bring all your ideas to help, that would really help in addressing these concerns. Just join the email listserve. I am posting only what is being drafted now, proposals, etc. please feel free to join, we need you;
Safer Spaces is a group working to make Occupy Wall Street an anti-oppressive place for everyone including, but not limited to: women, people of color, elders, youth, and people who are queer, trans*, gender non-conforming, differently-abled, undocumented, immigrants, houseless, and/or those with less structural power and privilege. We all have a responsibility to make Occupy Wall Street as safe as possible through community justice processes rather than relying on the institutionalized criminal justice system, including police.In the past month there have been a number of instances of sexual harassment, assault, and oppressive language and actions. In order to actively confront inexcusable behavior we have created a Safer Spaces Support Team. We will strive to maintain a constant presence at Occupy Wall Street in order to respond to threatening actions that continue systematic forms of oppression. We are a resource for those harmed to get support, and to provide ways to hold people who have done harm accountable for their behavior.While the Support Team is a direct response to an immediate need the working group also plans to:
We want to have teams of at least 2-3 people at Occupy Wall Street at all times, to do that we need your help. Please sign up for a shift on the Safer Spaces Support Team. Please sign up here http://www.doodle.com/44h7qrpw97heu8g7 and get your friends to sign up too. All Safer Space Support Team members must participate in a mini training before doing a shift (which we can arrange), so please let us know if this is your first shift by writing it next to your name when you sign up online.To join the Safer Spaces group, send an email to email@example.com, call (646) 580-7489, or come to one of our meetings Wednesday @ 9pm or Sundays @ 5pm by the big red cube.FOR GA ANNOUNCEMENT:Safer Spaces is working to make Occupy Wall Street an anti-oppressive place for everyone, in particular individuals from traditionally marginalized groups within our community. We all have a responsibility to make Occupy Wall Street as safe as possible. However, in the past month there have been a number of instances of sexual harassment, assault, and oppressive language and actions in this space. We have created a Safer Spaces Support Team, which will strive to maintain a constant presence at OWS, in order to actively respond to these threats. To sign up for a shift with the support team, you can find us after the GA under the red thing.
- Organize trainings on consent, survivor support, anti-racism, confronting male supremacy, anti-oppressive behavior, etc.
- Facilitate the drafting of a community agreement
- Collaborate with other working groups
- Propose Alternatives when community agreements are broken
- And more!