Our Safer Space Policy exists to ensure a continued foundation of respect in our space – respect for others, respect for yourself, and respect for the Alternative Library. We work to provide a community space that is safe and supportive for our members. All are welcome, though we strive to provide a safe harbor for those constructive ideas which are typically marginalized within mainstream culture.
We work to eliminate any oppressive actions and language including racism, sexism, ageism, classism, ableism, transphobia, and heterosexism. Please feel free to approach a collective member in confidence should anyone here make you feel unsafe.
If it is brought to our attention, we may ask people to change or address unsafe behavior or language. As a last resort, we reserve the right to ask people to leave. If you have any questions or need clarification about our Safer Space Policy, please get in touch with us at email@example.com
If you feel that this policy is being violated, people are asked to either approach a librarian, or a board member, or an independent person that is considers safe to voice your concerns.
The following behaviors will always result in being asked to leave:
- Theft of money or property
- Damaging library property
- Violating our Safer Space Agreements
- Physical, verbal, or mental abuse
- Sexual harassment
The following behaviors may result in being asked to leave, at the discretion of the worker(s) present:
Inappropriate / unwelcome comments and behaviors
- Disruptive or disrespectful behavior
- Causing a worker or patron discomfort or distress for any reason (including violating our Safer Space Agreements)
Safer Space Agreements:
We all have the right to feel emotionally and physically safe within our community, and we all have the responsibility to create a safe and supportive environment for others. The basic tenet is respect – respect for each other (our diverse backgrounds, experiences , ideas and bodies) and respect for the space that we make together.
- We have the responsibility to identify our own privileges – the things that sometimes give us an easier ride than others – and to actively challenge them.
- We recognize that anyone in the community could be a survivor of a particular form of oppression, such as violence, sexual violence, racism, economic oppression, ableism or homophobia.
- Everyone has an equal right to be heard and an equal responsibility to listen. People who are used to talking may feel the benefit of listening more, and vice versa.
- We recognize the wide range of complex experiences and avoid making generalizations or assumptions about people or groups.
- Any behavior – physical or verbal – that demeans, marginalizes, abuses or dominates others, or that perpetuates hierarchies, is not welcome.
- It is everyone’s responsibility to acknowledge, challenge and respond to prejudice, abuse and oppression. If we ignore it we are complicit in it.
- We are all responsible for upholding our safer spaces agreements. If we are having an issue, we have the right to address this. If we are called out for something we have the responsibility to listen and to respect the concerns of others.
- We recognize that creating safer spaces is an ongoing process and needs our active participation and practice to thrive. Community members have the right to add to and modify the Safer Spaces Agreements as the community grows and changes.