Anti-Oppression and Safer Space Policy
Creating a Safer Space is an essential part of every anti-oppression-centric action camp. Safer spaces are a visible presence of people challenging oppression that can help to shape a culture that is accepting of all people. We will strive to make this Earth First! Organizer’s Conference and Rendezvous an inviting, engaging, and supportive environment in which all people feel comfortable behaving genuinely. It is important that event organizers, volunteers, and participants listen carefully to raised experiences and act on what they hear. Within creating safer spaces we encourage the practice of enthusiastic consent! (please see the consent section) We choose to say “Safer” Space rather than “safe space” because we acknowledge that no space is entirely “safe” for everyone.
We work towards a horizontal structure of organization and incorporate an anti-oppressive framework so we may strengthen our community and move together towards the collective liberation of all peoples and the earth for a world free from domination. Behavior that demeans, marginalizes, rejects, threatens or harms any living being on the basis of its ability, activist experience, age, class/income level, cultural background, education, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, language, species, nationality, physical appearance, race, religion, self-expression, sexual orientation, or status as a parent will not be tolerated. Please speak out against such behavior so that we can collectively create a safer place for all. Various forms of call out/call in culture are encouraged at this camp, but remember to be careful with each other, so we can be dangerous together.
During this conference and rendezvous, there will be conflict mediators who will announce themselves at morning circle. They will be available for the whole duration of this event to be consulted. Conflict mediators are present to deal with disagreements, instances of oppressive verbiage & actions and assist with existing accountability processes, but it is beyond their scope to start a new accountability process, therefore if someone is asked to leave for their behavior, we will inform their local community of the incident and encourage them to start a process offsite. (please see the consent section).
In an effort to create safer spaces there will be several camping spots created thanks to our friends with TWAQ (Trans, Womyn, and Queers), and Mad camp.
Mad camp is for neurologically diverse folks within the Earth First! movement. Here we will share about our experiences with mental health, hardships and moments of clarity. We will brainstorm ways to support each other, while working to dismantle industrial civilization, overthrow capitalism, banish racism and smash patriarchy. Our intentions with creating a camp specifically for those of us challenged by mental health is to provide a sober space where folks can relax, host workshops and discussions specific to the camp, play games, and more! This is our first time hosting an EF! Mad Pride Camp.
Mad Pride is a movement for and by folks with varying mental health situations. In general the term is used by folks who prefer to be or are working on being open about the challenges they face while also being present and real with their mental health!
Trans, Women and Queers Camp
The TWAQ Camp will be an oasis within the EF! Organizers Conference and Winter Rondy for those who identify as Transgender and/or Womyn and/or Queer. At TWAQ Camp, feel free to pitch your tent, organize workshops/discussions, and play! Let the magic begin.
In the spirit of appreciating what others have done before us and not trying to reinvent the wheel, this document was put together mostly by borrowing from policies written in the past. Some of this was borrowed from our friends Appalachia Resist & The Trans and Womyns Action Camp, and the EF! Journal. Thanks you all for doing such important work. Also we as the organizers of this event support and endorse the EF! Journal Anti Oppression Policy which can be found at www.earthfirstjournal.org
In an effort to decolonize history and our perspectives of land ownership we want to acknowledge that where this EF! Winter OC and Rondy is being held is stolen land of the Seminolee-Miccosukee people who still reside in the bio-region as Independent Traditionals, Seminole tribal members and Miccosukee tribal members.