The purpose of this collective agreement is to create a safe space free from hierarchy, oppression and conflict. We welcome everyone who enters this space as an equal participant in our movement. We are working toward a better education system in the belief that each of us has something to contribute and to learn. We are a community based on respect, trust, and taking responsibility of our actions.
Oppression can occur at a political, social or personal level on the basis of many forms of difference and inequality. These include but are not limited to activist experience, age, appearance, belief, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, immigration, income, nation, race and sexuality. This list is not intended to suggest that these are the only or the most important oppressions that exist in the world or in this space. Everyone is encouraged to add to this list.
- We consider any behaviour that demeans, marginalises, threatens or harms anybody as oppression, and we commit to challenging it.
- We do not tolerate violence, intimidation, harassment or unwanted sexual contact. Anyone responsible for such actions will be excluded from the occupation.
- We will challenge any oppressive language or behaviour, regardless of intention; for example telling an oppressive joke, or interrupting someone on the basis of unspoken privilege. Providing a safe and welcoming space is everyone’s responsibility: it is not only the duty of those subject to oppression. We ask all participants to challenge attitudes and behaviour in a way that is respectful and constructive.
- Stealing and other breaches of trust, including informing on occupation activities, will also exclude the person responsible from the occupation.
Don’t hit! Don’t hate! Don’t steal! Don’t squeal!
Modified from the Camp For Climate Action 2009