Points of Respect

I. We enter this space with a commitment to mutual respect, mutual aid, anti-oppression, advocacy, conflict resolution, non-violence,direct democracy, and community building.

II. We respect everyone’s names, preferred gender pronouns, expressed identities, and experiences. We avoid making assumptions, promote mutual appreciation, and understand that no one is required to share information about their identities or experience(s).

III. We support the empowerment of each person and strive to continually acknowledge the histories and structures of oppression that marginalize some and divide us all.

IV. We commit to making spaces as accessible as possible; physically, socially, and personally.

V. We do not engage in violence or threats.

VI. We obtain explicit consent for physical touch or using others’ belongings.

VII. We recognize that certain behavior can be triggering for individuals, such as trivializing or dismissing someone’s thoughts or experiences.

VIII. We commit to hearing each other and creating opportunities for all voices to be heard.

IX. We accept a shared responsibility where we hold one another and ourselves accountable to these agreements, without violence, judgment, or assumption of intent.

X. We encourage open minds and open hearts. We do not assume the intentions of others in order to foster a non-judgmental and accessible environment.

XI. We promote inclusive learning spaces. We encourage anyone who is feeling less than familiar with terminology, concepts, or context to ask questions in the spirit of personal growth.

XII. We value honesty in all aspects. All of our stories and experiences are important and valid the way they are; therefore, there is no need to embellish or elaborate. Your story is yours!

(*adapted from the Femme Conference Points of Unity 2012)

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