Non-Violence and Anti-Oppression and Harassment Guidelines
Please look over the following links carefully (they are not long and very important to read). Energy Exports Action Camp endorses the following community agreements and policies of organizations such as Mountain Justice, Shalefield Justice Spring Break and TWAC (thank you, friends!). You must agree to work towards these norms to participate in camp. If you have any questions, please be in touch.
“Mountain Justice is committed to a strict nonviolence guideline and does not engage in property destruction or sabotage. The safety of Mountain Justice volunteers is essential and all participants are expected to share the same commitment to nonviolence and refrain from any act that is intended to cause personal harm to another or unreasonably places another at risk of personal harm”
“Safe(r) spaces are a visible presence of allies that can help to shape a culture that is accepting of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/ expression, or any other difference.
Participants have different communication styles, personalities and opinions, and come from diverse gender, racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. In order to foster this kind of temporary community space, people must respect others and actively look out for the well being of all those attending this camp”
“People who directly experience oppression ought not be held responsible for educating anyone about their own experience of oppression nor the larger system dynamics involved in that oppression. Our community works to ensure that those with privilege take responsibility to educate themselves in ways that respect the time, energy and resources of communities facing oppression, instead of acting from a place of entitlement.
No setting is immune or entirely removed from societies power dynamics, and even in social movements and action camps, transgressions occur, and power can accumulate in ways that perpetuate injustice. We practice awareness of this in our organizing, and actively work to ensure our campaigns are dismantling oppressive dynamics every step of the way, and that we hold ourselves accountable when we fail to do so.”
“MJSB will have a ZERO-TOLERANCE policy towards sexual violence and any forms of interpersonal violence. Consent is a priority in our community, from conversations to physical and sexual interaction.”
“Shalefield Justice Spring Break recognizes that the institutional, economic, political, social and cultural dynamics of hierarchy, power and privilege that define mainstream society also permeate the radical environmental movement. These dynamics are expressed in various interlocking systems of oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, speciesism, etc.), which prevent equal access to resources and safety, disrupt healthy communities and movement building, and severely—sometimes irreparably—harm our allies, our friends, our loved ones and ourselves. We have an understanding that implicit in our desire to stop the domination and exploitation of the Earth is a need to create communities that are free of oppressive social relations.”