Safe Spaces Agreement

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We want any buildings or areas occupied by Scrap Trident activists to be temporary autonomous spaces where everyone can feel safe. We believe that a Safe Spaces Agreement supports the realisation of this.

The basic tenet is respect – respect each other (our backgrounds, identities, ideas and bodies) – and respect the space we’ve created together.

Safe Spaces Agreement

• This is a Safe Space. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, please leave. If you came here looking for drugs or alcohol, please leave.
• Respect and look after the building as a physical space and a resource for all. We don’t have maids, so do your part to help out.
• Any behaviour – physical or verbal – that demeans, marginalises or dominates others, or perpetuates hierarchies, is not welcome.
• Be aware of the range of different identities (gender, race, class) that people may identify with, and avoid making generalisations, or assumptions about people.
• Always seek active consent (agreement of all peoples) for physical/sexual contact.
• In this space, everyone has an equal right to be heard and an equal responsibility to listen
• If someone is feeling uncomfortable in this Safe Space, for whatever reason,  do not hesitate to raise this.
• It is everyone’s responsibility to challenge selfish behaviour or prejudice, and if we ignore it we are complicit in it. But remember, “Respect the person; challenge their behaviour.”
• Whilst ground rules are collective responsibility, everyone is also personally responsible for their own behaviour.
• If someone violates these agreements a discussion or mediation process can happen, depending on the wishes of the person who was violated. If a serious violation happens to the extent that someone feels unsafe, the person violating the agreement may be asked to leave the space.

This list is not exhaustive and it is up to all of us to help create a space where everyone feels safe and included.

Non-violence Guidelines

Because we are acting for a peaceful world, we are committed to non-violence. Put simply, this means we are committed to acting in a way that causes no harm to ourselves or others. We ask that everyone taking part in any of our events is committed to the following:

– Our attitude will be one of sincerity and respect to everyone we encounter

– We will not engage in physical violence or verbal abuse to anyone we encounter

– We will carry no weapons

– We will not bring or use alcohol or drugs other than for medical purposes

– We will clear any blockades to allow access for emergency vehicles and then resume the blockade afterwards

Traditionally we don’t view non-violent damage to property as violence, such as cutting through the fence at Faslane. If you have any questions or concerns about these non-violent principles, get in touch.