To Begin Spokes Council Meetings With a Commitment to Collectively Confront Aggressive or Disruptive Violations of Our Community Agreements by Remaining Absolutely Silent
(once the facilitation team has requested the perpetrator to leave)
Feeling an urgent need to address the impact of violence and disruptions rendering our Spokes Councils dysfunctional, the Facilitation Working Group discussed several optional strategies for deescalating situations and restoring our process. Although we haven’t considered all possible options, we were disinclined to agree upon the use of any physical/bodily or verbal actions such as: encircling the offender, locking arms, or directly addressing them. It is our understanding that any such actions on the part of the assembly would only result in further fueling the disruption. On March 13th, the Facilitation Working Group consented on proposing to the Spokes Council that we begin every meeting of the OWS Spokes Council, with all those assembled, agreeing to use absolute silence to collectively confront aggressive to disruptive violations of our Community Agreements. (This may not work, in which case, we would welcome trying other strategies.)
To be presented at the Spokes Council on March 14th.
Working Group: Facilitation