[posted retroactively for Working Group compliance]
safer spaces meeting 11/27/2011
present: Matt, Fanya, Leah, Lippe, Winter, Ali, Nikki, Liz, Jodi, Leah
suggestions for how to keep meeting safe:
no yelling, interrupting, check ins, step up step back
12/3 Sat 11-6 open space technology- facilitation tool. Group makes its own agenda, how to help people build the agenda, emphasis on personal responsibility, anti-oppression, openness, geared toward people with trauma/ marginalized, healing space
11/29 Tuesday GA proposal to dissolve spokescouncil is on the agenda
try to make it!
11/31 this Thursday GA proposal for racial justice training on December 14- to be held in place of spokes
11/30 This Wed. 6pm at 60 wall POC has a mtg to discuss the racial justice training, at 7pm mtg to talk about racism w/in the spokes- both open to everyone
Meeting with CONNECT:
CONNECT- anti-DV organization hosts a collaborative called collective action- various anti violence organizations
wants to help keep spaces of resistance safer
what they can offer: they are drafting a document with the resources they can offer this week
maps of safe hospitals: safe centers of collection- rated excellent for sexual assault, have advocates
Bellevue has a training manual for advocating for and assisting survivors of sexual assault, timelines, resources, etc.
CONNECT offers trainings- willing to train us on anti oppression anti violence
Trenton Wolcott (Sp?) works with perps
alliance is at 32 Broadway- has a small conference room, we can use it for meetings, trainings
alliance is developing a training around activist trauma- police violence, conflict within the movement, people in support positions (vicarious traumatization- need to take space to talk about it)
Book: Heal the Healer, helps understand vicarious trauma- particularly anti violence advocacy
It could be useful to have a training for people to do survivor support? how to be an advocate? How to ensure that evidence collection is done properly? What you should be offered at the hospital? Timelines for evidence collection and filing a police report?
They are done. They are hot pink. In Winter’s bag. Who gets them? There are approx. 36 of them.
reportback from last Monday: proposal from legal to erase bail cap- lead to discussion of racial inequality in criminal justice system
then on Wednesday lots of racist sexist comments
Friday’s lots of discussion around accountability for racist and sexist comments/ behavior
last Friday had breakout groups-
1. accountability. 2. anti oppression
conflicting perspectives on how to deal with disruptive behavior in meetings
people dismissed anti-oppression framework
people wanted to make punitive rules for expulsion
no consideration for figuring out with that person what was upsetting them
Nikki- talked to Alejandro, Bethabule from mediation
People like the agreement, but can’t see how it works in the meeting
Alejandro from facilitation suggested a peace team (WOW, Fac, POC, SS, Med.) for debriefing after the spokescouncil or GA
not to think about how to police, but to meet after each mtg to discuss what occurred in the mtg, how things could have been improved (people who were upset, felt shut down or unheard, etc.) then discuss those ideas at the next mtg
another suggestion: have one person from SS or Mediation on facilitation team for each mtg
basic needs for accountability:
need to recognize unmet needs, need to be at base level where they can engage
need to build on how these meetings are operating
Nikki: will liaise with facilitation to ensure accountability is emphasized
will let us know when mtg with facilitation and mediation happens
Lippe: it was brought up that this may be caused by confusion about the function of SC
multiple spoking has been raised- maybe over emphasized
Ali: people were using process to justify silencing people, continuing to emphasize structure not working, need to discuss what process is not addressing
Matt: when someone is supposedly being disruptive, people use POP sign, and then start yelling and shaming, we need to clarify that it’s the role of facilitation to guide convo, not other participants shouting someone down
Ali: Do we want to make a doc of community agreement for mtg, or not focus on that at this time?
Nikki: Not now, focus on the affinity group- peace council, don’t want to duplicate
2. anti oppression group
Suggestion: requiring all members of facilitation to have anti oppression training, possible requiring anyone who is going to be a spoke must do it too
Lippe: Will ask POC about how their training planning is going
A’yen is in Tampa setting up a safer spaces group there
Ellie is coordinating at St.Paul’s church
2 spaces: St Pauls church in midtown
theater in Rockaway
Support has a text message list: updates with housing and needs, Leah is on that and is coordinating
Leah trying to get SMS list for hospital and for housing
Safe House email: There was a support person at St. Paul’s, this person is very involved in organizing and needs a day a week “safe space” to take a break, security had a problem with this person, and this person was verbally assaulted by members of security
Security is escalating situations, getting aggressive, calling the cops
they will defer to us if we are there
Leah got a call from [name redacted for privacy] on Thanksgiving and said that a security person who had sexually assaulted an occupier is back doing security, she said that she tried to create a women’s sleeping area to keep people away from that security member, security members would not allow her to do that. [another person] was able to help that space to be made.
Winter: The guy running the Rockaway space Paul is into calling the cops. Winter talked to him for 9 hours. Was finally able to get him to allow the backroom to be used as a safe sleeping space.
How can we coordinate with Security?
Need for education and better coordination
How can we revise safety cluster
How are we going to address the issue of this security person?