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Safer Spaces Policy

SAFER SPACES POLICY: JURA COLLECTIVE

30TH July 2008
 
A Safer Space

No space can be completely safe and free from oppression. What this policy aims to do is increase the awareness of all Jura Collective members / trusted friends, and all Jura users, to make this space as safe as possible. We hope that everyone will feel welcome and comfortable in this space, and also respect the general politics and principles of the Jura community. We encourage everyone to participate in the activities and structures of the space, to the extent that they agree with the politics and responsibilities connected to different levels of participation. For example, there are more rights and responsibilities that come along with being a Member or Trusted Friend, than those with being a visitor or guest.

Jura aims to be a survivor oriented space. This means that when decisions need to be made, the "benefit of the doubt" will go to the survivor in preference to the perpetrator.

By entering Jura Bookshop, and participating in the activities of the Jura Collective, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Those engaging in non-consensual violence (including sexual violence and harassment) will be asked to leave the space. We welcome the continuing discussion about and improvement of this policy.

Many thanks to all those in our extended communities who have been laying the foundations of this important work over the past few years.

Jura Collective and Bookshop

The events of the Jura Collective, and the Jura Bookshop are safer spaces. Violence, harassment and abuse will not be tolerated in any form. This can be based on gender, sexual preference, race, socio-economic status, political beliefs, physical abilities, class, age, physical appearance, religion, and a myriad of other factors.

If we wish to enact social change, we must implement that change in our daily behaviours.

What This Means in Practice

There can be no definitive list of behaviours / comments / situations which make people feel uncomfortable. The main thing is to concentrate on how your actions are affecting others, and modify your behaviour as appropriate.   

Try to remain open to discussion of ways to improve communication in the space, and continually question the privilege you have (e.g. from being older, from being an "experienced" activist, from utilising the space more frequently, from your ethnicity, from your gender, etc). It's YOUR responsibility to ensure you aren't taking up too much "space", and devaluing or disregarding the opinions and experiences of others.

This includes, but is not limited to: speaking loudly and over the top of others, interrupting other's speech, dominating conversation and not allowing others to speak, assuming everyone knows where all utilities are in the building, explaining concepts condescendingly, making assumptions about the experiences and lifestyles of others, starring at others in a manner which makes them uncomfortable (i.e. "checking them out") and invading the personal space of others during conversation.

Please keep the following in mind when utilising Jura Bookshop or interacting with Jura Collective:

  • Every-one's physical and emotional boundaries are different. Always ask consent before touching someone in a manner that could be considered intimate, and check if people are comfortable discussing certain topics that may be triggering (e.g. sexual abuse, sexual experiences, physical violence, or encounters with the police).  
  • Pay attention to body language, as people often use non-verbal clues to communicate a lack of consent (e.g. not making eye contact, making excuses to move away from you, not responding to your physical advances).  
  • Take responsibility for your own actions, and consider how your behaviour and speech affect others. Remember that not everyone reacts the same way.
  • Respect other's thoughts and opinions. This doesn't mean we all have to agree, but that discussion is entered into without prejudice or personal insult.  
  • There may be certain situations when you feel comfortable using language which some may find offensive or derogatory – Jura is not an appropriate space for this. You do not know who will overhear you, and how they will react to this.  
  • Look out for others, and try not to leave anything around that may endanger their physical safety. This is particularly important when using the kitchen or during renovations!
  • No smoking is allowed within the Jura building itself. Please go outside to smoke. Talk about the influence of alcohol and other drugs on yourself and others, and think about limiting your use if you know that you become violent or disrespectful under their influence.  
  • Be aware of yourself and how you are feeling. If you need assistance, do not be afraid to ask someone or call a friend. Removing yourself physically from a situation can be a great help.   

Remember, you are responsible for articulating 100% of your needs 100% of the time. This can be intimidating and scary, but there are ways we can support you in doing this.

Dealing With Grievances

If you feel unsafe, or experience any behaviour which crosses your boundaries, please approach a Jura Collective Member / Trusted Friend whom you feel comfortable talking to. They can talk to you about how you wish to resolve the issue and can act on your behalf if you desire.

The Collective shall have two people with whom grievances can be taken up with, one male and one female (transgender?). They can act on your behalf at the next collective meeting if you do not feel comfortable raising an issue, or can assist you in dealing with more immediate problems. This position will rotate. Contact details for these people will be kept at the Jura desk.

Generally, grievance issues will be discussed at the next collective meeting, and resolved as the collective, in discussion with all the parties, feels appropriate. More urgent grievances can be dealt with by the grievance people as appropriate. Whist we acknowledge the autonomy of survivors of sexual and physical assault, we would prefer to resolve issues without the police or other state institutions. However, we recognise that this is ALWAYS an option for the survivor themselves to take into consideration.

For larger events (e.g. gigs, zine fairs, large collective meetings) a "chill-out space" will be designated. This will be a room for people to have a cup of tea, be alone (or with small, selected company) and recuperate. Please seek this space out if you need it. There will be information available on the day in question.

A suggestion box will be kept at the Jura Bookshop Desk for anonymous comments on this policy. Alternatively, all are welcome to attend collective meetings and have further input.  
   
The Jura Collective committs to holding regular workshops (at least once a year), to re-familiarise people with the safer spaces policy and it's implementation.

OURSIDE SERVICES

NSW Rape Crisis Centre

24 hour free call: 1800 424 017

Help available online: http://www.nswrapecrisis.com.au/
 PO Box 555, Drummoyne 2047
Ph: (02) 9819 7357
Fax: (02) 9819 6295

Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre
55 Thornley Street, Leichhardt 2040
PO Box 240, Leichhardt 2040
 Ph: (02) 9560 3011
Fax: (02) 9569 5098
 
NSW Health Sexual Assault Services
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Missenden Road, Camperdown 2050
Ph: (02) 9515 9040
Ph: (02) 9515 6111 (24 hrs)
Fax: (02) 9515 9041

SAFER ACCOMMODATION SERVICES

Homeless Persons Information Service
(Crisis accommodation referral)
02 9265 9087  
1800 234 566  

Child protection and family crisis (24hr)
1800 066 777

Telephone Interpreter Service (24hr)

13 14 50

Youth Emergency Accommodation Line
(02) 9318 1531 (Sydney Metro)
1800 424 830 (Toll free outside Sydney Metro)

Tenants Union of NSW Co-operative Ltd

02 9251 6590  
1800 251 101

See: http://www.wrrc.org.au/emergencynos/ for more info and other organisations to contact.

Miscellaneous: 

Jura Collective meeting

Friday, July 25, 2008 -
3:30am to 5:30am

General organisational discussion about the running of the bookshop, library and events. All welcome!

5.30pm, Thurs 24th July.

Working Bee

Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 10:00pm to Monday, July 21, 2008 - 3:00am

The upstairs library renovations are almost finished. All that needs to be done is put the skirting boards in, get the new bookshelves and then put the books back.

Come and help put in the skirting boards, even just for an hour or so...

12-5pm Sat 19th and 12-5pm Sunday 20th.

Hip Hop High Tea, Climate Action

Lots is happening at Jura in the next month...

Coming up on Sunday 8th June, from 2pm: Hip Hop high tea at Jura Books. An
arvo of vegan high tea, popping lessons with the elegant shelly and
hip-hop sounds from secret special guests! This shall be followed by a
discussion of gender, and subversion of gender, in hip-hop and dance.

On Saturday 14th June, from 2pm, there'll be a film screening and
discussion
about the Camp for Climate Action. The camp will
be five days of inspiring workshops and direct action aimed at shutting down the
world's largest coal port in Newcastle (July 10-15). If you're concerned about
climate change, and want real action instead of more hot air, then we encourage
you to come to the camp and bring your friends and family! Want to find out more
and meet people who are going? Come to Jura on Saturday 14th June. We'll be
showing an inspirational one hour documentary about the need for radical
action and the 2006 Camp for Climate Action which happened in the shadow of one
of the biggest C02 emitters in Europe: Drax coal-fired power station in
Yorkshire.

Out in the community, we've got two book stalls planned for the next
month:

1) 11am-1.45pm, Sunday 18th May outside Palace Cinema on Norton
St
, where a new film about a Spanish anarchist is screening: Lucio - "There
are many anarchists in the world, but few have discussed strategies with Che
Guevara, saved the skin of Eldridge Cleaver (the leader of the Black Panthers),
and also brought to its knees the most powerful bank on the planet by forging
travellers cheques, without missing a single day of work in his construction
job!"

2) 11am-5pm, Sunday 25th May at the Sydney
Writers Festival zine fair
, Museum of Contemporary Art.

Food Not Bombs is continuing
to use the Jura kitchen fortnightly to prepare food that would otherwise go to
waste. Come and help with the preparation at Jura (from 1pm), or come and help
eat the food from 4pm on the corner of Forbes St and King St, Newtown.
Next dates are 17th May and 31st May. All welcome!

Come along to our working bees, where we'll be sanding and painting
the floor, and fixing the skirting boards - the final touches on the library
renovations. Saturday 17th May and Saturday 7th June, from 12pm.

The Jura Food Co-op continues to provide people with affordable,
organic fruit and vegie boxes. Order yours or find out more by emailing jurafoodcoop@riseup.net

Alarm youth anarchist
collective
will be holding a meeting at Jura on Saturday 7th June. All
welcome!

After many meetings and much discussion (thanks again to all who
participated in the survey!), the Jura Collective has drawn up a new
strategic plan
! Read it here. It lays out our goals for the
bookshop, library, organising space, property, finances and more.

Here is the vision from the plan:

"At Jura Books, we are working to create a radically different world: one
based on freedom, equality and justice for everyone, as well as environmental
sustainability for all life on the planet. We believe this can only be achieved
by an organised and politically conscious social movement, based on
participatory democracy and workers control. Our collective will help to build
this movement.

"This (already growing) movement will revolutionise mainstream political
ideology, and will develop alternative social structures. We will work to
establish this new political consciousness in Australia, by putting the ideas of
anarchism, libertarian socialism, social ecology and anarcha-feminism on the
political agenda in Sydney. This means bringing these ideas to ever-widening
circles of people. We will also prefigure and nurture the alternative social
structures through the structures and activities of our collective. This means
creating a physical and social space that is liberating, safe, imbued with our
anarchist politics, and a joy to be in. So we will focus both outward and inward
in order to build a transformative social movement. We will work with other
groups to achieve our shared vision of a better world. Jura Books has been, and
will continue to help and encourage campaigns and like-minded groups which may
or may not include members of our collective. In order to build the movement,
the collective must expand so we will actively seek new members and new ideas.
We operate as an organised, participatory democratic, volunteer
collective.

"The core projects of the Jura Books collective are i) the bookshop, ii)
the library, and iii) the workers control centre / community organising centre.
Other activities related to these projects are: holding stalls, running
campaigns, improving our website, putting on events (talks, gigs, films,
performances), improving the space, and publishing pamphlets.

"Freedom without socialism is privilege, socialism without freedom is
tyranny!"

And finally, everyone is welcome at the Jura Collective Meeting at
12pm on Saturday 31st May.

Wow - so many great events! To see them all in calendar form, check out
our website calendar.

Jura Strategic Plan May 2008

The May 08 update to the draft Jura strategic plan with the correct version of section 6.

Miscellaneous: 

Cancelled (Working bee)

Friday, May 9, 2008 - 8:00pm to Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 1:00am

The builder can't make it on Friday, so this working bee won't be going ahead.

Working bee

Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 10:00pm to Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 4:00am

Come help sand and paint the floor of the library!

Working bee

Friday, March 28, 2008 - 11:00pm to Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:00am

When will the library re-open? That's up to YOU! Come and help paint etc...
12-6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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