We at For The Birds have been aware of recent discussions surrounding whether or not the Anarchist Book Fair would have a Safer Spaces policy, and how that would be enforced. As a group that has tabled at that event in the past, and been a part of that extended community, we wanted to express our concern for and awareness of the initial avoidance of stating a Safer Space policy and working towards community accountability. Across the board, For The Birds encourages and supports having Safer Spaces policies whenever possible.
We believe that sexual assault and abuse, within feminist and radical circles especially, are issues that need to be acknowledged and addressed head-on. We believe in doing more than stating that oppressive behaviors will not be tolerated and in having structures in place to help participants understand what that means and how those expectations will be addressed should an issue arise. Through our events and advocacy, we aim to create spaces that support active listening, respect, and a commitment to intersectional feminism that does not rely on state-sponsored institutions or the police-state. We understand that these goals are no small feat, but we are confident that through awareness, dialogue, and action it is possible to foster and organize events that are safer and respectful for all who choose to attend.
The Coalition for Safer Spaces has more information on these issues on their website, which can be found here.