Code of Conduct
A primary goal of Liberation TO (LTO) is to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender (or lack thereof), sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, species, religion (or lack thereof), or other status.
This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour.
We invite all those who participate in LTO to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.
2. The Open Model
A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase community cohesion by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.
Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to empower our community members to be the best activists and people they can be.
If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know.
3. Expected Behaviour
The following behaviours are expected and requested of all community members:
· Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
· Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions, and believe in others' good faith.
· Attempt collaboration before conflict.
· Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.
· Refrain from criticizing other groups or individuals.
· Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community organizers if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
· Remember that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
· Treat others with integrity and, in particular, be honest in all your dealings with others.
· Live up to your duty to constructively dissent when another community member behaves in a fashion that is unethical.
· Call others in, rather than out.
· Be open to others' feedback when they express discomfort or hurt over your behavior.
· Live up to the ideals of nonviolence and nonviolent direct action, including "compassion for the individual, anger at the system."
· Respect the privacy and confidentiality needs of other community members or activists.
· Try to maintain a 5:1 ratio of positive/negative feedback for other community members.
4. Unacceptable Behaviour
The following behaviours are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:
· Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
· Speciesist, sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, ageist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
· Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
· Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information ("doxing").
· Criticizing other groups, their efforts, or members.
· Personal attacks, including those related to species, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability, and including both on- and off-line insults.
· Hacking, impersonation, or any other form of virtual harassment.
· Inappropriate photography or recording.
· Inappropriate physical contact, including any nonconsensual physical contact (no matter how seemingly benign).
· Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, unwelcomed sexual advances, invasion of personal space, and any other behavior that makes another community member sexually uncomfortable.
· Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
· Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
· Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.
· Dishonesty or deception to manipulate other community members.
· Use of objectifying language toward non-human animals, i.e. "it," "meat," "beef," etc.
5. Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour
Unacceptable behaviour from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.
Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.
If a community member engages in unacceptable behaviour, the community organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning.
6. Reporting Guidelines
If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify a community organizer as soon as possible at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.
7. Addressing Grievances
If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify the team at email@example.com with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing conflict resolution policies.
We expect all community participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues or events–online and in-person–as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.
This code of conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behaviour occurring outside the scope of community activities when such behaviour has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.
9. Contact info
10. License and attribution
This Code of Conduct is based on the document at DxE.io/conduct as of 23 June 2017
11. Alcohol and Other Drugs
All official events hosted by Liberation TO are open to all ages and will be free of alcohol and other drugs. Moreover, Liberation TO may occasionally organize events off site, e.g. dinner gatherings at restaurants, where alcohol will be available for purchase. In all cases, we strongly recommend that LTO members drink responsibly and notify an event organizer if (1) underage members are given alcohol; or (2) alcohol use threatens harm against the person using it or any other person.