In effort to be easily accessible by the public, play/ground enforces a strict anti-harassment policy with the knowledge that harassment is often used to block and silence marginalized people from participation. Harassment in this case is any behavior that intends to make someone feel unwelcome, belittled, or feel pain. We are particularly sensitive to discriminatory harassment that involves slurs or rhetoric relating to racism, sexism, and the many other forms of social oppression that exist in the world. Also be mindful of using pronouns for people you don't know, body contact without permission, unsolicited photographs or recordings, speaking over others when they are talking, and other behaviors that require someone's consent.
This isn't contained to just the event's space, including social events outside of play/ground and online. All harassment will result in expulsion from the space and future events, and if the victim requests it, security intervention.
Safe spaces for engagement and learning require community effort and are an on-going process. Because play/ground is open to the public and to many different disciplines, attendees will have different levels of familiarity of certain subjects, particularly social oppression. play/ground's production staff asks that attendees attempt conflict resolution and build a practice of listening and sharing with each other before resorting to staff and possibly security intervention. Here are some simple guidelines for when someone makes a mistake and needs to make amends:
Listen: If you are called out or otherwise notified that something you did makes the space feel unwelcoming to another attendee, please allow them to speak to it without interruption. People who speak up about harmful behavior are taking a risk and deserve to have their feelings heard.
Believe: Assume what the person is communicating to you is what they actually feel and they are being authentic. Instead of questioning their intentions or abilities, take them at face value and give them the benefit of the doubt. Everyone sees events from different vantage points, and different perspectives are allowed to exist on the same observation. It's possible to not agree with another person while validating what they feel is real.
Ask: From this place of understanding, ask the person engaging you in conflict resolution the information you both need to part peacefully. You can ask for resources on the type of behavior you're having trouble with, ask for forgiveness, or ask if they are comfortable talking further. Remember that this event acts as a community and we want move towards conflict resolution so we can continue forward together.
If conflict resolution doesn't work out or there is a case of harassment or more serious behavior, the staff of the event can be contacted to intervene. For less threatening conflicts, staff will attempt to resolve the conflict with all parties involved. Attendees who threaten another's safety or ability to participate will be expelled from play/ground and potentially barred from all future events. Calling on security or the police will be the last resort if all other action does not resolve the problem at hand.
While all staffing the event can help, please see Mattie Brice for your staff intervention needs.