Safer Spaces Policy

We want the Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair to be a space where everyone can feel safe and have adapted the safer spaces policy of the OK Cafe/ 1in12 Club.

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Photo by Iain Broadley

·Everyone has an equal right to be heard and an equal responsibility to listen (people who are used to talking may feel the benefit of listening more, and vice versa).

·Respect and look after the building as a physical space and a resource for all.

·However strongly you feel about a particular topic, resist abusive discussions.

·Any behaviour – physical or verbal – that harms others, or makes existing power imbalances worse, is not welcome.

·Identify your own privileges – the things that sometimes give you an easier ride than others – and actively challenge them.

·Be aware of the range of different identities (gender, race, orientation, class) that people may have, and avoid making generalisations, or assumptions about people.

·Be aware that anyone in the space could be a survivor of a particular form of oppression, for example, violence or racism.

·If someone is feeling uncomfortable, do not hesitate to raise this, if you think it would be appropriate to do so.

·It is everyone’s responsibility to challenge prejudice & oppression, and if we ignore it we are allowing it to happen.

This list does not cover everything and it is up to all of us to help create a space where everyone feels safe and included.

If you do have any issues or concerns please contact the Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair Organisers.