"Be careful with each other so we can be dangerous together."
This is a living, evolving document, and is subject to revision.
In response to critiques of “safe space” and “safe(r) space” language & failures of implementation in radical communities, Wild Roots Feral Futures is pursuing the formation of “brave(r) space.” Brave(r) Space strive to create nurturing environments where we value accountable interactions while creating support for vulnerability and bravery where everyone can thrive. In pursuit of brave(r) space, Wild Roots Feral Futures is implementing an anti-oppression policy. We seek to keep perpetrators of
sexual/physical assault out of our community and support survivors by
respecting and supporting any processes of accountability they initiate. We
emphasize accountability and use the language of brave(r) space (rather
than "safe(r) space") in recognition that as long as the dominant culture stands, no space can
ever be made absolutely safe for everyone, all of the time.
Accountability processes, however, are tools, and like any tool, they
can be used productively, or they can be misused, abused, and
weaponized. This is something we must be equally aware of, and guard
against. Primarily, we seek to avoid the pitfalls of "safe(r) space" that lead to little more than an avoidance of any and all possibly triggering subject matter, in favor of the cultivation of a brave(r) space where we feel comfortable being vulnerable with one another, and processing triggers when and if they occur.
and trans womyn have full support of the Wild Roots Feral Futures
organizers collective to establish spaces for themselves,
including spaces that are only for people who are oppressed by sexism,
people who are queer, and people who are trans. In solidarity against
patriarchal violence, we support the formation of spaces on the terms of
those forming them, and encourage a diversity of spaces to serve a
diversity of needs. We recognize the need for these spaces because no
matter how much we work on our privilege, as recovering
hetropatriarchists still in the process of mental and psychological
decolonization and recovery, we're still going to be bringing
heteropatriarchy into the space. Dismantling patriarchy is a process, not a product.
Wild Roots Feral Futures organizers collective recognizes that the
institutional, economic, political, social and cultural dynamics of
hierarchy, power and privilege that define mainstream society also
permeate radical communities. These dynamics are expressed in various
interlocking systems of oppression (e.g., colonialism, racism, sexism,
classism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, speciesism, etc.), which
prevent equal access to resources and safety, disrupt healthy
communities and movement building, and severely—sometimes
irreparably—harm our allies, our friends, our loved ones and ourselves.
Roots Feral Futures offers a growing number of zines and other texts
addressing the need to challenge these systems of oppression. This is a
reflection of our understanding that implicit in our desire to stop
the domination and exploitation of the Earth is a need to create
communities that are free of oppressive social relations. We understand
that failing to address oppressive behavior not only weakens our
movement by alienating and further victimizing our friends and allies,
it also calls into question our commitment to a better world and our
qualification as a radical community of resistance.
these reasons, we have drafted this policy of active opposition to
oppressive behavior of all kinds within our group and at our events.
define oppressive behavior as *any* conduct (typically along lines of
institutionalized power and privilege) that demeans, marginalizes,
rejects, threatens or harms any living being on the basis of ability,
activist experience, age, class/income level, cultural background,
education, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, language, nationality,
physical appearance, race, religion, self-expression, sexual
orientation, species, status as a parent or other such factors.
Oppressive behavior comes in a wide variety of forms, from seemingly
harmless jokes to threats of violence, from interrupting to verbal
abuse, from unwanted touching to rape, from hitting to murder. Some
forms are more extreme and irreparable than others, but all are
unacceptable under our anti-oppression policy.
This policy aims to:
•affirm and protect the personal autonomy, safety and well-being of all who participate in the group and events;
all group members and participants to challenge oppressive behavior
and provide them with skills and resources to do so effectively
(including educational materials, response strategies, etc.);
•nurture a strong, safe, healthy, reliable, egalitarian and diverse community;
•make our group more accountable to ourselves as well as the greater community;
•support and promote anti-oppression principles and practices within the group and greater community;
barriers preventing cooperation and solidarity with oppressed
individuals and groups who feel unsafe or unwelcome in the group; and
•combat the troubling legacy of oppression that continues to plague radical communities and our society as a whole.
acknowledge the limitations of such a policy. Developing an
anti-oppression policy is an ongoing process; this policy will
undoubtedly need periodic review and revision. Additionally, this policy
will not automatically make the group oppression-free, eliminate
oppressive organizational structures and personal behaviors, or erase
the grievances of previously oppressed and marginalized people.
Realistically, our anti-oppression policy is only as strong as our
commitment to addressing and confronting oppressive behavior on a
Prevention and Education:
best way to deal with oppressive behavior is to prevent it from
happening in the first place. Therefore, we will ensure that all group
members and event participants are familiar with this policy, with the
understanding that all participants in the group are expected to abide
by it. Additionally, we will support individuals who are unfamiliar
with the terms and ideas used in this policy by making available more
resources (e.g., zines, essays, books, websites and articles) on topics
such as: building conflict resolution skills; promoting consent and
mental health; dealing with sexual assault, animal abuse and other
forms of violence; confronting male/heterosexual/white privilege; and
supporting indigenous resistance, decolonization, anti-racist organizing, and border justice.
Toward a Restorative Justice Model:
instance of oppressive behavior is unique and thus requires a unique
response. Moreover, different types of oppressive behavior demand
significantly different reactions (e.g., the strategy for confronting
someone who makes an anti-Semitic joke will be different from the
strategy for confronting someone who commits a sexual assault).
Nevertheless, there are some familiar patterns that often arise when
challenging oppression. We believe that anticipating these patterns,
avoiding counter-productive reactions and aiming for ideal outcomes will
benefit nearly all anti-oppression processes.
(Adapted from the Earth First! Journal's Anti-Oppression & Safe Space Policy. Thanks!)
Sober Space & Substance Use Policy
In pursuit of fostering accountable, responsible, and safer
space, all communal space is sober space, meaning specifically that
substance use is not to occur in such spaces and substances are not to
be in open view. Wild Roots Feral Futures is not a space friendly to
belligerence, be it "sober" or "inebriated" in variety (not all sober
people carry themselves in a bad way, just as not all inebriated people
behave belligerently). If you attend, please keep this in mind. We seek
to maintain a friendly space that's open & welcoming to all,
including children and those dealing with substance abuse &
Our culture is dominated with substances. There are
many opportunities for people to socialize in settings that involve
drugs and alcohol. Restaurants, clubs, shows, bars, and even most events
at private homes frequently involve drugs and alcohol. These
environments exclude many demographics of people- people in recovery,
underage people, people at higher risk for arrest, and people who are
triggered by inebriated people. Creating a sober space is making a space
that is safe for more people than are usually considered in our
society. As anarchists we think it is important to be inclusive of
groups that are often completely ignored and oppressed. Children need
places to go that are safe and sober. People in recovery need places
where they won’t be tempted by substances they are trying to stay away
from. And people who are triggered by inebriated people need spaces they
can go and not have to deal with that trigger. These are just some
Our sober space policy is one of inclusivity, not
exclusivity. We do not think it is asking very much for folks who are
not sober to simply not consume substances in collective, designated
sober spaces. Only a few event organizers and participants consider
themselves sober. Everyone however agrees on the benefits of having a
sober space. Folks who are not sober and are part of the event simply go
somewhere else when they want to drink. We understand that people often
use intoxication as a means with which to cope with a variety of
issues, such as depression and social anxiety. We also understand that
there are many people with chemical addictions to substances which make
it hard for them to not be intoxicated. We are not trying to condemn
any of these people, intentionally exclude them, or make them feel
judged for their use or dependence on a substance.
want to experiment with sobriety, or coping with issues in a sober way,
we encourage you to come be awkward with us. We would be lying if we
suggested we are all full of social grace. However, we have had some
beautiful friendships develop, when we are our honest, goofy selves.
We are not maintaining a sober space for the purpose of judging or
excluding people who use substances. We hope that is not the impression
One of the things that is really important to our
collective is being accountable and respectful to the communities we
live around or within (human and non-human alike). We have all seen many
situations where non-sober spaces and non-sober events end up resulting
in disrespect towards the bioregion or neighborhood they are located
in. We are really happy that we don’t have to go around picking up beer
cans. And we like not having to worry about one of our friends trying to
leave intoxicated and drunk driving. The image that we are able to
present as a sober space is more positive for the kids and community
members we interact with. We are not trying to imply that substance use
always results in these issues, we are just offering them up as examples
of things that can become problems. This doesn’t mean we are perfect,
or that not having intoxicants or intoxication automatically makes us
have better relationships with one another, as well as the larger
communities we're situated within. Those are the sorts of things that
take years of work. But having sober space simplifies some issues and
prevents us from having to deal with unnecessary problems.
are probably reasons for having a sober space that we are missing in
this statement. And different people in the organizers' collective have
different reasons that make the issue more important to them personally.
We invite you to please come have respectful conversations with us if
you have any questions or concerns about our sober space. Thanks!