Plebs’ College is an autonomous space designed to provide a place for communities to share skills, knowlegde and fun. It is a safe space for anyone to participate in.
ACCESSIBILITY PROBLEMS – Please note that our space is not very accessible to physically disabled people – you currently have to climb a ladder to get in. We’ve tried to solve this problem, but we haven’t been able to so far. We can help you over, and people with broken arms, arthitis and small children have had no problem getting in, but obviously there will be many people for whom this is a barrier. Please please come round anyway and give us a wave so that we can come out and share a cup of tea and a chat. If you aren’t able to access the space but wanted to attend a particular workshop then let us know and we can see if there’s something we can do – if the weather is nice we could use some of the space at the end of the street or on Manzil Way. Hopefully Plebs College’s next home will have better access.
Safer spaces agreement:
The purpose of this collective agreement is to create a safe space free from hierarchy, oppression and conflict. We welcome everyone who enters this space as an equal participant in our movement. We are a community based on respect, trust, and taking responsibility of our actions.
Oppression can occur at a political, social or personal level on the basis of many forms of difference and inequality. These include but are not limited to experience, age, appearance, belief, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, immigration, income, nation, race and sexuality. This list is not intended to suggest that these are the only or the most important oppressions that exist in the world or in this space. Everyone is encouraged to add to this list.
– We consider any behaviour that demeans, marginalises, threatens or harms anybody as oppression, and we commit to challenging it.
– We do not tolerate violence, intimidation, harassment or unwanted sexual contact. Anyone responsible for such actions will be excluded from the space.
– We will challenge any oppressive language or behaviour, regardless of intention; for example telling an oppressive joke, or interrupting someone on the basis of unspoken privilege. Providing a safe and welcoming space is everyone’s responsibility: it is not only the duty of those subject to oppression. We ask all participants to challenge attitudes and behaviour in a way that is respectful and constructive.
– Stealing and other breaches of trust, including informing on activities, will also exclude the person responsible from the space.