We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free RootsCamp experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion.
- Sexual images in public spaces
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
- Harassing photography or recording
- Sustained disruption of sessions or of participants in sessions
- Inappropriate physical contact
- Unwelcome sexual attention, including but not limited to, verbal advances or commentary (“catcalling”), touching, or physical intimidation
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
RootsCamp attendees asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a RootsCamp attendee engages in harassing behavior, Wellstone retains the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender, or expulsion from RootsCamp with no refund, or any other actions RootsCamp organizers deem necessary to keep participants feeling safe and welcome.
RootsCamp organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. We expect attendees to follow these rules throughout the RootsCamp un-conference and during all RootsCamp-related social activities.
It is of the utmost importance to Wellstone and RootsCamp organizers that this be a safe and welcoming space for all attendees, and we want to hear about it if someone makes you feel unsafe or unwelcome.
It is of the utmost importance to Wellstone and RootsCamp organizers that this be a safe and welcoming space for all attendees, and we want to hear about it if someone makes you feel unsafe or unwelcome. Please report any incidents you experience or witness as soon as possible.
To report incidents, please notify any conference staff member or volunteer, and go to a Safer Space Room (Room 331 will be reserved for queer and trans people of color and 332 will be open to all conference attendees). We will also have a number to text to report an incident.
Both gender-neutral and gendered restrooms are available at RootsCamp. Just as you choose a restroom based on your identity and sense of safety, respect the right of other attendees to choose the right restroom for themselves. Assume that everyone is in the right bathroom for them. Gendered bathrooms can be a site of harassment and violence against trans and gender-nonconforming people in the wider world; let’s make restrooms safe places at RootsCamp by respecting each other.
Pronouns—why they’re important, even if you don’t understand them yet
On your conference badge, you’ll see that your pronouns are included along with your name. We do this to help RootsCampers treat each other with respect call each other by their correct pronouns—so that we can have the powerful, moving-the-needle conversations we need to have here. We also know that this might be a new practice for some!
Here’s why we do it: Like our names, our gender is a common way that people identify and talk to us. Pronouns are connected to gender identity (how we see ourselves) and gender expression (how we express ourselves to the world around us)—and we believe the best person to define a person’s gender expression and identity is that person. We ask that you call people by their correct pronouns (at least) in this space. When we don’t do this, we risk misgendering our colleagues and community members (calling by the wrong gender pronoun). This is particularly harmful to the transgender and gender non-conforming people we should love and support in our movements—and it’s harmful to our movements when we lose their contributions and brilliance because we’ve failed to make safer spaces.
Why not “preferred gender pronoun”?
For a while, it was common to hear the term “preferred gender pronoun” (or “PGP”) in movement spaces instead of just the phrase “gender pronouns.” Taking the lead of organizers who’ve work to move us forward on how we understand and talk about gender, we choose to simply use “pronoun” or “gender pronoun” to reflect that our pronouns are reflections of who we are, not just words we prefer or choose lightly.
Safer Space Rooms
This year we will have two Safer Space Rooms available to anyone needing a quiet moment or to address any and all violations and problems in a safe, closed environment.