Code of Conduct

This is a living document that describes how we’re building East Bay for Everyone. It is a guideline as to who we’re looking for. Originally adopted April 2016, it was updated August 2017.

The following code of conduct applies within our community:

  • East Bay for Everyone is a supportive, safe, welcoming environment for all, regardless of level of political involvement, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, or other similar characteristic.
  • Please be kind and courteous to each other. No personal attacks; direct strong emotions at ideas, not individuals. There’s no need to be mean or rude.
  • Political debate is greatly encouraged and part of how we develop. Be respectful, use healthy forms of discourse, and be open to new ideas. This isn’t a science.
  • Respect that people have differences of opinion and that every decision carries a trade-off and numerous costs. There is seldom a right answer, especially in political activism.
  • As a political movement, we need cohesion of vision. While healthy debate is essential to progress, disruption and co-option of East Bay for Everyone is counterproductive and harmful. The problem is so much bigger than us.
  • Please keep unstructured critique to a minimum. If you have solid ideas you want to experiment with, be prepared to do the work yourself.
  • We will exclude you from interaction if you insult, demean, or harass anyone. That is not welcome behavior.  Our definition of harassment includes:
    • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
    • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
    • Sharing or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
    • Sharing or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“outing” or “doxing”).
    • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, or disability.
    • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
    • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
    • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
    • Private harassment is also unacceptable. No matter who you are, if you feel you have been or are being harassed or made uncomfortable by a community member, please contact the Community Working Group immediately. Whether you’re a regular contributor or newcomer, we care about making this group a safe place for you and we’ve got your back.
    • Likewise any spamming, trolling, flaming, baiting, or other attention-stealing behavior is not welcome.

To render this code of conduct effective, East Bay for Everyone has a group of volunteers pledged to uphold it. This group is called the Community Working Group.

The Community Working Group follows these policies for upholding our community’s standards of conduct. If you feel that something needs attention, please contact the Community Subcommittee.

  • Remarks that violate East Bay for Everyone standards of conduct, including hateful, hurtful, oppressive, or exclusionary remarks, are not allowed. Cursing is allowed but never targeting another user and never in a hateful manner.
  • Remarks that the CWG find inappropriate, whether listed in the CoC or not, are also not allowed.
  • CWG will first respond to such remarks with a warning
  • If the warning is unheeded, the person will be asked to step away from East Bay for Everyone to cool off.
  • If they come back and continue to make trouble, they will be banned i.e., indefinitely excluded.
  • The CWG may choose at its discretion to un-ban the person if it was a first offense and they offer the offended party a genuine apology.
  • If the CWG bans someone and you think it was unjustified, please take it up with that CS member, or with a different CWG member, in private. Public complaints about bans are not allowed.
  • CWG members are held to a higher standard than other community members. If a CWG member creates an inappropriate situation, they should expect less leeway than others.

Adapted from the Out of Band code of conduct: https://oob.systems/code-of-conduct