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Community Meeting #WeToo
February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Bring your Me Too issues and concerns and let’s have an open group to discuss them. This group is free and all genders are invited. WeToo is Puna’s version of the MeToo movement.
This is our second meeting.
PLEASE READ BEFORE DECIDING TO ATTEND:
#WeToo Guidelines for Safe Meeting
This is a community action group focused on co-creating constructive and conscious responses to this issue.
Please be aware that due to the sensitive nature of this topic, there are stringent guidelines for conduct at this meeting. These guidelines are in place primarily to ensure emotional and psychological safety. We reserve the right to deny entry or to ask someone to leave if they are unwilling to agree to or maintain these commitments.
1) There will be no late admittance to the meeting after 4.15pm
2) This meeting does not require or guarantee confidentiality
3) This meeting is not suitable for those under age 18
4) Safety is paramount. Anyone can call safety at any time and the group will stop and address concerns
5) No sharing of specific experience/s or allegations of assault, violation or misconduct by either party. This requires informed consent by both parties and everyone present and appropriate resources in place to avoid traumatization. This restriction is also in place to avoid prejudicing future informal or formal interventions or legal actions.
6) Observe and respect each other’s physical and emotional boundaries.
7) Use your best communication skills.
• Treat others with the courtesy you would like to receive
• No yelling, name calling, interrupting
• Listen to understand, especially when you disagree
• No minimizing, invalidating, defending or explaining
• Ask before offering advice
8) Do not leave without checking out with at least a staff member.
The intention is to come together as a community and constructively address:
How to increase safety in our community
How best to provide support and healing
How to respond or intervene in effective and appropriate ways
How to put in place preventative/protective measures to avoid future occurrences
Towards: Co-creating a future with increased awareness, courageous communication, and mutual respect.
“Me Too” (or “#MeToo”, with local alternatives in other languages) spread virally in October 2017 as a two-word hashtag used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.
The phrase, long used by social activist Tarana Burke to help survivors realize they are not alone, was popularized by actress Alyssa Milano when she encouraged women to tweet it to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Since then, the phrase has been posted online millions of times, often with an accompanying personal story of sexual harassment or assault. The response on Twitter included high-profile posts from several celebrities, and many stories of sexual violence were shared.