OS Accountability Principles and Process
As the Occupy Seattle community grows and moves forward, we need to
make clear how we resolve conflict, harm, and violations of our
principles within OS community space and hold each other accountable
to the OS community. Harm, conflict and violence in our community are
a direct result of the system of oppression and violence which our
movement is fighting against.
We’ve all been shaped by this system and we all need to work together
to heal and transform ourselves and our community.
Occupy Seattle as a collective will adopt these accountability
principles to handle
conflict, harm, and violations of community agreements within our community:
●Working together and listening over opposition and banishment
●Respect for the humanity of all individuals involved
●Participation, transparency, and responsibility to the community
●Close attention to power dynamics of privilege and oppression
●Focus on healing instead of punishment, obedience, or ‘getting even’
The process which we propose involves these steps:
When a public conflict occurs, everyone present may come together and
attempt to de-escalate and figure out how best to immediately keep
everyone safe (i.e asking people causing harm to leave for a short
time until an accountability circle can be convened).
Community Accountability Circle:
• An accountability circle is formed with the goal of transforming and
healing our community.
• The transformative justice group will be available to facilitate an
accountability circle between two days and one week of the incident.
An accountability circle is an open, transparent process gathered to
understand the conflict, heal those involved of oppression and
violence, and make OS a safer space. Anyone in the Occupy Seattle
community who feels affected by the incident in any way is encouraged
to participate (i.e. campers, work groups, caucuses) The circle may
use a talking stick, to ensure that all voices are heard, and may grow
as it needs to.
• Anyone may be requested to engage in the accountability circle by
another individual or group, including camp safety, and may be
unwelcome in the occupation if they refuse.
• Facilitation from the transformative justice group will guide the
process, and support the accountability principles. The accountability
circle will hear everyone’s experience of: what happened, how and why
the harm came about, and what might repair the harm done. The circle
will then attempt to reach consensus on the next steps for resolution
including agreements to remedy the harm, conditions for participants
to remain welcome in the Occupy Seattle community, and strategy to
ensure that accountability conditions are adhered to.
• The accountability process will be adaptable to the community. The
transformative justice group will provide resources, trainings, and
maintain the evolution of the accountability process.