Community Principles

As you plan a visit or to be a part of activities, please know that our physical infoshop is situated in a private creative space used by multiple groups and individuals. Not everyone in this arrangement thinks alike, and here we address our own approach in using the space. We think it is important to take time to lay the groundwork of basic community principles now (and also to continually revisit and renew how we understand this) rather than assume nothing bad could happen.

wares is not a business, nor a charity, and do not regard you as a "customer" or "client", but as a fellow person living in or passing through this city who could potentially be a friend. We believe communication, boundaries, and mutual respect are important in any relationship, and especially so as we work to build long-term connections for interdependence based on shared goals and ethos.

As people informed by philosophies and practices of collective autonomy and liberation but not bound by any label, organisation, or dogma, we are accepting of anyone who does not seek to dominate, coerce, put down, or mislead others. We will deny entry to anyone who does so and shows no desire and effort for change. Difference and divergence is necessary, and disagreement cannot be avoided. We just do not defer to authority (of the state, paternalism, social, cultural, and economic hierarchy, etc.) as the solution to interpersonal or collective problems. What we emphasise and hold ourselves to is care for each other and the space, such that communal activity like study, rest, support, and agitation can happen.

On the most basic level, we ask for your understanding of this context and agreement to the following principles before visiting or engaging with our work:

We are committed to cultivating a safer, more accountable community with all invited to inhabit this shared environment.

As we do so, let’s be aware of and sensitive to one another’s autonomy, presence, and needs.

Harassment and harmful behaviour (abusive language or actions, intimidation, unwanted contact, etc.) reproducing violences of this racist, cishetero-patriarchal, ableist, capitalist world are not welcome or tolerated.

As a visitor, please let an organiser know if you face such trouble from anyone in the physical space.

This also applies to the online spaces that we find ourselves in.

None of us are perfect, let’s grow capacity to do better with each other through the course of our activity.

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Published: 2 February 2022