A few quick tips for countering oppression at GA
~ Don't make and/or Challenge your assumptions. Eric Law talks about how
~ Ask Questions - Demonstrate “Holy Curiosity”
~ Be mindful of your (white, male, economic, relational, educated, accredited, clergy, professional, hetero, cis, "been around for forever", etc.) privilege in any given interaction and/or space and think about how to best equalize the power dynamic.
~ Consider that everyone has more identities (and history) than you're aware of. No one is just a race + gender expression + orientation. Our identities are infinite.
~ Welcome discomfort. There's so much more opportunity there.
~ Be mindful of how much space you claim, and what that might mean for others.
~ Don't touch people (or things) without explicit consent. Not everyone responds to touch the same way; not all "friendly" touch is appropriate.
~ Be mindful of your language and that there may be someone within earshot to whom it may be exclusionary/hurtful.
~ Try to Listen more than you speak.
~ When you speak, speak (only) for yourself (unless requested to speak for a group).
~ Don't make a member of a marginalized group responsible for your education about issues of marginalization and oppression. Seek out those allied people and groups (like ARE) dedicated to helping with that.
~ Be aware that your intent will not always = the impact of your words & actions.
~ Try not to take things personally.
~ Be open to learning.
~ Exercise humility.
~ Remember that not everyone has the same information! Share respectfully if you have the opportunity.