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YIMBYtown 2017 Code of Conduct

The following code of conduct applies within our conference:

  • YIMBYtown 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. There’s no need to be mean or rude. Don’t be ashamed to celebrate the work of others.
  • 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.
  • Please keep unstructured critique to a minimum. If you have solid ideas you want to experiment with, be prepared to do the work yourself, if you have an idea, don’t be afraid to bring it up to see if you can build some kind of team/work group.
  • Do not take photos or video without asking first. 

You will be asked to leave the conference if you insult, demean, or harass anyone. 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, 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.

Given the many marginalized people involved in our conference, we respectfully ask that you do not call the cops to the conference location.

No matter who you are, if you feel you have been or are being harassed or made uncomfortable by a conference attendee or organizer, please contact Jessee or another organizer immediately. You can email them at  [email protected].