Participation Agreement - #EndCoal Newcastle
Always remember RESPECT COUNTRY, CULTURE & COMMUNITY and always act NON-VIOLENTLY towards others, yourself, creatures & the land.
Non Violence We are committed to the principles of Non Violent Direct Action (NVDA) and require everyone to abide by these principles whilst here. This means you must:
- Behave and speak respectfully to other people, including camp members, mine workers and police.
- Not behave in a violent, aggressive, or intimidating way towards other people, including camp members, mine workers and police.
This campaign does not use or endorse property destruction as a tactic.
If you experience or see any aggressive or intimidating behaviour, gently remind the person of their commitment to these principles, or ask someone else for assistance. Violent behaviour will NOT be tolerated.
Decision making – Your voice matters!
Most decisions at camp are made by consensus. This means that any decisions made are done in a way that ensures everyone present is comfortable with a decision before it is made. Participants are encouraged to enter into this process with a spirit of flexibility. Everybody at camp is welcomed and encouraged to contribute new ideas and participate in decisions made here. We all share equal responsibility for these decisions.
This front line resistance effort is aspirationally a flat, anti-hierarchical structure. Respect for experienced activists and their knowledge is important in the spirit of learning from history and to build a powerful, and skillful movement. Respect for newer participants and the novel and critical ideas they bring to make a diverse, creative and self reflexive movement is also important. While our organisation aspires to be as non-hierarchical as possible, we acknowledge indigenous sovereignty, and the traditional custodians of the land on which we stay as guests and supporters. We also acknowledge that our efforts must harmoniously support the efforts of other indigenous communities impacted by coal mining in so-called 'Australia.'
The actions you take in and around the camp and the community reflect back on the whole group. Please remember this at all times, and don’t do anything that will negatively impact upon the camp without discussing it with everyone else, and respecting the consensus outcome. If there is an issue that you think needs to be resolved, start the discussion. Don’t wait for someone else to.
Please note that there is – by necessity – a security culture that exists within this camp. Some activities operate on a ‘need to know’ basis, but always feel free to ask questions if you are not sure what is going on.
Camp Maintenance – We’re all in this together
There are plenty of opportunities to pitch in to the campaign no matter what skills you have. We all share responsibility for camp maintenance, cleanliness, and hygiene.
Please sign your name up to the tasks board to collectively be part of keeping camp safe and clean. If you are unsure about how to do something – ask someone – but feel free to make suggestions about how to approach an activity.
Please wash your hands before handling food, and after visiting the toilet block.
Pull your weight to keep the camp healthy and litter free. Please use the biodegradable, grey-water-friendly soaps and shampoo provided. We encourage the use of ethical products where possible.
Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs
Whilst you are here and in the surrounding community, you are a member of the camp and Front Line Action on Coal, and your actions will be viewed as a representative of the campaign.
If you have a substance abuse problem, have had issues in the past at camp or find that you have issues with the behaviour requested in this agreement, you are encouraged to discuss it with a safer spaces representative upon entering or returning to the camp.
At all times drunken behaviour will not be tolerated. A drink is ok, drunk is not.
Illegal drugs are not allowed at any time. Please be aware that police car searches and drug/alcohol testing are common. Your actions in the camp and the surrounding community will have serious impacts on the campaign and the broader movement.
This is a serious matter and breaches will result in you being asked to leave.
If you smoke, respect others who don’t. Please do not smoke during meetings and in communal areas and going far enough outside of these areas that you’re not smoking people out of them (downwind if possible). Standing in the doorway is not sufficient. Be responsible for your own cigarette butts and their disposal. NO BUTTS ON THE GROUND.
Please be mindful in the way that you behave and your consumption and its effects on others.