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Access Agreements

Common Field is committed to ensuring that our spaces and experiences welcome and support people of all abilities, genders, identities, and geographies to and within our community. From providing tools and support systems across platforms, to our ongoing work of assessing and listening to the changing needs of our community, we hope to continue building responsive and inclusive protocols to deepen and expand our commitments to disability justice, language justice, racial justice, and sustainability.

These are our current Access protocols, systems, and tools. We are committed to offering these for all of our programs and projects across platforms, and we welcome you to share suggestions or ideas around what else we can do at hello [​at​] commonfield.org.

  • CART: For all of our online events, we offer CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), or real-time, captioning for attendees.
  • ASL: We offer ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation for our events online and onsite when possible.
  • Alt-Text & Digital Readability: We provide alt-text on our social media posts and are currently developing functionality to enhance alt-text, screen reader and navigation capacities on our website.
  • ADA Compliance: We are committed to using only ADA-compliant venues for in-person events, and ensuring that they are either within reasonable proximity to public transit or alternative transportation options are available.
  • Care Spaces: We provide care, rest, and other slow spaces to our attendees for family care, self care, and connection during our programs, and throughout the year for our Network.
  • Gender & Identity Inclusivity: We encourage all Network members and program attendees to share their preferred pronouns during public programs and events and aim to facilitate gender neutral spaces - from restrooms to rest and safe environments - at our gatherings.
  • Land Acknowledgement: We begin all public events with a Land Acknowledgement and provide attendees tools to learn and share more about their own geographies.
  • Fair Wage: We offer fees that surpass current WAGE guidelines for artists and participants of our programs, and are committed to ensuring that our vendors are paid competitively at or above market rate.
  • Requests & Accommodations: We always welcome our program participants and Network to request additional access tools or resources for events on a case-by-case basis, and do our best to provide them.

Community Agreements

Common Field strives to create open and inclusive environments that welcome our community to share and exchange while creating a safe space for everyone to express themselves with respect for each other. We believe this is only possible through our collective shared agreements.

Together, with you, we aspire to build safer and open spaces by:

  • Holding our own accountability. Enter spaces with a humble heart and loving criticality. Commit to showing care and respect for yourself and others.

  • Remembering that inequity is systemic. Before entering spaces, take a moment to reflect on our own differences and acknowledge our privileges and power.

  • Employing inclusive language and resources. Make a conscious effort to resist and learn how to avoid ableism, racism, classism, ageism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in our language, imagery, and examples.

  • Prioritizing listening. Listening is a practice of centering other’s voices in spaces. Silence is a critical act of decentering self to listen and process the experience of others.

  • Giving space. Give yourself and others space for discomfort, mistakes, vulnerability and non-closure.

  • Respecting boundaries. Remember to hold each other's privacy and personal boundaries, including confidentiality, in shared spaces. Safety, accessibility and personal boundaries mean different things for different people and we should learn from one another.

  • Having fun. When it's possible, find moments of joy in the spaces you enter for yourself and others.

  • Taking breaks. Allow space for yourself and others to pause, process, reflect and move through challenging or complex ideas and dialogs.

Like our Access Commitments, these Community Agreements are a work in progress. We welcome any suggestions and feedback that will help us to take better care of each other. You can email us at hello [​at​] commonfield.org.

Resources

To learn more about safer space and other facilitation tools, please visit Safe Space: a tool for allowing deep and consensual dialogue by Berkeley Student Cooperative.

To map your native land and prepare to share, visit https://native-land.ca/