Community Agreements

Creating Sacred, Brave, and Restorative Spaces

Community Agreements

1. Listen actively – respect others when they are talking (step up step back) –Don’t interrupt – one person speaks at a time

2. What you reveal you heal

3. We will struggle together and NEVER throw each other way

4. Do not be afraid to respectfully challenge one another by asking questions, but refrain from personal attacks – focus on ideas

5. Participate to the fullest of your ability – We are valuable and essential to this work

6. Instead of invalidating somebody else’s story with your own spin on their experience, share from your own heart and experience

7. Be conscious of body language and nonverbal responses – they can be as disrespectful as words

8. We will take good care of ourselves

9. Always be ready to lead or facilitate in someone’s absence or when needed

10. Words can be hurtful – please be tactful (somethings are better left unsaid or spoken in one-on-one conversations)

11. Stay in touch and do not go MIA (Missing. In. Action.) – let us know if you need a break or need to step away for whatever reason

12. Be approachable and accountable to each other

13. Please keep information shared in Leadership Team Meetings Confidential; Please get permission from the group before sharing

14. Show Grace and Forgiveness for each other – we never know what stress members may be experiencing

15. No Name Calling

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that this land is not only tribal land but is a land
that has been soaked in the blood of both native elders and
youth that were innocent yet had their blood spilled over dirt and
air. We also acknowledge that we cannot have true justice on
blood soaked land that has not been reconciled in the right way.
We come today not only to remember those who were taken by
hate and greed, but we also are here to see that these acts are
put to an end for all people, not just the natives but all those who
call this land now home so that future generations will live
without hate and greed but in love and honor for all.

Labour Acknowledgment

We must recognize that much of what we know of the United States today, including its culture,
economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible
by the forced labor of enslaved Africans who suffered the horror of the transatlantic trafficking of
their people and chattel slavery, which has stripped generations of wealth from African Americans.
This country was built on the exploitation of Asian labor, particularly Chinese labor that built the
railroads, which sparked riots that led to the forced expulsion of Chinese people in Tacoma and

Seattle.

Additionally, our country continues to exploit the labor of Latinx workers who pay billions into

Social Security but will never benefit from it.

We are indebted to our BIPOC ancestors labor and sacrifice, who have historically, and continue
to be, underemployed and overlooked, often working multiple jobs to make ends meet.
We must acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting

impact that can still be felt and witnessed today.