Safer Spaces Policy

Portland Zine Symposium (PZS) is a volunteer-run organization that is working to serve the entire zine community.

PZS is a safer space, which means that it is intended to be a welcoming, engaging, and supportive environment free of oppressive actions, behaviors, and language. Participants and attendees are asked to consider how their language and behavior impacts others in attendance.

The following guidelines will help PZS be a safer space:

– Respect peoples’ physical and emotional boundaries.
– Respect peoples’ opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and
differing points of view.
– Always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone, taking
their photo, or crossing other personal boundaries.
– Be responsible for your actions, and aware that they may have an
effect on others regardless of your original intent.

The following actions and forms of discrimination and abuse will not be tolerated:

– Racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, religious intolerance, ageism, religious intolerence, sizeism, and all other forms of discrimination.
– Theft of money or property.
– Physical, verbal, or mental abuse.
– Sexual harassment, inappropriate/unwelcome comments and behaviors.
– Disruptive or disrespectful behavior.
– Causing a participant or attendee to feel distressed or unsafe.

The organizers of PZS will not censor content by previewing material before the event. If individuals find certain materials oppressive, PZS volunteers encourage and invite you to reach out to us regarding problematic materials or behaviors. We will respect the needs of any person raising concerns to us as we address problematic behaviors or language.

Should an issue arise with a participant or attendee before or during the fest,  PZS organizers will be available to hear these concerns and attempt to mediate to find a solution that is in the best interests of the community and the event being a safer space. The PZS staff reserves the right to ask any attendees who are violating the safer spaces policy to change or address their unsafe behavior or language. If anyone violating the safer spaces policy is unable to change or address their unsafe behavior or language, they will be asked to not attend or to leave the event.

Thank you for supporting the Portland Zine Symposium in helping to keep PZS a safe event for our community.

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