Nonviolence and Anti-Harassment Policy

I. FANG’s Nonviolence Policy

While engaging in FANG related activities, all individuals that are part of the FANG Collective’s core or a FANG working group are expected to commit to nonviolence and refrain from acts that are intended to cause personal harm or place others at risk of personal harm. The FANG Collective does not engage in property destruction or acts of sabotage, including sabotage of equipment.

Likewise, FANG core and FANG working groups are encouraged to treat each other with respect. Resorting to violence when in conflict with one or more individuals is strictly prohibited. Prohibited acts involve physical attack, property damage, as well as verbal statements that express or suggest the intent to cause physical or mental harm to another person. More specifically, violent behaviors include, but are not limited to: hitting, pushing and shoving; throwing or breaking objects; theft; threatening gestures or remarks; disruptive or hostile actions; abusive or belligerent language; repetitive unwanted phone calls, notes or emails.

FANG recognizes that the nonviolence principles that organizations chose to adhere to can vary from group to group. FANG’s nonviolence policy should not be regarded as any sort of indictment of the nonviolence principles chosen by other groups, but rather as guidance to its own members as to how FANG expects them to behave while engaging in FANG related activities.

II. FANG’s Anti-Harassment Policy

All individuals that are part of the FANG core or a FANG working group are expected to comply with FANG’s anti-harassment policy.

A. Definition of Harassment

Harassment includes any verbal or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate or coerce any member of FANG that impairs that person’s ability to function within the group. Prohibited acts include but are not limited to:

i. Verbal harassment which includes comments that are offensive or unwelcome regarding a person’s national origin, culture, race, color, class, religion, age, gender or gender preference, sexual orientation, appearance, ability, mental state of mind and;

ii. Nonverbal harassment which includes distribution, display or discussion of any written or graphic material that ridicules, denigrates, insults, belittles or shows hostility, aversion or disrespect toward an individual or group because of national origin, culture, race, color, class, religion, age, gender or gender preference, sexual orientation, appearance, ability or mental state of mind.

B. Definition of Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment occurs when unsolicited and unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature interferes with and creates an intimidating, hostile or otherwise offensive environment. Prohibited acts include but are not limited to:

i. Verbal sexual harassment which includes innuendoes, suggestive comments, jokes of a sexual nature, sexual propositions, lewd remarks and threats; requests for any type of sexual favor (which includes repeated, unwelcome request for dates); and verbal abuse or “kidding” that is oriented toward a prohibitive form of harassment, including that which is sexual in nature and unwelcome.

ii. Nonverbal sexual harassment which includes the distribution, display or discussion of any written or graphic material, including calendars, posters and cartoons that are sexually suggestive or show hostility toward an individual or group because of sex; leering, staring, whistling, obscene gestures; content in letters and note, email, photos, text messages, tweets and internet postings; or other form of communication that is sexual in nature and offensive.

iii. Physical sexual harassment which includes unwelcome and/or unwanted physical contact, including touching, tickling, pinching, patting, brushing up against, hugging, kissing and fondling and forced sexual intercourse or assault.

III. FANG’s Policy on the Prevention of Violence and Harassment

FANG Members should be provided with training in Kingian nonviolence and anti-oppression on a yearly basis. Participation in these trainings may be opened to FANG volunteers and affiliates.

IV. FANG’s Method for Resolving Complaints

A. Reporting a Complaint

All incidents of violence or harassment can be reported via email, verbally, or written to a member of the Organizing Committee. Complaints will be addressed immediately by one or more FANG Members, if needed, a conflict resolution team. The decision to report an incident will never be questioned and will always be supported by FANG. 

B. Conflict Resolution Team

FANG does not have a conflict resolution team but has access to such a team. Because said team is located outside the state of Rhode Island, the requirement for reporting a conflict is maintained but the requirement for immediately addressing the conflict is provisionally relaxed until such time that the FANG Collective acquires its own in-state conflict resolution team. Exceptions include but are not limited to conflicts that can be resolved by one or more FANG core member to the satisfaction of the party or parties involved. This proviso does not apply if the conflict involves a matter that FANG does not have the skills to address and FANG reserves the right to re-direct the complainant to alternative resources better equipped to resolve the conflict. FANG will work towards training one or more of its members to become proficient in conflict resolution techniques in order to respond to incidents of violence and harassment.

C. Disciplinary Action for Non-compliance

In addition to the recommendations of the FANG Member(s) involved in resolving the conflict and/or the recommendations of the conflict resolution team, appropriate additional disciplinary action may be taken against any FANG Member or volunteer who violates FANG’s nonviolence or anti-harassment policies. Based on the seriousness of the offense, disciplinary action may include verbal or written reprimand, suspension or termination of membership or volunteer opportunities in the FANG community.

D. Post-Management and Re-establishment of Normality

Once the conflict has been brought to closure, one or more members of FANG and or the conflict resolution team will continue to assist the involved parties and FANG as a whole to return to normalcy. This will include but is not limited to providing continuing support to the affected parties and providing information to bring closure to the FANG community as a whole. The information provided may be limited by the non-consent of parties involved and/or limited to the barest minimum necessary to protect affected individuals but reasonably necessary to bring closure to the FANG community. Such information can be limited to no information at all if that information is not necessary to bring closure to the wider FANG community.