Indigo Bridge Books and Cafe
Safer Spaces Policy

Indigo Bridge’s safe space policy is intended to help Indigo be a supportive, non-threatening environment for all who participate. We want this place to be welcoming and engaging, and we encourage everyone – visitors, event presenters, volunteers and staff members – to be proactive in creating an atmosphere where the safety of others is validated. In this spirit, we are survivor centric and survivor oriented; violence, abuse, sexual assault and discrimination will not be tolerated.

Everyone entering Indigo Bridge Books and Cafe is asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might be harmful to others. We define oppressive behavior as any conduct that demeans, marginalizes, rejects, threatens or harms anyone on the basis of race, sex, gender, religious creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, cultural background, ethnicity, ability, medical condition, marital status, physical appearance, activist experience, immigration status, race, self-expression, age, education, language, sexual orientation, status as a parent or any other basis made unlawful by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.

By entering Indigo Bridge Books and Cafe’s physical or online space and/or participating in any on or off-site Indigo Bridge events and activities, you agree to follow this code of conduct:

  • Respect peoples’ opinions, beliefs, experiences and differing points of view.

  • Respect everyone’s identity and background, including pronouns and names. Do not assume anyone’s gender identity, sexual preference, survivor status, economic status, background, health, etc.

  • Be aware of your personal biases, prejudices, and the space you take up at Indigo Bridge.

  • Respect people’s personal space; only consensual physical contact will be allowed.

  • Respect everyone’s emotional space.  Ask before discussing topics that may be triggering (abuse, interactions with police, assault, hate crimes/groups, etc.).  Use trigger warnings when asked or necessary.

  • Do not engage in physical or verbal threats, deliberate intimidation, or sustained disruption of discussion.  Violators may be asked to disengage or leave.

  • Be mindful of the impact that your actions may have on others.  Words and actions may have a different impact than your intent.  Listen to others and change your behavior if someone tells you that they are uncomfortable.

 

Indigo Bridge staff and volunteers are available to enforce these guidelines online or in person at their discretion.  Guests that do not abide by these rules will be asked to leave.

If you experience harassment, abuse, or sexual assault, or if a perpetrator of sexual violence is interfering with your participation or presence at an event or in a space, please approach an Indigo Bridge staffer or volunteer whom you feel comfortable talking to in person or via email. They are here to help with any conflicts arising from the violation of our policies.

If you have any suggestions about improving this policy, please email us at indigobridgebooks@gmail.com or ask to speak to a manager in person. Our safer spaces policy was created with help from The Commons and Bluestockings Bookstore.