- Members of JAC commit to treating each other with kindness and respect. We don’t have to agree on everything, but we will not single people out, call each other names, or verbally abuse each other. If a member of JAC feels that someone is acting in a disrespectful manner the individual should first speak to the person directly concerning the issue, if that member a) feels safe or comfortable raising the issue with the person(s) involved and b) would like to pursue a resolution. If a member of JAC does not feel safe or comfortable resolving the matter directly with the person(s) involved, or if direct communication does not resolve the matter, a member of JAC may take the issue to the Restorative Justice Committee. See the Restorative Justice Committee handout for more information.
- We oppose racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, and mentalism. We acknowledge that we are growing and learning together, but instances of oppression will be taken seriously. There will be zero tolerance for failure to engage in any recommended processes around instances of oppression. Definitions of these terms are at the end of the Community Standards document so that we all have common definitions to work from.
- We are committed to promoting the leadership of people who have experienced incarceration and their families.
- We agree to be accountable for our words and actions and to hold each other accountable for our words and actions.
- We are committed to applying restorative justice principles to resolve conflicts. A definition of restorative justice principles is at the end of the Community Standards document so that we all have a common definition from which to work.
- We will strive to make the coalition a safe, caring space for members.
- The above standards apply in all situations and all oral and written communications, including but not limited to in-person meetings, demonstrations, telephone calls, social media or anytime that a member of JAC is identifying themself as a representative or member of JAC.
- Structural Oppression: The ways in which culture, ideology, laws, institutions, and personal behaviors and beliefs interact to maintain a hierarchy that allows the privileges or advantages associated with the dominant group and the disadvantages associated with the oppressed, targeted, or marginalized group to endure and adapt over time. This preserves the hierarchy and can be based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and/or other group identities.
- Ableism: A system of discrimination and exclusion that oppresses people who have mental, emotional, and physical disabilities.
- Ageism: Pejudice or discrimination based on a person's age; specifically related to the explicit or implicit advantages or disadvantages based on age.
- Homophobia: The fear or hatred of gays, lesbians, or queer-identified people in general. This can be manifested as an intense dislike or rejection of such people, or violent actions against them.
- Mentalism: Refers to systemic oppression as well as societal attitudes and assumptions that work to keep people labeled with psychiatric disabilities devalued, disempowered and disenfranchised.
- Racism: Racial and cultural prejudice and discrimination, supported intentionally or unintentionally by institutional power and authority, used to the advantage of one race and the disadvantage of other races. The critical element that differentiates racism from prejudice and discrimination is the use of power and authority to support prejudices and enforce discriminatory behaviors in systemic ways with far-reaching outcomes and effects.
- Sexism: The cultural, institutional, and individual set of beliefs and practises that privilege men, subordinate women, and designate values and practises associated with women.
- Transphobia: The fear or hatred of trans and gender nonconforming people in general. This can be manifested as an intense dislike or rejection of such people, or violent actions against them.
- Restorative Justice: An approach to responding to instances where community standards have been broken. In Restorative Justice the focus is on mending relationships and for community accountability in how multiple people acted or failed to act for this harm to occur. Some primary principles include being guided by the voice(s) of those at the center of the harm; allowing all parties to be active participants in the process and obligations; any obligations that follow from the harm inflicted should be related to making things right and not on vengeance or pain. Restorative Justice encourages the whole community to become involved in early intervention and to see how we are all affected and all responsible for each other.