We as a community are working to make sure everyone who enters our space feels safe, comfortable, and respected at all times. You should feel in control of your bodily autonomy at all times, and be comfortable with how others are touching you when dancing.
While we cannot guarantee that you will never feel uncomfortable at our events, we are committed to making them as safe and inclusive as possible and take all comments seriously. Please let us know if you have had a negative experience and we will do our best to understand and rectify the situation.
If you have a specific incident to report from Blues Union, please let us know. During the dance, you can approach the door volunteer, who can direct you to an organizer. At any time, you can contact our Safety Coordinator at BostonBluesSafety@gmail.com. Anonymous reports are accepted.
Blues Union is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and safe social dance experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Individuals violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the venue at the discretion of the organizers.
Harassment includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and offensive verbal comments related to race, age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, religion (or lack thereof), or any other characteristic or trait. If a participant is asked to stop any harassing behavior, they are expected to comply immediately.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns that you are unable to address yourself, you can do any of the following:
- Talk to the main organizer, Jenn Martinez. If you can’t find her, then an instructor, DJ, or front desk volunteer can direct you to her.
- Report the incident afterwards, anonymously or not, using our online feedback form.
The organizers will be happy to help resolve the situation, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.
We appreciate your assistance in keeping our events and venues safe for everyone.
Black Lives Matter framing
Our events are designed to celebrate Black voices in our community and to amplify our belief that Black Lives Matter. Anyone who shares those goals with us is welcome in the space. If you are still learning about the Black Lives Matter movement (and all non-Black attendees are assumed to be still learning about the Black Lives Matter movement), we ask that you use this event as a place to keep your mind open, listen with empathy, and let your dancing and your presence become a stepping stone in supporting this urgent message. Racism will not be tolerated at this event. If you experience racist behavior please get in touch with the organizer or the safety coordinator immediately.
We understand that in the history of our global blues community, safer spaces policies have been weaponized against Black dancers. This has included branding Black men as predators, enforcing white norms as the only appropriate behavior, and otherwise allowing racial bias to color our enforcement of safer spaces policy. At Blues Union we are committed to preventing that within our community.
Our safer spaces lead for this event is white, and a Black advocate is also available for people of color who would prefer that support. If you are a person of color and want to specifically speak to a Black advocate, please just ask our lead to direct you to that advocate. If you would prefer to report anonymously you can specify in your email to the safety coordinator that you are a person of color who would like to work with a Black advocate.
The anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki (created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers) and the changes made to it by the Sundown Blues Society and Blues Dance New York.
This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.
Thank you to Fen Kennedy and their team for language in the Black Lives Matter section.