AOUON firmly believes in current and formerly incarcerated people speaking in our own voices. Too often we have been told of our right to remain silent, or have been used as props for activists and organizations that do not involve directly-impacted people. We must speak up loud and wise to shift the dominant paradigm and show that those closest to the problem are the leaders closest to the solution.
AOUON members agree to abide by a Code of Conduct:
- No loud and disrespectful behavior that disrupts our meetings and mission.
- No racism, sexism, or homophobia in our language or interactions with each other. No calling out each other’s name.
- We will not advance an individual agenda over our collective agenda.
- We will follow tactical leadership in our collective and public actions.
- No drugs or alcohol at meetings or events.
- No guns or violence at meetings or events.
This Code of Conduct extends beyond in-person meetings and events to how we act online and through social media. We encourage people to identify themselves online as AOUON members, share photos of them wearing AOUON gear, and using the raised first as an avatar or profile photo on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms.
If you identify as an AOUON member, please uphold our Code of Conduct throughout your social media communications, even direct messages. Don’t advance an individual agenda over our collective agenda—Don’t give our adversaries another excuse to label us undeserving or less-than-human.