“Do Better” June Pledge
I vow to make my absolute best, good-faith attempt to be conscious of the spaces I occupy and the way I treat those in them with me.
I vow to exercise and improve my empathy toward those with different backgrounds, marginalizations, and experiences than my own. I recognize that we aren’t all starting from the same mark.
I vow to consider the things I don’t say in front of the people they are about, and ask myself why not, and if those reasons stem from a fucked up place.
I vow to curtail destructive behavior that I have perpetuated.
I vow to acknowledge my privilege across all axes of social interaction and educate those who share it when I am able.
I vow to undergo accountability actions, and want my community to hold me accountable for harmful actions, fucked-up views, or even just simple mistakes borne of ignorance.
I vow not to pretend that my tenure in any community gives me any right to behave poorly or gives further pretense that I am elevated above my peers.
I vow to show solidarity with community members who are more marginalized than myself.
I vow to amplify and hold space for the voices of people more marginalized than myself in my community.
I acknowledge that I am a person who may fuck up, and vow to expend effort to curtail my own defense mechanisms when that happens. No one, especially me, will heal, learn, or change if I lash out in the heat of my emotions.
I am not a saint, but I am a person who makes choices about my actions.
My choice is to do better.