[Noisebridge-discuss] Lack of due process when Cynthia forced to leave

jim jim at well.com
Thu May 3 18:19:45 PDT 2012

    Thanks, Gavin. From the description it sounds like the 
two members that confronted her are at fault. How in the 
world can two people decide someone is not good for the 
space? Cynthia certainly cleaned and cooked and had some 
reasonably good relations with some Noisebridgers. 

On Thu, 2012-05-03 at 17:47 -0700, Gavin Knight wrote:
> https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Meeting_Notes_2012_05_01
> "what the fuck happened: by james
> was in space teaching sysadmin calss. Cynthis was in the space, she
> spends a lot of time in kitchen, associates with occupy movement.
> arrived through elevator and two members immediately confronted her
> and told her that she was not a good part of the community. this was
> not a space for her to be at for any arbitrary reason. they wanted her
> to leave and come back during this meeting. she did not want to leave.
> the situation became more tenuous. someone decided that they needed to
> call the police. the police ended up coming and removed her from the
> building and it was awkward. Miloh talked her down. jesse was talking
> to her., members were talking to her. eventually i went on for a
> really long time.
> done. questions?
> jesse was one of the poepleinvolved. was part of decision to call
> police. it was very stressful situation. no one wanted to heighten the
> situation. could have handled without calling police. now we are
> developing better tools to handle this type of situation without
> calling the poilice.
> Za came in the door. cynthis was next to door. jesse and weave wanted
> her to leave right there and then. za wanted to be agnostic, but
> assumed that she had something violent. but that was not the case.
> tried to moderate. cynthis asked interrigators why she was being
> kicked out. violence was not an issue. got whole list of issues, asked
> guys to back off and za will talk with her. caution is the better part
> of valor . retreat, come abck tomorrow. she did not want to be a
> pushover. that was a need, she did not want to allow herself to be
> trampled on. Za thinks people were using force to get her out of here
> because of her aesthetics.
> It did not sound like there was a particular action taht resulted in
> people asking her to leave. it was a do-ocratic banning. in the past,
> this is tradditionally discussed in meetings. she has a role, she may
> be annoying and mentially ill, but that is not a reason to kick her
> out.
> reasons you might get kicked out: being violent, creepy, scary.
> does not like that it was not discussed and that people called the
> cops into the space.
> when i first came up to cynthia,impression from initial discussion
> from jessee that she was there was a discussion taht had taken place.
> she was very aggressive and in your face.
> there has been a lot of discussions on this subject. on the discuss
> list. but she may not have been aware of this.
> called police, told cynthia that police were called. about an our
> later they arrived. there were about 7 people around her arguing. she
> locked herself in the toilet. a police woman had to talk her out.
> cynthia asked to talk with miloh, they didm then he walked her out.
> situation did not seem safe for anybody involved. The best time to
> call police is before this type of situation escalates.
> there was a huge meeting before 5mof in the church classroom discussin
> taht this is not a resource center to use the internet or a place to
> come and find shelter. How do we get the poeple who are not using the
> space for what its for, how do we get them out of the space in a
> comfortable, do-ocratic way. (indirect quote from mitch?)
> what i think about cynthia is irrelivant. what the main this is how do
> we cultivate open space. question: to waht extent was she notified
> that she is not welcome? people have talked with her, but she may have
> not received that information/
> would she go get coffee with miloh to talk about how she is not
> welcome?
> she may have put noisebridge down as her space for residence.
> she was never told to leave perminately. she was told to leave now and
> come back to get a better understanding of the situation.
> look at the mediation and conflict resolution pages on the wiki
> what do we want to achieve in this discussion? this is a problem that
> we run into often. people are not contributing, people do not
> appreciate, but nobody acts on it until there is an incident.
> people dont like situation, eventually someone do-ocratically boils
> over and band someone.
> used to think this was totally wrong. but this may be the only
> catalyst that keeps people from being passive aggressive and inactive.
> what if two people try and tell eachother to leave the space?
> should we make a formal acceptance process to avoid the situation.
> that is the opinion of one individual.
> there could be a lower threshhold for non-members to get a lesser
> membership.
> What are definitions for what is a "hacker" because it basically boils
> down to a popularity contest. what are signals that can show people
> that they are about to get kicked out? there is a culture of fear at
> noisebridge. people have fear based projects. people are really afraid
> of being kicked out so they start these fear based projects. and the
> third thing: cynthis was accused of being overbearing and using
> authority to control the kitchen.
> one time race said it was members only time at 2am
> Cyntia should not come back to the space because her behavious is not
> excellent, does not try to be more excellent, and does not understand
> how her actions are unexcellent
> [redacted]
> indirect response to previous statement: this place is for education
> and collaboration.
> 1) is it appropriate for people in this space to decide taht someone
> else should be here, not because they are violent, but because they
> are not good for the space? if people are degrading the quality of the
> space, consistently over time, that person can be asked to leave. it
> was appropriate to ask her to leave. 2) was this the best way? no. it
> was the bay of fucking pigs. the only positive result was that cynthia
> wasnt here anymore. there were cops.
> the above perception of the general concensus is not completely right.
> its about 80% right. if someone is part of the community and someone
> decides to do-ocratically ban an individual, then lots of poeple will
> be angry. the best thing to do is to bring it up at a meeting."
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