[Noisebridge-discuss] asked james to leave

Leif Ryge leif at synthesize.us
Thu Jun 20 03:27:36 UTC 2013


This afternoon I asked an older man named James to leave Noisebridge.

This is loud obnoxious James who used to wear a cowboy hat and be around
frequently. Today was the first time I've seen him in several months; I
heard he has been in southen california.

Based on conversations I've had with him and with people who know him
better than I do, I believe he harasses women on the street and responds
poorly to suggestions that he should stop doing that.

I told him that I would prefer that he *not* return to the weekly
meeting, but that if he wants to see if the rest of the community agrees
with my assessment that he should not be at Noisebridge he could attend.
He said he will stay away until the meeting and will come to "stand
trial".

I think James epitomizes the truism that by including some people we are
actually exlcuding others. I hope we don't need to spend too much time
discussing him at the meeting.

~leif

ps: Thank you to the 3 people who agreed to join me in having this
difficult conversation!
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