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Accountability an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for (to explain, give an analysis for) one’s actions, a basic part of any functioning equal community.

Breaking the silence breach the silence, say something suddenly, begin speaking, stop keeping quiet, talk about a secret, tell people the truth.

Community In biological terms, a community is a group of interacting organisms sharing an environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness (unity). In sociology, the concept of community has caused infinite debate, and sociologists are yet to reach agreement on a definition of the term. Indeed, one can find 94 discrete definitions of the term even as early as mid-1950s. Traditionally a “community” has been defined as a group of interacting people living in a common location. The word is often used to refer to a group that is organised around common values and social cohesion (unity) within a shared geographical location, generally in social units larger than a household. Wider meanings of the word can refer to the national community or global community.

Communis comes from a combination of the Latin prefix com- (which means “together”) and the word munis probably originally derived from the Etruscan word munis- (meaning “to have the charge of”).

Scene Scene originates from theatre, has spread to music and in punk it has come to mean everything surrounding the scene as well, that means, all the people who go to concerts. And eventually from there to being equivalent of the “movement”, or people who function on the autonomous left side of the political field.

Security paranoia is very common in radical political spheres where some activities, in order to change society, include breaking the written laws. State repression is a well grounded fear, and nasty to be exposed to. But in many cases this fear is passed on to the general community, creating an unpleasant unwelcoming atmosphere for newcomers. So it would therefore be good to set up some ground rules, and clearly state what info is safe and what’s not safe to share outside the community, also explaining what ways of sharing the info is wanted or unwanted.

One way of keeping it safe, can be to only talk about illegal actions with the people you are going to do something with. And after the action is done, you don’t talk about again. Don’t share unsafe info with drug users.

Sexual harassment is harassment or unwelcome attention of a sexual nature. It is pestering due to gender or sexual orientation. It includes a range of behavior from seemingly mild transgressions and annoyances to actual sexual abuse or sexual assault. Sexual harassment is considered a form of illegal discrimination in many countries, and is a form of abuse (sexual and psychological) and bullying. It creates an intimidating, hostile, and/or offensive environment.

The term sexual harassment began coming to public attention in the 1970s, starting at a “Speak Out” in 1975 in Ithaca New York, USA. Sexual harassment still remains a “forgotten secret,” with comrades, friends and lovers refusing to admit the problem exists in their scene, or accept their responsibilities to deal with it.

Retaliation and backlash against a victim are very common, particularly a complainant. Victims who speak out against sexual harassment are often labeled troublemakers who are on their own power trips, or who are looking for attention. Similar to cases of rape or sexual assault, the victim often becomes the accused, with their appearance, private life, and character likely to fall under intrusive scrutiny and attack. They risk hostility and isolation from colleagues, supervisors, teachers, fellow students, and even friends. They may become the targets of mobbing or relational aggression.

Some of the psychological and health effects that can occur in someone who has been sexually harassed: depression, anxiety and/or panic attacks, sleeplessness and/or nightmares, shame and guilt, difficulty concentrating, headaches, fatigue or loss of motivation, stomach problems, eating disorders (weight loss or gain), alcoholism, feeling betrayed and/or violated, feeling angry or violent towards the perpetrator, feeling powerless or out of control, increased blood pressure, loss of confidence and self esteem, withdrawal and isolation, overall loss of trust in people, traumatic stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts or attempts, suicide.

Social Centre are community spaces. They are buildings which are used for a range of disparate activities, which can be linked only by virtue of being not-for-profit. They might be organizing centres for local activities or they might provide support networks for minority groups such as prisoners and refugees. Often they provide a base for initiatives such as cafes, free shops, public computer labs, graffiti murals, legal collectives and free housing for travellers. The services are determined by both the needs of the community in which the social centre is based and the skills which the participants have to offer. Social centres tend to be in large buildings and thus can host activist meetings, concerts, bookshops, dance performances and art exhibitions. Social centres are common in many European cities, sometimes in squats, sometimes in rented buildings.

Squat; Squatting Squatting is a term for inhabiting an abandoned or unused building or plot of land without owning it; a person squatting is known as a squatter, and the house or building occupied by squatters is known as a squat.

Transparency means openness, communication, and accountability. It is a metaphorical extension of the meaning of a “transparent” object, which is one that can be seen through. The idea is to make it easier for people to understand the organization principles, for instance, how and where and by whom decisions are being made, or how anything else is organized in order for them to more easily join, and feel that they are a part of, and therefore contribute more to the process.

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