YOUR INPUT IS IMPORTANT!
Review below the proposed civility pledge and wording for the Rules of Procedure Rule 9B.
PROPOSED CIVILITY PLEDGE:
I honor civility in this forum when I listen so others feel heard.
I honor civility when I speak so others can hear.
We pledge to be grounded in the principles of equity, inclusion, excellence, service and integrity.
A little background of how this pledge was crafted.
Based upon the public's recommendations, our observations and the City's ordinances, we synthesized the following guiding principles. First we identified common ground:
Tacoma is a livable and progressive international city, regarded for the richness of its diverse population and its natural setting.
Second we identified guiding principles:
- Respect all humans (EQUITY & INCLUSION)
- Offer constructive input (EXCELLENCE)
- Share responsibility (SERVICE)
- Steward public resources (INTEGRITY)
Thirdly, we summarized with best practices
To listen so others feel heard:
- Pay attention
- Acknowledge speaker
- Value testimony
- Offer next steps
To speak so others can hear:
- Use respectful tone
- Introduce yourself and your intention
- Describe concern(s) or issue(s)
- Share how it impacts you
- Share your proposal(s)
PROPOSED RULES FOR PROCEDURE, 9B:
Civility. All speakers during public comment or Citizens’ Forum shall be civil with their words and behavior. Speakers and listeners shall respect all people and avoid insults. Speakers shall focus their comments to pertinent facts and subject matter. The presiding officer makes the determination of what is disruptive.
CURRENT RULES FOR PROCEDURE, 9B:
Courtesy. All speakers during Public Comment or Citizens’ Forum, in the discussion, comments, or debate of any matter or issue, shall be courteous in their language and deportment and shall not engage in or discuss or comment on personalities, or indulge in derogatory remarks or insinuations in respect to any member of the Council, or any member of the staff or the public, but shall at all times confine their remarks to those facts which are germane and relevant, as determined by the presiding officer, to the question or matter under discussion.