|Re: Are Rules Helpful? WAS Environmental sensitivities in community?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2018 10:30:40 -0800 (PST)|
MJ Phillips <mjphillips [at] pobox.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after deleting quoted digest and restoring subject line. Digest subscribers, please delete most of quoted digest and restore subject line when replying. NOTE: Digest subscribers can make replying easier by using "auto folders" particularly Gmail and Outlook users. See http://justcomm.org/jc-faq.htm#Q6.5 -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Wow- thanks everyone for these interesting (and all very understandable) perspectives (re chemical sensitivities, allergies, etc in community). There is a sizable (and, sadly, growing) group of people (including myself) who are very sensitive to wireless and other forms of electrical fields (symptoms include dizzyness, heart palpitations, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, burning/tingling and localized pain when handling devices, etc). It’s becoming harder and harder for such individuals to find places to live, due to the ubiquity of wifi and cell signal. Part of my vision is to create a wireless-free community, meaning one without wireless home appliances or phones (not that people couldn’t use them off-site as needed and as tolerated), and with a good buffer from cell towers and the residental wireless 5G antennae that are beginning to be installed all over the country now. Of course I’d like to assume that anyone moving into such a community of self-selected "wireless refugees” would not want to use any wireless devices, but I’ve wondered how the community might go about establishing and enforcing this as a policy if needed (since wireless use on the premises would seriously impact the health and well-being of all other residents, and the whole reason they are there is to avoid that). Obviously, upfront education/explanation about the rationale, the health impact on all (not just some) other members, and what the policy actually means in terms of day to day living (no wireless baby monitors, etc) would be critical before accepting anyone as a member. From what I read in the discussion below, it sounds like it would also be important to get this into the bylaws from the beginning(?). I’d be really interested to know if there are other/additional ways this could be handled or addressed please? And, more generally: how do communities typically handle related situations, ie, where fundamental principles that underlie the group’s ability to exist are being violated (eg, non-payment of dues, as opposed to policies/rules/agreements that have more to do with member preferences or accomodating individual needs)? Are there legal remedies? (Eviction? Fines? Other?) If so, what are they, and how would you set up the paperwork ahead of time to be able to enforce them? If there are written or online resources about this kind of thing, or specific people I could talk to, please let me know. Thanks in advance… not an easy topic! Jaffy MJ Phillips mjphillips [at] pobox.com 781-752-9599 (Sent from a Hard-Wired Computer - for our Health)
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