Saint Louis DSA

Preamble:

  1. The St. Louis Local of the Democratic Socialists of America (STL DSA) is committed to engendering a climate of respect for the variety of experience, analysis, and opinion that exists among those already in our ranks and those whom we stand alongside in the struggle for a democratic and socialist society. As a rule, STL DSA will be as accommodating and inclusive as practicable.
  2. Rigorous debate is one of the hallmarks of any socialist organization. Such debate elicits the fullest political commitment and input from each member in order to develop a unified national perspective. We expect debates to be conducted with civility and respect, as comrades committed to the same struggle.
  3. Wherever possible, personal conflicts should be resolved on an individual basis or with the help of local members’ branch leadership. Given that the aim of building a socialist organization includes building a shared sense of solidarity, disciplinary infractions should be handled with the aim of changing a member’s improper behavior, rather than resorting to formal disciplinary procedures.

Purpose:

  1. The goal of the Code of Conduct is to foster a community that has the following qualities:
    a. Provides a safe, respectful, and welcoming environment where all are free to fully express their ideas and identities free from discrimination or harassment.
    b. Defaults to openness and works to be objective.
    c. Presumes the value of others and cherishes everyone’s ideas, skills, and contributions.
    d. Encourages participants to listen as much as they speak, ask respectful questions, and demystify subject matter.
    e. Approaches problem-solving with a “yes, and” mentality and permits the ability to stretch.
    f. Works to prioritize access for and input from those who are traditionally excluded from the political process.
    g. Ensures that relationships and conversations remain respectful, participatory, and productive.
  2. Article XII of the Bylaws provides for disciplinary procedures. The provisions of the Code of Conduct are meant to be a substantive limit on the Local’s disciplinary powers, in that they provide criteria and guidelines by which the Local shall exercise those powers.

Code of Conduct:

  1. Members are expected to not only abide by rules of membership but should also abide by principles of non-discrimination and norms of comradely behavior. Members are accountable for actions that bring serious harm to other members, to allies, or to the organization. Discrimination may include, but is not limited to:
    a. Restricting engagement in the organization or the community that surrounds it on the basis of the following traits: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, language of preference, age, disability, physical appearance, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, source of income or workplace, or neurotypicality.
  2. Harassment is prohibited and includes conduct which is verbal, written, physical, or via electronic communication, that has the intent or effect, because of its severity and/or persistence, to be intimidating, hostile, or offensive. Harassment may include, but is not limited to:
    a. Violence, or threats, calls to, or incitement thereof.
    b. Repeated unsolicited and/or unwanted advances, propositions, attention, or physical contact, sexual or otherwise.
    c. Stalking.
    d. Imagery, language, or other behavior that is intended to be disturbing or provocative without contributing to discussion.
    e. Hate speech.
    f. Intentional misgendering or use of former or rejected names.
    g. Photographing or recording video for purposes of harassment.
    h. Publication or transmission of personal, private communications.

This document shall be posted at all officially sponsored STL DSA events.

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