Making Stl Dsa A Multiracial And Anti-Racist Organization Priority

Current Chair(s):

Alicia H and Mihir V | multiracial@stldsa.org

Description:

BACKGROUND AND GOALS: This resolution came out of conversations within STL DSA Afrosocialists & Socialists of Color Caucus and the Leadership Committee. The goal of this resolution is for STL DSA leadership and rank-and-file members to be intentional and make good effort to create a multi-racial, anti-racist local DSA chapter where all members regardless of race, gender, or class feel welcome and are invited to building the chapter.

WHEREAS, the particular oppressions of the BIPOC (Black, Indegenous, and people of color) working class under racial capitalism and the position and majority of the BIPOC workers make organizing grounded in multiracial solidarity central to the task of liberation;

WHEREAS, Resolution #31 was passed at the national DSA 2021 Convention, committing to, and providing resources for building an organization that is reflective of the working class in both its membership and leadership, to increasing the racial diversity of its elected and informal leadership, and membership at large, and to developing its analysis of, and engagement in, anti-racist and abolitionist organizing work;

WHEREAS, STL DSA must be intentional about supporting and developing Black, Indegenous, and people of color in leadership and in amending organizing practices that lead to burnout, tokenizing, or creation of alienating spaces within our ranks, and STL DSA must organize from a culture of solidarity, grace, and transformation, not shame, fear, or guilt, in order to achieve this;

WHEREAS, while there is no one person, committee, or campaign that is responsible for making recommendations or doing intentional work to increase the racial diversity of STL DSA, the STL DSA Executive Committee, formation Chairs, and priority resolution leadership must be directly involved in the work of making the organization more reflective of the working class;

WHEREAS the Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus (AfroSOC) exists as an autonomous space for BIPOC socialists and therefore cannot, and should not, be expected to be the sole committee responsible for making STL DSA a multiracial and anti-racist organization;

WHEREAS we can only do this work by STL DSA elected and informal leadership actively seeking coordination, support, resources, and training from the national Multiracial Organizing Committee, seeking national guidance, and ongoing chapter and leadership support in this work to ensure accountability;

BE IT RESOLVED, STL DSA Executive Committee and Leadership Committee will be responsible in making good faith to ensure that our chapter, formations, and priority resolution leaders work with the national Multiracial Organizing Committee towards the goal of a membership that is at least as racially diverse as the area in which we organize, and campaigns are all oriented toward multiracial organizing, as dictated by the standards set by the Multiracial Organizing Committee;

BE IT RESOLVED, STL DSA Executive Committee and Leadership Committee will work with the national Growth & Development Committee to collect member demographic information in a standardized and secure way when the opportunity is made available to chapters through national implementation of the 2021 DSA Convention Resolution #31;

BE IT RESOLVED, STL DSA Executive Committee and the Leadership Committee will actively encourage our chapter, formations, and priority resolution leaders to build and join multiracial coalitions, to collaborate with BIPOC-led or BIPOC-base groups, both organized and unorganized, in relevant and strategic national and local work;

BE IT RESOLVED, STL DSA elected and informal leadership will attend trainings on racial capitalism, retention of new BIPOC members, and conflict resolution in an anti-racist organization through collaborative efforts created and facilitated by the national Growth & Development Committee, national Training Subcommittee, national Political Education Committee, and national AfroSOC Caucus;

BE IT RESOLVED, STL DSA Executive Committee and the Leadership Committee, with resources from national and local formations, will create and facilitate trainings for incoming elected and informal leaders on racial capitalism and anti-racist and abolitionist organizing. At least one formal or informal leader from each formation will be required to attend trainings;

BE IT RESOLVED, STL DSA Executive Committee and the Leadership Committee will review the National Priority Campaigns recruitment plan, centering underrepresented groups within DSA, such as Black, Indigenous, and people of color, which will be released within 90 days of the 2021 DSA Convention to adopt and implement the plan and evaluate progress toward recruitment goals;

BE IT RESOLVED, STL DSA Executive Committee and formation Leaders, will center and encourage members to center racial capitalism and anti-racist organizing in STL DSA’s political analysis on issues in public facing events, including but not limited to Socialist Night School, General Meetings, New Member Events, Socialist Socials, and public education events.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, STL DSA Executive Committee and the Leadership Committee will report to the chapter membership during the September General meeting regarding progress and good faith effort toward this resolution. STL DSA Executive Committee will prioritize seeking and offering assistance and support that either (a) meet or exceed the standards set by the Multiracial Organizing Committee or (b) are making a good faith effort to meet the standards set by the Multiracial Organizing Committee; STL DSA Executive Committee and the Leadership Committee will support these efforts, and work with the Multiracial Organizing Committee to assess chapter implementation.

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