National Harassment and Grievance Policy
Democratic Socialists of America is committed to creating a space that is welcoming and inclusive to members of all genders, races, classes, and abilities. At our 2017 national DSA convention, we passed Resolution #33, which provides guidelines to ensure that everyone is able to organize without fear of harassment, abuse, or harm. The resolution also establishes a process to handle these types of charges between members.
Please include the following information with your grievance:
- Your name, the person(s) involved, what happened, any documentation you have available (screenshots or email chains, for example)
East Bay DSA’s Harassment and Grievance Officers (HGOs) are charged with implementing the National DSA Harassment Policy. They are appointed by the Steering Committee for one-year terms, and HGOs can serve no more than three terms in a row. HGOs are anonymous to prevent retaliation; their identity is known by the SC and the Grievance Stewards.
Any duly reported allegation of harassment or abuse as defined in the National DSA Harassment Policy is investigated by the chapter’s HGOs. HGOs facilitate conflict resolution in all other allegations of misconduct. The HGOs communicate anonymously (through the firstname.lastname@example.org email) with the complainant, gathering information, and help the conflict come to a resolution in accordance with the National Grievance Policy.
East Bay DSA also has three Grievance Stewards:
- Hasan C. A.
- Jackie A.
- Casey B.
These stewards' role, as an option available to members' request, is to help inform members about the grievance process, accompany them during conversations with HGOs and SC members, and act as a liaison as needed. The stewards are familiar with the grievance process but are there to support members, rather than serve an investigatory role like the HGOs.
Complainants will also have the option to identify an emotional support person of their choosing to accompany them through the grievance process if they’d prefer to have a personal friend, comrade, or family member instead of a steward provided through the Chapter.
If you wish to contact the stewards for grievance support or for more information, please email email@example.com.
To confidentially report an instance of harm to the National Harassment Grievance Officer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.