This page contains organizational resources for existing members and candidates seeking endorsement. Are you looking to learn about socialism? Check out our Socialist Night School page!
How to Submit a Resolution
We’re a democratic, member-led organization, and that means you can help decide what the chapter does. Want to propose a campaign or project? Check in with the chairs (email email@example.com) or a member of the Steering Committee. They’ll reach out to discuss your proposal. When you’ve gotten their input and are ready to submit a resolution to the Steering Committee or the membership, follow this template. Please note that submitting a resolution does not guarantee it will be considered, and not every resolution that gets voted on will pass.
Our Endorsements Process
Is your candidate or ballot measure seeking East Bay DSA’s endorsement? Our chapter has specific endorsement criteria: we only endorse candidates and ballot measures who are running class-struggle elections. Be sure to read about what this means on our Priorities page before applying.
Please read and understand our endorsements process below. This is a short version; the full process is spelled out here.
The first step is to write your answers to our Candidate Questionnaire and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Electoral Committee will convene a candidate forum for candidates and ballot measures under consideration, where representatives of the campaign can make a short statement. Based on the input of the Electoral Committee and Steering Committee, recommended candidates and measures will be voted on at a General Meeting. If any candidates or measures receive 60% of the vote, that means the chapter has endorsed them!
New Member Handbook
New to East Bay DSA? Learn about who we are, how we work, and how to plug in.
East Bay DSA's membership voted on and amended a document that guides our work throughout the year.
Bylaws are the basic rules that define how an organization governs itself. For East Bay DSA, as an organization committed to democratic governance by its members, our bylaws' most important function is to establish the democratic structures through which we make decisions, carry out collective goals, and elect accountable leaders.
Meeting Notes and Past Resolutions
Transparency is built into our democratic organization. Part of that transparency is to share the notes from our most important meetings, such as Steering Committee meetings and meetings of our general membership.
East Bay DSA’s Harassment and Grievance Process
East Bay Democratic Socialists of America is committed to creating a space that is welcoming and inclusive to members of all genders, races, class backgrounds, 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. Additionally, East Bay DSA has a code of conduct that all members are expected to abide by.
Forming a Branch
Interested in creating a branch of East Bay DSA? Learn the process for chartering one.
Other DSA California Chapters
Find local California Democratic Socialists of America and Young Democratic Socialists of America chapters in your area.