New Member Handbook
New to East Bay DSA? Learn about who we are, how we work, and how to plug in.
Socialist Night School
East Bay DSA holds a twice-monthly Night School class to educate members and prospective members on socialist theory and history with a focus on advancing our movement today.
Interested in socialist political education?
Members are encouraged to submit position papers for consideration ahead of general membership meetings. East Bay DSA solicits these statements in the hopes that this will foster internal democracy and comradely debate.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To confidentially report an instance of harm to the National Harassment Grievance Officer, email email@example.com.
- About DSA
- Socialist readings
- Commitment to ending racism and capitalism
- Member opinion statements
- East Bay DSA's 2017 national convention readings
Other DSA California Chapters
Find local California Democratic Socialists of America and Young Democratic Socialists of America chapters in your area.
Member Discussion Forum
Members in good-standing can join our online discussion forum to chat with other members, share or organize events, and debate upcoming resolutions put forth to the chapter. Check it out today!
For any questions, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org