Expectations For Respectful Discussion
Summarized from the DSA National guidelines.
Assume good faith in your fellow comrades
- Speak from experience, speak for yourself.
- Clarify before challenging others.
- Challenge oppressive behaviors, but call each other “in”, rather than call each other out.
Know whether you need to “step up” or “step back”
- Create a safe and inclusive space for everybody.
- Avoid dominating the conversation, respect the facilitator.
- If you don’t often speak up, we encourage you to do so!
Please ask yourself “Why am I Talking?” (WAIT)
- Has what you want to say already been said?
- Is this on topic?
- Is there a better time and place to say it, or another way, such as nodding your head, of expressing your opinion?
Please recognize and respect others feelings, background, and cultural differences
- Don’t use language that’s oppressive or hurtful.
- Refrain from using acronyms or complicated language that could exclude others.
We have “one mic” so do not interrupt or speak while others are talking
- This is basic politeness.
Respect the facilitator when they use Progressive Stack
- Raise your hand if you want to speak, then put it down when the facilitator acknowledges you.
- You will be called on in an order determined by how recently and often you’ve talked, and whether or not you are a member of a marginalized group.
Be comradely and have fun
- Who said movement building can’t be fun?
- We need to create a culture that is not only sustainable, but restorative, to win.
- Keep criticisms constructive and impersonal.