Bylaws

Bylaws of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)

Ecosocialist Working Group

Article I. Name

The name of this body will be the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Ecosocialist Working Group.

 

Article II. Purpose

Our mission is to ensure that the transition to socialism in the United States is based on sound ecological principles, preserving the viability of the natural and human environments for future generations and other forms of life, and bearing in mind the historical and present inequities imposed by prior forms of society.

This Working Group seeks to help chapters build local power for climate & environmental justice with the backing of a national network; advance an ecosocialist perspective in environmental justice movements, the DSA, and the greater Left; promote understanding of climate science as well as the intersections of capitalism, imperialism, systemic oppression, and climate crisis; and build a socialist movement that reflects the needs of the people and planet as an interdependent ecosystem.

 

Article III. Membership

Section 1. Defining Membership

  1. Members of the Working Group will be those individuals whose dues to DSA National are paid in full, who are interested in furthering the cause of ecosocialism, and who are members of the Working Group mailing list. Members who satisfy these criteria and have not committed any membership conduct violations will be considered in good standing. It will be the responsibility of members to approve policies, statements, guidelines, and directives of the Working Group.
  2. At least once per quarter, a Quarterly Poll will be sent electronically to all members of the Working Group to ascertain their intent to be “active” in the next quarter. Members’ responses will be due seven (7) days from when the poll is sent. If the member answers in the affirmative, they will be recorded as an active member for that quarter. Should the member answer in the negative, or provide no response to the poll by the deadline, they will be considered inactive for that quarter. Active members of the Working Group will hold no privileges over inactive members. The number of respondents will be used only to calculate quorum, as outlined in Article VI, Section 3. At any time during the quarter, should a member who responded in the affirmative no longer intend to be an active member for any reason, that member is highly encouraged to submit notice of such to the Working Group Steering Committee (Article IV).

Section 2. Member Conduct

Working Group members are expected to conduct themselves with civility and respect towards all other members in accordance with the code of conduct outlined in Article XI, Section 1. Additionally, Working Group members are expected to further align their conduct with the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.

If a member’s conduct is found to be in substantial disagreement with the principles or policies of the Working Group, they will be dealt with in accordance with the process for reporting and resolving harassment and grievances as enumerated in Article XI.

Section 4. Roles and Responsibilities of the Committee, Special Committees, and the Steering Committee

  1. The decision-making process outlined in this section applies to both internal and external initiatives undertaken by the Working Group, including Committee formation, policy revisions, and platform amendments. It is guided by both the platforms and the Working Group Mission, and it prioritizes transparency and coordinated autonomy at the Committee level—where the Working Group’s work is primarily undertaken. The Steering Committee is empowered to undertake initiatives and actions that clearly align with the Working Group’s Mission, as well as duties explicitly outlined in this document.

  2. All major projects or endorsements proposed by Committees that require Working Group resources, represent the Working Group publicly, or have political goals must be submitted to the Steering Committee.

  3. After each proposal is submitted, within two (2) weeks, the Steering Committee is responsible for assessing whether the proposal is aligned with the Working Group’s Mission. The Steering Committee will determine by simple majority whether the proposal is aligned with relevant, existing platforms. No further Membership-wide vote is required if the proposal is approved.

  4. Approved proposals will be published and communicated to the membership on an ongoing basis—this requirement extends to initiatives and actions undertaken by the Steering Committee. If a proposal falls under the purview of multiple Committees, all relevant groups will move the initiative forward in coordination, and the initiative will not be launched until all involved groups approve (Article VII).

  5. If the Steering Committee determines the proposal is not aligned with an existing platform, the Steering Committee will require that members submit a detailed analysis explaining why and how the proposal aligns with the Working Group Mission and Organizational Priorities.

  6. After submission of the analysis, the Steering Committee will assess the analysis to determine whether or not the proposal is aligned with the Working Group Mission within two (2) weeks. If they determine it is (by a simple majority), the proposal will be put to a Membership-wide vote, and further guided through the decision-making process, which may include addition to Working Group platforms or Committee formation as appropriate. If the Steering Committee decides the proposal does not align with the Working Group Mission, they shall decline to put it to a Membership-wide vote in its current form.

  7. The Steering Committee may also recommend revisions and then put the revised, re-submitted proposal and analysis to a Working Group-wide vote. During such votes, a simple majority with a quorum of 10 percent of Working Group members is required. Any such Steering Committee decisions may be overridden as in Article VI, Section 3.

  8. For any proposal that would be up for a Membership-wide vote, any time for the proposal at a Quarterly Membership Call must have time reserved for debate for and against the proposal.

Section 5. Roles and Responsibilities of the Membership

Although the decision-making process features an emphasis on the Committees, members may organize proposals and support for said proposals outside of the realm of Committees. The Steering Committee will accept and consider proposals which fall under the purview of the Working Group’s purpose and are endorsed by 10 members. The Steering Committee will guide the proposals through the same decision-making process outlined above.

 

Members will also be empowered to make decisions through membership-wide voting and the Amendments Process (Article IX).

 

Article IV. Steering Committee

Section 1. Composition and Terms

Beginning in 2019, the Steering Committee will be composed of seven (7) members of the Working Group as elected by Working Group membership. It is required that the Steering Committee be at least four (4) non-cis men and at least three (3) non-white people for diverse representation. The Steering Committee will be elected to terms of one (1) year, with no more than two (2) consecutive one (1) year terms. See Article V. Steering Committee Elections.

Section 2. Duties

  1. The Steering Committee administers the affairs of the Working Group and oversees the implementation of the decisions of General Meetings (Article VI, Section 1), Special Meetings (Article VI, Section 2) and Steering Committee Meetings; it may also propose policy at General, Special, and Steering Committee Meetings. The Steering Committee is the elected, executive body of the Working Group, and thus subordinate to the will of the Membership and its Committees.

  2. The Working Group Steering Committee will be responsible for establishing program activities for the Working Group, for proposing guidelines and policies that will subsequently be voted on by members of the Working Group, for acting on the Working Group’s behalf between Working Group meetings, and for developing an ecosocialist platform and accompanying resolutions to be voted on by members of good standing in DSA at National conventions.

  3. The Steering Committee will assign duties to its seven (7) members as needed and determined by the Committee in lieu of officer titles.

  4. The duties, responsibilities, and tasks of the Steering Committee are to be equitably distributed among that Committee’s members, while remaining mindful of imbalances of labor distribution. The undertaking of this labor is a condition of maintaining membership on Steering Committee. From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.

 

Section 3. Steering Committee Meetings

  1. Steering Committee Meetings will be held at such intervals as may be determined by a prior Steering Committee Meeting or by consultation with any three (3) members of the Steering Committee.

  2. All members of the Working Group must be given seventy-two (72) hours oral or written notice of Steering Committee Meetings; a twenty-four (24) hour notice may be given under special emergency circumstances. Minutes from Steering Committee meetings will be made accessible to all members upon approval at the following Steering Committee meeting.

 

Section 4. Steering Committee Quorum

Quorum shall be four (4) steering committee members when steering committee is composed of seven (7) members. If steering committee is composed of fewer members, then quorum is 1 more member than half of the total members on steering committee. All absent members of the Steering Committee should receive notification of any decisions or updates, as needed.

Section 5. Resignation, Absence, and Vacancies

  1. Members of the Steering Committee may resign at any time through written notification to the rest of the Committee.

  2. Members of the Steering Committee may take leaves of absence not to exceed (6) weeks through written notification to the rest of the Committee.

 

  1. In the event of a vacancy in any Working Group office, the Working Group Steering Committee will refer to the results of the last election and appoint a replacement for the remainder of the term based on whichever candidate had the next highest ranking.

Section 6. Steering Committee Expulsions

  1. Grounds for expulsion include but are not limited to:  
    1. Actions in contravention of the working group Mission Statement
  1. Violation of the Code of Conduct;
  2. Missing three (3) consecutive Steering Committee meetings or failing to communicate for more than a month without prior written or verbal notice to the other members of the Steering Committee.

  3. If a member of the Steering Committee is expelled or recalled (Article V, Section 2) within the first six (6) months, the next runner-up from the last election process will be offered the position. If the next runner-up declines, the following runner up will be offered the position, and so on. This subparagraph is subject to the diversity requirements outlined in Art. IV, Section I.

  4. If a member of the Steering Committee is expelled or recalled after six (6) months, the Steering Committee will continue to function with fewer members until the next election.

Article V. Steering Committee Elections

Section 1. Selection

  1. Every December, the Working Group will convene a Special Election Committee (EC), consisting of at least two (2) and at most five (5) Working Group members. The EC will run the election process for the Steering Committee (SC). The EC will be open to any volunteers from the Working Group who are in good standing and not running for a Steering Committee position.

  2. The EC will consist of members of the Working Group in good standing (see Article III, Section 1); if not enough members volunteer to convene the EC, members will be selected by the sitting Working Group SC and announced to the membership. In the event that any member of the Working Group in good standing objects to the composition of the EC for any reason, prior to the call for Candidate Statements, and their objection is seconded by another member of the Working Group in good standing, a vote will immediately take place and remain open for one (1) week. The results of this vote will be decided by a simple majority, and they will set the composition of the EC.

  3. Once established, the EC will call for Candidate Statements. There will be a two (2) week deadline for members in good standing to submit statements. The EC will collect the candidate statements and set up the election.

  4. All Working Group members who submit a candidate statement will be listed on the ballot and there will be no limit to the number of people who can run for a position on the Steering Committee.

  5. Voters will cast a vote for their top seven (7) choices. Each member shall only submit their top seven (7) choice votes once. This will not be ranked-choice, but each vote will count for one (1) point, whatever the order listed.

  6. After the election has concluded, the EC will review the results and announce the new Steering Committee.

  7. The EC will count the votes using the Borda Count method. The Borda Count uses ranked ballots, but votes are not transferable. Instead, a score is generated for each candidate from the ranked ballots, and the seven (7) candidates with the highest scores are elected.

  8. The seven (7) selected candidates must meet the diversity quota. If the original election selection does not meet the diversity quota, then the lowest ranked candidates will be replaced in place by the next-highest ranked ranked candidate until the quota is met.

  9. The election must meet quorum as defined in Article V Section III.

Section 2. Recall

  1. The Working Group membership can recall SC members for any reason at any time, without limitation.

  2. Any Working Group member in good standing can propose a recall election, and if it is seconded by seven (7) Working Group members in good standing, then a vote will proceed on whether to conduct a special election that will take place and remain open for one (1) week.

  3. One-third (⅓) of the entire Working Group membership must approve the proposal to trigger an election.

  4. Once approved, the special election will take place immediately, electronically, and will remain open for one (1) week.

  5. If quorum is satisfied, and if a simple majority of the votes are in favor of recall, then the subject member is automatically no longer a member of the SC.

Section 3. Transition of SC Roles

Once the new SC has been elected, the current and newly elected SC will meet within two (2) weeks of the election over a conference call to debrief. Notes will be taken on the call and be made available to the Working Group membership. The current SC will then be no longer be the current SC.


Article VI. Meetings

Section 1. General Meetings

The entire Working Group as a body will meet – by phone or electronically – at least four (4) times annually. The Steering Committee will share the time and date of each meeting with the membership at least fourteen (14) days in advance.

Additional meetings with or without specified focuses (i.e. political education, organizer training, campaign planning, etc) can be organized by the Steering Committee or with majority approval by Steering Committee at least fourteen (14) days in advance of those meetings.

Section 2. Special Meetings

Special meetings are meetings that require an urgent gathering of Working Group membership due to important or newly emergent circumstances.

Special meetings require a majority approval of four (4) Steering Committee members. If authorization for a special meeting is granted, the Steering Committee will alert the Working Group membership at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance as well as provide an overview of what the meeting will address.

Section 3. Quorum

Five percent (5%) of members in good standing and considered “active” in accordance with Section 1 (ii), but not less than 10 people, shall constitute a quorum and is required for the transaction of business at a General or Special meeting or in an online vote.

Section 4. Online Voting


Online voting will be done in a secure format which connects the vote to a member in good standing . Voting information will be sent to the general membership via email and remain open for no less than forty-eight (48) hours.

 

Article VII. Committees

Section 1. Definition

The Working Group will be comprised of subgroups called ‘Committees’ which organize in accordance to their ratified platforms (Section 5.) and committee-type designations (with the exception of the Special Elections and Amendments Committees). Committees may be established in perpetuity or until dissolution by a majority vote of said-Committee. All work done by Committees must align with the Purpose (Article II.) of the Working Group.

Section 2. Committee-Types

  1. Internal Committees focus on providing resources or support that aid the internal functioning of the Working Group. This could be: providing tools, training, organizing assistance or administrative assistance to Working Group members; or providing special knowledge or administrative assistance to Steering, Issue-Based or Special Committees working on campaigns, events, or projects.

    To maintain designation as an active Internal Committee, Internal Committees must:
  1. Per Section 4, have at least one (1) “Coordinator” (Section 4, I), whose primary responsibilities are ensuring that the Internal Committee is fulfilling its required tasks and duties, in accordance to the ratified platform;
  2. Maintain and make available to Steering Committee and the Working Group membership records of key debates and decisions, including submitting updates on the proceedings and goals of the Internal Committee at periodic intervals as determined prior to ratification of the platform.

  1. Issue-based Committees are dedicated to engaging core ecosocialist issues by organizing campaigns, events, and projects pertaining to that issue.

    To maintain designation as an active Issue-based Committee, Issue-based Committees must:
  1. Per Section 4, have at least one (1) “Coordinator”, whose primary responsibilities are ensuring that the Issue-based Committee is fulfilling its required tasks and duties, in accordance to the ratified platform;
  2. Maintain and make available to Steering Committee and the Working Group membership records of key debates and decisions, including submitting at minimum a quarterly update on the proceedings and goals of the Issue-based Committee;
  3. Hold meetings at least once every two (2) months, open to all members of the Working Group.

 

  1. Special Committees are temporary subgroup formations ratified to achieve specified, temporally-limited goals and dissolve when those goals are achieved, or at a time specified in the Committee proposal. Special Committees address a specific operational need that cannot be addressed by any already existing formation within the Working Group.


To maintain designation as an active Special Committee, Special Committees must:

  1. Per Section 4, have at least one (1) Coordinator, whose primary responsibilities are ensuring that the internal committee is fulfilling its required tasks and duties, in accordance to the ratified platform;
  2. Maintain and make available to Steering Committee and the Working Group membership records of key debates and decisions, including submitting at minimum a quarterly update on the proceedings and goals of the Internal Committee;
  3. Hold meetings at least once every two (2) months, open to all members of the Working Group.

 

Section 3. Committee Platforms & Formation

  1. Committee Platforms will serve as a guide for the direction of a Committee’s work and focus. Platforms will be developed and proposed democratically and ratified by majority vote within the prospective Committee prior to being put up for a ‘yes or no’ ratification vote by the entire Working Group for official Committee formation. Ratification of the Committee and its platform will be determined by a majority approval vote by Working Group members as specified by quorum, or Steering Committee where applicable. Committees existing for longer than one (1) year will amend or re-ratify their platforms as written once a year; this will be determined by a majority approval vote by Committee members.

  2. Committee platforms shall constitute:
  1. A mission statement outlining the purpose and key stances of the Committee along with a set of actionable goals and priorities;
  2. A declaration of committee-type designation (Internal, Issue-based, or Special);
  3. The intended duration of the Committee’s existence.

  1. To form an Internal or Issue-Based Committee, at least ten (10) members of the Working Group must:
  1. Democratically develop and ratify a platform proposal in accordance with the Working Group’s bylaws;
  2. Submit the platform proposal to the Steering Committee;
  3. Have the platform ratified by a ‘yes or no’ majority approval vote by the Working Group membership, as specified by quorum.

 

  1. To form a Special Committee, at least seven (7) members of the Working Group must:
  2.   Democratically develop and ratify a platform proposal in accordance with the Working Group’s bylaws;
  3.   Submit the platform proposal to the Steering Committee;
  4.   Have the platform ratified by a ‘yes or no’ majority approval vote by either the Steering Committee or the Working Group membership, as specified by quorum. With the exception of the Special Elections Committee [Article V, Section 1 (i)] and the Amendments Committee [Article IX, Section 1 (ii)], which have their functions outlined in the bylaws, all Special Committees will also have a platform. Special Committees that will exist for less than six (6) months may have their platforms ratified by a majority vote by the Steering Committee. If the Special Committee is to exist for longer than six (6) months, the platform must be ratified by quorum of a Working Group member-wide vote.

 

Section 4. Committee Elections and Recall

  1. Elections: Each Committee shall elect at minimum one (1) “Coordinator”. An election for Committee Coordinator(s) must happen at least once a year. The Committee Coordinator(s) shall:
  1.   Act as primary point(s) of contact with the Steering Committee and Working Group membership;
  2.   Report Committee goals and activities and distribute all meeting notes and records of key debates and decisions to the Working Group membership and Steering Committee at minimum on a quarterly basis;
  3.    Ensure that the Committee is fulfilling its required goals and duties in accordance to its ratified platform;
  4.    Ensure that an election for Coordinator(s) happens at least once a year;
  5.    Transfer official records in good condition to their successor(s).

The Coordinator(s) will also be responsible for making sure an agenda is drafted for each Committee meeting and distributed prior to said meeting within a reasonable timeframe to the Committee membership. It is required that minutes will be kept for each Committee meeting; any member of the Committee aside the Coordinator can keep the official minutes or draft an agenda, given approval or deputation by the Coordinator.

  1. Recall: Members shall be able to remove any Coordinator of any Committee for malfeasance or nonfeasance in this duty by two-thirds (⅔) majority vote, as specified by quorum. The Steering Committee shall be able to recall the Coordinator of a Committee upon unanimous vote. Upon recall of any Coordinator of a Committee, Committee members (as determined by attendance to Committee meetings) shall elect a new Coordinator.

 

Section 7. Dissolution of a Committee

  1. A Committee has the right to dissolve itself for any reason. A Committee can dissolve itself if two-thirds (⅔) of its members (members being anyone who participated in a Committee meeting) vote to dissolve it, or a petition to dissolve the Committee is signed by 25 working group members and approved by a 5/7 majority vote by the Steering Committee.

  2. If a Committee is intentionally and/or grossly acting in contradiction to the mission of the Working Group or its own ratified platform, or consistently fails to perform its own duties, the Steering Committee may vote to dissolve a committee by a 5/7 majority vote by Steering Committee. The rationale and result of any such vote must be made available to the Working Group membership.

 

Article VIII. Prohibited Conduct

The Working Group shall not engage in activity prohibited by resolutions adopted by DSA’s National Convention or DSA’s National Political Committee.

 

Article IX. Amendments

Section 1. Amendments Process

  1. Every final quarter of the calendar year (October through December), there will be a period of open amendments to the bylaws. Any member of the Working Group may propose one or more amendments to the bylaws. The proposal must be submitted in written form and be endorsed by five (5) members of the Working Group. The form submitted  of any amendment to the Amendment Committee for consideration shall be as follows:
  1. The text of the proposed amendment, and a reference to the original language, if any, of the article(s) of the bylaws.
  2. A written statement on the proposed amendment, explaining purpose and expected outcome(s).

  1. Once submitted, a Special “Amendments” Committee shall be convened for the duration of the amendments process with the purpose of overseeing that process. The Committee will consist of members who brought forth proposals, and any interested members of the Working Group. One (1) or more members shall act as facilitator(s) and are responsible for arranging and chairing a virtual meeting to consider the amendments, which shall be open to all members of the Working Group. A member who brought forth the proposal may not act as facilitator.

  2. There will be a period (length to be determined by the Steering Committee) following amendment submissions during which members can offer counter-arguments to proposed amendments.

  3. Should it be deemed necessary, the Amendments Committee may decide to amend the original proposal. They may also propose additional amendments to the bylaws, which shall be considered separately.

  4. The Steering Committee is required to provide the Working Group membership with one (1) week written notice of the proposed amendments prior to a vote on the amendment.

  5. On conclusion of the voting period to pass the amendment(s), if a quorum of respondents is satisfied, and if a required three-fourths (¾) of all respondents vote in assent, the amendment passes and shall immediately take effect. The Amendment Committee shall be responsible for updating the written record of the bylaws. If the amendment(s) fail, the original language of the bylaws shall remain in effect.

Section 2. Re-Ratification

Beginning in 2018, every one (1) year on January 15, the current bylaws shall be brought before the Working Group for ratification via voting procedure. Ratification requires three-fourths (¾) of respondents to vote in assent.

 

Article X. Community Agreements

Section 1. Defining Community Agreements

Meetings shall be run in accordance to a list of accepted community agreements. Members can add additional agreements by consensus for specific meetings or other Working Group communication and events.

Section 2. Action Out of Order

Any action taken by an officer or member of the Working Group in contravention of these bylaws is null and void.

Article XI. Harassment and Grievance Policy

Section 1. Scope

  1. This Harassment Grievance Procedure applies to all Working Group and national DSA venues in which members of the Working Group communicate, both in person and online. This includes but is not limited to DSA national conventions, DSA local chapter meetings, DSA national and local communication platforms (e.g. Slack, social media platforms and groups, virtual meeting platforms, and e-mail), any DSA specific communication platforms set up for working groups, sections, or initiatives, as well as all Working Group in person meetings and Working Group virtual communication platforms.

  2. Members shall not engage in harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability, race, color, religion, national origin, class, age, or profession. Harassing or abusive behavior, such as unwelcome attention, inappropriate or offensive remarks, slurs, or jokes, physical or verbal intimidation, stalking, inappropriate physical contact or proximity, and other verbal and physical conduct constitute harassment when:
  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a member’s continued affiliation with DSA;
  2. Submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for organizational decisions affecting such individual; or
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile environment interfering with an individual’s capacity to organize within DSA.

 

  1. Harassment based on categories not encompassed by those listed section (a) will be evaluated at the discretion of the Working Group Steering Committee representatives in consultation with national DSA per availability of a national Harassment Grievance Officer (HGO).

Section 2. Reporting Harassment

  1. Members may follow the standard DSA complaint process as set out in the following sections if they believe they have been harassed by another member. There will be no time limits requiring the accuser to file a report within any amount of time after the alleged harassment has occurred.

  2. Members filing a formal complaint must contact the national DSA harassment grievance officer (HGO).

  3. After a written report has been submitted – whether through the email hotline or otherwise – the HGO(s) responsible for the reporting channel used by the accuser will contact the accused member within seven days to notify them that a report has been filed against them and request a written response to the report either affirming or denying its substance.

  4. The accused will submit their written response within seven days of being notified. If the accused does not meet this deadline, the HGO will recommend the Steering Committee move to take appropriate disciplinary action.

  5. If the accused denies the substance of the report, the HGO overseeing the dispute will have the option to investigate the report by:
        1. Interviewing other members with direct knowledge of the substance of the report;
        2. Requesting documentation from either the accuser or accused or any other parties directly involved; or
        3. employing any and all other means deemed necessary, with the utmost respect for the confidentiality of the parties, within a time period not to exceed ten days.

 

  1.     The HGO(s) responsible for adjudicating the dispute will determine whether the report is credible and, if necessary, make a recommendation to the Steering Committee of appropriate disciplinary action as soon as practicable, but ultimately within thirty days (30) of the report being filed. This is to ensure the timely, efficient, accurate, and discreet adjudication of all reports. The HGO(s) may notify Steering of the accuser’s report and its substance at any time after the report is filed, but must give written notice to both the accuser and the accused member before doing so.

Section 3. Remedies and penalties

  1. All reports will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the HGO(s) and Steering Committee associated with the accuser’s reporting channel. The ultimate disposition of each report will be made by the Steering Committee after that body reviews the written report and recommendation of the HGO(s).

  2. The Steering Committee will find the factual allegation in a report is “credible” if it more-likely-than-not occurred.

  3. If the Working Group Steering Committee finds the report to be credible, they are authorized to carry out the following remedies and penalties:
        1. A formal discussion between the accused and the Steering Committee to develop a plan to change the harassing behavior(s);
        2. Suspension from committee meetings and other working group or organizational events;
        3. Removal from committee(s);
        4. Removal from the Working Group; and
        5. Any and all other relief deemed necessary and just by the chapter or national leadership.

  1. DSA national is authorized to  enforce certain remedies and penalties in accordance with Article III, Section 4 of the DSA Constitution and Article I, Section 3 of DSA Bylaws:
  1. Removal from DSA; and
  2. Any and all other relief deemed necessary and just by the chapter or national leadership.

  1. The appropriate form of relief will be determined by, among other things:
  1. The request of the accuser;
  2. The severity of the offense;
  3. The response of the accused; and
  4. The accused’s relevant behavioral histories.
  1. Either party may appeal the form of relief determined by Steering Committee by filling out appellate form created by the accuser’s reporting channel. Appeals must be filed within thirty days of receiving written notice of the Steering Committee’s decision. The limited grounds for appeal are:
  1. Either party believes the behavior was not interpreted using the standards for harassment set out in Section 1a;
  2. Procedural errors, misconduct, or conflicts of interest affected the fairness of the outcome; and
  3. The remedy or penalty determined by Steering was grossly disproportionate to the violation committed

  1. This policy prohibits retaliation against any member for bringing a complaint of harassment pursuant to this policy. This policy also prohibits retaliation against a person who assists someone with a complaint of harassment, or participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. Retaliatory behaviors includes threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to organizing. If any party to the complaint believes there has been retaliation, they may inform the HGO who will determine whether to factor the retaliation into the original complaint, or treat it as an individual incident.

 

Section 4. Compliance with Chapter Expulsion

Individuals who have been expelled from their local DSA chapter or other DSA organizing entity are subject to removal from the Working Group, or discipline commensurate with disciplinary actions enacted by that local chapter or DSA organizing body.