Charlotte Metro Democratic Socialists of America (CLTMDSA) is committed to creating a space that is welcoming and inclusive to members of all genders, races, and classes. The following policy provides guidelines to ensure that everyone is able to organize without fear of harassment, abuse, or harm.
a. Prohibited behavior. CLTMDSA 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:
i. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of condition of a member’s continued affiliation with CLTMDSA;
ii. Submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for organizational decisions affecting such individual; or
iii. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile environment interfering with an individual’s capacity to organize within CLTMDSA.
2 b. Other protected classes. Harassment based on categories not encompassed by those listed section (a) will be evaluated at the discretion of the Grievance Elected Official (GEO) and the other elected CLTMDSA officers.
The elected officials and/or the GEO will be responsible for meditations. The GEO will be elected by majority vote at a General Meeting and have a one year term. The GEO will be the face of the the grievance policy however any CLTMDSA elected official can be drafted into service by the GEO.
The mediation team would consist of no more than three people. Other people may be brought in to talk about harm done, if the party that was hurt consents to it. If the hurt party is only comfortable speaking to one member of the mediation team, the member that is working with the hurt party will communicate to the other three mediation team members in a manner that the hurt party consents to.
If a member of the mediation team is part of grievance claim, then the other two mediation team members will select another CLTMDSA member to be a part of the meditation team for the affected mediation session.
All members of the mediation team are part of a grievance claim, then the event will be brought to the General Meeting. If new elections are required, then that will be announced and new elections will occur at the next General Meeting
Harm is caused by one party.
The hurt party communicates to an elected mediation team member regarding the harm caused. If the hurt party is unable to communicate to an elected mediation member for any possible barrier. The hurt party will communicate to any other party who will communicate with the mediation team on behalf of the hurt party.
Hurt party explains the situation directly or indirectly and describes what they would like to see happen.
Mediation team speaks with the party that caused the harm regarding the situation. 4a. The hurt party might or might not want to talk to the party that caused the harm directly. This will only occur if both parties consent to it.
The mediation team works with the hurt party and the party that caused the harm (separately if necessary) and attempts to resolve the situation. Formal expulsion from the DSA could happen at this point if necessary (refer to bylaws regarding this)
If the mediation team is unable to come to a conclusion that is satisfactory to the party that was hurt, or if the party that caused the harm feels that the situation was handled unfairly, either party may appeal to the National Grievance committee.