Queens DSA Community Agreements

1. Progressive Stack. The Facilitator keeps a list of names from people who raise their hand and prioritizes folks from marginalized backgrounds and people who have not spoken previously. The goal is to increase diversity of thought during group discussions. 

2. WAIT (Why Am I Talking)? When in discussion, please ask yourself “Why am I talking (WAIT)?” Consider whether or not what you want to say has already been said, whether what you want to say is on topic, or if there's a better time and place to say it. The goal is to be respectful of everyone's time and contributions to the group discussion. 


3. Step Up, Step Back. When you speak, after you make your point, let others speak. Please respect others by recognizing how often, much, and loud you're speaking and whether or not you're dominating conversation. Step back to leave space for others to voice their opinions and feelings. If the facilitator of the meeting asks you to wrap up, recognize that you should step back. The goal is to create a safe and inclusive space for everybody.


4. Use “I” Statements. Speak from your perspective, rather than assuming that of a group (even if you belong to that group!) Speak for yourself and from your own experience.  The goal is to avoid generalizations. 

5. One Diva, One Mic. One person speaks at a time. Many of us will have different opinions on matters. However, speaking while others are talking or adding comments when they cannot respond appropriately does not build community. If you have a disagreement, wait for your turn to speak. The goal is to respect others and make space for them. 

6. Listen (Don’t Wait to Talk). Genuinely pay attention to what others say. Actively listen to others. When someone makes a point, repeat what you heard, and summarize. The goal is to encourage us all to be active listeners and learn from each other. 

7. Assume Best Intentions, But Challenge. Give people the benefit of the doubt, but don’t be afraid to ask questions or challenge others when they say something you disagree with. Assume good faith in each other. Ask clarifying questions like “did you mean X” or “what makes you say that” to get more information. Encourage yourself and others to maintain a positive attitude, honor the work of others, avoid defensiveness, be open to legitimate critique and challenge oppressive behaviors in ways that help people grow. The goal is to create an environment in which we can respectfully hold each other accountable even when we do not all agree. 

8. Oops, Ouch. Acknowledge when you make a mistake. Remember, mistakes will be made, nobody is perfect.

9. No one knows everything, together we know a lot.

10. No politicking. This meeting is not an open forum for politicians. If you running for office, we ask that you inform a member of the Organizing Committee (OC), who can give you more information about our policies. Politicians and staffers of elected officials must identify themselves while signing in so the Organizing Committee can announce their attendance. The goal of this is to encourage accountability and transparency. 

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