Community Agreement for Stonewall Democratic Club
We, the members of Stonewall Democratic Club recognize the value of open dialogue and the necessity for respectful and considerate interaction. We believe that fostering an environment of mutual respect and understanding will further our goal of promoting democracy and understanding complex political issues. As such, we commit to the following principles:
- Respect and Courtesy:
Every member has the right to express their views without fear of being insulted, belittled, or silenced. Treat others how you would like to be treated, recognizing that respect is the foundation of our community.
- Active Listening:
When someone is speaking, listen actively and refrain from interrupting. Give them the space to share their thoughts and complete their points before responding.
- Constructive Feedback:
When disagreeing, provide constructive feedback. Avoid personal attacks and focus on the content of the argument rather than the individual presenting it.
Acknowledge that our beliefs and opinions can be fluid. Approach discussions with an open mind and a willingness to understand and potentially shift perspectives.
- Grace in Misunderstanding:
Misunderstandings will inevitably arise. When they do, we commit to giving each other grace, seeking clarity before making judgments, and assuming good intentions.
Every member has an equal voice in our club, regardless of background, experience, or expertise in politics. Discrimination or exclusionary behavior will not be tolerated.
- Ongoing Learning:
We acknowledge that none of us have all the answers. We commit to learning continuously, being open to new information, and seeking out diverse sources and perspectives.
- Addressing Conflicts:
When conflicts arise, address them directly and constructively with the individuals involved. If necessary, involve a neutral third party or group leadership to mediate.
- No Tolerance for Hate Speech or Discrimination:
Expressions of hate, discrimination, or prejudice are not acceptable and will be addressed immediately. This includes but is not limited to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia xenophobia, and religious discrimination.
- Regular Review:
This agreement is a living document. As a community, we commit to revisiting and revising this agreement as needed to ensure it aligns with our evolving needs and values.
By adhering to this community agreement, we aim to cultivate a space where every member feels valued, heard, and respected. We recognize the importance of grace in our interactions and are committed to growing both as individuals and as a collective in our understanding of politics and democracy.
By your attendance at our meetings and/or events you are warranting that you have read and understood this Agreement.
This agreement was adopted on August 28, 2023 by the members of the Stonewall Democratic Club.