Request for Appointments with DSA-LA Conflict Resolution Team (CRT)
Please use this form to request assistance from the DSA-LA Conflict Resolution Team (“CRT”). This form is available to all members of DSA-LA and members of closely aligned coalition projects (e.g., NOlympicsLA, Street Watch LA).
CRT appointments are available for members who need support navigating conflict, harm, harassment, and other concerns related to organizing in DSA. CRT can help you talk through experiences that left you uncomfortable, confused, or frustrated, potentially providing support toward de-escalation, boundary-setting, repair, accountability, and resolution when needed, when possible, and when appropriate. If you feel you have caused harm, harassment, abuse, or violence, you may also use this form to request support in making amends to others or seeking accountability for your own actions.
If you have experienced harm, harassment, abuse, or violence, CRT can also help you report that harmful behavior to the National Grievance Officer; understand the national and local grievance processes outlined by DSA National Resolution 33 and DSA-LA’s own misconduct policy, and take steps toward resolution or accountability. You have the option to use this form anonymously.
CRT implements national and local misconduct policies while doing our best to align the work with restorative and transformative justice principles. To learn more about this, you can click here and here. Every situation is different, and while not every strategy for healing and accountability is always needed or appropriate, we typically use some amount of goal-setting, storytelling, mediated interpersonal and community conversation, reading/writing/listening/watching, circle work, support teams for survivors, and accountability teams for people who have committed harm. Example resources for restorative practices and navigating interpersonal conflict can be found here and here.
Please answer the following 10 questions so that we can set up an initial appointment with you as soon as possible.
Your name. Note: If you wish to submit anonymously, you may leave this answer blank. If you opt for this, please remove other identifying information throughout this form.
Email address. Note: If you wish to submit anonymously, you may leave this answer blank. If you opt for this, please remove other identifying information throughout this form.
Name of the person(s) or DSA body (e.g., Committee, Caucus, etc.) with whom you are experiencing conflict. You can also put "anonymous” or “unknown." Please indicate in this section whether you have experienced harm, caused harm, or both.
About how long has this issue been occurring?
Witnesses or support persons:
Describe the conflict or harm (check all that apply):
An interpersonal or group interaction that made me uncomfortable, confused, frustrated or upset
Inappropriate or offensive remarks, slurs, or jokes (includes online)
Inappropriate physical contact or proximity
Retaliatory threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to organizing
Gaslighting - being deliberately and systematically fed false information that led one to question what they know to be true, especially about themself
Trouble communicating with another member or resolving a conflict
Verbal or physical intimidation
Other physical conduct
Other verbal conduct (includes online)
Other manipulative behavior
I believe this harassment, abusive behavior, violence, or other harm was on the basis of my/their (check all that apply):
Disability, including cognitive
Gender or sex
Gender identity or expression
Languages I speak/don't speak
Retaliation for assisting or participating in a complaint
Social circle or friend group
I don't know
None of the above
Please provide us a summary of what has happened; be as specific as possible, including the Who, What, Where, Why, and How of what happened, referencing the categories you selected above. Please try to be as concise as possible while still giving us what we NEED to know.
If you are the person who has experienced harm - How were you impacted by this experience(check all that apply):
Experiencing this was (explicitly or implicitly) a routine part of my continued involvement with DSA
My submission or rejection of such conduct was used as the basis for organizational decisions affecting me
This conduct had the purpose or effect of creating a hostile environment affecting my capacity to organize within DSA
Other (please make sure you explained in the question above)
None of the above
On a scale of 1 to 10, how agitated or distressed are you in regard to this issue?
Not very agitated/distressed
On a scale of 1 to 10, how agitated or distressed is/are the other party/ies involved?
Not very agitated/distressed
The following conflict resolution team members listed below are available to provide support appointments. If you absolutely DO NOT want one of these people to follow up with you, please select their name(s) below:
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