Community Agreements

Labor Rising [Against Trump] Community Agreements

To facilitate the political work of the coalition while maintaining an inclusive and democratic space, we commit to the following community agreements:

  • Roles:
    • 1-3  Facilitators
    • 1 Stack Keeper
    • 1 or 2 Timekeepers
    • 1 Note taker: Minutes should include all proposals that are voted on, as well as what committee or person was assigned what tasks and what decisions or conclusions the coalition came to.
  • Start and end on time.
  • At the beginning of every meeting, the proposed agenda is briefly discussed, amended if necessary, and brought to a vote.  Once an agenda has been approved, the group commits to adhering to its items and time limits and any changes require a majority vote.
  • Hand signals  (explained by the facilitator at the beginning of every meeting)
    • Agreement-
    • Point of process-
    • Taking too much space
  • Each person will speak for a maximum of 2 minutes per intervention. To help everyone finish their points, the timekeeper will warn each participant when they have 30 seconds left.
  • One person, one mic. Only the person called on by the facilitator or the stack keeper will have the floor at any given time. All other participants shall use hand signals (including raising hands to get on stack) and refrain from interrupting or making comments when it is not their turn to speak.
  • When the conversation is dominated by a few participants, the facilitator and/or stack-keeper are empowered to pause and ask for more voices as well as to jump stack to hear from someone who hasn’t yet spoken.
  • Once a proposal is put forward, the floor is open for discussion, friendly amendments, and counter-proposals on the specific topic and aspects of the proposal for a maximum of 10 minutes before going to a vote.
    • If there are more than two competing proposals on the same issue, discussion can be extended by 5 minutes per additional proposal.
    • If the time-limit is approaching and the group does not seem ready to vote, a participant can propose to extend discussion by a specific amount of time. Alternatively, either the facilitator or a participant can call a vote on tabling the discussion/proposals for a future meeting.
    • A proposal will pass by a majority vote of participants present at the meeting.
  •  Treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Respect the community agreements.