Code of Conduct (2021-)

All members, regardless of office or position, are expected to:

1. Follow Party rules, including meeting and forum rules.

2. Practice zero tolerance for oppressive behaviours, attitudes and actions.

This opposition to oppression must be both in Red Fightback spaces and outside of them. Members cannot claim to oppose oppression in Party contexts whilst operating oppressively outside; consistency and authenticity is needed. Members must perpetuate liberatory practices in every area of their lives to the best of their ability.

3. Be active, both in their personal progression as Marxist-Leninists as well as in their support of the Party.

If a member is struggling to be active in either regard, it is expected that they will communicate with their Branch Secretary or Welfare Secretary to make arrangements.

Activity may include:

  • Attending Branch events, either in person or online
  • Attending national Red Fightback events, either in person or online
  • Partaking in a Red Fightback educational session
  • Making evidencable progress in a Red Fightback Reading list
  • Writing content on behalf of Red Fightback
  • Participating in the Red Fightback Forums
  • Partaking in the work of the Committee they are part of
  • Making evidencable contribution to Branch organising or Red Fightback Campaigns.

4. Be open to critique and self-critique.

Members must be prepared to raise issues with other members constructively, privately or publicly when appropriate, and respond with consideration and reflection when issues are raised with them.

Members are expected to challenge their own views, and the pride they have in their own views, regularly. They should listen to criticism earnestly and consider it fairly. Assume competence in other members.

With disagreements, a natural element of organising, the Party values decisiveness, clarity, and consensus: we should not allow tensions to persist, which will likely damage the Party and its members. Members are expected to resolve disagreements constructively via informal means or Party structures and processes.

Ask questions of one another. Listen more than you speak.

5. Be honest with the Party and the masses.

Members should always be confident that their personal boundaries will be respected, but should not withhold information from the party that relates to the advancement, security or reputation of the party. Members should be upfront with their views and criticisms of each other and the party, whilst maintaining good faith. Members should also be honest about their views and aims when engaging with the masses, so long as they do not pose a security risk to the party or their fellow members.

6. Develop in aspects of life beyond Party work, be them creative, social, physical or other. Members should take time for the people and things that they love; this is important for their personal well-being as well as their development as a revolutionary connected to the world and its people.

8. Consider other people’s emotions; use Content Warnings when posting about topics that others might find upsetting to engage with.

9. Step down considerately from elected positions, be it by choice or by losing an election. Members should cooperate with their successors and facilitate their success, and should not seek to impede or frustrate newly elected committees.

10. Build strong working relationships with other members wherever possible.

On close personal relationships, platonic or otherwise. Members should seek to minimise the impact these have on their party obligations, work and perspectives, and consult with a Welfare Secretary if they need guidance and support in balancing these aspects of life. While romantic relationships do occur organically, no one should seek to use the party as a dating platform.

11. Carry the spirit of the Party’s documents and principles forward, not just the word of the documents and principles.

12. Hold each other to account, in a respectful manner that assumes the best of other members but which maintains high standards of the party.

13. Comply with instruction and discipline based on conduct and Party processes.

Unacceptable conduct may include the following:

  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory actions, language, jokes or beliefs in a private or public context to anyone.
  • Harassment in any form.
  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another member or someone otherwise undeserving.
  • Posting or threatening to post private aspects of other member’s personally identifying information.
  • Photographing or recording other members without their permission.
  • Physical contact without consent.
  • Sexual harassment or sexual abuse.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, which includes unwelcome sexualized comments or jokes, inappropriate touching and gestures, and sexual advances.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate
  • Sustained disruption of discussion or processes.
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication with another member
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected name/s
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  • Sustained or repeated disruption of Party events or meetings, in person or online
  • Leaking Party documents to external people.
  • Undemocratic behaviour in elections.
  • Acting against the democratically agreed decisions of the Party.
  • Willfully making false allegations against a fellow member.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

The following are examples of conduct that does not count as unacceptable:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’ (because these things don’t exist)
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
  • Refusal to explain or debate concepts around oppression
  • Communicating bluntly when addressing sensitive topics, especially oppression.
  • Upholding, quoting, reminding of and enforcing the Party structures and processes.
  • Criticising oppressive behavior or assumptions
  • Advocating for a change in the Code of Conduct, Constitution, Party Positions or other documents shall not be construed as advocating for violating it.

We will be debating changes to our constitution and code of conduct over the coming months, and anyone who has thoughts/criticisms/suggestions is welcome to contribute via our contact form