Joining Your Swing Left Slack Team

Swing Left uses Slack in every Swing District to make it easy for volunteers collaborate. Slack is a team communication tool you can use on your phone, as a desktop application, and through a web browser.

Join your Swing Left Slack Team in three simple steps:

  1. Agree to this Code of Conduct
  2. Read our tips for using Slack with Swing Left
  3. Request an email invite to Slack

Swing Left's Slack Code of Conduct

We’re all here for a common goal – to flip the House to the Democrats in 2018 and stop Trump's agenda. Following these two basic rules will help ensure a positive, sustainable collaboration.

We've tried to make them short and to the point. So, please take a minute to read them carefully

1. Respect everyone

  • Respect the local wisdom of volunteers who live in swing districts. We want to support partner organizations and organizers inside swing districts, and to learn what issues are most relevant to each community.

  • Respect volunteers who come from outside swing districts – they’re making valuable contributions.

  • Respect the fresh energy and ideas of political newcomers just now joining.

  • Respect the expertise of political veterans who have spent years (or decades!) organizing for progressive causes.

  • Respect voters who disagree with us. Rude arguments won’t help us win.


2. Respect everyone’s time

  • Be focused. There are many valuable, diverse ways to resist this administration, defend our values, and fight for progressive change. Swing Left, however, is completely focused on winning back the House. If you want to promote events or groups that are not tightly focused on that goal, please use your Slack’s #random channel.

    Also, we will not be arguing about primary candidates for Congressional seats. There are many other channels for individuals to support a primary candidate; in the Swing Left community we will stay unified in supporting whoever becomes the Democratic candidate.

  • Be clear and concise. Take time to edit your communications, especially when writing to a group. Try to avoid sarcasm, which often doesn’t translate to writing.

  • Be responsible. Don’t overcommit or burn out – we’re in a marathon. If you commit to something and later realize you won’t be able to complete it on time (as occasionally happens to us all), don’t feel guilty, but tell your team as soon as possible.

Finally: Abusive behavior will not be tolerated in the Swing Left Slack Teams. If you see any, please let us know immediately. Send any reports to: [email protected].