We commit to sparking honest and open discussions about what kinds of neighborhoods, communities and cities we want to inhabit. We need to be able to dream a little bit, and not just focus on what we think is possible. We need to talk about what the world should look like in 10, 20 and even 40 years. And then we need to work to make it happen.
We commit to doing the difficult work of community organizing because more people means more power. Through rigorous daily organizing, we can engage thousands of people. We will work to continue to find new and innovative organizing models to reach even more people.
We commit to fostering the leadership of people of color and low-income people within our organization. In a time of continued injustice around both race and class, we cannot imagine building a movement any other way.
We commit to creative direct action as a necessary means of confronting power and making change. Non-violent direct action is an indispensable tactic in our struggle to amplify the voices of the disadvantaged. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.”
We commit to recognizing the interconnectedness of the struggles for race and gender equality, economic justice, queer rights, environmental sustainability and peace. We believe that fighting for justice means addressing these as intersectional and related; we seek to build a movement with this in mind.
We commit to engaging in double bottom line work and encouraging intersections between the parts of the work.
We commit to engaging in transformative work, but which me we mean that does one or more of the following: 1. moves us out of the market economy, 2. makes significant progress toward sustainability, 3. is based on unique ideas and/or organizing models that can be brought to scale or replicated.