Four Pillars

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1.    Women’s Rights

We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We believe in a society in which women– including black women, native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women– are free to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments unencumbered by structural impediments.

Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system, in workplace violence, in domestic violence and in systemic violence against women.

We believe in reproductive freedom and stand firmly opposed to forced birth. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education.

We firmly declare that LGBTQIA rights are human rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming sisters and brothers. We demand the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.

2.  Immigrant Rights

Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights, regardless of status or country of origin.  We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.  We support sanctuary cities and state laws, DACA, equal pay, safety and benefits for those with all levels of immigration status, strong refugee support systems and acceptance and celebration of all different cultures, individuals and families.

3. Voting Rights and Civic Justice

Voting is at the core of our democracy and is key to creating healthy equitable communities.  Unfortunately, we know that there are countless systemic barriers to fair and inclusive voting including voter education, equal representation, fair districting, access to means, education and training for those who desire to run for elected positions (specifically those who represent historically underrepresented groups). Because of these many roadblocks, our government is typically run by older white men.  

We believe if more women, people of color, disabled people and LGBTQIA held elected positions, we could achieve a democracy that genuinely holds all people at its center.  We work to fight voter suppression, engage current and future voters, register and educate current and future voters, champion civic engagement, advocate for voting rights and create a culture in which regularly exercising our civic muscle is both an expectation and a pleasure.

4. Youth Engagement

We believe that one of the single most powerful actions we can take is to prepare young people with the skills and framework to take initiative around causes that matter to them.  We aim to engage youth in civic leadership and voter education, by advocating to lower the voting age and by providing the tools to lobby and communicate with lawmakers whose decisions affect their lives.