1. Grassroots Democracy
All human beings deserve a say in the decisions
that affect their lives, and should not be subjected to the will of
others. Therefore, we must work to increase public participation at
every level of government and to ensure that our representatives are fully
accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to
create new types of political organizations that expand the process of
participatory democracy by directly including citizens in decision-making.
2. Social Justice and Equal
All persons should have the equal rights and
should benefit equally from the resources afforded to us by society and
the environment. We must consciously confront - in ourselves, our
organizations, and our society at large - barriers such as racism, class
oppression, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and disability which act to deny
fair treatment and equal justice to all persons under the law.
3. Ecological Wisdom
Human societies must operate with the
understanding that they are part of nature, and not separate from it.
We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological
boundaries of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable
society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations
will benefit, rather than suffer, from the practices of our generation.
To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move
to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the
integrity of natural systems.
It is essential that we develop effective
alternatives to society's current patterns of violence. We will work
to demilitarize our world, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction
without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We
recognize the need for both self-defense and the defense of others who are
in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods of opposing
practices and policies with which we disagree, and will aim our actions
toward creating a lasting peace on a personal, community, and global
Centralization of wealth and power contributes to
social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and
militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social,
political, and economic institutions in such a fashion that society moves
away from being controlled by the powerful few, and towards becoming a
more democratic and less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as
much as possible, take place on an individual and local basis, while
assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.
6. Community-Based Economics
and Economic Justice
We recognize that it is essential for us to create
a vibrant and sustainable economic system; one that can create jobs and
provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a
healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer
meaningful work with dignity, while paying a 'living wage' which reflects
the real value of a person's work.
Local communities must look to economic
development that assures the following: protection of the environment and
workers' rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement
of our quality of life. We support independently owned and operated
companies that are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and
public enterprises that distribute both resources and control to more
people through democratic participation.
7. Feminism and Gender Equity
We have inherited a social system based on male
domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of
the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways
of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human
values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and
honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember
that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as
important as achieving the outcome we want.
8. Respect for diversity
We believe it is important to value cultural,
ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote
the development of respectful relationships across these lines. We
believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in
our organizations and our decision-making bodies. Furthermore, we
support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of
leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for life
forms other than our own and encourage the preservation of bio-diversity.
9. Personal and Global
We encourage individuals to act to improve their
personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance
and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations
around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the
10. Future Focus and
Our actions and policies should be motivated by
long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources,
safely disposing of or 'unmaking' all the waste we create, while
developing a sustainable economy that does not depend on continual
expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for
short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new
technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations
who will inherit the results of our actions.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Our overall goal is not merely to survive, but to
share lives that are truly worth living. We believe that the quality
of our individual lives is enriched by the quality of all lives. We
encourage everyone to see the dignity and intrinsic worth in all of life,
and to take the time to understand and appreciate themselves, their
community, and the magnificent beauty of this world.