Ten Key Values
human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives;
no one should be subject to the will of another. Therefore we will work
to increase public participation at every level of government and to
ensure that our public 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 the decision-making process.
Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part
of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological
balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our
communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society that
utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit
and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we
must have agricultural practices that replenish the soil; move to
an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity
of natural systems.
Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally
from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must
consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at
large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and heterosexism,
ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice
under the law.
It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to our current
patterns of violence at all levels, from the family and the streets,
to nations and the world. We will work to demilitarize our society and
eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the
intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense
and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote
nonviolent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree,
and will guide our actions toward lasting 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
away from a system that is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful
few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should,
as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while
assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.
Community Based Economics
We recognize it is essential 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 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 which are socially responsible, as well
as co-operatives and public enterprises that spread out resources and
control to more people through democratic participation.
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 which
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.
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 the many diverse
elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making
bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally
closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect
for other life forms and the preservation of biodiversity.
Personal and Global responsibility
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 planet.
Future Focus and Sustainability
Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We
seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or "unmaking"
all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does
not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counter-balance
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. Our overall goal is not
merely to survive, but to share lives that are truly worth living. We
believe the quality of our individual lives is enriched by the quality
of all of our 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.