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.
Justice and Equal Opportunity
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.
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.
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 peace.
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.
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
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.
and Global responsibility
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.
Focus and Sustainability
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.
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.