Have you heard of the New Social Compact? M4J follows these guiding principles when deciding what issues and events to support.
"We believe our society is in need of articulating a New Social Compact, one that is based on a set of core inclusive values, one that builds on our past and embraces our future. This compact recognizes our fundamental belief that we are linked by our common humanity, that we are bound together in our work to secure a fair and inclusive democracy, and that we are united in our commitment to care for each other and the Earth. There are certain times in which we are called upon to rethink, reclaim, and boldly articulate what we stand for, and to act, and we believe we are in one of those times today.
We will not allow the normalization of hate, exclusion, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia in our society. These forces betray our values and if remain unchecked will overwhelmingly harm all people, our living planet, our future generations, and democracy itself.
This compact recognizes that we may have many different strategies for achieving our goals, but we are united by common values that guide our actions. The values in this compact are nonpartisan and reflect our grounding in a morality that recognizes the worth of all people. We believe these values are central to any legitimate democratic government.
Core Values We believe in the following core values:A belief in the dignity and humanity of all people.A recognition that all people are connected to each other and to our living planet.A belief in the rights of all people to fairly and freely participate in the democratic governing structures that impact their lives.A belief in the responsibility of government, markets, and a civil society that work to serve the wellbeing of people, including the right to health care, food, education, and shelter.A belief that it is untenable to enact policies that suppress opportunity.A belief in the rights of free expression under the protection of the government.
Core Practices We acknowledge that it is not enough to only state our values, we must also operationalize them. Below are some ways in which we will practice our core values.We support efforts that advance the creation of inclusive and safe environments, including giving financial, political, institutional, and social support.We commit to protecting and repairing the Earth from unalterable exploitation.We prioritize protection and attention to groups who have been historically targeted, marginalized, and excluded; to those who seek refuge; and to those who become targets of attack or hate under any political administration or institution.We refuse to legitimize politics and policies based on hate, racism, ableism, sexism, Islamophobia, and expulsion, and we will resist all efforts to institutionalize them into policy, law, and culture.We will take action when local, regional, or federal government actors, private businesses, or social movements ignore or violate the values in this compact, through dialogue, petitioning, boycotts, and nonviolent civil activities.We support and defend the rights of free expression and a free media.We support the right of people to organize collectively in their places of work.We embrace a shared, pluralist approach with those who share these values, and we will work with all who practice them in a spirit of mutual trust and respect, regardless of political affiliation.We live by the tenet that a democracy requires consent and trust in order to work, and we will not consent to violations of the values stated in this compact.
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