RAD’S PRINCIPLES

We are united to fight for and secure our rights to build a true democracy. Rights guarantee that we all have what we need to live, and a true democracy gives voice to those rights.

We fight to defend threats to our rights and to secure rights that will help us achieve our vision for a better world. Our nation has failed to guard those fundamental, inalienable rights that free each of us to achieve our full human dignity. Our nation has failed to establish a democracy where each of us has a voice in the way that our rights are defended and achieved.

We embrace our shared humanity and commit ourselves to a unified struggle to claim our rights, build collective power, and achieve systemic change for ourselves and our planet.

We envision a society with human rights and a vibrant democracy at its core, and our work to bring that society into existence is guided by a commitment to equity, universality, solidarity, justice, accountability and transparency, power, sustainability, and freedom:

EQUITY

We believe that each person should get what they need, when they need it. We must dismantle the deeply rooted systems that have led to this historic moment of inequality, addressing diverse, intersecting sources of oppression and confronting every inequity that our communities face. We must create a system that allows each person to live their life with dignity.

SOLIDARITY

We believe that our rights are interdependent and interconnected.  Denial of one right impacts all other rights. We mobilize and build power with people and organizations doing movement work within their own networks and communities. We stand up for each other. We break down silos.

UNIVERSALITY

We believe that these interconnected rights and principles are universal to all persons.

JUSTICE

We believe that we must organize across and within multiple systems and kinds of oppression: social, cultural, economic, and environmental. All injustice is related, part of a system that exploits all of us. Because of racism, sexism, imperialism, capitalism, and other forms of oppression, our system exploits some of us more than others, and we must include an understanding of these diverse impacts in all of our work.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

We believe that our systems of governance must be held accountable to the people who they impact. We must be able to see clearly how any action, decision, or policy impacts each of us. Governance should not happen behind closed doors.

POWER

We believe that democracy is more than voting. Everyone has a right to, and should, actively participate in decisions that impact them. In a robust democracy, we exercise our power tocreate a society where each can live a life with dignity and fight against the forces that wield power over us to deny us that dignity.

We believe that we are all organizers. We are building a sustainable, leader-full movement. Our movement is about people, and creating relationships that  support each of us as leaders allows our movement to live beyond each of our lives.

SUSTAINABILITY

We believe that our work, vision, and rights must survive each and all of us.  Our actions and systems must have the power to serve and preserve our human rights and a robust democracy for generations to come. In this way, we can preserve dignity for all people and the planet.

FREEDOM

We believe that we must have the ability to name and claim our rights and to change any system that does not ensure these rights.

We believe that the ultimate purpose of our work is to secure the freedom for each of us and our communities to live with full dignity. 

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