Visions & Values

Photo courtesy of our fiscal sponsees, CT Black and Brown Student Unionholding a peaceful protest at Eastern Connecticut State University on October 15th, 2020.

We believe there is a better way.

Our Beliefs
 
  • We are founded on the pillars of racial justice, equity, anti-racism, and economic justice. 

  • We are visionary leaders committed to each other’s humanity and to manifesting our shared liberation. 

  • We honor transparency, honesty, and collaboration. 

  • We value community organizing as a tool to shift the material conditions of our communities.

  • We see the vast space and great power of long-term relationships, treating them with care and deliberation.

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Photo courtesy of our fiscal sponsee, Hearing Youth Voices, during a Black Lives Matter Protest.

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Photo courtesy of our fiscal sponsee, Step Up New Londonfor a workshop where 16 parents and community members completed a 12-week training where folks dove into various topics critical to community organizing and civic engagement, such as racism, sexism, capitalism and more.

We Center

  • The experience of our people most impacted by racism and capitalism.

  • Accountability to each other.

  • Those directly affected by the issue as their own best representatives. 

  • A community-based vision and mission.    

  • Collaborating and organizing strategically.    

  • Campaigns with clear demands and targets.

  • Development of new leadership to support and guide the work. 

  • Movement building to foster trust and intentional connection.

  • Base-building to agitate, mobilize, and engage our constituents in our work.

  • The anti-racism and anti-bias principles for organizing and building relationships from the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond:  https://pisab.org/our-principles/ 


Our Commitments

 

  • Support emerging groups.

  • Build an organization thoughtfully.

  • Incubate ideas and bring them into existence, from workshop facilitation to institution building.

  • Acknowledge we have a lot to learn.

  • Ensure that fiscally-sponsored groups have real decision-making power within the organizational structure.

  • Intelligently design organizational practices that reflect our commitment to each other through transformative personnel and HR policies.

  • Center open and candid communications.

  • Share knowledge and maintain an informed community of groups, allies, and supporters.

  • Move through conflict in healthy ways, regarding it as a normal element of our interconnectedness and humanity. 

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Photo courtesy of our fiscal sponsee, CT Black and Brown Student Union, during the Care Not Cops Campaign with Community First Coalition.

Our Sponsees

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