We are fighting for housing justice because we believe that having a home
is a human right. Currently, access to housing is left up to a volatile and
unregulated market. The market does not adjust for the realities that people
are experiencing because it doesn’t have to. That means that there are
people are – and who have been for generations – systematically denied access
to housing, and this is an injustice.
We hold values of anti-oppression and anti-racism. We will not ignore the
way the system disproportionately impacts people of color, people who identify
as LGBTQ+, single parent families, immigrants, people with disabilities, and
people who are older. We will work to make policy we advocate for oppression free,
and we will work to make our group representative of the communities who
are most impacted.
We will be intentional about undoing oppressions in our organizing
spaces. We will educate ourselves, listen with empathy to each other’s
experiences, hold each other accountable for our actions and words, and
dismantle professionalized culture that upholds white supremacy and patriarchy.
We will hold each other accountable with compassion.
We value community, justice, and fairness, and these values inform how we
work together. Building strong relationships is fundamental to effective
organizing. This work is hard, and it is personal. As we fight for wins, we need to
support each other to make our organizing sustainable so people don’t burn out.
We believe in organizing that is more transformational than
transactional. We want to create the opportunity to build skills and leadership
and to provide input on our work. We will not simply tell people what to do. We
will work together and be transformed by each other’s leadership.
Finally, we want to form a culture of appreciation and accountability. We are
not going to be perfect. We are going to have to remind ourselves and each
other of our values, and we are going to have to have hard conversations
sometimes. And that’s okay. That means that we’re committed to doing justice
for ourselves and each other in this work.