Principles of Unity

We at INCITE!:

  • Maintain a space by and for women, transpeople, and gender non-conforming people of color
  • Center our political analysis and community action in the struggle for liberation
  • Support sovereignty for indigenous people as central to the struggle for liberation
  • Oppose all forms of violence which oppress women, transpeople, and gender non-conforming people of color and our communities
  • Recognize the state as the central organizer of violence which oppresses women, transpeople and gender nonconforming people of color and our communities
  • Recognize these expressions of violence against women, transpeople, and gender non-conforming people of color as including colonialism, police brutality, immigration policies, reproductive control, etc
  • Link liberation struggles which oppose racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, transphobia, and all other forms of oppression
  • Support coalition building between women, transpeople, and gender non-conforming people of color
  • Recognize and honor differences across cultures
  • Encourage creative models of community organizing and action
  • Promote shared leadership and decision-making
  • Recognize and resist the power of co-optation of our movement
  • Support these principles not only in our actions, but in the practices within our own organizations
  • Support the creation of organizational processes which encourage these principles and which effectively address oppressive individual and institutional practices within our own organizations
  • Discourage any solicitation of federal or state funding for INCITE! activities

These Principles of Unity are guides towards practices by the INCITE! national body and affiliates. In recognition of the necessity for a space for women of color to engage in acts of liberation and creativity rather than control, the national INCITE! group will not act as a monitoring or policing body towards the practices of local INCITE! affiliates.

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