Our Multi-Issue Vision

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”

— Audre Lorde

 

As our communities grapple with the onslaught of rhetoric, policies, and violence against us, we believe that now is the time to think and act boldly. As siloed progressive and movement-left efforts struggle to decide on paths forward, we believe that now is the time to insist on a multi-issue vision that connects and strengthens our movements. We believe that now is the time for a multi-issue strategy that reflects our multi-issue lives, honors our wholeness, and educates, agitates and organizes with its intersectional lens.

Our Areas of Focus: Recognizing the inherently amorphous prospect of a multi-issue endeavor, we choose to organize our vision under five overarching strands. These strands provide structure and guidance for identifying and determining what (and at what pace) to pursue in a manner that is consistent with our values, what we are hearing and learning, and what our existing and projected capacity allow for. Below is a description of our five strands:

 

Race and Politics

We examine the role of race in U.S. politics, including the implications of demographic shifts and an approaching people of color majority, our electoral potential, the role and leadership of women of color, understanding who we are as communities of color (differences, similarities, conflicts, etc.), solidarity building, and the imagining and manifesting of an inclusive and just democracy.

 

Social Movements

We look to past and contemporary social movements for wisdom, lessons, inspiration, and frameworks of resistance and demands. We are drawn to new ways of thinking and organizing that emanate from grassroots efforts. Examples of movements we are looking to include, Black Lives Matter, UndocuQueer, Occupy, and the international movement of Women’s Marches.

 

Race, Systems, and Policies

We offer intersectional analyses on critical policy issues toward influencing, organizing around, and ultimately changing systems and policies that are detrimental to our communities and the World. Examples of potential issues include public education, criminalization and mass incarceration, reproductive justice and sexual freedom, poverty and economic justice, immigrant rights and globalization, and environmental justice.

 

Wisdom of the Global South

With the expansion of globalization and its impact on poor and black and brown communities around the world, we wish to create opportunities for people in the U.S. to learn how their struggles and the root causes of these struggles are linked to the struggles of people in the Global South. We aim to facilitate knowledge exchanges across borders and lift stories of struggle and resilience in the face of ever-consolidated global wealth.

 

Portraits of Leadership

We elevate stories of movement leaders who might be overlooked by traditional lenses and highlight lesser known achievements and issues championed by these leaders in order to tell a more complete story that can inspire generations.

 

Growing Movements Through Relationships 

Growing Movements Through Relationships: Collaboration is embedded in our values and strategy. We believe that multi-issue movements cannot exist without relationships and coalitions across communities, causes, and organizations. Each of our campaigns and projects are strengthened through partnerships with organizations and leaders in the field. These partnerships create opportunities to mutually magnify our capacity and reach. By building on our respective areas of strength and expertise, we are able to increase our own capacity exponentially and enhance movement efforts collaboratively rather than creating parallel efforts.