We are committed to collective liberation as an ethics of action. We believe, following theAboriginal Murri activist Lilla Watson, that our liberation is bound up with the liberation ofothers; as such, we are committed to the self-determination, autonomy, agency, andwell-being of every person in our community. We understand that we are but one part of amovement for justice that strives to build an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and joyful futurewhere everyone is free.
We are committed to investing in our people as our most valuable resource. We arecommitted to organizational processes that are emergent, growth-oriented, and sustainable.We know that in order to be boundless in our vision, curiosity, creativity, and aspiration wemust both create a container that honors boundaries and commit to taking the long view. Inthe face of oppression, we practice a discipline of hope and strive to make decisions from aplace of courage. We know that we must be adaptable, prioritize nimbleness within oursystems, and be willing to welcome change.
We believe in mutual accountability and are committed to building relationships within ourcommunity that are clear-eyed and rooted in the truth of each person’s complexity, dignity,and humanity. We are committed to holding ourselves accountable to the needs of ourincarcerated and formerly incarcerated community, in particular BIPOC communitymembers. We are also committed to those who hold marginalized identities most impactedby the criminal legal system because we recognize that true accountability demands anintersectional lens and approach. We are committed to disrupting systems of oppression inand among ourselves, within our community, within our work, and within the institutions inwhich we operate.
We come to this work with humility and through an ethic of transformative justice. We knowthat every one of us – and, by extension, every member of our community – has bothcommitted harm and been the recipient of harm, and deserves to be accorded the grace togrow and learn. We believe in meeting one another, our students, and our communitymembers where they are today, and in practicing mutual aid whenever possible. We reject anarrative of disposability and are committed to treating each other with respect,compassion, and care.
We believe that access to education and reintegration support is a foundational feature ofthe work we do and that these opportunities pave the way for our students to chart theirown courses. We are committed to not only meeting the material needs of our students andalumni whenever possible, but also to resourcing them with the knowledge and tools toshape their own stories. We measure success by the extent to which those in our communitybecome agents of change in their own lives.