Our Guiding Principles
We believe migration should not be a privilege of those fortunate to be born in wealthy countries. We oppose the border regime and affirm our commitment to people’s freedom to migrate, regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, or income.
We are engaged in a horizontal, multidimensional and multidirectional process that contributes to the liberation of everyone involved, not charitable acts. This means we share resources, skills, experience, knowledge and ideas without perpetuating relationships based on hierarchical power.
We seek as much as possible to break down the barriers between givers and receivers of aid. Everyone has something to teach and something to share. And we all need assistance at times. We seek to acknowledge, challenge and subvert perceived and actual power imbalances, and use any privileges we have to support people’s self-determination and survival, bridging the gulf between ourselves and “others”.
We oppose and seek to confront and dismantle xenophobia, Islamophobia, fascism, white-supremacy, and all other systems of domination and oppression within our society and within ourselves.
We oppose neoliberal economic policies, “free trade” treaties, wars of aggression, the destabilization of democratic processes and the erosion of the right to self-determination in foreign lands for narrowly defined nationalist interests, intensive resource extraction and climate change, all of which cause immense suffering and uproot people from their homelands by violence into an unfamiliar life away from their homes and extended family networks.
We believe in creative grassroots organizing and action that prioritizes and highlights the voices and power of refugees and other marginalized individuals and communities and furthers their capacity to take action on their own behalf.
We engage in and encourage autonomous direct action, an alternative to bureaucracy and red tape, including the creation of new, alternative projects to assist refugees’ self-determination and acquisition of additional resources. However, we also agree to make only those commitments that we can keep consistently.
We believe in participatory, horizontal, social change from below. This requires shared leadership and decision-making in an environment that is safe and inclusive for all participants.
We believe in being accountable to the communities and people we serve as well as ourselves.
We therefore recognize, honor and respect the differences across cultures, traditions, and religions in regards to experiences, languages, food, clothing, personal space, relationships, and other differences even if we do not agree with them. In recognition of this, we listen and support rather than prescribe solutions based on our own personal or cultural values, while still staying honest and authentic about our own beliefs.
We honor and remember our ancestors, elders, the rich immigrant and community organizing history of our communities, and the indigenous people of this land who have been and continue to resist genocide and settler-colonialism and upon whose land we are all migrants of one form or another, all who have given us new understandings of what is possible and whose consciousness and committed action inform and inspire our own.