The 2019 Elections are already taking shape. With several key local elected positions opening up, many fine progressive candidates will put their lives on hold to do the hard work of campaigning this year. Maybe even you! Or maybe you’ll work or volunteer for a campaign, or be a thoughtful, informed voter. It is all vital, consequential work. Let’s do the work in way that encourages participation and removes barriers to involvement, and let’s do it with grace.
Local political activists and community members, will you take this pledge with us?
I pledge to participate in elections by:
- Acting in good faith when participating in political discussions and events.
- Assuming positive intent of all participants in the electoral process.
- Campaigning on issues and not on the shortcomings of opponents.
- Refusing to spread rumors. Rumors are harmful. They waste time and energy, damage relationships, and discourage people from participating in campaigns and electoral politics. I pledge to research and verify claims made about candidates, campaigns, and supporters, including speaking directly with the people about whom the claims are made, before sharing such claims.
- Informing myself on issues and policies so that I can make the most educated choice when choosing which candidates to support with my time, money and vote.
- Agreeing to offer my support to progressive candidates on the ballot in both the primary and general elections.
- Refusing to work with, or support, candidates or campaigns that commit or tolerate sexual harassment/assault, and committing to believing victims and survivors of sexual harassment/assault.
- Rejecting the assumption that politics includes winning at all costs. Instead, I pledge to support the idea that in our community candidates only truly win when they are elected on the strength of their values, communications, character, and hard work.
Sign your name above to be added to the list of neighbors who have pledged: