These are the ideas that ground our work and our lives.
THE RIGHT TO BE YOU
We believe that everyone has a right to be their most awesome self, and that the movement to end harassment in public spaces will be led like all successful movements that have come before it: by people with bold ideas who take risks to upend the status quo. We aren’t afraid of our own strength, and we aren’t afraid to wield our collective power to make the world a better place.
Making the Impossible Possible
We know a lot of people don’t take a stand against harassment because they think ending harassment is impossible. We’re not afraid to fight for something better, and we are united in our belief that a world without harassment isn’t just possible: it’s imminent.
Transparency and Honesty
Movements move at the speed of trust, and trust is earned. We recognize that honesty and transparency are a crucial part of impactful relationships in the movement. Whether you are a reader, a contributor, a funder, a legislator, a local leader, or a partner, we promise to be candid and forthright with you.
We’ve Got Your Back
Changing the world isn’t always easy. It’s scary to tell your story, and it’s scary to lead a movement that defies longstanding norms. When times get tough, we stand together. Our work also involves a lot of learning and self-reflection. We embrace others’ perspectives, see debate as a learning opportunity, and we’re humble enough to know there’s always room for improvement. We treat each other with respect and compassion.
We will not fight harassment at the expense of other movements. We are flamboyantly anti-racist, anti-classist, anti-ableist, anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic, and anti- any other form of discrimination that is designed to keep people “in their place.” We recognize the danger of intersecting oppressions, and we believe in the power of intersectional justice. We seek to understand harassment from every possible perspective, and seek to represent our movement with a wide and diverse constituency.
Followers Are the New Leaders
It’s not the leaders alone who build movements – it’s the followers. We are committed to supporting followers to become new leaders, who can then turn their followers into new leaders, and so on and so forth until harassment in public spaces is history.