District 13 House’s Community Principles

Taken from The Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing

  1. Inclusivity
    • “If we hope to achieve just societies that include all people in decision-making and assure that all people have an equitable share of the wealth and the work of this world, then we must work to build that kind of inclusiveness into our own movement in order to develop alternative policies and institutions to the treaties policies under neoliberalism.”
  2. Bottom-Up Organizing
    • “ We must be continually building and strengthening a base which provides our credibility, our strategies, mobilizations, leadership development, and the energy for the work we must do daily”
  3. Let People Speak for Themselves
    • “We must be sure that relevant voices of people directly affected are heard. Ways must be provided for spokespersons to represent and be responsible to the affected constituencies.”
  4. Work Together in Solidarity and Mutuality
    • “Groups working on similar issues with compatible visions should consciously act in solidarity, mutuality and support each other’s work. In the long run, a more significant step is to incorporate the goals and values of other groups with your own work, in order to build strong relationships.”
  5. Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves
    • “We need to treat each other with justice and respect, both on an individual and an organizational level, in this country and across borders. Defining and developing “just relationships” will be a process that won’t happen overnight. It must include clarity about decision-making, sharing strategies, and resource distribution.”
  6. Commitment to Self-Transformation
    • “As we change societies, we must change from operating on the mode of individualism to community-centeredness. We must “walk our talk.” We must be the values that we say we’re struggling for and we must be justice, be peace, be community”


How We Practice What We Believe

-Keep your space tidy, don’t leave messes in the bathroom or kitchen

-Be mindful of shared space, and respectful of other’s possessions

-Keep to quiet hours (10PM-9AM)

-Make sure to lock the door if no one is in the house

-Be respectful of the opinions of others