Green New Deal California Coalition

Community Agreements

Through an internal workshop series conducted from Sept – Dec 2020, the California Green New Deal Coalition developed a set of agreements to guide how we work together. These agreements are a starting point that can and should be continuously added to and refined to build an enduring, inclusive, and sustainable coalition culture. 

Community Agreements

  • Lead with Bold Vision Now & For the Long Haul: We adopt a long haul mindset and whole systems thinking about achieving our common goals. We are adaptive, taking time to continually invent new ways of being in relationship with each other and the wider racial justice universe. While we understand that the climate crisis demands urgency, we act from a grounded vision and avoid reacting in crisis mode which tends to reinforce a status quo around power in the environmental movement.

  • Conduct Transparent & Inclusive Processes: We agree to develop clear processes for making decisions nimbly, with clear guiding questions, principles, and an expectation of how communication is shared in the coalition.

  • Engage in Mutual Education & Collaboration: We commit to listen and be engaged in issues each of us may not be already engaged in because we believe learning will lead to trust and trust will lead to resiliency through challenges we may face when we disagree on how to collaborate.

  • Build Trust Continually: We affirm each other to be able to openly offer and receive feedback, and are committed to repairing trust when it’s damaged, practicing non-judgment, and seeing disagreement as an opportunity for growth.
    • We address racial, gender, class, and other power dynamics internally in our coalition, are open to hard conversations, and use conflict as a generative force when it arises.

  • Practice Distributed Leadership & Action: We step up to fill the needs of the coalition by sharing the burdens of the work and, addressing existing and emerging power dynamics thoughtfully, while respecting multiple perspectives, tactics, and strategies.

  • Center Frontline Communities: We are actively inclusive of and accountable to community members, an essential part of this movement. Rather than extracting labor, time, input or feedback at the start or end of an initiative, we engage communities continuously and equitably.
    • We share resources, information, and decision making power with frontline communities so that base building groups can be in leadership. We establish collective decision-making that starts and blossoms from the community level.

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