This pledge was created by Partners for Peace staff and Steering Committee in January 2021. All Partners for Peace staff, Steering Committee, and volunteers have committed to the following.
As agents of change in the movement to end domestic violence, we recognize the intersectionality of all oppression and stand in support of a revolutionary movement that has amplified the voices of marginalized people and communities impacted by deeply rooted social inequities. We believe Black lives matter, Trans rights are human rights, no human is illegal, people do not belong in cages, and there is no excuse for partner abuse. We celebrate all unique identities including, but not limited to; Black and Indigenous people and all people of color; women (trans and cis), intersex people, non-binary people, and men (trans and cis); young people and elders; poor and working-class people; people with disabilities; people with chronic mental health conditions; lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual people, and all others under the Q+ umbrella; monogamous and polyamorous people; immigrants and people with limited or no English proficiency; housed or unhoused people; and people of all faiths and traditions, no matter wealth, ability, intellect, sobriety, social status, or appearance. We acknowledge that this list is not all inclusive and will change as our knowledge grows.
We have a lot to learn and are committed to leaning in with curiosity; seeking and accepting feedback. We pledge to continuously evaluate our accessibility barriers and intentionally examine personal and organizational prejudices that may negatively impact our policies, practices, and procedures. Partners for Peace will honor guidance from voices of folx on the margins, as well as our local and national coalitions. Diverse voices will help drive our mission and center our values as we own our responsibility to corrective action.
We realize that as domestic violence advocates, we are a small part of a greater movement to end racism, bias, assumption, violence, and exclusion. With this knowledge, we seek accountability for ourselves, our community partners and other systems where racism and oppression are embedded in practice. Intention alone does not create change; we will continuously implement anti-bias and anti-exclusion work in every part of our advocacy and activism. We are hearing and responding to the national dialogue highlighting the urgent need for equitable change and cultural humility. We can, and will, do better.
We will be transformed.