In the Alliance for Appalachia, we value all people.
We believe that by building power in communities and connecting people of all backgrounds and identities from geographically and culturally disparate places in Appalachia we will grow in strength. We recognize the historical and present forces of oppression on the lives of disabled, working class people, people of color, women, gender nonconforming, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Appalachia. We commit to struggling with and addressing these oppressions through our campaigns and within the Alliance for Appalachia. Recognizing that the historical and present forces of oppression limit participation from these groups, we encourage leadership from disabled, working class people, people of color, women, gender nonconforming, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the steering and coordinating committees and working committees. We seek to bring people from urban and rural Appalachian communities together to address, and grow in understanding of, the interrelated forces that affect our lives so that as a region, we can strive for justice in all Appalachian communities.
We value leadership from youth and elders. We seek to foster an intergenerational culture of mutual learning and shared leadership. We value input from people new to the movement. We create spaces in which new voices are heard in reaching strategic and tactical decisions. Through trainings and work sharing, we support people new to the movement developing the skills and perspectives necessary for productive participation. We support leadership of people who have not completed a formal education. While people in Appalachia have had lower access to education than in other areas of the nation, we are intelligent and capable people. We welcome people of all faiths and religious beliefs. The Alliance for Appalachia is non-partisan. We believe that partisan politics polarize communities, emphasizing that which divides us over our common interests. The Alliance for Appalachia seeks to unite the region for the common good.
We recognize that most people are in a process of growth and understanding in relation to the values stated in this document. In our work, we commit to both meeting people where they are in this process and creating safe and supportive spaces for mutual growth and learning.