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Mission Statement:  People’s Justice League is a grassroots community organization working to support safe streets, campuses, establishments, and gathering places in Southeast Ohio through community education and activism. We know that for many people, navigating public space is fraught with harassment and violence simply because of who they are. Our programming works to address this with a variety of platforms designed to eradicate bias, harassment, discrimination, and abuse targeting any part of a person’s perceived identity. This includes but is not limited to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and disability. We work to create long-term networks of support that will empower our spirits to continue to thrive, despite the oppressions we face. For more information about ongoing programming, please see our Programs page.

 

Vision Statement:  We envision a world free from all forms of domination where all people have free and equitable access to public spaces, services, information, and institutions and no one must fear harm by any person or institution on the basis of perceived identity. 

 

We value:

Consent Culture:  We value enthusiastic verbal consent in all intimate activities. This can be practiced with everything from borrowing a treasured item, to hugging your grandma, to calling your date a sweet name, to sexual intimacy. We work with youth to create a culture that no longer holds taboos about talking about intimacy and can go forth and be bold in stating their desires as well as their boundaries.

 

Survivor-Centered Analysis:  We value the right of each individual to define their own experience and direct the outcomes of that experience. Some people choose to share their stories, engage in activism, and/or report to the criminal justice system, and others do not. We honor each individual choice equally and encourage people to do what feels right under their unique circumstances.

 

Difference:  We recognize and honor differences across cultures and work to create programming that meets the needs of our varying communities. We work to recruit staff, interns, and Board members from diverse backgrounds with diverse skills and experience.

 

Shared Leadership:  We utilize horizontal leadership structure and collective decision-making process whenever possible. Our Board of Directors operates on formal consensus decision-making.

 

Social Justice:  We acknowledge that women, LGBTQ folks, people of color, people of targeted faiths, and differently-abled people disproportionately face both interpersonal and structural oppression. We work toward equity and the elimination of structural barriers by providing extra support to people of targeted communities and through working with institutions to create equitable policy, procedure, and training programs for their members/staff.

 

Environmental Stewardship:  Appalachia has long been used as a sacrifice zone for polluting industry, leaving poor and Indigenous people with little or no recourse when their health and homes are destroyed. We see environmental justice and social justice as deeply intertwined. We stand in solidarity with all environmental justice workers around the world.