What do we mean by progressive values?
We know we’re not all going to agree on every issue every time — and that’s okay. But we do think there are a certain set of values we all share that bring us together, and that makes us progressives. These include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- A commitment to equality for all people, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic class, religion, nationality, or physical ability (and probably a few other things I’m forgetting.)
- A belief that there are some things — including access to high quality, affordable health care, a safe and affordable place to live, a living wage and a good public education — that everyone is entitled to.
- A commitment to our shared prosperity — that the government has an important role to play in lifting people out of poverty, and in helping provide opportunities and paths for all people to find financial independence.
- A strong conviction that government has a positive role to play in our lives and communities.
- A commitment to ethical and accountable government, and a belief that inclusivity and widespread participation in elections and governance is an important part of our democratic government.
- A commitment to building a community that is environmentally and economically sustainable.
- A belief in the right to privacy, which means that there are some personal decisions the government should not interfere with.