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, socioeconomic class, religion, nationality, or physical ability (and probably a few other things we’re 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 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. There are some personal decisions the government should not interfere with.