NETWORK VALUES

Creativity
Economic, Racial and Gender Justice
Participation
Leadership from Those Directly Affected
Transformation
Accountability
Democracy and Openness

NETWORK PRINCIPLES

  1. We believe that communication is a fundamental human right, deeply rooted in the established right to freedom of expression. We affirm the International Declaration on Communication Rights, the call for Universal Service, and other rules that protect communication rights.
  2. We believe media shapes the context of our social and political reality. Therefore, we believe the ownership, regulation, creation and distribution of media, art, and technology are social justice issues.
  3. We believe policymaking must be participatory. Through collective action and collaboration we provide an entry point to the media policy process for under-represented communities.
  4. We believe organizing must build local power, raise under-represented voices, and connect organizations across geography and issue. We elevate the leadership of local communities, and build the power of our member organizations for local, regional, and national impact.
  5. We believe in the power of place, culture, and story to build movements for economic, racial and gender justice. We know culture organizes power and, as such, we affirm cultural strategies as central to our organizing model.
  6. We believe media power must be built, shared, and focused on solving problems. We affirm that communications, media, and cultural strategies for social justice are most effective when they are bottom-up, long-term, democratic, solutions-oriented and collective.
  7. We believe shared leadership, mutual support, and transparent governance must guide the planning and implementation of our collaborative work. We affirm the right of all members to participate in shaping this network and in our responsibility to partner effectively, with one other and with our allies, to achieve our movement building goals.