The mission of the Young EcoSocialists Caucus of the Arizona Green Party is to educate, support, and empower its members and their communities to fight for a more peaceful, democratic, socially and economically just, and ecologically sustainable way of life through activism, political discussion/education and support for the Green Party, its candidates, and its endorsed initiatives and campaigns.
The objectives of the YES-AZ Caucus shall be;
In keeping with the Green Party’s third pillar of Social Justice, the YES Caucus of AZ declares itself to be an anti-oppression caucus, actively dedicated to the work of ending capitalism and dismantling white supremacy and cis-heteropatriarchy. As such, expressions of sexism, racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and other oppressive behaviors are not in keeping with the values of the YES Caucus of AZ.
Further, the YES Caucus of AZ explicitly rejects the false ideas of reverse racism, misandry, etc., because we understand the role of white supremacy, cis-heteropatriarchy, ableism, etc. in the oppression of our comrades of all colors, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations. While it is possible for prejudice against white people, against men, against cisgender people, against able-bodied persons, against straight people (or any other privileged group) to exist, this prejudice is not oppression because there are no institutional power structures designed to disenfranchise these privileged groups.
Caucus officers will conduct themselves in official public statements, public appearances and other situations acting in the capacity as representatives of the YES Caucus of AZ, in a manner in keeping with the aforementioned values of anti-oppression. Representatives of the YES Caucus of AZ shall make every effort to respect and amplify the voices of marginalized people.
Informed and inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s words in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, in which he decries “the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice,”caucus officers are charged with the responsibility of wading through the difficult discussions when oppression arises or to ask for help from outside allied organizations if they do not possess the skills to conduct those discussions.
As a corollary to oppression under capitalism is the oppression felt by the white working class members of our community, who are often used as bludgeons by the ruling class against women, people of color, people with disabilities, etc. It is the mission of the YES Caucus of AZ to create opportunities for solidarity so that mutual understanding and shared collective power can be built.
The Green Party recognizes this nation’s actual history, not its idealized history. A history of empire building, capitalism, white supremacy, and genocide. The Green Party must lead in the understanding of this history, and the current reality that is this history's result.
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