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Jemez Principles

Kentucky IPL affirms the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.​

On December 6-8, 1996, forty people of color and European-American representatives met in Jemez, New Mexico, for the “Working Group Meeting on Globalization and Trade.” The Jemez meeting was hosted by the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice with the intention of hammering out common understandings between participants from different cultures, politics and organizations. The following “Jemez Principles” for democratic organizing were adopted by the participants:

  1. Be Inclusive

  2. Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing

  3. Let People Speak for Themselves

  4. Work Together In Solidarity and Mutuality

  5. Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves

  6. Commitment to Self-Transformation

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