Movement PrinciplesJames Clark2021-10-25T20:30:36+11:00
Tomorrow Movement Principles
These are the guidelines of our movement which we all commit to uphold. Any action which does not follow these principles is not a Tomorrow Movement action.
United, we will win.
We are an unstoppable movement of young people fighting for a society with good jobs, strong public services and a safe climate for all. We are organising young people all over the country to fight for a tomorrow that works for everyone, not just big business.
We are clear eyed and bold.
Just like the tides, we will rise. We are clear eyed about the threats we face and determined to fight for the solutions we need.
It is our future that is at stake. We know that the challenges ahead of us are huge but they are not insurmountable. Together, we have the determination and imagination to win. As young people we will face down the threats of climate change and inequality with courage. Now is the time for action and forging our own hope.
We work in solidarity with First Nations people.
We recognise the history of invasion and genocide on this continent. We know that for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continuing to live under colonisation will never be safe or just. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are feeling climate and economic impacts more than anyone. There can’t be climate or economic justice without justice for First Nation people.
We take responsibility for educating ourselves on the history of colonisation, direct resources to First Nations people and causes, and build solidarity into all of our campaign plans and actions.
Together we are strong.
Our movement is made up of all sorts of people who call this country home. Big business tries to pit us against each other based on the colour of our skin, where we went to school and who we love. We know that it is our diversity of class, identity, belief and experience is what makes us strong. We reach out to each other across divides, show up, educate each other, and take responsibility for tearing down these barriers and building a world that works for all of us.
We lead from our communities.
To be powerful enough to change this country we will need everyone. It’s not enough to just talk with people who already agree with us. We reach out to people in our communities, workplaces, classrooms, places of worship, and group chats to find our common ground. We share our stories and welcome new faces into our movement with openness and generosity.
We are disciplined and non-violent.
We act with unity and discipline, knowing that our actions represent the entire Tomorrow Movement. We are unafraid to do what it takes but understand that our audience is always the public. Our actions are considered, courageous and non-violent.
We collaborate with other movements for justice.
Communities that are being affected by jobs cuts and racism are also being affected by heat waves and floods. The issues that affect all of our communities are connected. Our enemies try to divide us so we don’t fight as one. We will build power with other movements for justice who share our values and align with our strategy. Through working alongside each other and standing in solidarity we can learn and win together.
We take initiative.
Any group of 3 people can take action in the name of Tomorrow Movement, as long as they align with these movement principles. We ask for advice — not permission — from each other to make things happen. When we act, we ask ourselves, “will this help us win?” If yes, we simply do the work that is exciting and makes sense.
We learn and grow together.
No one wakes up knowing how to change the world, we learn together through talking and training. We share the skills we have, and figure out the rest along the way. It’s important for us to share our mistakes, reflect on our actions, and celebrate our successes.
We have the conversations we need to have.
Powerful movements are built on trust. Our movement and our teams are a safe space for big ideas, conflict, and resolution. We make sure the loudest voices are not the only ones that are heard. We assume good intentions and ask for clarification first, but we don’t shy away from having hard conversations when we need to.
We look out for each other.
We welcome each other to this movement as we are, with different needs, abilities and things to offer. We look out for our mates, communicate our needs and our commitments. We take time out when we need to because our best work happens when we look after ourselves.
We are a community.
Working to make a difference should be fun! We build a strong community through making time to create together, share our traditions, food, stories, songs, art and dance.
We acknowledge that wherever we live or work in this country we are on stolen land and pay respect to elders past and present. We recognise there can be no economic or climate justice without justice for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.