Farmworkers and other disenfranchised people live and work with others who often do not understand and/or support their struggles to achieve economic, social and political equality. Many clients served by PathStone personally suffer the effects of racism and discrimination because of their color, occupation or economic status. Many families have needlessly suffered generations of indignities because our government institutions have devalued their work and contributions to our communities. In concert with our mission statement, we, the Board of Directors, staff and members of our advisory councils hereby commit ourselves to the principles contained herein:
- We affirm the benefit and value of human and cultural diversity in our society and believe in the principles and practice of co-existence and harmony between and among all peoples.
- We commit to proactively create opportunities to integrate diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, levels of education, religious beliefs, as well as those who are rural and urban, and rich and poor within our place of work and in our community.
- We will identify and implement specific actions which will improve race, gender and human relationships in our place of work, community, organizations to which we belong and others with whom we have relationships.
- We will participate in and/or organize political- and social-action events, conferences and meetings which will educate and encourage ourselves and others to eliminate all forms of oppression and racism, to create opportunities for reconciliation of divergent views and to promote social and economic justice within our society.
- We will oppose discrimination of any kind against all people and will work to create policies that are based on mutual respect and justice for all people, especially those groups who have historically been denied many human rights and experienced an oppressive life of separation and exclusion. We acknowledge that few, if any, generalizations can accurately describe any group, race or culture, and we will avoid making such assumptions that lead to hurtful stereotyping. We will work to remove all prejudice against groups of people who are stereotyped because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, income, differing abilities, religious beliefs, place of residence, educational level, age, employment, family structure and personal interests.
- We will make it a priority in our daily activities to use inclusive language that will unite all people, to practice fairness and care toward all and to respect the dignity and worth of all humankind.
- We will become educated about the customs, history, desires and problems of other races and cultures and actively share that information with friends, colleagues and members of the community.
- We will speak and act against any form of community and/or individual violence that may injure others and will actively work to create non-violent methods to resolve disputes.
- We will commit our resources to respond to the pervasive poverty faced by many people in our community and will work constructively within the political and social arenas to advocate for laws, resources and customs which will remove barriers for economically and socially disadvantaged people and enhance our/their escape from poverty.