Diversity (DEI) Statement
At RepresentUs, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) because we value democracy — full stop.
“Democracy is the greatest threat to white supremacy.”
- Darren Walker, CEO, Ford Foundation
Demonstrating what the best of representative democracy looks like in America, we bring together Americans from across ideologies, backgrounds, and identities to fix our broken elections and stop political bribery. This strategy is central to ending political corruption, extremism, and gridlock. It’s also central to dismantling the root causes of inequities in our democracy. Indeed, a government that is truly “of the people, by the people, and for the people” cannot also be for racism, classism, bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, violence, and any other vice or malady that suppresses our liberty or disenfranchises our citizenship. After all, the United States is unique in the world for its majority-immigrant heritage.
To be clear, at RepresentUs:
- Diversity means welcoming and celebrating the differences across race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic class, ideology, physical ability, veteran status, parental status, and any other differences between us that affect advantages and privileges or impact barriers to opportunities and resources.
- Equity means focusing on need in order to provide the most equal possible outcomes for every individual. (Equity should not be confused with equality, which provides the same resources/opportunities to all regardless of need.)
- And Inclusion means ensuring that our teammates, supporters, and partners feel a sense of belonging within our organization and movement and are always supported in showing up as their authentic selves.
As we grow as a leading organization in the democracy field, we commit to nonstop growth in our practice of DEI across our recruiting, workplace culture, programming, partnerships, actions, advocacy, and policies.
We are committed to truth-telling through compassionate candor because the history of genocide, slavery, religious intolerance, hate crimes, and disenfranchisement at home and abroad has taught us how weapons of mass disinformation have been used to divide and conquer.
Our fundamental commitment to DEI at RepresentUs informs everything we do and strive to be as an organization. Voter disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, and the corrupt influence of big money in politics are not just stains on the world’s oldest democracy, they are also policies that disproportionately affect and oppress BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and other historically marginalized communities, perpetuating a corrupt status quo that caters to the insatiable wishes of the wealthy few at the expense of the many and pushing us all closer and closer to the brink. As Dr. King presciently warned over fifty years ago: “Now more than ever before, America is challenged to realize its dream, for the shape of the world today does not permit our nation the luxury of an anemic democracy. And the price that America must pay for the continued oppression of the [African-American] and other minority groups is the price of its own destruction. For the hour is late. And the clock of destiny is ticking out. We must act now before it is too late.”
We remind our conservative friends of their big-tent, Lincolnian founding: the Republican party that almost exclusively passed the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments (abolishing chattel slavery and extending full citizenship, equal justice, and voting rights to the formerly enslaved) in the 19th century, and reauthorized the Voting Rights Act under Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush in the 20th. And we remind our liberal friends of the historic Obama campaign, which transcended party by saying: “For far too long, through both Democratic and Republican administrations, Washington has allowed Wall Street to use lobbyists and campaign contributions to rig the system and get its way, no matter what it costs ordinary Americans,” but left Washington largely unchanged, still representing the money instead of the masses.
Whether red, blue, or purple; White, Black, or Brown; Republican, Democrat, or Independent — we fight to represent YOU, not billionaires and corporations. We fight for a future where that uniquely American principle of “one person, one vote” is made real for all of us.
For a preview of what this looks like, watch our Unrig Roundtable event on Race & Democracy.
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Land Acknowledgement: RepresentUs’ Florence, Massachusetts headquarters sits in the Nonotuck village on the original homeland of the Pocumtuc and Nipmuc nations.