Core Principles

C O R E   P R I N C I P L E S 

These are the principles that express the shared beliefs and values that we live by, which were generated and agreed to amongst our community.

Peaceful Uprising had existed for sometime on the mutual understanding that we were a group of incredibly different personalities, but shared a system of core values.  During a retreat where we spent the weekend in the mud and healing water of Utah’s Hot Springs, we dug into exactly what those Core Principles were that we shared.  What ensued was a process of putting into words the beliefs that had initially drawn us together.  This is what came out of opening ourselves to authentic conversation, lots of editing, and leaving personal egos at the door as we explored what we genuinely stand for.  

Peaceful Uprising’s Core Principles continue to be shared with our growing community and beyond.  

  1. We refuse to be obedient to injustice.
  2. Our human stories are extremely powerful, and genuine sacrifice has the ability to awaken and inspire others.
  3. We are connected to something much greater than ourselves, which has an incredible power to change the world.
  4. We are steadfast in our commitment to the truth.
  5. Our allies and strategies align with and create the healthy and just world we want to see.
  6. A powerful movement originates with personal transformation and a commitment to being an agent of change.
  7. Creating a better world is not only necessary, but makes us authentically happy people.
  8. We are committed to building a supportive community that empowers our members to realize their potential.
  9. The best response to intimidation is joy and resolve.
  10. We recognize a nonviolent movement as the most effective means of creating a just and healthy world.
  11. We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person*.
  12. Protecting Peaceful Uprising as an institution will never take precedent over our commitment to the fight for a healthy and just world.

* Corporations are not people.

OUR CHALLENGE TO YOU:  Get together in your community and compose your own set of Core Principles?  What are you committed to and why?  Feel free to adopt, edit and incorporate Peaceful Uprising’s Core Principles into your own - just make sure whatever you use, it is a true reflection of your community’s values.  


Indigenous Philosophy & Politics (Bold School #3)

SOME SOURCES FOR FURTHER READING (INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY AND POLITICS)Alfred, T. 2009. Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto. Toronto: Oxford University Press.Angayuqaq Kawagley, O. 2009. “A Yupiaq Worldview: A Pathway to Ecology and Spirit...