Guiding Principles

  • In alignment with a progressive agenda and to preserve our republic’s democracy, NYCD16 Indivisible will serve as an organizing home base and an operating conduit for members to take action, while embracing the values of inclusion, tolerance and fairness.
  • We will
    • Take inspiration from the Indivisible Guide;
    • Collaborate with like-minded groups, as appropriate and approved by our members;
    • Promote broad participation by respecting one another’s ability to commit time at varying levels of involvement and enable members to easily participate;
    • Each be accountable for NYCD16 Indivisible actions taken in support of our mission;
    • Trust each other and have each other’s back;
    • Demonstrate kindness, respect and love even with those with whom we disagree;
    • Challenge what a person says or does and refrain from attacking the person
    • Organizational Matrix & Steering Committee
      • We will create and regularly review the organizational matrix so that our group operates optimally and its actions have the greatest impact.
      • To avoid centralized power, we will establish a Steering Committee, comprised of the group’s founders, committee leaders and any members that choose to attend steering committee meetings.
        • Members are welcome at Steering Committee meetings, which shall be scheduled and announced in advance.
        • Once a participant has attended three general meetings, they will become a member, able to vote at Steering Committee meetings and general group meetings.
      • The role of the Steering Committee is to:
        • Ensure the group functions optimally in an integrated, egalitarian manner while being responsive and flexible;
        • Support committee activities with guidance and help to operate efficiently and effectively, in alignment with the mission, principles and organizational structure;
        • Determine workflow to develop and execute actions;
        • Coordinate calendar of all internal and external activities;
        • Serve as liaisons to elected officials in collaboration with issue-specific action leaders, to ensure that our group speaks with one voice;
        • Set the agenda and lead general group meetings;
        • Reconvene the Mission Committee to revise the mission, guiding principles and organizational structure as we move forward, if necessary.
  • Each committee and sub-committee will ID organizational and operational roles, e.g., leaders, participants, outreach and communication liaisons, meeting organizers, note-takers, etc.