What we're about
The group was born out of the Women's March movement as a way to continue the conversations kicked off by the massive nationwide protest march on January 21, 2017. It has since bloomed into something all its own.
In April 2017, we voted to align ourselves with the #Indivisible movement and call ourselves Indivisible Beach Cities.
Most of us haven't been politically active in the past, but we're learning. We believe, as does the #Indivisible movement, that the coming years will see an unprecedented movement of Americans rising up across the country to protect our values, our neighbors, and ourselves. We join the movement with a commitment to open communication and creating a more just society by building local power and addressing systemic injustice and racism.
At the same time, we do not abandon our Women's March roots and continue to adhere to the Women's March principles of Kingian nonviolence.
We have small meetings at private homes where we discuss group actions and educate ourselves about the issues. However, most of us are also part of larger groups and organizations that are fighting to preserve our democratic values (e.g. Indivisible South Bay, Swing Left, SouthBay Cares, etc).
We hope you'll join us!
WOMEN'S MARCH GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability. We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. We will suspend our first judgement and do our best to lead without ego. We follow the principles of Kingian nonviolence, which are defined as follows:
Principle 1: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is a positive force confronting the forces of injustice and utilizes the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as the vital force for change and reconciliation.
Principle 2: The Beloved Community is the framework for the future. The nonviolent concept is an overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.
Principle 3: Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil. The nonviolent approach helps one analyze the fundamental conditions, policies and practices of the conflict rather than reacting to one’s opponents or their personalities.
Principle 4: Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve our goal. Self-chosen suffering is redemptive and helps the movement grow in a spiritual as well as a humanitarian dimension. The moral authority of voluntary suffering for a goal communicates the concern to one’s own friends and community as well as to the opponent.
Principle 5: Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence. The nonviolent attitude permeates all aspects of the campaign. It provides a mirror type reflection of the reality of the condition to one’s opponent and the community at large. Specific activities must be designed to maintain a high level of spirit and morale during a nonviolent campaign.