Social movements seek to solve a problem—or, in our case, a pile of problems. 

But not just any solution will do. As the saying goes: “Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.” We need solutions that involve action based on vision. That is what we call principled reasoning. Principled reasoning consists of four components, where the later components build upon the former.

  1. Foundational Principles: These are the rock-bottom principles upon which we base ourselves. These comprise our worldview, our vision of reality.
  2. Values: These are the ideas that we hold dear to our hearts, the ideas and beliefs that we want to spread to others.
  3. Process: This is the method we use to come up with solutions to our problems, based on our foundational principles, to promote our values.
  4. Program: This is the action plan. It may involve social action, legislation, or regulation.

You will find each of these components described in detail on a separate page of the "Here We Stand" menu.  Although, strictly speaking, the Program builds on the Process, the Values, and the Principles, feel free to skip around. (Of course, our Program is where the rubber meets the road, as it were.)

Perhaps most important, you will find ideas for what you can do to further our Program on the—yes, you guessed it!—the “What You Can Do” page of the “Here We Stand” menu above.