Building the Indiana We Deserve
We live in a time of growing division: division between the rich and everyday people, between urban and rural, between people of different races, between political parties, and between neighbors. Indiana is an abundant state, yet everyday, hardworking Hoosiers struggle to pay rent or to put food on the table. It does not have to be like this. There is enough for all Hoosiers to thrive.
The truth is: nobody is coming to save us. Politicians will tell us they have our back and new employers promise jobs, but the politicians favor the rich and the jobs promised to us come with poor wages and no benefits. We cannot expect that those in power will give us what we need while we sit idly. It is up to us to fight for ourselves and our families. We must come together to reclaim freedom, dignity, and democracy for everyday Hoosiers. We won't lie: this will not be easy. There are a lot of people, with a lot of money and power, who would prefer us isolated and divided, but if we want a better future for ourselves and our children, we have to work together.
This is the mission of Hoosier Action: to create a means through which Hoosier families can have a say in the decisions that impact our lives. At Hoosier Action we build relationships and community with our neighbors to show that we are not alone, that others are struggling like we are, and that we all have the spark and light of humanity that earns us the right to dignity, freedom, and a functioning democracy. By coming together, we can build the political power necessary to not only ensure that all Hoosiers survive, but that we thrive. Join us, and in joining us recognize your value and the responsibility that comes with having value: a responsibility to lift ourselves and each other out of the darkness and into a real future for all Hoosiers.
1. Organized people + Organized money = Power
2. Relationships are the core of organizing.
3. Great ideas, good intentions, and well-written reports do not change the world; real social change happens through tension, agitation, and building power.
4. Our job is to move people from scarcity to abundance, from isolation to community, and from despair into action.
5. Advancing our vision of abundance is a direct confrontation with the forces of racism and hatred and a path forward to a society based on equality and justice.
6. We determine what’s possible, no one else.
7. We are disciplined: We do what we say we’ll do when we say we’ll do it, we show up on time, we hold honest and direct conversations, we don’t make excuses, and we don’t reward victimhood.
8. Organizers don’t help others; we invite others to join us in taking action around our collective self-interest.
9. We are afraid and angry, and the people on the other side of doors across the state are afraid and angry too. We invite them into a different vision for their lives and the state.
10. A well-functioning organization is necessary to contest for power.