Vote Cascadia is a grass roots social movement dedicated to building awareness and support for local democracy, global community, and the freedom and eventual independence of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Our work connects, supports and advances our society in the Pacific Northwest by promoting policies for increased direct democracy, land rights, individual rights, environmental sustainability, social justice and freedom.
THIS IDEA OF CASCADIA FUNDAMENTALLY INCORPORATES SEVERAL KEY PRINCIPLES:
- Community Resiliency and Empowerment
- Decolonization & Ending Arbitrary Boundaries
- Dynamic and Open Governance
- Environmental Sustainability and Bioregionalism
- Privacy, Civil Liberties and Freedom
Principles provide our groups and supporters a dynamic and flexible organizational model that is able to reflect the needs and priorities of the communities and regions in which they live and are working. The distinction between a platform, which is set policy - and principles, which is an underlying framework on which these decisions can be based, are instead an expression of our shared values and insights. This delegates power to local decision makers, and allows them to respond appropriately to conditions set before them and which are often times unforeseen.
Laying out a set of principles allows us to effectively challenge and break down many of the dominant political discourses prevalent in our society today, agree on a organizational framework representative of our needs and values, and the ability to organize in a system mutual support and voluntary association, prioritized in a dynamic and flexible model that empowers our members, and is strengthened by our diversity of opinions, instead of weakened.