"Mission and Values" statement for the EI Action Team

This morning, a small group of EI activists, some of whom have been active in the WGN EI workgroup's projects, met in Monona to discuss strategy for making the WGN EI Action Team bigger, stronger, and more effective.

A Statement of Mission and Values is one of the things we believe will help current members, potential members, interested citizens, and public officials understand our work better--

--and will therefore help us to be more effective.  These are the statements we came up with:


Our Mission

To protect and defend our rights as a self-governing people, we work to ensure that Wisconsin’s election results always reflect the will of the electorate. To accomplish this, we work together with fellow citizens and with public officials to protect and improve the quality, verified accuracy, and transparency of Wisconsin elections.

Our Values

In our elections system, we value the free, fair, and accurate elections that are necessary for self-government and believe these elections require six critical attributes:

1) Inclusive voter eligibility;
2) Convenient, accurate voter registration;
3) Convenient, secure voting;
4) Verified accurate election results;
5) Competent nonpartisan elections administration; and
6) Fair apportionment.

 In the conduct of our work, we value the mutual respect and honest communication that make democracy possible.

  • Because we try to be the change we wish to see, we commit ourselves to maintaining transparency in our actions; honesty and respect in our dealings with public officials, the media, other civic groups, citizens, and each other. We strive to rely on verifiable information in all our deliberations, positions, and actions, particularly avoiding the presumption of guilt when it becomes necessary to look into suspicions or allegations of misconduct. We are relentlessly nonpartisan in our work with the Action Team.
  • We value Action Team governance and individual conduct that supports, encourages, and empowers ourselves as a working group and as individuals. We agree to the best of our ability to abide by a few principles of working together in a way that will sustain a creative, constructive group and make engagement rewarding and pleasant for each participant.

We also discussed the 'few principles' to which that last bulleted paragraph refers, and I'll put those in another document. Basically, the principles don't include much that we didn't learn in kindergarten, but it never hurts to articulate our expectations of each other!

Based on the discussion this morning, I'd like to consider these two statements (the mission and the values) final. That doesn't mean, of course, that they cannot be revisited in future meetings.

Comments?


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  • commented 2013-04-29 06:54:27 -0500
    I like the idea; perhaps we can do it in fewer words (always a good idea for this type of thing). I’ve edited that sentence in the first bullet from:

    “We will strive to rely on verifiable information to inform all our deliberations, positions, and actions. In particular, we strive to avoid presumption of guilt when dealing with suspicions or allegations of misconduct.”

    to:
    “We strive to rely on verifiable information in all our deliberations, positions, and actions, particularly avoiding the presumption of guilt when it becomes necessary to look into suspicions or allegations of misconduct.”

    Does that adequately capture the intent of your suggestion?
  • commented 2013-04-29 00:29:38 -0500
    It occurs to me just now reading it that the third sentence under the first bulleted paragraph, about “conduct of our work,” could use one additional phrase to reiterate slightly on the implied point. “In particular, we strive to avoid presumption of guilt when dealing with suspicions or allegations of misconduct”…could perhaps be improved by actually saying something about the necessity of following up on a given suspicion or allegation of misconduct. In other words, something like: “, while, of course, maintaining a respectful vigilance in getting to the bottom of a concern.”

    Something like that?