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To achieve this we have followed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) produced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – the web’s governing body.
As far as technical components are concerned we have aimed for ‘Level A’ compliance with WCAG, but we haven’t necessarily followed all the checkpoints as some are no longer relevant or have been demonstrated to get in the way of accessibility.
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GND Rising is a diverse movement of people who are fighting to stop climate change and win a Green New Deal. Including all voices is central to not only to the world we want to create, but to the way we get there. It is vital to both our goal and our process.
We seek to create a movement where dialogue and learning are key, where there is respect, understanding and kindness as well as a recognition of difference and an expectation to hold each other to account. We also understand that it is a crucial part of the work that we all reckon with the systems of oppression that we have been raised in; and accept what we must do to dismantle it. Our personal experiences and work will be different, but we will support each other wherever we may find ourselves on the journey.
At Green New Deal Rising we want to create brave spaces that encourage dialogue, learning, honesty and courage. We hold each person accountable to do the work of sharing experiences and coming to new understandings – a feat that’s often hard, and uncomfortable.
We have high expectations of how we behave towards each other in our meetings, actions and social spaces. We recognise that our ambition to be inclusive requires us to pay attention to a diversity of voices, including those who may not yet be active in our movement.
In doing this we will:
- Embed our movement principles in all our work and aim to bring them alive through concrete practices
- Actively seek to widen the circle – being thoughtful about and including the experiences of people who may not yet be involved in our movement and take steps to reach out and engage as widely as possible, using the widen the circle checklist.
- Actively create space for underrepresented people and stories to lead in our spaces
- Acknowledge that we are all shaped by our backgrounds and experiences – that might be a racist, patriarchal environment and it might be an environment where we are subject to systemic racism or other forms of oppression.
- Place the responsibility for this situation with the system, not the individual. However, we will also recognise that each person has the responsibility and opportunity to change and be transformed through learning about systemic exclusion.
- Be supportive to one another in our journey towards inclusion, by creating spaces of learning and facilitating training.
You can read our full Inclusion and Anti-Oppression policy here.