Mission and Values Statement
Social Movement Technologies collaborates with campaigners and activists around the world to build people power for justice in the digital age. It provides organizing strategy, training and campaign support.
SMT is a non-profit. What does this mean? SMT is a movement support group, driven 100% to meet movement needs.
The United States Internal Revenue Service requires that SMT have a for-profit subsidiary to deal with c4 and c5 groups (mostly unions). That entity is part of the non-profit and any profits at the end of the year are allocated by the board to further the overall mission of SMT.
As SMT develops, our aim is for it to be guided by, and be accountable to, the broader social change community it serves. Our goal is to be effective at the lowest possible cost in order to be accessible and useful to all organizing groups.
SMT is unionized. Once a staff member has worked 10 hours, they join the staff union–The Pacific Media Guild/CWA’s Freelancer’s Division. We’re proud to be part of the Communication Workers of America, a progressive union whose members are building the labor movement for workplace rights and dignity for all.
SMT Movement Values Statement. SMT invites people to join its trainings and online support spaces who share, and are working within organizations that share, common values of justice for all. SMT spaces seek to support struggles against racism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, classism, and other harmful systems. We mention explicitly a few here that are important to SMT. Groups and individuals that support this set of values are welcome to participate in trainings and online support spaces.
- Pro-choice (a person’s right to reproductive choices including abortion)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) rights
- Public education that includes unions for teachers, and in general worker rights
- Support for the BDS (Boycott – Divestment – Sanctions) movement for Palestinian rights
- Others may be added as they come up
SMT may use additional criteria in deciding to provide coaching and direct campaign support to groups. For example, SMT will not provide coaching or direct campaign support to Israeli groups unless they explicitly support the full right of return for refugees and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Although we recognize that many Israeli groups are doing good work, SMT takes this position to avoid normalizing Israel’s apartheid policies.
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