ALIGN strives to achieve victories at a large scale, making a significant impact for low-wage workers and communities of color and winning precedent-setting standards. Undergirding the mission and model is ALIGN’s theory of social change and our core principles.
Organizing builds power.
ALIGN’s core movement role of bridging labor, community, and faith by developing coalitions and partnerships is fundamental to building a broad and powerful movement for economic justice.
Racial justice is an integral part of the fight for economic justice.
Racism, compounded by related systems of oppression, such as classism, sexism, ableism, and heterosexism, and xenophobia excludes entire segments of society from economic prosperity. We aim to address racial inequality consciously and explicitly in our work to ensure that communities of color are empowered in a just economy. ALIGN defines racial justice as the systematic, fair treatment of people of all races resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.
Economic justice must be paired with environmental justice.
ALIGN promotes good jobs that protect against workplace and environmental hazards and provides the conditions that allow for individual and community health. ALIGN defines environmental justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.