CREATING OPPORTUNITY ON THE NORTH SHORE
Mission: ECCO is a diverse network of congregations and organizations across the North Shore building relationships and power to put human dignity at the center of public life. We work together across race, class, and faith lines to ensure that all people on the North Shore can thrive, grow, and dream.
ECCO’S OPERATING PRINCIPLES
ECCO has a radical commitment to the following:
1. Democratic participatory decision-making creates ownership and produces
innovation – Democratic decision-making is worth the investment of time because collective thinking produces results that are more likely to be sustainable given that the decision-making body develops ownership of decision taken and plan made. This process also has the potential to produce creativity.
2. We can ALL think and act for ourselves – God has created us with the most perfect rational machine – our brain. And with loving hearts that care deeply about those who suffer. These God-given tools and dispositions that we all possess can and should be nurtured at the service of justice.
3. Our power and liberation are unleashed in community – The lesson of our sacred texts and the history of social movements in the U.S. and throughout the world demonstrate that lasting transformative change occurs when we work collectively in community.
4. Those closest to the pain should lead our work – the leadership of the oppressed is necessary for a just society because it produces life-giving solutions to injustice and public policies that are in the interest of those who suffer.
5. Our own healing and liberation is dependent on the healing and liberation of all
people – it is in our interest to work together towards justice because reality and liberation are interdependent.
6. Race is a diagnostic tool – since, like the canary in a mine, people of color experience the political and economic toxicities of our society first, race can be used as an indicator of failed or failing policies that need radical transformation
(Guiner and Torres, The Miner’s Canary, Harvard University Press, 2002)