1. Center Disabled Sexuality
We purposefully talk about disabled sexuality with the public to break the taboo against embracing the sexuality of disabled people. We value and believe in upholding both the Declaration of Sexual Rights (as written by the World Association for Sexual Health) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (as written by the United Nations’ Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner).
2. Uphold “Nothing About Us Without Us“
We are committed to the principles behind “Nothing about us without us,” which is a populist slogan with origins in European politics of the 16th Century. It was popularized in English in the 1990’s by disability rights activists. It expresses the idea that policy shall not be made by any representative who does not identify as a person whom the policy would affect. Therefore, policies affecting the social, cultural, medical, and certainly sexual rights of people with disabilities should not be made by those who are not disabled themselves.
3. Disability Justice, Accessibility, and Crip Time
We are deeply grateful and respectful of the Black, brown, queer, and trans disabled creators of the term ‘disability justice’ (many of whom went on to form Sins Invalid), among them: Patty Berne, Mia Mingus, Stacey Milbern, Leroy Moore, Eli Clare, and Sebastian Margaret.
We believe in disability justice — a movement beyond the world of disability rights — because not everyone has access to “rights” or the capacity to fight for them in bureaucratic systems.
We acknowledge that accessibility is only one aspect of disability justice and that conflicting access needs exist.
We take on projects that will establish a framework for a stronger organization and will enable us to take on bigger projects in the future, whether or not they are entirely successful. We plan to the best of our abilities and know that sometimes, shit happens. We are not afraid to change course — neither when more information becomes available, nor when we need more time, Crip Time. We recognize that Crip Time happens and we encourage those of us who need more time, to take it. It is for this reason that we chose the organizational structure of a workers cooperative.
4. Pay Solidarity
We are committed to practicing pay solidarity. Within Pleasurable, the total pay differential between the lowest and highest paid member shall not exceed a factor of one to four.
5. Transparency and Accountability
We are dedicated to financial transparency; monthly budgets are available to the public.
We highly value and welcome input of various formats, public and private, from our communities. We want to respond directly, via the commentator’s preferred channel of communication, to the needs and concerns of those around us. We accept responsibility for our actions as a group and as individuals within the group, outside of the group, and before the group existed.
6. Focus on the Present and Act for the Future
We are believers in the possibility of a better world. We will not yield to pressure or circumstances, nor be appeased with tokenized “progress.” We will persist, regardless of setbacks, and will continually check-in within our organization and within our communities to be sure that we are continuing to meet our communities’ needs.
We believe that people and groups can change over time and we are open to learning about those changes. We welcome restorative and transformative justice processes.