H4TK Values


Rejecting whiteness and white supremacy

Our movement rejects operating within a system of whiteness, a socially and politically constructed behavior that standardizes Eurocentric people, places, customs, values, and ideologies. Nor do we uphold any forms of white supremacy that assert the superiority of the white race over other racial and ethnic groups.

Eliminating anti-Blackness

We are invested in eliminating behaviors, attitudes, and practices that work to dehumanize Black people to maintain white supremacy (Amherst.edu). We are committed to responding to the impacts of multifaceted anti-Blackness, including gun violence, environmental injustice, state-sanctioned murder, and housing, health, and educational disparities.

Equity for all

We believe in ensuring fairness and justice in distributing resources, opportunities, and privileges. We recognize that individuals or groups may require different levels of support to achieve equal outcomes due to historical disadvantages or systemic barriers. We aim to give everyone an equal chance to succeed, regardless of their social identities, cultural backgrounds, and experiences or circumstances.

Focus on Community

Our movement believes in the power of community and in the prominent role of community members – particularly those most impacted by issues and historically most distant from decision-making – to lead the charge and advance individual and community change.

Protecting the most vulnerable

We are committed to ensuring that our organization is aware and responsive to all individuals and communities we understand as vulnerable:

Socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals: People living in poverty or facing economic hardship are often more vulnerable due to limited access to resources, including education, healthcare, housing, and employment opportunities.

Marginalized communities: This includes racial and ethnic minorities, indigenous populations, refugees and asylum seekers, and LGBTQ+ individuals, among others. These groups may face discrimination, social exclusion, and unequal treatment, leading to vulnerability in various aspects of life.

Children and youth: Children and young people can be vulnerable due to their dependency on others for care and protection. They may face risks such as neglect, abuse, exploitation, lack of access to education, and limited opportunities for their development.

Older adults: The elderly, particularly those who are frail, have limited mobility, or suffer from chronic illnesses, can be vulnerable due to physical and cognitive decline. They may face challenges related to healthcare, social isolation, abuse, and financial exploitation.

People with disabilities: Individuals with physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental health disabilities often face barriers to education, employment, healthcare, and social inclusion. They may require accommodations and support to fully participate in society.

Women and gender minorities: Gender-based discrimination and violence can make women and gender minorities vulnerable. They may experience unequal access to resources, limited economic opportunities, and higher risks of abuse, harassment, and exploitation.

Housing insecure individuals: People experiencing homelessness often lack stable housing, which can lead to a range of vulnerabilities, including exposure to harsh weather conditions, health issues, limited access to healthcare and social services, and increased risks of violence and substance abuse.

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