Tenets of Humanism and Social Justice

The following tenets aim to encapsulate the shared values of humanism and social justice, emphasizing the importance of individual dignity, social and economic equality, ethical responsibility, and active civic engagement. They also highlight the need to address specific social issues such as systemic racism, poverty, healthcare, education, housing, and policing.

Read and Discuss These Tenets

Note: We, Black Humanists and Non-Believers of Sacramento, offer these tenets, written with help of AI, for debate and discussion. We welcome your feedback.

Human Dignity and Equality

Every individual, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious belief, has inherent worth and should be treated with dignity and respect. Equality should be promoted in all aspects of life, and systemic racism must be actively dismantled.

Eradication of Poverty

Advocate for economic policies and social programs to eliminate poverty. Recognize that poverty is a systemic issue that requires comprehensive solutions.

Universal Healthcare

Assert that access to healthcare is a fundamental human right. Advocate for universal healthcare to ensure that everyone has access to the medical services they need regardless of socioeconomic status.

Free College Education

Recognize that access to higher education should not be limited by one’s financial resources.

Affordable Housing

Advocate for policies that ensure everyone can access safe, affordable housing. Recognize housing as a basic human right, not a privilege.

Federal Job Guarantee

Ensure that everyone who wants to work can find a job, regardless of the state of the economy. This policy aims to reduce poverty and inequality by creating jobs in infrastructure, education, healthcare, and the environment, prioritizing hiring individuals from marginalized communities.

Reparations for African Americans

Economic reparations for descendants of African slaves. Reparations must include cash payments, educational opportunities, and investments in historically disadvantaged communities.

Defunding Police

Advocate for reallocating funds from policing to community-based safety, support, and prevention models. Recognize the need for services that address mental health, drug dependency, and other social issues.

Social and Economic Justice

Advocate for a fair distribution of resources and opportunities to address systemic wealth inequalities. This includes challenging oppressive systems and structures that perpetuate inequality.

Personal Autonomy and Freedom

Affirm the right of all individuals to make choices that affect themselves, their bodies, and their lives. This includes the freedom of thought, bodily autonomy, and the right to express oneself without fear of reprisal.

Ethical Responsibility

Encourage ethical decision-making guided by empathy, compassion, and the well-being of individuals and society. This includes rejecting moral absolutes based on religious or authoritarian sources and emphasizing ethical principles grounded in dialectical materialism, critical thinking, reason, human welfare, and human rights.

Active Civic Engagement

Encourage individuals to participate actively in societal issues, uphold human rights, and work towards a more inclusive and sustainable world. This includes promoting participatory democracy and advocating for social and political engagement.


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