Our mission

Our mission is to “activate change agents.”

We believe in the power of regular people getting involved in the political process. Whether that’s learning what’s going on in your own neighborhood, training on the basics of running for office, attending your first school board meeting, or even just discovering the policies being debated down in Legislative Hall.

Everyone should be a participant in our democracy, whether you’re a parent, student, long-time advocate, first-time advocate, resident, immigrant, or just someone who wants to make a difference. In particular, we look to build power among communities of color, working people, women, immigrants, LGBTQ communities, and young people.

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What is Network Delaware?

Network Delaware is a coalition of community organizers, leaders, and activists who are joining together to bring real, sustainable change to our state. To make as big an impact as possible, Network Delaware has three main initiatives.

Leadership Development

This initiative focuses on training people for community organizing, running for elected office, and learning how to run issue/electoral campaigns. We do this through a focus on facilitating workshops and coaching programs.

Civic Engagement

This initiative works on increasing voter turnout, creating awareness around issues, listening to the community and government groups, and developing neighborhood teams in every district across Delaware.

Policy Change

This initiative propels issue campaigns to address challenges across multiple issues. We engage in systematic research, analysis, and development of legislation and policies (e.g. criminal justice reform, support for immigrants, reproductive rights, education, and economic opportunity).

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Core Values

  • Persistent organizing - We commit to build organizing capacity over the long-haul in order to create lasting social change.
  • Intersectional justice - We address the “root cause” of issues in order to make intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic change.
  • Participatory action - We strategically plan out actions that give people hope and motivation.
  • Volunteer leadership - We recognize we cannot wait for someone else to act, it must be us, so we take responsibility to learn new skills and knowledge.
  • Joyful community - We build spaces of creativity, laughter, and connections that bring all people together.
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History

Network Delaware launched on January 30th, 2017 to an overflowing community of grassroots leaders, organizers, and change agents who wanted to chart a path forward for realizing lasting social change in Delaware.

Since our beginning we have always been a grassroots, volunteer-led organization. Here’s some of what our volunteers at Network Delaware have already accomplished since we first launched.

  • Leadership Development – Trained multiple candidates and campaign managers who went on to win their elections from the General Assembly to County Council.
  • Civic Engagement – Created a Voter’s Guide in collaboration with the News Journal that was the most read part of DelawareOnline.
  • Policy Change – Led multiple successful campaigns that passed municipal policies supporting immigrants and legislation in the General Assembly supporting reproductive rights.

Policy around nonpartisanship and Elections 

Network Delaware is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit that engages in the political realm. We encourage our members to become informed about elections, candidates, and public policy.

However, Network Delaware as an organization refrains from supporting or opposing any political party, any candidate for public office, any group that directly aids candidates, or any other effort that could be defined as “Campaign Activity.” We prohibit campaign literature and electioneering at official Network Delaware functions.

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