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 discovering how to make a difference in your own community, organizing people to action, learning how to run for office, or even running an issue campaign to change policy at the state and local level.

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 grassroots and member-led organization of community members, leaders, organizers, 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

We focus on training people to organize, run for elected office, and learn how to run issue/electoral campaigns. Here you can join us in interactive workshops, coaching programs, and hands-on Organizing Fellowships.

Civic Engagement

We focus on getting people involved in the community and connecting efforts across the state. Here you can join our Civic Action Alerts, People's Congress, Network Action Teams, and District Advocate Program.

Policy Change

We focus on issue campaigns to propel justice and equity. Here you can join a team to fight for issues such as 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 support those most affected by the “root cause” of issues to fight for institutional and systemic change.
  • Collaborative learning - We build a culture of peer learning and growth through constant reflection/feedback, coaching, training, and hands-on implementation of skills.
  • Participatory action - We believe we all must get involved to create change and we cannot rely on one person or small group to lead the way.
  • Volunteer leadership - We work to have all programs, campaigns, and initiatives led by our members.
  • 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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