1. Community and those most affected by violence must be at the center of the Action Plan, including opportunities for input and influence.
2. We recognize that systems of oppression exist and must be acknowledged, addressed and dismantled, including institutional racism and other root contributors of violence.
3. We must acknowledge the impact of violence and trauma on community and operate in ways that promote community connectedness, resilience and sustainable change.
4. We are committed to preventing multiple forms of violence by addressing interrelated factors that contribute to violence (risk factors) and factors that help to prevent it (resilience factors).
5. Developing and maintaining a spirit of trust, cooperation and collaboration across groups and multiple sectors is key to improving the safety of Milwaukee. We will have difficult conversations and treat each other with respect even when in disagreement.
6. The plan must be comprehensive and actionable with the ability to measure progress and goals in the short-, medium- and long-term. Problems generate over many generations and require long-term investments and alignment of funding. And we must also focus on immediate needs and celebrate short term wins.
7. We value the importance of multiple forms of evidence, including the best available research evidence as well as contextual evidence from the wisdom of lived experience of community members.
8. We are flexible, honest and accountable to one another and aim to not make promises we can’t keep.
9. The Action Plan builds off Milwaukee’s community strengths and assets and fills gaps where needed.