Drafting the 2016 Democrat Platform Together

The Democratic Party wants every Democrat to have a voice in our Platform process.

Our goal is to make this year’s platform process the most representative and inclusive in history. With that aim, we announced a series of events across the country in the hopes of increasing participation. We are also encouraging people to submit their ideas online.

In an effort to welcome every voice in the Party, the DNCC has announced multiple ways in which the public can participate in the series of regional events. We welcome your input and invite you to contribute now. Please submit all written and video testimony by June 18th.

Democrats value substance, ideas and diversity and we hope you will help us ensure that our platform incorporates the best the Party has to offer!


Forums will be held in the following regions:


2016 Democratic Party Platform DRAFT

July 1, 2016

Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class

  • Raising Worker’s  Wages
  • Equal Pay, Paid Leave, and Caregiving
  • Expanding Affordable Housing
  • Protecting and Expanding Social Security
  • Ensuring and Expanding Retirement Security
  • Retivalizing Postal Service

Create Good-Paying Jobs

  • Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing
  •  Clean Energy Jobs
  • Research, Science, and Technology
  • Small Business
  • Youth Jobs

Fight for Economic Fairness and Against Inequality

  • Fixing our Financial System
  • Stopping Corporate Concentration
  • Taxes
  • Trade

Bring Americans Together and Remove Barrie rs to Create Ladders of Opportunity

  • Racial Justice
  • Racial Wealth Gap
  • Criminal Justice
  • Immigration
  • Civil Rights
  • LGBT Rights
  • Disability Rights
  • Faith and Service
  • Agricultural Communities
  • Poverty / Communities Left Behind
  • Honoring Indigenous Tribal Nations
  • People of the Territories
  • Puerto Rico

Protect Voting Rights, Fix Our Campaign Finance System, and Restore Our Democracy

  • Voting Rights
  • Campaign Finance
  • Judges
  • D.C. Statehood
  • Management of Federal Government

Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice

  • Clean Energy Economy
  • Environmental and Climate Justice
  • Public Lands and Waters

Provide Quality and Affordable Education

  • Higher Education
  • Student Debt
  • \Minority-Serving Institutions
  • For-Profit Schools
  • Early Childhood, Pre-K, and K-12

Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans

  • Universal Health Care
  • Community Health Centers
  • Prescription Drug Costs
  • Medical Research
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Mental Health
  • Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
  • Public Health
  • Violence Against Women and Sexual Assault
  • Gun Violence Prevention

Principled Leadership

Support Our Troops and Keep Faith with Our Veterans

Confront Global Threats

  • Terrorism
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Cybersecurity
  • Non-proliferation
  • Climate Change

Protect Our Values

  • Women and Girls
  • Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  • Young People
  • Religious Minorities
  • Refugees
  • Civil Society
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Torture
  • Closing Guantánamo Bay
  • Development Assistance
  • Global Health
  • HIV and AIDS
  • International Labor

For the entire draft: https://goo.gl/ned889


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  1. WH

    Friday, June 10, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Robinson attends the graduation ceremony for his daughter, Malia Obama
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  2. Democratic National Convention Committee Convenes Mid-Atlantic Democratic Platform Forum
    Democrats Asked to Make their Voices Heard by Providing Written Testimony, Submitting Video Testimony or Requesting to Appear in Person

    Jun 07, 2016, 14:23 ET from 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee

    PHILADELPHIA, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

    On Wednesday, June 8th and Thursday, June 9th at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., the 2016 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee will hold the first in a series of regional events designed to engage every voice in the Party. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Platform Drafting Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) CEO, Rev. Leah D. Daughtry will deliver opening remarks at the forum. The Drafting Committee will then hear from policy experts and Democrats from all walks of life to inform the Democratic National Platform.

    In an effort to welcome every voice in the Party, the DNCC has announced multiple ways in which the public can participate in the series of regional events. Democrats interested in providing testimony can go to http://www.demconvention.com/platform to submit written or video testimony. Members of the public interested in attending the events can also RSVP online; seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

    For more: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/democratic-national-convention-committee-convenes-mid-atlantic-democratic-platform-forum-300281045.html


    2016 Democratic National Convention Committee Platform Meeting

    Forums will be held in the following regions:

    Mid-Atlantic – Washington, DC on June 8th and 9th (forum with testimony)
    Southwest – Phoenix, AZ on June 17th and 18th (forum with testimony)
    Midwest – St. Louis, MO on June 24th and 25th (drafting committee meeting)
    Southeast – Orlando, FL on July 8th and 9th (platform committee meeting)

  3. Congratulations to Malia Obama

    President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Robinson attends the graduation ceremony for his daughter, Malia Obama
    Sidwell Friends School Commencement, Washington DC

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  5. June 11, 2016

    Weekly Address: Addressing Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis

    Remarks of President Barack Obama as Delivered
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    June 11, 2016

    Hi, everybody. Today, I want to talk with you about the crisis in Puerto Rico – and why it matters to all of us.

    Puerto Ricans are American citizens, just like folks in Maine or Oklahoma or New Mexico. And over the last decade, Puerto Rico has suffered through a deep and painful recession – but unlike the rest of the United States, it hasn’t recovered.

    Today, the island continues to face a crippling economic crisis. Schools are closing. Power is being cut off at homes and hospitals. Teachers have to choose between turning on the lights or turning on the computers. Doctors can’t get medicine to treat newborns unless they pay in cash. And as the Zika virus threatens both the island and the mainland, workers dealing with mosquito control to help protect women and their unborn babies are at risk of being laid off.

    Right now, Puerto Rico is spending about a third of its tax revenue on debt payments – far more than anywhere else in America. And on July 1, the island faces another $2 billion in debt payments that it cannot pay.

    There is only one way for Puerto Rico to pull itself out of this crisis – and that’s by restructuring its debt and finding a sustainable fiscal path toward growth and opportunity for its people. But here’s the problem. Right now, Puerto Rico doesn’t have the tools it needs to restructure its debt – tools available elsewhere in America.

    And only Congress can fix the problem, and put Puerto Rico on a path to recovery.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address

  6. St. Augustine Movement

    St. Augustine, Florida, 1963–64

    St. Augustine, on the northeast coast of Florida was famous as the “Nation’s Oldest City,” founded by the Spanish in 1565. It became the stage for a great drama leading up to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. A local movement, led by Dr. Robert B. Hayling, a black dentist and Air Force veteran, and affiliated with the NAACP, had been picketing segregated local institutions since 1963, as a result of which Dr. Hayling and three companions, James Jackson, Clyde Jenkins, and James Hauser, were brutally beaten at a Ku Klux Klan rally in the fall of that year.

    Nightriders shot into black homes, and teenagers Audrey Nell Edwards, JoeAnn Anderson, Samuel White, and Willie Carl Singleton (who came to be known as “The St. Augustine Four“) spent six months in jail and reform school after sitting in at the local Woolworth’s lunch counter. It took a special action of the governor and cabinet of Florida to release them after national protests by the Pittsburgh Courier, Jackie Robinson, and others.

    In response to the repression, the St. Augustine movement practiced armed self-defense in addition to nonviolent direct action. In June 1963, Dr. Hayling publicly stated that “I and the others have armed. We will shoot first and answer questions later. We are not going to die like Medgar Evers.” The comment made national headlines. When Klan nightriders terrorized black neighborhoods in St. Augustine, Hayling’s NAACP members often drove them off with gunfire, and in October, a Klansman was killed.

    In 1964, Dr. Hayling and other activists urged the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to come to St. Augustine. The first action came during spring break, when Hayling appealed to northern college students to come to the Ancient City, not to go to the beach, but to take part in demonstrations. Four prominent Massachusetts women—Mrs. Mary Parkman Peabody, Mrs. Esther Burgess, Mrs. Hester Campbell (all of whose husbands were Episcopal bishops), and Mrs. Florence Rowe (whose husband was vice president of John Hancock Insurance Company) came to lend their support. The arrest of Mrs. Peabody, the 72-year-old mother of the governor of Massachusetts, for attempting to eat at the segregated Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge in an integrated group, made front page news across the country, and brought the civil rights movement in St. Augustine to the attention of the world.

    Widely publicized activities continued in the ensuing months, as Congress saw the longest filibuster against a civil rights bill in its history. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested at the Monson Motel in St. Augustine on June 11, 1964, the only place in Florida he was arrested. He sent a “Letter from the St. Augustine Jail” to a northern supporter, Rabbi Israel Dresner of New Jersey, urging him to recruit others to participate in the movement. This resulted, a week later, in the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history—while conducting a pray-in at the Monson.

    A famous photograph taken in St. Augustine shows the manager of the Monson Motel pouring acid in the swimming pool while blacks and whites are swimming in it. The horrifying photograph was run on the front page of the Washington newspaper the day the senate went to vote on passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_civil_rights_movement#St._Augustine.2C_Florida.2C_1963.E2.80.9364

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