Our Platform

Adopted March 21, 2020

Proposed Woodbury County Democratic Party Platform

Submitted by the Platform Committee

to the County Convention, March 21, 2020

We are proud of our Democratic Party as the party, of our nation’s heritage, accomplishments, and diversities. No part of that heritage is more valuable than our belief in the inclusion of ALL and commitment to ALL, with recognition of the rights and worth of each human being.

We, the People of the Democratic Party of Woodbury County, affirm the following:

  1. • We support the US Constitution, its amendments and all our founding documents.

  2. • We support the right of all human beings to be treated fairly and equally under the law. We support the use of restorative justice. We oppose the racial and economic disparity in the criminal justice system. We support judicial discretion in the use of alternative interventions to promote healthy and safe communities.

  3.  • We condemn all forms of discrimination. Whenever the rights of any citizens are threatened, the rights of all are endangered. We support all Iowans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, regardless of their physical or mental abilities, and regardless of their religious or nonreligious affiliation. We take seriously the obligation to preserve, protect, and secure basic constitutional and civil rights.

  4. • We support people who demand freedom, justice and opportunity. We believe that anybody who has the right to vote and the desire to vote should have the opportunity to vote. We oppose barriers designed to deny citizens access to the democratic process.

  5. • We support our military and Veterans in war and in peace. We honor their service by supporting a strong VA that provides timely healthcare for all Veterans including all forms of mental health counseling.

  6. • We support individuals and families in their desire to become healthy, educated and contributing citizens. We support their freedom to plan their family without interference from politicians. We support programs that enable families to grow and thrive.

  7. • We condemn the exploitation of working people. We support the right to organize, to achieve living wages with health and retirement benefits and a safe workplace in both the private and public sector. We believe that equal work deserves equal pay and that no one should face workplace discrimination or harassment.

  8. • We support local, independent Iowa farmers in their pursuit of prosperity and economic security as they ensure a strong and safe supply of food for the world.

  9. • We support our elders in their right to self-determination, dignity, income and healthcare security.

  10. • We support parents, students and educators in their quest to achieve high standards. We support free and open access to knowledge and information. We support a strong, stable and lasting funding system to ensure that our public schools are properly funded. We oppose attempts to distort science and health education.

  11. • We support all people of the earth who are working for a clean environment. We support a responsible, prosperous and sustainable existence with nature. We support access to clean water as a fundamental human right. We acknowledge that climate change is real and the imminent need to slow, stop and reverse its effects on the planet. We support the development of programs that protect the health of our planet.

  12. • We support economic diversification and the development of local businesses. We support a fair, clear, and transparent taxation system that provides a quality life for ALL Iowans.

  13. • We support the strong hunting traditions of Iowa and the Second Amendment.  We support common sense reforms of gun regulations.

  14. • We believe that civil, transparent debate is the cornerstone of a civil society, and we support all those working toward a more perfect union.

  15. • We believe in and will continue to work for a truly representative government that works for the good of ALL human beings in a compassionate, responsible, and progressive way that works to achieve peace, prosperity, and an outlook of confidence and hope.

  16. Criminal Justice

  17. We support the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis, hemp, and all related products at the federal level.

  18. We support releasing persons currently incarcerated on cannabis-related charges.

  19. We support expunging the records of persons arrested or incarcerated on cannabis-related charges.

  20. We support funding for researching the effects and risks associated with the use of cannabis. 

  21. We support rehabilitation as for drug and substance abuse problems.

  22. We oppose incarceration and criminal prosecution for drug and substance abuse problems. 

  23. We support removing the statute of limitations on sexual abuse and child abuse cases.

  24. We support the enforcement of mandatory reporter laws. 

  25. We support abolishing the cash bail system.

  26. We support banning all for-profit prisons and detention centers.

  27. We support making prison and jail communications, re-entry, diversion, education, and treatment programs fee-free. 

  28. We support increased funding for public defenders. 

  29. We oppose the exploitation of prison labor by private companies.

  30. We support policies to provide incentives ensuring increased access to public defenders for all communities. 

  31. We support ending mass incarceration. 

  32. We oppose the death penalty. 

  33. We support a constitutional amendment removing all exceptions for slavery and involuntary servitude being used as punishment for a crime in the 13th Amendment. 

  34. We oppose three strikes laws. 

  35. We oppose mandatory minimum sentences. 

  36. We support the review of cases where people have been sentenced under three strikes laws and mandatory minimum sentences. 

  37. We support expanding the use of alternatives to detention. 

  38. We support increased de-escalation and mental health crisis training for public safety workers. 

  39. We support a “Prisoners Bill of Rights.”

  40. We support measures to ensure a just transition for incarcerated individuals upon their release. 

  41. We support robust oversight and accountability of all law enforcement agencies. 

  42. We oppose the use of facial recognition software for policing.

  43. We support the decriminalization of all sex work.  

  44. We support the accurate reporting of gun deaths caused by police.

  45. Human Services

  46. We support equal pay and employment protections across all genders, nationalities and sexual orientations.

  47. We support all genders, nationalities, and sexual orientations being recognized as a protected class. 

  48. We support paid family leave.

  49. We support expanding the WIC program.

  50. We support the Violence Against Women Act.

  51. We support Anti-Discrimination legislation.

  52. We support everyone's right to free expression of their gender identity. 

  53. We support measures making name changes and official document changes for transgendered persons easier. 

  54. We oppose the Hyde Amendment.

  55. We oppose sex trafficking.

  56. We oppose human trafficking. 

  57. We oppose SESTA/FOSTA.

  58. We oppose “Conversion Therapy”.

  59. We oppose "Gay Panic" defense.

  60. We oppose “Trans Panic” defense.

  61. We oppose Misgendered imprisonment.

  62. We support increased consumer protections for senior citizens.

  63. We support increased financial protections for senior citizens. 

  64. We support increased enforcement and prosecution of elder abuse crimes.

  65. We support lifting the salary cap on social security to ensure its viability into the future. 

  66. We oppose the privatization of social security.  

  67. Immigration

  68. We support comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform. 

  69. We support reinstating and expanding DACA.

  70. We support the DREAM Act.

  71. We support dismantling cruel and inhumane deportation programs and detention centers and the reunification of families who have been separated.

  72. We oppose private contracts for immigration detention centers.

  73. We support the admission of refugees to the United States who have passed appropriate vetting processes. 

  74. We oppose the Remain in Mexico policy. 

  75. We support the admission of asylum seekers into the United States while their claims are processed. 

  76. We oppose family separation laws and policies.

  77. We oppose inhumane deportations.

  78. We support a moratorium on deportations for non-violent crimes until a thorough audit of past practices and policies is complete.

  79. We support the reformation of our immigration enforcement system, including breaking up ICE and redistributing its functions to the proper authorities.

  80. We support cost-effective and innovative methods to counter the threats of drug importation and human trafficking, not the construction of the ineffective border wall. 

  81. We oppose the “so-called” Muslim Ban. 

  82. We oppose litigation or funding restrictions to sanctuary cities. 

  83. We support protecting and extending TPS (temporary protected status) designations. (E.g. protections given to the Laotian community here in Iowa).

  84. We oppose the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy and Operation Streamline, and support a return to handling border crossings through civil proceedings. 

  85. We support the reversal of DOJ guidance to deny asylum claims on the basis of fleeing domestic or gang violence, including those targeted for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

  86. We oppose any proposed rules that deny public housing to families with an undocumented member.

  87. We support abolishing President Trump’s so-called “public charge” rule to ensure our system does not discriminate on the basis of income or disability and that immigrants do not have to fear endangering their immigration status in order to access basic supports and services.

  88. We support a swift, fair pathway to legal status and/or citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently living, working, and contributing in America today.

  89. We support the provision of adequate legal representation for anyone who is participating in a deportation, asylum, or immigration hearing.

  90. We support providing interpreters for anyone participating in a deportation, asylum, or immigration hearing. 

  91. We support the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act.

  92. Veterans

  93. We support eliminating the VA benefits backlog.

  94. We support fully funding and resourcing the VA. 

  95. We oppose the privatization of the VA. 

  96. We support the expansion of the VA’s Caregivers Program as well as mental health services for veterans. 

  97. We oppose VA regulations that restrict access to care and benefits based on character of discharge. 

  98. We support funding for transitional services for veterans transitioning into civilian life. 

  99. Labor

  100. We support protecting the Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS). No policy change is needed to IPERS at this time.

  101. We support all Public Service Unions!

  102. We support Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

  103. We oppose “industry Recognized” Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPS).

  104. We oppose trade deals that harm workers, consumers and the environment.

  105. We oppose privatizing the United States Postal Service.

  106. We oppose changes to retirement systems that would hurt workers such as Social Security, IPERS, and 411. 

  107. We support the repeal of the 2017 Workers Compensation changes.

  108. We support the repeal of the 2017 Collective Bargaining law changes.

  109. We support the “Freedom to Negotiate Act”.

  110. We support federal workers’ right to bargain, organize, and be treated with respect by the federal government.

  111. We support providing workers with comprehensive healthcare including addiction treatment and mental health care.

  112. We support the passage of a Prevailing Wage law for public improvement projects in Iowa.

  113. We oppose Right to Work laws.

  114. Education

  115. We oppose diverting public money from public schools to fund vouchers: tuition tax credits for private, for-profit education businesses.

  116. We support adequate funding for Iowa’s public schools, area education agencies and community colleges.

  117. We support revision of the state school funding formula to provide equitable funding for every school in the state of Iowa.

  118. We support increased funding to public education and educators.

  119. We support Education Support Professionals (ESPs) employed by public school districts be eligible for unemployment benefits if he/she is unemployed over the summer and has reasonable expectation of returning to the job in the fall.

  120. We support increasing the number of school counselors, nurses and other trained and qualified adults who play a vital role in the physical and emotional health and safety of students as well as a healthy school environment.

  121. We support the need for on-campus licensed professional mental health providers to help meet the mental health needs of today’s students.  We believe public school personnel play an important role in identifying and linking students to these services and supports.

  122. We support smaller class sizes in order to better meet the cognitive, emotional and behavioral needs of all students.

  123. We oppose arming teachers as a response to school violence and school shootings. 

  124. We oppose allowing any guns on school property, school parking lot, etc. (with the exception of police officers).

  125. We support making public 2-year and 4-year college tuition-free.

  126. We support making public trade schools tuition-free.

  127. We support the ability for students to refinance their loans.

  128. We support universal preschool.

  129. We support a living wage for all early childhood care providers.

  130. We support allowing teachers to deduct union dues directly from their paychecks.

  131. We support the restoration of full collective bargaining rights for teachers’ unions in Iowa.  

  132. We oppose the need to recertify teacher unions as the bargaining unit every time a contract is up for renewal.

  133. Health Care

  134. We support creating a Medicare for All, single-payer, national health insurance program to provide everyone in America with comprehensive health care coverage, free at the point of service.

  135. We support expanding Medicare to include vision care, dental care, hearing care, home- and community-based long-term care, in-patient and out-patient services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, reproductive and maternity care, and prescription drugs.

  136. We support access and coverage for birth control and family planning for all people.

  137. We support policies that protect Iowans’ bodily autonomy, including their access to abortion.

  138. We oppose for profit health insurance.

  139. We support measures to make menstrual products tax exempt.

  140. We support policies to increase competition and innovation in the pharmaceutical industry in order to lower drug prices.

  141. We support patent law reforms for prescription medications.

  142. We support SF 2156 and HF 2302 - Death with Dignity.

  143. Gun Safety

  144. We support red flag measures.

  145. We support required safety training provided for free.

  146. We support universal background checks and a background check overhauls.

  147. We support de-escalation training for law enforcement officers and security guards.

  148. We support a voluntary buyback program to get firearms off the streets.

  149. We support closing the gun show loopholes.

  150. We opposed unregistered private sales.

  151. We oppose open-carry laws.

  152. We support legislation to crack down on “straw purchases” where people buy guns for criminals.

  153. We oppose the production of unregistered firearms.

  154. We support additional vetting and a federal license of semi-automatic rifles.

  155. We support a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

  156. We support federal funding studying gun violence

  157. We support accurate reporting of the data regarding gun violence.

  158. We support gun-free zones.

  159. Environment 2020

  160. We support clean air, water, and the preservation of the environment as basic human rights. 

  161. We support investing in sustainable businesses including cooperatives and non-profits by providing grants and loans with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.

  162. We support the move to 100% clean energy by 2030. 

  163. We support investing in clean energy technologies that are ready to go now. 

  164. We support redirecting research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal energy. 

  165. We support investing in research in sustainable, nontoxic materials and closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry.

  166. We support the creation of a Commission for Economic Democracy to provide publicity, training, education, and direct financing for cooperative development and for democratic reforms to make government agencies, private associations, and business enterprises more participatory. We will strengthen democracy via participatory budgeting and institutions that encourage local initiative and democratic decision-making.

  167. We support the establishment of a Renewable Energy Administration providing technical support, financing, and coordination to energy cooperatives.  

  168. We support ending unemployment in America once and for all by guaranteeing a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work. These will include jobs in sustainable energy and energy efficiency retrofitting, mass transit and “complete streets” that promote safe bike and pedestrian traffic, regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture, clean manufacturing, infrastructure, and public services (education, youth programs, child care, senior care, etc). Communities will use a process of broad stakeholder input and democratic decision making to fairly design and implement these programs.

  169. We support the implementation a Carbon Fee and Dividend with the dividend distributed back to citizens equally. 

  170. We support increased water quality protection. 

  171. We support the Environmental Protection Agency setting limits on the amount of hydrogen sulfide and ammonia that can be emitted into the air.

  172. We support the enaction of the Iowa Environmental Quality Act requiring state and local governments to prepare environmental impact statements for actions significantly affecting the environment and to implement proposed action so that the environmental impacts be avoided.

  173. We support the establishment of numerical standards for nutrients for Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams, including a reasonable date for each water body to meet the standards.

  174. We support extend and fully fund Iowa Resources Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) fund in perpetuity.

  175. We support the designation of the Loess Hills as a National Reserve.

  176. We support international efforts to address climate change, including rejoining the Paris Accords. 

  177. We oppose the leasing of public and historic lands for drilling, mining, and logging purposes. 

  178. We support measures to retrain and provide jobs for those in the fossil fuel industries. 

  179. Agriculture

  180. We support proposals that increase access to capital for family-owned Iowa farms. 

  181. We support providing incentives to farmers to reduce chemical use and increase sustainable agriculture. 

  182. We support the Iowa Dept of Agriculture researching the effects of climate change and advising farmers on adapting to evolving weather patterns.

  183. We support actions by the Iowa Department of Agriculture to restore soil health, including preventing over compression and topsoil erosion.  

  184. We support action by the Iowa Department of Agriculture to improve Iowa’s water quality. 

  185. We support measures to expand the ability of Iowa farmers to produce locally grown food that can feed Iowans. 

  186. We support measures to expand organic farming in Iowa.

  187. We support the expansion of community gardens and food co-ops in Iowa.

  188. We support regenerative agriculture that promotes biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services.

  189. We support the strong, effective regulation of animal feeding operations.

  190. We support a moratorium on building and expanding confined animal feeding operations until we can guarantee that they will not degrade Iowa's air and water quality.

  191. We oppose confined animal feeding operations built on karst terrain. 

  192. We oppose confined animal feeding operations built on the watershed of an outstanding Iowa water.

  193. We oppose confined animal feeding operations located in a sub-watershed that drains into a water body that has been placed on the impaired waters list.

  194. We support the humane treatment of all livestock. 

  195. We support Right to Repair laws. 

  196. We support a ban on the use of all neonicotinoids.

  197. Government Reform

  198.  We support overturning the Citizens United decision. 

  199. We support publicly funded elections. 

  200. We support statehood for Washington D.C. 

  201. We support a constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college. 

  202. We support legislation allowing childcare costs as a permissible campaign expense.

  203. We support making election day a national holiday.

  204. We support voting by mail in all states.

  205. We support the automatic restoration of voting rights upon completion of an individual’s sentence.

  206. We support eliminating the Super Delegate system.

  207. We support reforming the caucus system in order to make it more accessible for all Iowans, including the addition of concurrent primary vote in coordination with the Democratic National Committee.

  208. We support caucus and primary precincts that are easily accessible for all Iowans.

  209. We oppose the over-use of classification procedures and lack of transparency by the U.S. government used to obstruct congressional oversight.

  210. We oppose the undue influence of special interest groups upon congress through the use of money or gifts. 

  211. Foreign Policy

  212. We support the restoration of international relationships with other countries, including trade, treaties, and military agreements. 

  213. We oppose travel bans based on nationality, religious affiliation or ethnic identity.

  214. We support bilateral and multilateral trade agreements that raise global labor and environmental standards.

  215. We support restoration of support for Rojava in the Syrian civil war.

  216. We support the cancelation of loan repayments of debts incurred based on colonialism. 

  217. We support multinational efforts to address climate change. 

  218. We support foreign policy that advances human rights around the world. 

  219. We support trade agreements that protect intellectual property. 

  220. We support ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen.  

  221. We oppose unauthorized and unconstitutional interventions overseas. 

  222. We support rejoining the Iran nuclear agreement. 

  223. We oppose using military funds or resources to seize fossil fuels and other resources from other countries. 

  224. We support U.N. policies that promote the free movements of goods and people. 

  225. We support rescinding the Global Gag Rule.

  226. We support cooperation with international criminal courts. 

  227. We support closing Guantanamo Bay and for all prisoners to be subject to due process in U.S. criminal courts.  

  228. We support the accurate record-keeping and disclosure of collateral damage and causality reports by the U.S. Military. 

  229. We support the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

  230. We support nuclear disarmament throughout the world. 

  231. We support international cooperation for the peaceful exploration of space. 

  232. We oppose the militarization of space.