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Our Platform

Adopted March 21, 2022

Proposed Woodbury County Democratic Party Platform

Submitted by the Platform Committee

to the County Convention, March 21, 2022

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:

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

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. 

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.

We support people who demand freedom, justice, and opportunity. We support the right to vote as guaranteed by the US Constitution and its amendments. We condemn barriers designed to deny citizens access to the democratic process.

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.

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.

We believe in the success of our families. Families deserve our support, which we can offer through paid family leave and equitable access to quality childcare.

We believe that healthcare is basic human right. We support everyone’s access to affordable, equitable, and quality healthcare.

We condemn the exploitation of working people. We support the right to organize, to achieve living wages with 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.

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.

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

We support parents, students, and educators in their quest to achieve equitable and excellent education. We support free and open access to knowledge and information. We condemn the restriction of free and independent thought in all literary forms and support the right of free speech of every citizen. We support a strong, stable, and lasting funding system to ensure that our public schools are properly funded. We condemn the use of public funds for private schools. We oppose attempts to distort science and humanities education.

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 clean water and acknowledge that climate change is real. We support the development of programs that protect the health of our planet.

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.

We support the strong hunting traditions of Iowa. We support common sense reforms of gun regulations that balance public safety with those traditions. 

We believe that civil, transparent debate is the pathway to a civil society, and demand the respect of others when negotiating points of conflict.

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.

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