Policy Platform of the 36th District Democrats
Adopted by the 36th District Democrats at their Presidential Nomination Convention, April 17, 2016.
The 36th District Democrats adopt this platform to identify the values, attitudes and beliefs that unite us in striving for a prosperous and humane society. Our platform provides a firm foundation upon which to make endorsement decisions regarding ballot initiatives and candidates.
I. Corporate Reform
- We call for the 28th Amendment of the United States Constitution to end the treatment of corporations as if they were human beings.
- We support revocation of the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate the law, with a public right to call for such action, and prohibition of public contracts with habitual corporate law-breakers.
II. Education “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provisions for the education of all children.” Washington State Constitution (1889)
- We call for full state funding of K-12 education, and for funding of early learning.
- We support access to higher education for all through adequate state funding, including financial aid and work study programs.
- We oppose privatization of public education such as vouchers and charter schools.
III. Environment and Energy
- We support actions to conserve natural resources and promote transparency in decision making affecting the quality of the environment.
- We support transition away from reliance on carbon sources of energy, such as coal incineration and exports and biomass, and toward sustainable energy, such as a tax on carbon, investment in research, development, and job creation as well as green technology, such as solar, wind, and geothermal energy.
IV. Health and Human Services
- We support a universal, publicly funded, single-payer, not-for-profit, comprehensive health insurance system, including access to reproductive services, mental health, and substance abuse treatment services.
- We call on our State to develop and fund public policies to reduce disparities in health, education, and economic stability.
- We support a publicly funded social safety net, such as housing and shelter, food, and health care, for those who cannot provide for themselves.
- We support progressive taxation to pay for retirement and disability insurance, including expansion of Social Security and Medicare, and oppose privatization of any public programs.
V. Election Reform and Voting Rights
- We support universal suffrage, and public access to and transparency of the electoral process.
- We support public financing of the entire electoral process, including campaigns, and oppose unlimited and non-transparent expenditures in campaigns.
- We support a system of elections that is accessible, open, and fair—a system that ensures that every eligible person can cast a vote and that every lawfully cast vote is counted.
VI. Foreign Policy
- We support transition away from a global empire mentality, such as excessive military expenditures and foreign interventions. The U.S. should be a global leader in the non-violent resolution of disputes, such as through the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.
- We hold our active duty and reserve military personnel and veterans in the highest regard. We believe that honoring their service includes access to an effective Veterans Administration so that they, and their families, receive all that this nation has promised them, including treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other behavioral health issues.
VII. Human and Civil Rights
- We support affirmative action and eliminating unjust discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and other necessities and opportunities.
- We support the Constitutional right to privacy and freedom from government and corporate intrusion into people’s personal lives.
- We oppose capital punishment and other forms of cruel and unusual punishment.
- We oppose attempts to deny civil rights by executive order, budget (riders), initiative, or Constitutional amendment.
- We oppose denial of civil rights based on immigration status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or gender.
VIII. Labor and Economic Justice
- We support broad rights of workers to organize, including in the public sector and independent-contractor groups, and oppose attempts by elected officials to put pressure on workers to compromise on benefits they have gained through collective bargaining.
- We support a progressive taxation structure.
- We support defined benefits pensions.
- We support a minimum wage at living wage levels.
- We support better regulation of the financial and banking system, such as the derivatives market and predatory lending, and the establishment of a Washington State owned bank.
- We support fair trade and oppose corporate globalization.
IX. Constitutional Law
- We support strict separation of church and state.
- We support strict control over the ownership and use of firearms and other weapons.
X. Local Issues and Transportation
- We support improving access and transparency in governance by the City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, King County, Sound Transit, and Seattle Public Schools.
- We support land use and other policies by the City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, and King County, to protect a diverse economy including light use industrial and maritime business such as the Ballard Interbay Northend Maritime & Industrial Center (BINMIC).
- We support investment in public transportation to provide robust service and infrastructure and to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, using taxes that are fair and effective.
- We support investment in sidewalks on transit arterials and routes to schools.
- We oppose the transport of highly volatile materials by rail through populated areas.
XI. Fiscal Policies
- We call on our elected leaders to raise reasonable revenue for responsible government.