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BEFORE YOU VOTE LOCALLY DEMOCRAT PLATFORM 2016

Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls. No one who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty. Democrats will fight to end institutional and systemic racism in our society. We will challenge and dismantle the structures that define lasting racial, economic, political, and social inequity. Democrats will promote racial justice through fair, just, and equitable governing of all public-serving institutions and in the formation of public policy. Democrats believe immigration is not just a problem to be solved, it is a defining aspect of the American character and our shared history

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS PREAMBLE....................................................................................................................................... 1 Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class.....................................3 Raising Workers’ Wages.............................................................................................................................3 Protecting Workers’ Fundamental Rights...........................................................................................4 Supporting Working Families...................................................................................................................4 Helping More Workers Share in Near-Record Corporate Profits................................................5 Expanding Access to Affordable Housing and Homeownership................................................5 Protecting and Expanding Social Security..........................................................................................5 Ensuring a Secure and Dignified Retirement.....................................................................................6 Revitalizing Our Nation’s Postal Service..............................................................................................6 Create Good-Paying Jobs..............................................................................................................7 Building 21st Century Infrastructure...................................................................................................... 7 Fostering a Manufacturing Renaissance............................................................................................... 7 Creating Good-Paying Clean Energy Jobs..........................................................................................8 Pursuing Our Innovation Agenda: Science, Research, Education, and Technology............8 Supporting America’s Small Businesses...............................................................................................9 Creating Jobs for America’s Young People........................................................................................9 Fight for Economic Fairness and Against Inequality................................................................ 9 Reining in Wall Street and Fixing our Financial System...............................................................10 Promoting Competition by Stopping Corporate Concentration............................................... 11 Making the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes......................................................................... 11 Promoting Trade That is Fair and Benefits American Workers................................................. 12 Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Opportunities...................................... 13 Ending Systemic Racism.......................................................................................................................... 13 Closing the Racial Wealth Gap............................................................................................................... 13 Reforming our Criminal Justice System............................................................................................. 13 Fixing our Broken Immigration System.............................................................................................. 15 Guaranteeing Civil Rights...................................................................... ...................................................16 Guaranteeing Women’s Rights................................................................................................................17 Guaranteeing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights..................................................17 Guaranteeing Rights for People with Disabilities............................................................................17 Respecting Faith and Service..................................................................................................................17 Investing in Rural America....................................................................................................................... 18 Ending Poverty and Investing in Communities Left Behind....................................................... 18