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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

Building Strong Cities

Building Strong Cities and Metro Areas............................................................................................. 19 Promoting Arts and Culture.................................................................................................................... 19 Honoring Indigenous Tribal Nations.................................................................................................... 19 Fighting for the People of Puerto Rico............................................................................................... 21 Honoring the People of the Territories............................................................................................... 21 Protect Voting Rights, Fix Our Campaign Finance System, and Restore Our Democracy......................................................................... 22 Protecting Voting Rights......................................................................................................................... 22 Fixing Our Broken Campaign Finance System............................................................................... 22 Appointing Judges..................................................................................................................................... 23 Securing Statehood for Washington, D.C......................................................................................... 23 Strengthening Management of Federal Government.................................................................. 23 Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice.......................................................................... 24 Building a Clean Energy Economy...................................................................................................... 24 Securing Environmental and Climate Justice.................................................................................. 26 Protecting Our Public Lands and Waters......................................................................................... 26 Provide Quality and Affordable Education...............................................................................27 Making Debt-Free College a Reality....................................................................................................27 Providing Relief from Crushing Student Debt................................................................................ 28 Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions................................................................................ 28 Cracking Down on Predatory For-Profit Schools.......................................................................... 28 Guaranteeing Universal Preschool and Good Schools for Every Child................................. 29 Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans....................................................................... 30 Securing Universal Health Care............................................................................................................. 31 Supporting Community Health Centers............................................................................................. 31 Reducing Prescription Drug Costs...................................................................................................... 32 Enabling Cutting-Edge Medical Research........................................................................................ 32 Combating Drug and Alcohol Addiction........................................................................................... 32 Treating Mental Health.............................................................................................................................. 33 Supporting Those Living with Autism and their Families........................................................... 33 Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice...................................................................... 33 Ensuring Long-Term Care, Services, and Supports.......................................................................34 Protecting and Promoting Public Health..........................................................................................34 Ending Violence Against Women........................................................................................................34 Preventing Gun Violence......................................................................................................................... 35

Principled Leadership.................................................................................................................. 35 Support Our Troops and Keep Faith with Our Veteran.......................................................... 36 Defense Spending...................................................................................................................................... 36 Veterans and Service Members............................................................................................................. 36 Military Families...........................................................................................................................................37 A Strong Military..........................................................................................................................................37 Confront Global Threats...............................................................................................................37 Terrorism.........................................................................................................................................................37 Syria................................................................................................................................................................. 38 Afghanistan................................................................................................................................................... 38 Iran................................................................................................................................................................... 38 North Korea..................................................................................................................................................39 Russia..............................................................................................................................................................39 Cybersecurity and Online Privacy........................................................................................................39 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons..........................................39 Global Climate Leadership......................................................................................................................40 Protect Our Values.......................................................................................................................40 Women and Girls......................................................................................................................................... 41 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People............................................................................ 41 Trafficking and Modern Slavery.............................................................................................................. 41 Young People................................................................................................................................................ 41 Religious Minorities..................................................................................................................................... 41 Refugees........................................................................................................................................................ 42 Civil Society.................................................................................................................................................. 42 Anti-Corruption........................................................................................................................................... 42 Torture............................................................................................................................................................. 42 Closing Guantánamo Bay........................................................................................................................ 42 Development Assistance......................................................................................................................... 42 Global Health................................................................................................................................................43 HIV and AIDS...............................................................................................................................................43 International Labor....................................................................................................................................43 A Leader in the World.................................................................................................................. 43 Asia-Pacific...................................................................................................................................................43 Middle East...................................................................................................................................................44 Europe............................................................................................................................................................44 Americas...................................................................................................................................................... t45 Africa............................................................................................................................................................... 45 Global Economy and Institutions......................................................................................................... 45