2020 BCDP Platform 


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2020 Platform Action Planks

  • Domestic Violence
    Boulder County Democratic Party Platform
    2020 Action Plank: II Domestic Violence and Abuse
    Status: Approved | Last Updated 11/16/2019 | Public: Yes     

    Preamble

    Safety from violence and abuse in one’s own home is a fundamental human right. Those threatened with domestic violence and abuse – whether it is physical violence or sexual assault from a spouse, intimate partner, family member, or caregiver –deserve full protection and support. We must all work to create a society that shelters and protects those of us who are victims of domestic violence.

    Statement of Principles

    We support sufficient funding for shelters so that victims of domestic abuse have a place to live with their children if they need to flee their homes.

    We support sufficient funding to allow victims of domestic abuse access to shelters that are able to provide counseling and advocacy for their clients and their children.

    We support the establishment of robust protections, access to counseling, and advocacy for victims of elder abuse.

    Family Courts should be a place where justice is expected and provided. The legal system only works if: (a) parties have access to qualified legal representation (regardless of their wealth and income); (b) judges are sufficiently trained in the unique dynamics of family violence and abuse; and (c) all of the protections of due process of law, including sufficient court time, are guaranteed. (d) Undocumented immigrants must have safeguards in place to be able to report domestic violence/abuse and seek shelter.

    Calls to Action

    We call on our county government to prioritize sufficient funding to provide shelter for the victims of domestic abuse and to guarantee that: (a) there is a bed for every victim and family that needs shelter from domestic violence; (b) there is a therapist available for regular (at least weekly) sessions with every victim of domestic violence who needs and wants therapy; and (c) creative solutions are found to increase access to attorneys for victim of domestic violence and their advocate.

    We call on our elected state officials to change the Colorado Court Rules and accompanying statutes to guarantee that participants in family law cases will have as much time as needed to present all relevant evidence (just like that which is provided to participants in criminal law and civil cases) and to end the practice that is prevalent in Family Law Courts of arbitrarily and capriciously limiting the time for presentation of evidence.

    We call on our state representatives to review implementation of the Child and Family Investigator statute, to ensure all parties are not denied their fundamental due process rights.

    We call on our representatives in (county, state, and national) government to fund and initiate a comprehensive investigation into the status of our current family court system with specific focus on evaluating its effectiveness in protecting children from sexual abuse and domestic violence.

    We call for the family court system to be reformed to allow participants the option of trial by jury for determining all questions of fact.

  • Education
    Boulder County Democratic Party Platform
    2020 Action Platform: IV Education
    Status: Approved | Last Updated 10/7/2019 | Public: Yes

    Preamble

    We seek to make a high-quality public education available for every young person, starting with early-childhood education and extending through college, graduate school, technical training, and adult education. An educated electorate is fundamental to our democracy, and education is the single most powerful investment that a society makes in its future. We want an educational system designed by educators, not by those that seek to merely profit from the education of our youth.

    Statement of Principles

    Education is the single most powerful investment that a society makes in its future.

    We must use education to strengthen the opportunities for all Americans.
    Today, funding of education drives a growing division in class structure in America. Funding should not be based on zip code, but on providing a high-quality of education to every child in America.

    The advantage of early childhood education is clearly established; we must start educating our children at the earliest age possible.
    Education at every level should be publicly funded and without cost for students from Colorado to attend.

    We expect that industry will be responsive to the requirements of educator-run school systems, unfettered by profit-driven motives, rather than drive their own revenue with undue influence over elected officials, school administrators, teachers and staff, parents, or the students themselves.

    No one should hesitate to seek an education, or regret having pursued an education, because it entails a financial burden that undermines the achievement of goals and dreams. Education is an investment in America, both in terms of the time that individuals dedicate to their education and for our country, the states, and localities.

    We support fact-based curriculum that prepares student with skills of critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, and collaboration.

    We expect all publicly funded educational institutions to be accessible to all.

    We believe that good working conditions, adequate compensation, fair evaluations, due process, and academic freedom for teaching professionals are essential to quality education. This includes the right of public employees to participate in professional associations and unions without repercussions.

    Calls to Action

    We call on our state legislators to fully fund all public education, from pre-K through higher education, including but not limited to community college, four-year state universities, graduate school, and technical training.

    We call on our State Legislature to provide funding: to improve teacher compensation immediately to attract and retain quality teachers and prevent teacher churn; to improve educational support professionals’ pay?to attract and retain quality bus drivers, custodians, maintenance workers, food service workers, paraprofessionals, and clerical workers; and to improve compensation for substitute teachers to ensure student learning is not compromised when a teacher is away from the classroom.

    We call on our state legislators to provide tuition subsidies so that our students can obtain the education they are entitled to without fear of the burden of student debt.

    We will never achieve the educational systems we need until we are released from the restrictions of TABOR. We call on our elected and appointed state officials to make eliminating TABOR a priority. (We recognize the work of the 2019 Legislature to place the question on the ballot (Proposition CC) to eliminate the spending cap and the give back of tax dollars collected. We encourage our Legislature to continue using the referral of TABOR issues to the ballot until we have undone the most burdensome language.)

    We call on our federal representatives to redo the bankruptcy code to allow for discharging student loan debt for those who need it.

    We call on our state legislators to eliminate the ability for testing and publishing companies to drive the educational agenda.

    We call on our legislators to establish, by policy, that the classroom be free from commercial interests in all forms--such as advertisement and product placement or promotions that drive replacement of adequate text books--that solve a revenue problem for a corporation rather than an educational problem for the school system.

  • Gun Violence
    Boulder County Democratic Party Platform
    2020 Platform Action Plank: IX Gun Violence
    Status: Approved | Last Updated 10/7/2019 | Public: Yes

    Preamble

    The Boulder County Democratic Party believes that guns must be regulated, and individuals should be required to take full responsibility for the safe storage and responsible use of firearms.

    Statement of Principles

    Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States and must be addressed as such.

    We must take steps to address the epidemic of gun violence across our country.

    Calls to Action

    We call on the state and federal government to require background checks, a 10-day waiting period, and a minimum age of 21 years for all prospective gun purchasers. No one on the TSA “no-fly list” shall be able to purchase, own, or manufacture a firearm.

    We call on our elected officials to establish a national gun ownership registry.

    We call on Congress to pass laws requiring safe storage for privately owned guns and ammunition.

    We call on Congress to pass laws, including civil liability, to require anyone who manufactures firearms and/or ammunition, including 3D printed firearms, to be licensed to do so.

    We call on local, state, and federal government to ban sale and private ownership of military-style assault weapons.

    We call on local, state, and federal government to ban the sale and private ownership of bump stocks and high capacity ammunition magazines.

    We call on local, state, and federal government to ban the sale and private ownership of large caliber ammunition and armor-piercing bullets.

    We call on elected officials to give universities, schools, places of worship, places of business, and communities the right to regulate or restrict weapons on their "premises."

    We call on Congress to remove impediments and provide funding for data collection and research analysis of data regarding gun violence by the Center for Disease Control and other public research groups.

    We call on state and local government to invest in data collection and research analysis of gun violence to better inform public policy.

    We call on officials at every level of government to institute voluntary buy-back programs for firearms.

    We call on Congress to pass red flag laws that allow courts to issue an order to temporarily remove firearms and the means to produce them from the homes of persons in crisis and at a demonstrated risk of harming themselves or others. These laws should prohibit the sale of additional firearms to such persons until the order is lifted, provided there is adequate due process for the removal of firearms from said persons in crisis. This include people under extreme risk orders.

    We call on law enforcement at all levels to enforce extreme risk orders (Red flag laws).

    We call on local governments to provide firearms storage centers for firearm owners who wish to temporarily store their weapons outside of their homes.?

  • Healthcare
    Boulder County Democratic Party Platform
    2020 Action Platform: Health Care
    Status: Approved | Last Updated 10/7/2019 | Public: Yes

    Preamble

    We believe that access to quality health care is a basic human right that should be available to all in our society.

    We call on Congress to protect and defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) from attempts to repeal and/or undermine the ACA by actions of the Legislative, Executive, or Judicial branches of the State or Federal Government. The important and substantial gains in coverage and quality of health care afforded by the ACA must be protected until such time as Improved Medicare for All can be implemented.

    We call on our political leaders to reject the politics of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) and instead focus on learning from the success of other countries that pay far less for better health outcomes. Furthermore, we call on them to reject the propaganda sound bites of the medical industrial complex, specifically the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, which manufactures FUD with warnings about “losing your employer sponsored insurance”, “government run health care”, “death panels” and “long waiting lines”. This fear mongering has been around for decades and will continue.

    We call on our Congressional delegation to reject industry propaganda and to co-sponsor H.R. 1384 Medicare for All Act of 2019, sponsored by Representative Pramila Jayapal, and the Senate companion bill S.1129, sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders. We urge Congressional leaders, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader McConnell, to move these bills for consideration and vote. These comprehensive health care finance reform bills are the next needed step to build on the tremendous accomplishments and progress of the ACA.

    We call on our State Representatives and Senators to continue their efforts to find ways to cut high costs and cover everyone in Colorado. Their work on over 30 health care reform bills in the 2019 Session yielded important bills, one of which will provide funding for a study to compare health care financing systems to inform future health care finance reform legislation for consideration by the Colorado Legislature. We urge the Governor and Legislature to commit to providing the best and most affordable health care for Colorado when the study created by HB19-1176 Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019 has identified the best plan.

    We call on our local elected officials, City Councils and County Commissioners, to pass resolutions to support the passage of H.R.1384 Medicare for All Act of 2019, and the companion bill in the Senate, S.1129. Our local governments deal directly with the consequences of our unaffordable and inequitable health care finance system. Their budgets are under pressure from continually rising health insurance premiums. Local governments deal with frontline response when members of the community face medical debt-related bankruptcies or grave illnesses because they lacked adequate health insurance. By passing resolutions, local governments can help to build political will for passage of these bills which will guarantee affordable health care for everyone, taking the pressure off local government budgets and services.

    We call on our government to exercise its considerable power to find cures for our most pressing and dangerous health issues, including, but not limited to:

    We call on Congress to provide adequate and directed funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the specific purpose of conducting research on gun violence and making evidence-based recommendations to address this serious public health crisis which takes, on average, 100 lives every day in the U.S. We also call on Congress to pass legislation addressing universal background checks, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, and the possession of weapons of war by non-military individuals.

    We call on our Congressional delegation to pass federal legislation, similar to Colorado’s End of Life Options Act, passed in 2016, which will allow health care professionals across the country to aid patients in making end of life decisions.

    We call on the FDA to use their regulatory authority to ban e-cigarettes and vaping materials until they conduct research that supports industry claims that the use of e-cigarettes is a safe and effective smoking cessation treatment. The FDA’s lack of regulatory oversight of addictive drug delivery devices, e-cigarettes, has led to a serious nicotine vaping addiction health crisis, especially among the youth of Colorado. Therefore, we support these actions at the local, state and/or federal level to regulate these products: tax all nicotine products, ban all flavored nicotine products and raise the age for purchase of all nicotine products to 21.

    We call on Public Health officials and State Legislators to continue efforts to improve vaccination rates for preventable communicable diseases. Vaccinations have been scientifically proven to prevent serious illness in infants, children and adults. This is especially important in Colorado, which has a low rate of vaccinations compared to other states.

    We call on Public Health officials and State Legislators to support education on the prevention of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) caused by participation in athletics, consider regulations for athletic equipment design and adjust the rules of the game to minimize the risk for injury leading to CTE.

    We call on the Colorado Attorney General to initiate and/or participate in civil and/or criminal investigations and prosecutions which hold corporations and individuals accountable for their roles in the marketing of addictive drugs and addictive drug delivery devices to children, the general public and health care providers (i.e. those who made $Billions pushing opioids and nicotine).

  • Healthy Democracy
    Boulder County Democratic Party Platform
    2020 Action Plank: Healthy Democracy
    Status: Approved | Last Updated 12/3/2019 | Public: Yes

    Healthy Democracy: Election Reform, Media Reform, and Government Ethics & Accountability

    Statement of Principles

    Elections must be verifiably secure.

    Electoral systems should disperse power and include everyone.

    The right to vote should be equal and inalienable.

    Every vote should have equal influence, regardless of geography. Eliminating gerrymandering is not enough.

    We should have more expressive ways to vote so that the electorate’s true opinion can be known.

    As many voters as possible should have a representative in government who shares their values.

    Government officials should be subject to the strongest ethics standards with an emphasis on transparency and accountability.

    The judiciary must be an independent arbiter.

    Individuals’ data rights should be recognized and protected in order to prevent mass-scale misinformation campaigns and commercial or electoral manipulations.

    All citizens should have access to accurate news and information.

    Fundamental to a fair election is the opportunity for voters to see the candidates' debate the issues prior to the election.

    Public funding for elections should be provided.

    All candidates in the Democratic Party should be expected to agree to reasonable spending limits in the primary.

    2020 Call to Action

    We call on our elected officials to work toward a healthy democracy by implementing the following specific and attainable actions.

    In the 2020 election we call on small-d democrats all over the state to vote for and work toward approval of the Colorado General Assembly’s decision to join the National Popular Vote Compact.

    We call on city councils to work to adopt single transferable vote which is allowed under Colorado statute and which promotes proportional representation (PR). We also call on the state legislature to allow for boards of county commissioners, school districts, state legislatures and other boards to be elected via a PR election in multi-winner districts. e legislatures and other boards to be elected via a PR election in multi-winner districts.

    We call on our congressional legislators to co-sponsor the Fair Representation Act which creates multi-member congressional districts when possible and elects the members using single transferable vote (a multi-winner version of “Ranked Choice Voting” which promotes proportional representation).

    We call for the establishment of Home Rule in not just Boulder County, but every Colorado county.

    We call on the Secretary of State and county and city clerks to collect and publish data metrics on pluralism similar to the criterion on the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Democracy Index.

    We call on governmental bodies charged with drawing new district maps to measure proposed maps against all the possible maps drawn by computers using the state’s “own districting criteria as a neutral baseline” (US Supreme Court: Rucho v Common Cause) and only adopt district maps close to the “median” map.

    We call on governing bodies at all levels to lower the voting age to 16 by legislative action or a measure referred to the people.

    We call on election officials to adopt the standards set by Boulder County for voter-verifiable paper trails and transparent processes from registration to auditing.

    We call on lawmakers and electoral governing boards and officials to broaden the definition of political and/or campaign ads and require complete financial disclosure of an ad’s funding sources.

    When the election of a candidate would trigger a vacancy committee for the candidate’s current office, we call on Democratic Party officials and the media to widely publicize this fact and to encourage the candidate to resign from the current office with enough time for a successor to be elected in a general or coordinated election.

    We call on lawmakers to statutorily recognize that citizens own their personal data and to explicitly protect their data from unauthorized transfer and use by both government and private corporations.

  • Civil Rights
    Boulder County Democratic Party Platform
    2020 Platform Action Plank: Civil Rights
    Status: Approved | Last Updated 12/18/2019 | Public: Yes

    Preamble

    Boulder County Democrats believe that diversity strengthens our nation and our communities and that every human being has the right to be treated with dignity.
    Statement of Principles

    Our Constitution must be equally applied to all persons; discrimination must be prevented; and, when injury is done, action must be taken to put an end to, and compensate for, such injustice.

    Due to past inequities, certain populations may yet require special protection.

    As a nation of immigrants, we value the contributions that those from other lands and ethnic groups bring to our national economic, intellectual, and cultural life.
    We welcome those who would like to become legal residents or citizens of the United States.

    Calls to Action

    We call on our elected officials to support legislation to ensure equality in compensation for all people, no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, class, age, disability, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

    We call on our elected officials to address the problems affecting law enforcement agencies across the county with regard to the issues of racial bias and use of excessive force. These issues demand our attention and resources so that divided communities can heal our citizens and law enforcement personnel can feel safe.

    We call on our elected officials to enact comprehensive reforms to immigration laws that address the needs of immigrants already in the U.S., Immigrants seeking asylum, types and number of visas available to immigrants, reasonable pathways to citizenship, and all of the intricate details necessary for a highly functional immigration system.

    We call on our elected officials to enact comprehensive reforms to immigration laws that address the needs of immigrants already in the U.S., Immigrants seeking asylum, types and number of visas available to immigrants, reasonable pathways to citizenship, and all of the intricate details necessary for a highly functional immigration system.

    Investigate the use of algorithms that are used to screen for employment, eligibility for loans, financial credit, admission to educational institutions, housing credits and eligibility for other benefits, to determine if the screening is discriminatory.

  • Civil Liberties
    Boulder County Democratic Party Platform
    2020 Platform Action Plank: Civil Liberties
    Status: Approved | Last Updated 12/10/2019 | Public: Yes

    Preamble

    The Boulder County Democratic Party affirms that all people within the jurisdiction of the United States of America and all US citizens are equally entitled to the guarantees and protections of the US Constitution. Furthermore, we identify these protections to include all rights as identified in the Bill of Rights as well as in the following principles.

    Statement of Principles

    The protected rights and liberties given by the Constitution are inalienable and may not be limited or inequitably applied based upon identities including, but not limited to, race, age, sex, gender identity, disability, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, country of origin, or ethnicity.

    These rights apply at all levels of government – federal, state, and local.
    Keeping citizens safe from terrorism must not contribute to the loss of our own US civil liberties.

    These rights are the rights of natural persons only. Artificial entities--such as, corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities established by the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state--should have no rights under the Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People through federal, state, or local laws.

    Calls to Action

    We call the Federal Government to enact protections for net neutrality so that individuals should be free to access all content and applications equally, regardless of the source, without Internet Service Providers discriminating in favor of specific online services or websites.

    We call on Congress to strengthen the NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) Joint Employer Standard to pre-1984 standards and to support workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively for conditions, benefits, and salary.

    We call on our elected officials to enact protections from debtor’s prisons as a violation of the 14th Amendment. All personal debt must be able to be discharged through bankruptcy.

    We call on our elected officials to increase the time to vote to three hours, allowing for the increase in population in Colorado and its impact on accessing polling locations. Furthermore, we call for the removal of employers’ ability to refuse permitted time off to vote.

    We call for a reform of the Court’s current conception of race discrimination by condemning racial discrimination as “unreasonable” under the 4th Amendment.

    We call on officials at every level to make the use of excessive force against unarmed civilians by any persons under public employ to be immediately reviewable by civilian grand juries.

    We call on our elected officials to prohibit the use of deadly force against fleeing suspects.

    We call for the abolishment of the death penalty.

    We call for the abolishment of mandatory minimum sentencing to secure the right to a trial by jury before any penalties or losses of liberties are imposed upon by individuals. Furthermore, we expect latitude in sentencing, such that sentences are not excessive and that sentencing options may result in more effective outcomes: non-incarceration, restorative justice, health and mental health services, and others.
    We call on congress and state governments to end private prisons.

    We call on Congress to impeach and remove unqualified judges and those who demonstrate incompetence, bias, or have committed crimes, such as lying in confirmation hearings. In addition, we call for the reinstatement of the 60-vote filibuster for judicial appointment.

    We call on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform including a clean DREAM Act, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in our country, protecting the rights of guest workers, and making it unlawful to separate families by deportation.

  • Immigrant Rights
    Boulder County Democratic Party Platform
    2020 Immigration Rights Action Plank
    Status: Approved | Last Updated 1/3/2020 | Public: Yes

    Preamble

    Boulder County Democrats believe that all people within the borders of United States and its protectorates are entitled to the guarantees and protections outlined in 4th, 5th and 14th amendments of the United States Constitution that?ensure that all neighbors, regardless of their country of origin, are secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures and are guaranteed equal protection under the law.

    Statement of Principles

    As a nation of immigrants:

    We believe our Constitution must be equally applied to all persons whether or not they are US citizens.

    We value empathy and believe that all people in our community must be treated equitably and fairly under the law regardless of their citizenship status.

    We value the contributions that those from other lands and ethnic groups bring to our national economic, intellectual, and cultural life.

    We recognize the legal right, under U.S. immigration law, of refugees to seek asylum in the United States as outlined in the Refugee Act of 1980.

    We welcome those who are fleeing their country of origin as refugees for safety and security.

    We welcome those who would like to become legal residents or citizens of the United States.

    We will work to protect the “rights relevant to both criminal and civil legal proceedings” of all persons in the United States, regardless of their immigration status.

    Calls to Action

    We call on our elected officials to:

    Support immigrant rights issues and make it a priority?to craft comprehensive and just immigration legislation including asylum, types and number of visas available to immigrants, reasonable pathways to citizenship, and all of the intricate details necessary for a highly functional immigration system.

    Enact comprehensive reforms to immigration laws that address these needs of immigrants already in the U.S.

    Enact policies and reforms that will eliminate the separation of children from their parents or other family members, reunite families and provide a pathway to asylum throughout the United States.

    Immediately address all needs of immigrants and immigrant families at our borders through adequate funding, humane treatment, and timely solutions to their situation. This includes, but is not limited to, adequate food and shelter, medical and health needs, education for children, keeping families together, fast tracking hearings through additional judges.

    Recognize and support immigrants in Boulder County who are impacted by unjust deportation policies by referring them to legal assistance and providing them with information about their rights and protections.

    Pass legislation that outlines and ensures ready renewal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status and also provides a path to citizenship for those who are currently in the U.S. under DACA.

    Support the undocumented youth in our community through DACA or another program of this scope, in their pursuit of an education, gainful employment, and the many other ways they contribute to their families and the community they grew up in.

 

2020 Platform Comprehensive Platform


Previous Platforms:

BCDP Platform 2018

BCDP Platform 2016 (displayed as PDF)

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