Democratic Party of Denver 2018 Platform

The Democratic Party of Denver adopted the following platform at the March 24 2018 county assembly. Focused on local concerns, this platform is offered as our North Star, an aspirational statement of what we stand for.  Specific policy proposals consistent with the adopted platform for posting on the DPoD website are welcomed and should be emailed to [email protected].  

The Democratic Party of Denver is the party of the people. We believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment and bridges are better than walls. We stand for individual freedom and the needs of the community. We believe government should serve all the people. We believe the economy should be democratically owned and controlled in order to serve the needs of the many, not to make profits for the few. Together, we are determined to make our city the greatest it can be.

Economic equality and shared prosperity
We support measures to rein in excessive income inequality, starting with equal pay for equal work and a livable wage. Collective bargaining and the right to form a union -- without fear of retaliation - leads to better wages and working conditions. These measures benefit everyone by fueling the economy.  Prosperity comes with the responsibility to protect our most vulnerable -- from children to aging adults.

Private businesses depend on public investments. We all benefit from investments in education, housing, infrastructure, multi-modal transportation and scientific research. To make these public investments we must fix the Gallagher and TABOR amendments.

Fixing Our Broken Healthcare System   
Healthcare is a basic human right. We support universal health care. Our health care system should be accessible, affordable, high quality and comprehensive. It should guard women’s reproductive rights and promote mental and physical wellness and disease prevention. It should also foster transparency, fiscal responsibility and innovation.

Expanding Affordable Housing
Skyrocketing rents and housing costs are forcing too many people out of Denver or onto the streets. Denver's teachers, first responders, nurses and other professionals cannot afford to live near work. We support expanding dedicated revenue streams to fund Denver’s five-year housing plan. We encourage revision of zoning and land use policies in Blueprint Denver to preserve and create more affordable housing.  We welcome public, private and nonprofit efforts to increase supportive housing for older adults, veterans, people with disabilities and the homeless.

Protecting the Environment and Promoting Energy Efficiency
Climate change is real and requires immediate action. Denver should commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  We seek policies to achieve a 100% green energy grid by 2035. We must protect land, water and air as we manage growth and modernize our transportation and energy infrastructure. We must conserve limited water resources and expand and preserve Denver’s parks, wetlands and green and open spaces.

Supporting Immigrants in our Community
We believe that immigrants benefit our community. We support permanent legal status and a path to citizenship for recipients or those eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs. Municipal funds should not be used to carry out the work of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officials.

Reforming Our Criminal Justice System
Community safety is best achieved through crime prevention, access to mental health and addiction services, due process for and equal protection of all criminal defendants and the rehabilitation of offenders. We support independent monitors to review questions of police abuse and believe police should receive in-depth training on how to interact with juveniles, the mentally and cognitively impaired and persons from diverse cultures.  We seek policies that end profiling, other discriminatory practices, mass incarceration and the death penalty.

Preventing Gun Violence
We believe that everyone has the right to freedom from gun violence. Therefore, we advocate responsible gun ownership that keeps guns out of the hands of those who are dangerously mentally-ill, those under 21 and violent criminals. We support legislation that includes universal background checks, mandatory waiting periods, raising the purchasing age limit for all firearms to 21 and a ban on assault weapons and mechanisms that convert guns into automatic weapons. We want guns out of schools, religious entities and cultural or scientific institutions or facilities.

Reforming Our Voting and Campaign Finance Laws  
Denver has led the way in mail ballots and ease of registration. We disagree with the Supreme Court that corporations are people and money is speech. We will fight for public funding of political campaigns, limits on contributions and full disclosure of all campaign donors. We support measures that expand voting, ensure ballot security and oppose gerrymandering and voter suppression or intimidation.

Promoting and Protecting Human and Civil Rights
We believe that everyone should be treated fairly and equally under the law regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, economic status, disability or political status. We renounce hate in all its forms. We support programs and policies to redress racial injustices, past and present. We also support the right of all to freedoms of thought, privacy, religion, speech, assembly, movement and non-violent civil disobedience. We affirm the essential role of a vibrant independent media in the process of democracy.

Championing Public Education
We recognize that strong public schools are the bedrock of our democracy, and that education remains the best vehicle for upward mobility. We advocate well-funded pre-K-12 public education that secures for all students the opportunity to achieve their potential, compete in a global workforce and participate as informed citizens.

Fully funded pre-school and full-day kindergarten give all children a strong start. All children should have access to a strong neighborhood school; therefore, we oppose closing neighborhood schools to make room for charter schools. We oppose vouchers and excessive testing. We value our teachers and demand that they be respected and adequately compensated. We oppose the privatization and re-segregation of Denver Public Schools as brought about by the organization known as Democrats for Education Reform and demand that they immediately cease their use of the Democratic name.

Public education must provide technical training and apprenticeships for those who do not choose the college path. Affordable higher education is critical to expanding access. We support a tuition-free future at state universities.

Encouraging Local, Sustainable Food and Agriculture
Local and unprocessed food should be everyone's most affordable and available option. Public purchases - from schools to airports - should drive the demand for local, healthy food. We support policies that eliminate food deserts, promote access to affordable, healthy food and encourage urban farming, community organic gardening, local food production and sustainable, diverse agriculture.