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Every four years, the Democratic Party puts together our party platform, the ideas and beliefs that govern our party as a whole.

What follows is our 2016 platform — our most progressive platform in our party’s history and a declaration of how we plan to move America forward. Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.

This party platform was voted on and passed by our membership at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. The platform will be updated and re-approved at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

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Platform Contents

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Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class

Create Good-Paying Jobs

Fight for Economic Fairness and Against Inequality

Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Opportunities

Protect Voting Rights, Fix Our Campaign Finance System, and Restore Our Democracy

Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice

Provide Quality and Affordable Education

Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans

Principled Leadership

Confront Global Threats

Protect Our Values

A Leader in the World


Great news! Climate Summit Agreement

Dear Neighbors:

Great news for West Chester and the Planet!!  Reducing our carbon footprint has been a priority for West Chester Borough for many years. We have been a member of ICLEI for almost a decade and recently Borough Council and the Mayor signed on to the Compact of Mayors, which provides a framework for continuing to set and reach local goals for reducing fossil fuel emissions. The Borough’s new Environmental Sustainability Director and our Sustainability Advisory Team (coming soon), will use the ICLEI model as a guide.

The Borough of West Chester is proud to join with towns and cities around the world to take the action necessary to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Learn more about ICLEI and the agreement reached at the Paris Climate Summit below!

Thanks to all,

Carolyn T. Comitta, Mayor
Borough of West Chester

ICLEI Puts Local Action on Global Stage: A Summary from the COP21 Negotiation Zone

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On 12 December 2015, nations at the United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) adopted a landmark “Paris Agreement” that strives to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, with the intent to pursue a 1.5-degree target. Through this Agreement, local and subnational governments are recognized as essential actors in fast tracking transformative action in the urban world. Continue reading

Open the Door

by Dianne Herrin, West Chester

Hurricane Sandy is causing so much suffering, and I, like everyone, am very saddened by it. I am heartened, however, by the fact that politicians in high places (like New York’s Cuomo and Bloomberg) are finally issuing a public call for action on the climate crisis.

I have been working in my community for more than a decade to address climate change on the local level, and I don’t regret for a minute my many hours of grassroots advocacy in the name of energy conservation, energy efficiency and clean renewable energy. But I have learned a hard lesson: We desperately need leadership from the top. Without a clear and aggressive clean energy vision, our nation will continue to suffer – only on a much larger scale.

The good news is that President Obama has already started to lay the foundation for such a vision. He has been promoting energy efficiency on every front and creating clean energy research programs. However, he has done so behind closed doors, likely for fear of being attacked by the incredibly powerful fossil fuel industry and its many well-funded “think tanks.”

The potentially bad news is that Romney, on the other hand, publicly mocks climate change, wants to end wind energy incentives, and plans to unleash every dirty, destructive domestic energy source that remains deep under our soils and seas – in a move that will liberate more greenhouse gases into the air than we have emitted since the dawn of the industrial revolution. Respected climatologists say this will mean “Game Over” for our climate system – and the bountiful life-sustaining earth as we know it – and all in the name of short-term profit.  

I work on energy issues because I am a mother, and all of our children face a very hard future. We must vote for President Obama on Tuesday Nov 6th because, in a second term, he will have a chance to come all the way out of the climate change closet and put a clear vision into action. We, the people, can open this door (and then push him through it) so he can lead on climate change. Unlike Romney – who has shut this door, locked it, and thrown away the key – Obama offers hope.

The benefits to us will be many: A vigorous clean renewable energy jobs program, management of climate change and its terrifying human and financial consequences, and hope for our children’s future. This is nation-building at its finest, at a time when we need it most. Let’s open the door on election day.