THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

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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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Preamble

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

Mayor Comitta, Chesco Pols Lead Gun Violence Rally

By Tom Sunnergren, West Chester Patch, 3/25/13

CeaseFirePA and a group of local politicians spoke out in favor of background checks in West Chester on Saturday.

In the most recent of a series of rallies staged by area gun reform groups, West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta and a handful of county officials held a pointed press conference in the borough on Saturday, the Delaware County Daily Times is reporting.

The speakers, in tandem with CeaseFirePA—an organization that, according to its mission statement, aims to encourage Pennsylvanians to take a stand against gun violence—spoke out in favor of a proposal that would mandate background checks and more robust records for all private gun sales in the state….

read more at West Chester Patch

Cassandra with FLOTUS (Michelle Obama!)

“I had the most amazing experiences last week in DC. Mayors Against Illegal Guns was invited to a congressional hearing, to a White House briefing and then to a watch party for the Presidents’ State of the Union speech.

So fulfilling to be a part of these national conversations on violence among our youth in this country. God will give you the desires of your heart!”

Cassandra Jones

  • West Chester Borough Democratic Committee
    Committeeperson, Ward 2
  • Member of West Chester Borough Council

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West Chester officials call for gun legislation

by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 1/21/13

WEST CHESTER – Responding to the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., borough officials have taken aim at current gun laws by passing a resolution calling for new legislation.

The 3-page resolution, brought to council by Mayor Carolyn Comitta, highlights three areas of action: the passage of the Fix Gun Checks Act, which would require a background check for every gun sale and ensure that all criminals and other dangerous people who are prohibited from buying a gun are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; passage of legislation that would keep military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines off the streets; and legislation that would make gun trafficking a federal crime.

Comitta and council supported the resolution because of its balanced approach to gun legislation.

“This is not a fanatical viewpoint. It’s a balanced common sense viewpoint,” Comitta said. “I can assure you if it was fanatical, I would not have anything to do with it or if it trampled on anyone’s constitutional rights, I would have nothing to do with it.”
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The resolution was passed unanimously by council at Wednesday’s monthly meeting.

Councilman Jordan Norley said many of the points stated in the resolution deal with problems West Chester has faced in the past and will bring about positive change.

“I think it makes a lot of sense,” Norley said. …

read more at Daily Local News

President Obama: gun-violence-in-America-must-be-addressed petition

In light of ever-increasing tragic mass shootings in America, our leaders can no longer pretend that inaction is appropriate or acceptable. It is time for the president to begin a national conversation about finding the solution to this great national problem.

That’s why I signed a petition to President Barack Obama, which says:

“Mr. President, it is time for you to use your platform and position to begin a long overdue national conversation about gun violence. We ask that you go before the American people and state plainly that we have a serious problem in our country that needs to be addressed. Undoubtedly, there will be fierce resistance from the NRA and many members of Congress, but even so, this conversation must begin. Far too many innocent people, many of them children, are dying every year to continue to deny that SOMETHING must be done. Please do not wait any longer to act.”

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

http://signon.org/sign/president-obama-gun-violence?source=s.fwd&r_by=6655403

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Dennis Levin
Petition Creator