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We have a chance to fundamentally shape the future of our country.
But that will only happen if all of us work together — starting right now.

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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


Support the bipartisan team for school board

[download flyer here: 2015 WCASD final flyer]

Kate Shaw, Sue Tiernan, Samantha Bloom, Matthew Morley,
and Gary J Bevilacqua for WCASD School Board:
Advancing Our Students, Our District, and Our Community

Dear Neighbor,

School board directors play an important role in a child’s education. They determine how they are educated and how our tax dollars are spent. Voting on May 19th is a powerful way to support student success and strengthen our community and property values, but it isn’t enough. This Primary Election cannot be won without hard work and adequate funding. And, that is where you come in.

The Better Direction team has yet again found the best and brightest candidates for school director. Please join our team and help advance education in the WCASD by donating today. Your financial support now, and/or help at the polls on May 19th will ensure the continuation of our strong, vibrant and outstanding school district.

Our candidates’ commitment to the children of the WCASD is unwavering. Incumbents Bevilacqua and Tiernan along with Shaw, Bloom and Morley know dynamic communities excel when you receive value in public education. Over the years they have worked tirelessly as parent volunteers to help build schools of excellence and equity. They are common sense candidates who believe in balance – holding the line on spending while also working to strengthen our public schools. They believe that all of our children are our most precious resource and our public school system is our greatest asset. Continue reading