THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

The Chester County (Pennsylvania) Democratic Committee believes in Freedom, Fairness, and Opportunity for all Americans, regardless of what they believe, who they are, and where they came from. Join CCDC in making Chester County a better place for all!

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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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

Women: On Election Day, the Choice is Yours!

by West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta and Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone

We have all heard the saying, “If you have your health, you have everything”.

Today, women in Chester County and across Pennsylvania will go to the ballot box with a clear and hugely consequential choice. We need a president who will protect the health, rights and opportunities of women, and fight for an economic future where our daughters and granddaughters can succeed. Barack Obama is that president.

Gender Equality is not a political issue. It is an issue of fundamental constitutional rights and is the foundation of health and economic strength for women, for families and for our country. Like equal pay for women, women’s health, including reproductive choices has been shown to have a direct correlation to the economic health of a family and the community.

Before the President’s health care law, being a woman was considered a “pre-existing condition”, which allowed insurance companies to charge women up to 150% more for health insurance than men. Obamacare will help to lower health costs for women and their families, ensuring that 3.8 million women and girls in Pennsylvania will no longer face discrimination because of their gender.

Thanks to Obamacare, women in Pennsylvania and across the country will be able to receive preventive services without co-pays or deductibles, including maternity screenings, mammograms, and well-woman visits. And now, many insurance plans are beginning to fully cover birth control without co-pays or deductibles as part of women’s preventive care—potentially saving women hundreds of dollars every year.

President Obama will see that Planned Parenthood will be funded so they can offer affordable health care screenings for breast cancer and cervical cancer and reproductive healthcare for women with limited resources. Family planning is as much an economic issue as it is a women’s health issue. Providing these services for women saves lives and eliminates the cost of more expensive treatment incurred when illnesses are not diagnosed early.

In contrast, Governor Romney has vowed to repeal Obamacare “on day one” of his administration. And if he is successful, women and their families will once again be burdened by insurance abuses, higher health care costs, and fewer vital services.
Governor Romney has also promised to defund Planned Parenthood and he refused to say whether he would support gender equality through equal pay for equal work.

Mitt Romney’s plan threatens the health, the rights and opportunities of every woman in Pennsylvania and across the country. If elected President, he has vowed to follow the platform of his Party and work to overturn Roe vs. Wade, further impacting women’s healthcare choices and rights. We should not and cannot afford to let this happen.

President Obama knows that a woman’s health care choices are personal decisions, best made by her and her doctor, not by a politician. We believe that the clear choice for a President who cares about the health and constitutional rights of every woman and every citizen is Barack Obama.

On Election Day the choice is ours. A vote for President Obama is a vote for women’s health and a vote for America’s economic health.

We hope you will join us in casting a vote for President Obama and a healthy future!

The Best Lady GOTV Video of 2012

The Atlantic Oct 23 2012, 4:24 PM ET

The Best Lady GOTV Video of 2012, Starring Lena Dunham and Lesley Gore
By Garance Franke-Ruta

A bunch of gorgeous young women revive an old message: “You Don’t Own Me.”

If you followed the amazing outpouring of citizen-generated political content during the 2008 presidential contest, 2012 has been rather disappointing. Sure, there was the anonymously recorded 47 percent video released by Mother Jones, and there have been some fun videos by the Gregory Brothers. But it feels like there’s been much less artist-created content this cycle — and much more put together by people involved with campaigns for either politicians or web companies, many of which are entering the political marketplace as part of a broader branding play rather than because they have strong belief systems.

So how exciting is this new video from a bunch of gals who look like they just stepped off the set of HBO’s Girls — including that show’s creator, Lena Dunham?

The ladies lip-sync and vamp to the 1964 hit “You Don’t Own Me” in this get out the vote PSA released Monday by Sarah Sophie Flicker, a New York-based performer with the The Citizen’s Band, and others in the clip.

“A bunch of us gals, including Maximilla Lukacs, Tavi Gevinson, Alia Penner, Tennessee Thomas, Alexa Chung, Rebecca Fernandez, Leith Clark, Erika Spring, Karen Elson and I had all been horrified by the news, the repeated attacks on women’s rights, and the anti-women sentiment pouring out from the GOP generally,” Flicker told Paper magazine. “We decided we wanted to make a PSA.

“Personally, I’m struck by the fact that we are teetering dangerously close to a situation where my daughter won’t have the same rights I’ve enjoyed my entire life and that scares the heck out of me. Women constituted 60% of last elections voters. We can win this thing. We just have to agitate, motivate, and get out the darn vote!”

Lesley Gore herself joined the video project and ends it with this message: “I recorded ‘You Don’t Own Me’ in 1964. It’s hard for me to believe, but we’re still fighting for the same things we were then. Yes, ladies, we’ve got to come together, get out there and vote and protect our bodies. They’re ours. Please vote.”

The list of ladies in the video, via The Cut and Paper, follows this video of Gore singing her song the year it came out:

Alexa Chung
Alia Shawkat
Amy Rose Spiegel
Ana Calderon
Anna Fitzpatrick
Arrow and Ada
Barb Morrison
Becky Stark
Brodie Lancaster
Brooke Williams
Carlen Altman
Carrie Brownstein
Cassie Carello
Chapin Sisters
Courtney Hall
Courtney Martin
Elle Wagner
Erika Spring
Hannah Johnson
India Menuez
Judith Iocovozzi
Kate Nash
Kate Urcioli
Katy Goodman
Kime Buzzelli
Krista Bachmeier
Kristina Uriegas
Leah Siegel
Lena Dunham
Lesley Gore
Lisa Mayock
Lucy Moffatt
Madelyne Beckles
Mae Whitman
Mallyce
Maria Valencia
Meg Olsen
Melissa Coker
Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe
Mia Lidofsky
Miranda July
Natalia Czajkiewicz
Natasha Lyonne
Petra Collins
Rachel Antonoff
Rain Phoenix
Ruby Karp
Ryan Roche
Sarah Sophie Flicker
Shae Detar
Sia
Sophie Buhai
Tavi
Tracee Ellis Ross