UCSB Campus Democrats is proud to announce our first ever platform. This is a collection of the values, ideals, and policy positions that our organization supports. This platform is the basis from which the organization makes endorsements.


As Democrats, we believe that higher education is a right. Access to higher education for all people is necessary for America to compete in the 21st century. We believe in...

  • The promise of the California Master Plan for Higher Education, and the elimination of tuition fees for public universities

  • The expansion of Federal (Pell) and State (CalGrant) grants for higher ed

  • Student loan reform to allow for refinancing

  • Expansion of state and federal aid towards higher education

  • State and Federal funding for purpose built-student housing

  • Reforming the UC Regents to make 1/2 democratically elected

  • Pursuing solutions to the epidemic of campus sexual assault


As Democrats, we believe that our environment ought to be protected and equally accessible to everyone. We believe in...

  • Increasing funding for alternative energy research, environmentally sustainable product research, and climate change

  • Banning offshore oil drilling

  • Banning hydraulic fracking

  • Preservation and further acquisition of public open space

  • Responsible and sustainable urban planning that discourages sprawl


As Democrats, we believe that sustaining public health and improving public safety are essential must be priorities. We believe in...

  • Common-sense gun control

  • Women’s access to reproductive health care

  • Expansion of mental health care

  • A harm-reduction approach to substance abuse

  • Decriminalization of drugs


As Democrats, we believe our democracy is strongest when everyone has a say. We believe in...

  • Establishing Election Day as a National Holiday

  • Comprehensive electoral reform to re-establish the principle of “one person, one vote”

  • Presidential Elections determined by popular vote

  • Elimination of Superdelegates to the Democratic Party

  • Same day voter registration

  • Campaign finance reform

  • Opposing voter suppression efforts at the national, state, and local level

  • Bipartisan Committees for redistricting


As Democrats, we believe that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness need not be impeded by financial barriers. We believe in...

  • Expansion of the social safety net

  • A living wage

  • Ethical Urban Revitalization

  • Unionization and workers’ rights

  • Small, local businesses, collectives, and profit-sharing business models

  • Developing a robust public transportation system

  • Proactive policies to combat homelessness

  • Expanding employment-based training opportunities

  • Eliminating corporate tax loopholes, eliminating Proposition 13, and the return to a progressive taxation system


As Democrats, we believe in the importance of remedying historical injustices that have been perpetrated against marginalized communities and working towards social, political, and economic equality for all. We believe that…

  • Men, women, and people of all genders should be guaranteed equal pay for equal work

  • ‘Religious tests’ are unconstitutional

  • Municipal and county governments should have no relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

  • America must continue to be a place of refuge for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who are searching for a better life

  • Defending affirmative action, which is integral to ensuring all students have access to higher education

  • There must be reforms to make the process of naturalization more efficient

  • LGBTQ+ people should have legal protections that prevent them from losing their jobs, losing their homes, being barred from places of public accommodation, or protect them from facing any sort of discrimination from government and businesses.

  • Early childhood education must be a publicly provided service for all


As Democrats, we believe in a legal system that applies the law equally to every person and that works to reduce the number of future criminals. We believe in…

  • Ending the privatized prison system

  • Sentencing reform

  • Community-oriented policing strategies

  • The abolition of the death penalty