Criminal Justice

As Democrats, we believe that fundamental change is required to move away from a system of mass incarceration that disproportionately harms people of color. We assert the unquestionable failures of the “War on Drugs”, yet stand firm in our resolve to fight back against “The New Jim Crow” that has enabled our racial caste system to simply be redesigned. We are prepared to fight back against the chronic assault on black and brown bodies that unlawfully terrorizes and traumatizes communities of color. We prioritize the fight for a more just, humane, and sensible criminal justice system that moves away from “colorblindness” and towards the full recognition of the dignity of our black and brown comrades.

  • Demanding the demilitarization of our police forces
  • Invest in new police-training programs that prioritize community-first policing and having police forces that reflect the diversity of their communities
  • Reject for-profit prisons and for-profit policing
  • Ending inhumane immigrant detention centers
  • Systematically restructure our criminal justice system to prioritize prevention and treatment over incarceration, especially in stopping the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Allowing formerly convicted felons who have served their time the right to vote
  • Abolish the death penalty
  • An end to mandatory minimums
  • Abolish cash bail
  • Abolish solitary confinement
  • End civil forfeiture
  • Reforming legislation of marijuana within the state, and legalization on the federal level
  • Expanding rights of trans and nonbinary peoples within the prison system
  • Mandating better healthcare and resources for all prisoners
  • Implementation of trans sensitivity training for prison staff
  • Ending prison slave labor
  • Extend to immigrants the right to legal counsel
  • Improving conditions for incarcerated pregnant women
  • Required sexual harassment/queer sensitivity training for police officers
  • Ending law enforcement disciplining of grade-school children
  • Reduce sentences for nonviolent offenses
  • Fight structural racism in the justice system
  • Create a better visitation policy for incarcerated mothers and/or sole guardians

 

Education

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

We believe that the right to human dignity and equality can be preserved only with a universally well-education population, and that only public education, free to all through high school and available and affordable to all through college and university, can achieve that goal. Further, public education improves and provides a diverse trained and competent workforce.

We must provide instruction in all the sciences and humanities

  • 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 education
  • Student loan reform to allow for refinancing
  • State and Federal funding for purpose of secondary expenses and basic needs
  • Reforming the UC Regents to make them all democratically elected
  • Pursuing solutions to the epidemic of campus sexual assault
  • Tackling food insecurity among UC/CSU/CCC students
  • Increased funding for K-12 education, end to zero tolerance, mandated gender-neutral bathrooms, expanded diversity in curriculum such as ethnic studies, free, freshly cooked school lunches, on-school menstrual product dispensaries, and expansion of mental health resources on campuses

 

Energy and Environment

As Democrats, we believe in science-based environmental policy that works to ensure that communities do not feel the destructive effects of chemical agents, but that also the issue of climate change is addressed through reduced carbon emissions

  • Put the onus back on companies to create infrastructure to recycle their own products, so that the onus does not fall on the citizens and the government—elimination of single use plastics: must be reusable/recyclable
  • Sellers must deal with their own trash—will integrate products that are more easily recyclable because it makes more economic sense for them
  • Emissions payment/cap: must pay for all greenhouse gas emissions produced nationwide, as well as adhering to emission limits established by the government
  • Infrastructure for livestock waste: making sure it does not end up in oceans etc.
  • Expansion of environmental education in elementary and secondary schools: curriculum involving climate change and human involvement including greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, fashion, and farming industries
  • A push towards organic farming: tax cuts for farmers who don’t use pesticides
  • Ban on plastic straws in California: push towards less plastics in our environment
  • Urban planning based on anti-gentrification and opposing racist housing/urban planning policies and projects
  • Incentivize alternative energy cars, and higher fuel efficiency standards, while creating greater access for middle-income families
  • Proper disposal of nuclear waste
  • Ban styrofoam
  • Promote community choice energy plans and green energy technology

 

Immigration

As Democrats, we believe that California is the most diverse state in the nation; and reflects the foundation of America’s strength, emphasizing the fundamental principles of inclusion, and national unity that respect the rules of law and human dignity. We believe that the American immigration system should be inclusive, fair, and just. Immigration must be consistent with American values of freedom, opportunity, compassion, and respect for human rights

  • Ensure that the fundamental rights guaranteed by the US Constitution are applied to every person within US borders, regardless of citizenship status
  • Support efforts to improve the naturalization process and make citizenship more accessible—by including access to multilingual forms/resources—and affordable—by increasing transparency on application fees—providing uniform administration of the naturalization exam, and assisting immigrants in preparation for citizenship
  • Support efforts that maximize educational opportunities for all immigrant students, including access to public education and financial assistance
  • Affirm efforts to provide equal access to housing to all immigrants and condemn any xenophobic or racist conduct that denies equal housing to all, including a landlord’s inquiry into the citizenship or immigration status of a tenant or a prospective tenant
  • Support efforts to provide health care and access to insurance for all immigrants
  • Support efforts to promote available government services to immigrant communities
  • Oppose scapegoating, racial and religious profiling, bigotry, vigilantism, exploitation, and any xenophobic conduct that polarize communities and denounce actions, by government or otherwise, that keep undocumented immigrants in the shadows of our society
  • Removing the fear of arrest and deportation for reporting abuse or crime among/against immigrants
  • Municipal and county governments should have no ties whatsoever to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • The United States must continue to welcome immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers searching for a better life
  • Cutting CBP funding and limiting independent oversight of Homeland Security
  • No border wall

 

Economic Justice

As Democrats, we believe that the concerns of poor and working people must become the primary concerns of our party. We assert the unquestionable failures of establishment politics and establishment economics and call for fundamental, transformational change within our economic system. We prioritize the fight for a more just, fair, and sustainable economic system that serves the interests of working families.

  • Re-Regulate Wall Street, rigorously enforce antitrust laws, and Institute a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act
  • End billionaire and corporate tax loopholes
  • Raise the minimum wage to a living wage that keeps up with inflation
  • Commit to Rebuilding our Infrastructure by Investing $1 trillion over five years
  • Reject unjust trade deals that sell Out working families and the environment (i.e. TPP, NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR)  
  • Ensure Paid 12 week vacation time, sick time, family leave, and quality childcare
  • Increase funding for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid by lifting the cap on taxable income above $250,000
  • Combat the moral catastrophe of housing and food insecurity by advocating increased funds for fair and affordable housing and rejecting pervasive gentrification
  • Establish a National Bank to ensure fair accessibility to banking services
  • Create 1 million jobs through a $5.5 billion youth jobs program
  • Fighting for pay equity by signing the Paycheck Fairness Act
  • Ensuring that it is easier for workers to join a union by passing the Employee Free Choice Act and end the race to the bottom
  • Unequivocal support for labor unions
  • Fight to break up the six largest financial institutions
  • Support greater democratization and unionization of the workplace

 

Political Reform/Government Accountability

As Democrats, we believe that the Democratic Party and government owes its allegiance to the people of this country, not to corporations. We strongly support reform of our political institutions to reflect the democratic will of the people.

  • Ban for-profit corporations from donating to Democratic Party officials or entities
  • A constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
  • Abolish the electoral college
  • Expand suffrage to people including but not limited to immigrants and former felons
  • Establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions
  • Move towards publicly funded elections
  • End the top-two primary system
  • Democratization of UC Regents

 

National Security

As Democrats, we believe that national security is a concern that not only affects the United States, but other countries around the globe. It is of great importance to ensure that U.S. foreign policy is reflective of the rights found and described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and that domestic security is based on common-sense, non-discriminatory public policies to reduce the amount of deaths and suffering that prevails throughout much of the United States.

  • Withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq
  • End the Authorization to Use Military Force Against Terrorists
  • Universal background checks for gun purchases
  • 10 round magazine cap
  • A reinstatement of the Assault Weapons Ban
  • Ban on “bump stock” modifications
  • Buy-back program for banned weapons
  • Dismantle military-industrial complex
  • Preservation of the Iran nuclear deal
  • Sustained foreign aid, particularly those aimed at disaster relief, recovery, and bottom-up economic development

 

Healthcare

As Democrats, we believe that access to quality health care is a right, not a privilege, that should be guaranteed by the state. Furthermore, this care ought to be fully comprehensive and extend to all services, devices, and secondary costs to ensure full equality of access to a good quality of life.

  • Universal healthcare at the state (SB562) and national level
  • Expansion of Medicaid
  • End to punitive university housing measures against students undergoing mental health emergencies
  • Increased funding and greater accessibility at student health center and CAPS
  • Abortion is unequivocally a woman’s decision, and no one else’s
  • Maintain federal and state funding any women’s reproductive health services
  • Mandatory comprehensive and inclusive sex education
  • Increased funding for vaccine/drug development
  • Government leverage in drug pricing negotiations