We believe a good education is a basic right of all Americans, no matter what zip code they live
in. We will end the school-to-prison pipeline and build a cradle-to-college pipeline instead,
where every child can live up to his or her God-given potential.
We believe in helping Americans balance work and family without fear of punishment or
penalty. We believe in at last guaranteeing equal pay for women. And as the party that created
Social Security, we believe in protecting every American’s right to retire with dignity.
We firmly believe that the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street must be
brought to an end. Wall Street must never again be allowed to threaten families and businesses
on Main Street.
Democrats believe we are stronger when we protect citizens’ right to vote,
corporations’ outsized influence in elections. We will fight to end
the broken campaign finance
system, overturn the disastrous
Citizens United decision, restore the full power of the Voting
Rights Act, and return control of our elections to the American people.
Democrats believe that climate change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our
national security, and our children’s health and futures, and that Americans deserve the jobs and
security that come from becoming the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.
Democrats believe we are stronger and safer
when America brings
the world together
with principle and purpose. We believe we should strengthen our alliances, not weaken them.
We believe in the power of development and diplomacy. We believe our military should be the
best-trained, best-equipped fighting force in the world, and that we must do everything we can to
honor and support our veterans. And we know that only the United States can mobilize common
action on a truly global scale, to take on the challenges that transcend borders, from international
terrorism to climate change to health pandemics.
Above all, Democrats are the party of inclusion. We know that diversity is not our problem—it is
our promise. As Democrats, we respect differences of perspective and belief, and pledge to work
together to move this country forward, even when we disagree. With this platform, we do not
merely seek common ground—we strive to reach higher ground.
We are proud of our heritage as a nation of immigrants. We know that today’s immigrants are
teachers, doctors, lawyers, government leaders, soldiers, entrepreneurs, activists,
PTA members, and pillars of our communities.
We believe in protecting civil liberties and guaranteeing civil rights and voting rights, women’s
rights and workers’ rights, LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities. We believe
America is still, as Robert Kennedy said, “a great country, an unselfish country, and a