This platform is a declaration of human
rights, justice and equality for all.
We affirm the rights guaranteed by the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and
expect government at all levels to champion
We cherish freedom of speech and expression
as fundamental blessings of liberty.
We recognize that our strength rests upon
respect for diversity in all forms.
Government must be open and accountable to
We adopt this platform so the public and
candidates for office understand our
Civil and Human Rights
We believe ..
1. Clean air and water, food, housing,
medical care, education and jobs are basic
2. Discrimination of any kind is wrong and
that those who face discrimination must be
afforded the legal means and economic
opportunities to overcome such injustices.
3. In affirmative action and laws designed
to ensure that prejudice does not prevent
qualified persons from obtaining education,
employment, promotion, housing, insurance or
any other social good.
4. In a woman's reproductive rights,
including the right to choose an abortion,
regardless of age or ability to pay, in the
United States or abroad.
5. In the inalienable rights of all adults
to enter into loving relationships with the
person of their choice, regardless of their
gender or gender identity and that local,
state and federal governments must recognize
the relationships of same-gender couples,
granting all couples equal rights under the
law, including the right to marry and all
the rights associated with marriage.
6. In the separation of religion and state
and oppose organized prayer in public
schools and granting of public money to
religious charities or schools which require
a profession of faith or act of worship as a
condition of participation.
7. Any immigration policy that denies civil
and/or human rights or educational
opportunities to immigrants and their
children be opposed, regardless of their
8. Any efforts to legislate English as the
official language disregard cultural
pluralism, deprive those in need of
education, social services and employment,
and must be challenged.
9. That each individual has a right to
privacy, and government or business must
recognize and respect that right.
10. In an individual’s right to choose
medically assisted death with dignity, with
11. In opposing the exploitation of people,
especially children, under any circumstances
as set forth in the United Nations'
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
12. Until adequate housing is available for
all, government shall ensure the right of
all to safe, clean shelter by assisting
homeless persons in Interim Survival
Mechanisms, including but not limited to
indoor emergency shelters and outdoor tent
13. That federal recognition of the Duwamish
Tribe is long overdue.
14. In the enforcement and expansion of the
Freedom of Information Act.
15. In the end to the following trespasses
against our founding documents:“Free Speech
" No fly lists”
FBI infiltration of church, libraries, book
stores and political organizations;
Indefinite detentions without charges;
Denial of access to counsel and writ of
Infringements on attorney client privilege.
16. Repealing the Patriot Act
17. In supporting the full rights of people
with disabilities to equal access to public
accommodations, employment, transportation,
telecommunications, voting, and government
services in compliance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act.
18. We must replace the Electoral College
with a nationwide majority system in time
for the 2008 Presidential Election.
19. In everyone’s right to refuse to support
injustices, to refuse to kill, to destroy
homes, to occupy another people in violation
of international law.
20. In the automatic return of the vote to
all felons who have served their time.
21. In opposing the resumption of the
22. In rejecting the concept of corporate
personhood and support legislation and
litigation to challenge this obstacle to a
23. In the right of all people, including
those at Guantanomo, to be presumed innocent
until proven guilty, to be released from
detention within 7 days of apprehension
unless charged with a crime or classified as
a POW in a declared war, to legal
representation and communication with loved
ones if detained, to humane conditions under
detention, regardless of citizenship or
location of apprehension.
We believe ..
1. No public services such as education,
public safety, utilities, parks and human
services should be privatized, outsourced or
2. Taxes are a privilege of citizenship and
are required to support the infrastructure
and provide a high quality of life for all.
3. Government should ensure universal access
to basic services such as adequate housing,
adequate medical care, means of
transportation, health and auto insurance,
utilities, education and safe working
4. In reversing the growing gap between the
rich and the poor, which has been fueled by
the downward trend in wages, soaring
executive pay, and increasingly regressive
5. Washington needs a more progressive tax
system, where those who have more share a
higher percent of the tax burden, including
personal and corporate income tax, and
reduced sales and business and occupation
6. Government has a public trust to use tax
7. Economic policies and business practices
should promote creation of living-wage jobs
and sustainable economic growth, which does
not damage the environment.
8. Government should protect both public and
private pension plans and ensure that
persons enrolled in such plans will be
included in processes affecting their
9. Social Security:
Cannot have long-term solvency if it is
privatized in any degree,
Should ensure that disabled and dependent
survivor benefits are fairly and universally
Should continue to make progress in full
coverage of all Americans when they retire
or are disabled.
10. In fiscal responsibility and deficit
11. In the promotion of research and
development in new high tech industries.
12. In immediately starting a public works
program to build, repair and maintain the
13. All American corporations must pay their
fair share of taxes, eliminating tax breaks
for doing business offshore.
14. In strong consumer protection.
15. Congress must fully fund Veterans’
We believe ..
1. In an excellent public education system
Decreasing class sizes
Increasing teachers’ salaries
Expanding pre-school and after school
programs including Head Start
Hiring counselors and nurses in every school
Job training, vocational education, and
apprenticeship programs for non-college
Renovation of decaying facilities
2. Schools must be safe from bullying,
harassment and violence for students, staff
and community members.
3. That all high school graduates, in
Washington State, must have access to a
higher education regardless of means.
4. A simple majority vote should be
sufficient to pass school levies and bonds.
5. In public schools and oppose vouchers to
private schools. We oppose Charter schools,
as they are an unproven experiment and drain
resources from public schools.
6. In all public education employees' right
to organize, engage in collective bargaining
and strike without fear of reprisal or
7. In full inclusion in the school
environment of all students regardless of
gender, race, ethnic origin, religion,
sexual orientation, gender identity,
economic status or disability.
8. In supporting our state constitution,
which does mandate full educational funding
9. In age-appropriate, research-based health
education on sex and alcohol and other drugs
at all levels of K-12 education.
10. There is no place for commercialism
(e.g. junk food and advertising) in public
schools in the State of Washington.
11. In exploring other methods of funding
educational capital projects other than
logging public lands.
12. In repealing provisions of the Higher
Education Act that deny federal financial
aid to students convicted of drug offenses.
13. In supporting restraints on aggressive
military recruiting in public schools and
equal opportunity for dissenting opinions.
Environment and Energy
We believe ..
1. In the sovereign right of the people to
make laws to protect their health, safety
and welfare. The government shall make no
law, treaty or agreement limiting the
application or effect of duly constituted
national, state, and local laws and
regulations protecting clean air, clean
water, food safety and worker safety.
2. In widespread research and use of energy
efficient and renewable natural sources of
3. In opposing development and oil
exploration in any national wildlife refuge.
4. Our cities must fully support
neighborhood planning and open space,
playfields and open libraries.
5. In economic incentives for energy
conservation and clean energy systems.
6. In intelligent population and growth
management, limiting urban sprawl,
preserving farmland, wildlife habitat and
our remaining national resources.
7. Tax breaks to oil companies are not an
effective means to encourage research and
development of alternative power and they
should be discontinued.
8. In ending the trading of energy and
pollution credits that maintain the status
quo in their abuse of our children’s future
9. In changing our policy on public lands so
that they are managed as a public trust.
10. We must be sensitive to our environment
and preserve it for our children’s’
11. We must encourage recycling and reuse of
waste in ways that do not further
contaminate the environment. We must
encourage the development of alternative
technologies, which do not further
contribute to toxic environmental overloads.
12. Environmental protections reversed or
weakened by the Bush Administration must be
reinstated and all environmental laws and
regulations must be vigorously enforced.
13. In protecting all environmentally
sensitive lands from oil and gas,
development; and protect all old growth
forests from exploitation.
We believe ..
1. In the United States’ fully paid
participation in the United Nations and
other organizations which promote human
rights, adherence to international law,
democratic elections, health and safety,
peace, commerce, cultural understanding, and
preservation of our planet’s fragile
2. Our government and all states possessing
nuclear weapons should take steps toward the
reduction of nuclear weapons. We also urge
our government to honor and ratify openly
negotiated treaties to reduce nuclear
3. Our government should restore programs
supporting family planning worldwide.
4. Our government must sign and ratify the
UN agreement forming an International
Criminal Court, and the United Nations
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
5. No U.S. tax dollars should be given to
any nation while said nation is in violation
of international law as determined by the
6. Our state’s relationship with sovereign
Native American nations and tribal
governments must be built on a
7. In opposing efforts of the Executive
Branch to de-certify or overturn treaties
such as ABM, International Criminal Courts,
Kyoto Accords or Biological and Chemical
8. In opposing covert efforts to
de-stabilize other national governments.
9. The GATT, NAFTA, WTO and FTAA agreements
are seriously flawed and should be
renegotiated to incorporate human rights,
labor rights, uphold existing environmental
law, transparency at all levels, and basic
democratic procedures accountable to the
10. The U.S. government should work
multilaterally to eliminate terrorist
networks and resolve international conflicts
through diplomacy and international
institutions such as the United Nations,
rejecting unilateral preemptive war as a
11. We must renounce the development of new
nuclear weapons and urge the strengthening
of international disarmament treaties.
12. We must complete a timely withdrawal of
U.S. forces from Iraq and prompt creation of
a democratic, independent, and fully
representative Iraqi government.
13. Our nation is vulnerable to terrorism
and we demand an effective comprehensive
plan to ensure our security.
14. The United States should commit to
vigorous, serious and persistent, engagement
in a peaceful resolution of the
Israeli/Palestinian conflict, promoting
negotiations that lead to a viable two state
solution and ensure security for the Israeli
and Palestinian peoples.
We believe ..
1. Health care is a basic human right, and
that it is necessary and proper that
government should step in to ensure parity
of access to both physical and mental health
care for all people when the free market has
failed to provide it.
2. In establishing a national single-payer
universal health care plan.
3. Federal budget monies should be used to
repay funds owed to keep Social Security
solvent and to ensure access to Medicare and
Medicaid, rather than to reduce taxes for
4. We are entitled to freedom of choice in
our own health care including the right to
refuse any medical procedure or product.
5. Families and loved ones who provide care
for individuals with debilitating ailments
should be commended.
6. Drug and alcohol dependence is an illness
and treatment should be available on demand
to those who need it.
7. That existing prohibitions and or laws
limiting stem cell research be revoked in
order to hasten medical research and curing
We believe ..
1. In the dignity of labor.
2. In the right of all workers to organize,
engage in collective bargaining, with the
rights of association, assembly, free speech
and due process in the workplace, and to
strike without fear of reprisal or
3. In a workplace free from discrimination
based upon gender, disability, religion,
sexual orientation, race, age, national
origin, ethnicity, gender identity, union
activity or political preference.
4. That all employees must receive equal pay
for equal work.
5. In a livable minimum wage that increases
6. In the enactment of rules providing a
reasonable proportion between the pay for
the highest paid person and the lowest paid
in any organization.
7. That workers who are locked out should be
entitled to extended unemployment benefits
and retraining opportunities.
8. That all workers have a right to work in
a safe, hazard-free workplace.
9. That Washington State must ensure the
protection of workers who report safety
hazards or other violations of law or
regulations in the workplace.
10. In contractor responsibility to the
community through responsible bidder
language in all public contracts, such as
issues of fair wages, health insurance,
retirement & training.
11. In the union shop.
12. Migrant workers deserve safe and
adequate housing, medical care, education
and sanitary facilities.
13. There should be no mandatory overtime.
14. All government contracts should be at
the prevailing wage, and with 15% of workers
at apprentice level.
15. That for accuracy in employment
statistics, unemployed persons whose
benefits have expired should be counted as
16. Independent contractors should not be
used to replace regular state employees.
17. In the repeal of the anti-labor
Taft-Hartley Act, which has tilted labor law
in favor of employers.
18. In the automatic recognition of a union
based on signatures of a majority of those
Law and Justice
We believe ..
1. We as a nation must invest in children
and work actively to eliminate poverty in
order to help prevent future crime.
2. Criminal justice emphasis should include
preventative and rehabilitative measures.
3. In the abolishment of the death penalty
in favor of life without parole.
4. In safety locks on handguns, prohibition
of importation and ownership of
full-automatic weapons and strengthening of
laws holding adults responsible for
safeguarding guns in the home.
5. In universal gun registration and
licensing, mandatory safety training for gun
owners, and background checks on all gun
sales (including at gun shows), with a
minimum waiting period.
6. In jail time for white-collar crime.
7. We need a new approach to drug addiction
based on treatment and education, as opposed
8. Drug treatment and community-based
aftercare, including clean and sober
housing, should be available to every
offender who needs it.
9. In the matter of drug enforcement, asset
seizures should be based on one’s conviction
and not on arrest or assumption of guilt.
10. That we must work against racial
profiling by law enforcement.
11. In security measures consistent with
preservation of civil liberties at airports,
border crossings, train and bus stations to
protect the public and the United States
from terrorist activities.
12. In ending mandatory and determinate
sentencing with the immediate removal of
nonviolent crimes from “3 strikes” lists.
Politics and Campaign
We believe ..
1. In contribution and spending limits as an
integral part of campaign finance reforms.
2. We must commit to keep our electoral
processes open to all who seek the challenge
of serving our country regardless of income
3. We must open the public airwaves to all
candidates free of charge. Money should not
4. In the declaration of Election Day as a
We believe ..
1. In making investments in public
infrastructure that broaden transportation
choices and reduce dependence on the
2. In additional fuel taxes as a responsible
choice to fund essential transportation
3. In the development of mass transit, the
dedication of HOV lanes to high occupancy
vehicles, promoting telecommuting, improving
facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and
people in wheelchairs.
1. Ensuring adequate human services is among
the highest priorities of government,
especially for those on the margins of
society, including children, the elderly,
and people who are impoverished, homeless,
mentally ill, disabled or living with
2. In supporting welfare reform that will
reduce poverty, not just the welfare rolls.
Quality affordable childcare, education,
training and substance abuse treatment must
be provided to help working parents get off
3. In galvanizing the political will to end
homelessness in our communities. It is the
government’s responsibility to take the
actions necessary to ensure that all people
have safe and affordable housing. Affordable
housing subsidies should be targeted at
those who make 50% or less of the Area
4. Public assistance (General
Assistance-Unemployable/GA-U) and Medicaid
to safeguard the vulnerable poor and people
with disabilities who cannot reasonably
provide for themselves.
5. Family planning and science-based sex
education re effective tools that must be
made available to give individuals and
families control over their reproductive
That in the State of Washington all
elections must use some form of a “paper
ballot” in order to retain a record of the
actual vote of the people.