MISSISSIPPI DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM (download pdf)
(presented at 2012 state convention)
1. The Mississippi Democratic Party supports the 1964 Voting Rights Act and the 1965 Civil Rights Bill, and opposes any repeal or expiration of these laws. We especially support Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act which prohibits changes to election procedures that adversely affect racial and language minorities and people with disabilities and sexual orientation and their access to the election process. We believe that voting is the right of all citizens, and that nothing should prohibit the free exercise of the right to vote.
2. We reject the United States Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our state constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
3. Our Party charter guarantees that we are all equal regardless of race, color, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, occupation, national origin, disabilities or appearance, or political beliefs.
4. The family is the cornerstone of our society, the building block of our civilization. Whatever the form of the family, the Democratic Party realizes the value of human relationships and supports all committed loving couples.
5. We believe that any form of bullying or harassment is unacceptable. We seek to reinforce the values of care and consideration for others, to be respectful of each individual, and to be a witness to these values in the broader community.
6. We support the creation of a state level department of labor to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the State of Mississippi; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights, including the right to organize. This includes civil service protections for every federal employee.
7. As responsible stewards of the earth we must work to build a society that has the capacity to endure. This includes reducing the impact of man's activity upon the earth's ecosystem, responsible management of resource use, and sustainable agriculture practices. Together, our task is to build a civilization that can stand the test of time.
8. We support the funding of home and community-based services that allow seniors to age at home instead of in nursing homes.
9. Veterans should be provided the best no-cost medical services for life, education for retraining, and priority in hiring. We prefer that VA counselors be war-trained veterans, but if those are not available, counselors must be university trained psychologists and psychiatrists in the field of combat support and counseling.
10. We support and encourage the creation and development of sustainable local food and forestry systems.
11. The majority of families in Mississippi are headed by women and we oppose any further efforts legislatively or by initiative that would redefine personhood.
12. We are a nation of immigrants, and we will extend the promise of citizenship to those still struggling for freedom. Undocumented immigrants within our borders, who clear a background check, work hard, and pay taxes should have a path to earn full participation in America. Family reunification should continue to be the cornerstone of our legal immigration system, and we should offer more English-language and civic education classes so immigrants can better assume the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
13. Mississippians support the need for insurance companies to eliminate policies that deny reimbursement for services provided by qualified health care providers to their members.
14. (Women and Families) The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. We also strongly support access to comprehensive affordable family planning services and age-appropriate sex education which empower people to make informed choices and live healthy lives. We recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. We also strongly support a woman's decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre- and post-natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs.
15. Reform. We believe the citizens of Mississippians should have the right to recall elected officials.
16. Party switching. The Democratic Party believes that if a person of sufficient age and maturity to seek and be elected to public office arrives at some crisis of conscience that would cause him or her to abandon the party of many of the voters who elected them, then they should also exercise that conscience by resigning their office. This would allow those of their former party, whom they misled in the previous election, a chance to choose a candidate who will remain loyal and true to them. It would also allow the rank-and-file voters of their newly-chosen party to decide whether they want these officials to continue in office under their banner.
17. We believe that every student must have access to the highest quality academic and cultural public education and resources that his or her skills, knowledge, and disposition require, and the opportunity to achieve in school and in life to the best of his or her ability. The best economic development tool that we can provide a child is a high quality education. We do not support charter schools.