- That all felons not in custody, on escape, or under supervision by a state or federal agency, have their voting rights restored.
- Be it resolved that the results of water from wells and other water sources that are tested be fully released to the public, the land owners, the residents, and water management agencies; Be if further resolved that the users of the water be made aware of all poisonous chemicals and properties contained in the water; No government agency can keep the results from the public.
- Give voting rights to felons by simple legislative vote, not by first changing the state or federal constitution.
- Calling for a constitutional change is simply a way to hold up the process. Felons deservce to vote as soon as they have qualified to be released.
- Whenever IPERS changes are proposed in the Iowa legislature, data and reports considered by the legislature will consist of data and reports from IPERS and from non-partisan entities only.
- Using reports from ALEC and Koch Brothers to decide on IPERS is just wrong and extremely partisan. Also data and reports need to include impacts on the Iowa economy both in terms of outlay to IPERS members and in terms of spending by IPERS members.
- Be it resolved that U.S. immigration policy be comprehensively reformed to protect DACA, open a pathway to legal status and citizenship for undocumented immigrants and excluding those convicted of violent felonies to strengthen border security without building more wall.
- American has always been a nation built by immigrants and a nation with values of compassion.
- Be it resolved that no law be passed permitting the forcible separation of minor children from their legal guardians during the process of asylum application in the absence of demonstrated risk of abuse by those legal guardians.
- Permanent damage is inflicted when young children are forcibly separated from their families. Doing so in the absence of significant risk of harm is an intentional cruelty with no option for correcting the harm inflicted by the government.
- Add an explanation to any state medical cannabis legislation that the state is creating an exception to federal drug law and that federal drug law does not apply as long as the state law is being obeyed.
- Any law the state has a federal constitutional right to enact is a law the federal government must honor and respect. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Governor Kim Reynolds, and Attorney General Tom Miller, have been notified (see attached Petition for DEA Rule Making): https://www.iowamedicalmarijuana.org/cases/olsen-dea-2019.html.
IOWA DISABILITY CAUCUS’ PLATFORM PLANKS RESOLUTIONS
- Resolve that there must be enough, quality and helpful services to cover the daily needs of Iowans with disabilities by increasing workforce and funding.
- Whereas, there is a shortage of quality, helpful services for persons with disabilities due to cutting back of these and lack of workforce and funding.
- Resolve that there should be initiatives fixing the Medicaid privatization or return Medicaid to public state government.
- Whereas, there are problems in aspects of the privatization of Medicaid, such as delivery of services, payment of workers, lack of workforce and funding.
- Resolve that materials relating to Oversight Committees include incentives to implement suggestions or discussions that transpire during the meeting,
- Whereas, Oversight Committees sometimes are not too productive.
- Resolve that all pollical events, campaigns and public buildings will be wheelchair and disability accessible.
- Whereas, not all political events, such as meet and greets, campaigns and public buildings are wheelchair or disability accessible.
- Resolve, to encourage the passage of the Federal Act - The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is a civil right, bipartisan and bicameral legislation, (S.117, H.R.555) builds on the 25 years of work that ADAPT has done to end the institutional bias and provide seniors and people with disabilities home and community-based services (HCBS) as an alternative to institutionalization. This Act adds teeth to the Olmstead Decision of the Supreme Court, which has the same objective.
- Whereas, people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced to go into institutions, losing their civil rights.
- Resolve that we back the new federal law entitled the Improve Act that extends the MFP for three more months and advocate to the U.S. Legislature to extend the MFP longer or undefinedly.
- Whereas, Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal program which provides money to transition people from institutions to the community. MFP expired September 30, 2016 and states are running out of funding.
- Have it be resolved that our state budget be based on the premise that the role of gov’t is to be the trustee of our commons, which are the trustee of our water, air, land, education, healthcare, bridges, and roads.
- Making rural Iowa a key stakeholder and beneficiary of exponential growth of digital economy.
- Digital economy is growing exponentially and rural America is left behind. There are trillion dollar companies in Silicon Valley with benefits only reaped by urban communities. Rural Iowa has its share of middle-class jobs and businesses will be backbone of digital economy. This can be accomplished by: (a) incentivising government contractors to hire employees in rural Iowa, (b) provide funding to community colleged technical education.
- To include African-American history education in at least an elective class, better if in the curriculum.
- For black students, it’s unfair for teachers to only teach a whitewashed version of American history (except in AP classes) in the main curriculum. It also enriches the knowledge & social understanding of white students.
- Support a Green New Deal towards an equitable and just transition to 100% clean energy by 2030.
- We need to get serious about climate change as a country and chart a real path for a sustainable future.
- More family farms, less factory farms.
- Factory farms are bad for the environment, like air quality & clean water.
- A moratorium on construction or expansion of factory farms in Iowa.
- We have over 750 polluted waterways in Iowa and 10,000 factory farms that are increasing by 300 to 500 facilities average per year. Untreated animal manure is over applied to farm land and runs into our waterways.
- Making election day a national holiday.
- To provide everyone the opportunity to vote and give the chance to go to the ballot and encourage participation. All democratic nations with high participation rates have their election day as a national holiday. (examples - Australia, Sweden, Belgium, etc.)
- To support a new voting rights act that would include (but not be limited to) guaranteed access to the ballot for all US citizens; provide early voting access; to provide opportunities for voting by mail; to include automatic registration when acquiring or renewing drivers’ licenses & identification cards.
- We support an independent and qualified judiciary; Iowa is recognized nationally for the quality and fairness of its judges. We oppose efforts to politicize and change the long, successful judicial selection process in Iowa.
- We endorse and encourage citizens and their members of Congress to support statehood and full democracy for the District of Columbia that will guarantee to the residents of the District of Columbia full congressional voting representation, budget autonomy, and all the rights that the people of the 50 United States enjoy; We ask Congresswoman Cindy Axne and Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer to join Congressman Dave Loebsack in co-sponsoring H.R. 51 and the people of Washington D.C.
- WHEREAS, the United States Constitution that was ratified in 1788, provided the right to vote for representation in Congress to the “People living” in the several states of the United States, and included citizens of the several States as well as those living on the land that would later be designated by the federal government for the nation’s capital as ceded by Maryland and Virginia to become the District of Columbia; however, through the enactment of the “District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801” DC residents were disenfranchised from voting for representative Members of Congress for more than 200 years; and, WHEREAS, District of Columbia residents pay among the highest per capita federal taxes in the nation and more than 200,000 residents have served in the federal armed services, and yet DC residents have no vote in the United States Congress; and, WHEREAS, no other nation in the world denies the right of self-government, including participation in its national legislature, to the residents of its capital; and, WHEREAS, the 700,000+ residents of the District of Columbia lack full democracy, equality, and citizenship enjoyed by the residents of the 50 states; and, WHEREAS, the citizens of the District of Columbia continue to express their determination to achieve full representation through statehood by electing two United States Senators and a United Sates Representative; and, WHEREAS, although the District of Columbia timely passed a balanced budget for each of the last 19 years, the District of Columbia has faced the possibility of being shut-down each year because of Congressional deliberations over the federal budget and the imposition of riders opposed by the District of Columbia; and, WHEREAS, the residents of the District of Columbia have endorsed Statehood for the District of Columbia, and passed a District-wide referendum on budget autonomy; and, WHEREAS, on January 3, 2019, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced in the 116th Congress H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C Admission Act, that would shrink the District of Columbia as the Seat of Government of the United States to the Federal monumental core of the present District and admit the residential and commercial parts of the present District as the 51st State. The bill currently has a record number 192 co-sponsors and only needs 26 more for a majority in the House.
- That Iowa’s “English Only” law be repealed.
- “English Only” was Steve King’s only legislative success in the Iowa legislature. It was and is discriminatory and was aimed at ethnic minorities. It is unnecessary and contrary to the basic tenets of liberty.
- That Iowa’s non-partisan districting system be preserved.
- Iowa law prohibits gerrymandering - a threat to representative government - the system must be preserved.
- That Iowa’s non-partisan judicial selection system remain in its present form.
- Judicial selection should not be political!!! Our system has worked for over half a century and should not be changed.
- We oppose capital punishment.
- Democrats, at least grassroots Democrats, have opposed the death penalty for decades. It’s arbitrary, discriminatory in its application, and service no positive purpose for anyone.
- Restoring public sector collective bargaining in Chapter 20.
- Chapter 20 worked very well for about 40 years. It provided public employees the right to bargain for pay, benefits & working conditions. It stopped nepotism, cronyism and arbitrary & capricious actions by management.
- Decriminalize and regulate recreational cannabis use.
- Prohibition doesn’t work and the war on responsible cannabis users feeds the for profit prison system. Additionally, the national, state, and local law enforcement efforts on this issue disproportionately affects our minority and economically challenged. This is a social justice issue.
- We support Election Day being a national holiday.
- Election Day is associated with our most precious fundamental right - the right to vote. As a national holiday, no one should have the excuse of “I forgot to vote!”
- Restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentence, probation, and any other court ordered fines and penalties.
- Everyone makes mistakes. If some one has paid their debt to society and is now for all intents and purposes reintegrated with said society their voice should be heard.
- We oppose any change to the way Iowa Supreme Court judges are currently selected.
- Iowa’s current system is non-political.
- Restoring voting rights to felons, even while incarcerated, with the exception of voter fraud. Amendment, the last recorded address is the district for which they would vote.
- All felons are still citizens. They pay taxes, their property is taxed, and their children still attend public institutions. It is essentially taxation without representation and a violation of the basic rights are citizens to participate in the government that represents - and imprisons them.
- We support Governor Reynolds’ proposal to automatically restore voting rights to felons who have had their sentence discharged.
- Felons who have completed their sentence and are now contributing to their community and should have a say in who the elected officials are who makes rules government them.
- That instead of “Medicare for All” rebrand to “Medical Care for All”
- Too many people have expressed a negative connotation as presently named.
- To adopt recommendations of Coalition to Advance Mental Health in Iowa for kids which includes develope a statewide children’s mental health system including addressing workforce shortage, expanding funding for children’s mental health, promoting universal social, emotional & cognitive screening for all children, establishing core pediatric-specific mental health services for all children, establishing governance system which consists of experts in children behavioral health.
- Mental health is leading public health issue for children, affecting more children than any other chronic disease in State of Iowa. Only one in five kids with medical health issue gets the help they need. Suicide rates of youth in Iowa are above the national norm.
- Provide funding and facilitate full time daycare for k-12 special education students.
- Equal opportunity for families with special education children. Currently, families have no place to take their kids, if there is a snow day. They lose pay and end up paying huge amounts in costs.
- Raise the minimum wage.
- Economic justice.
- The Republican administration is having a negative impact on the labor unions.
- Labor unions help people obtain a living wage. Also we need $15 an hour.
- Restore collective bargaining under Chapter 20 in Iowa Code or at least remove the recertification piece. The only purpose was to bust unions.
- The state of Iowa is a “Right to Work” state. No one has to be in a union and anyone can drop out at any time. Therefore, forcing unions to pay for recertification every two years is unnecessary and a waste of time. Unions are required to get 50%+1 of line staff to vote yes & if staff doesn’t vote, then their vote is counted as a no. Most unions are overwhelmingly recertified.
- Move that the Polk County Democrats announce the location of caucuses, odd & even year, at least two weeks in advance of the caucuses by email.
- Move that we establish a Polk County Democrats climate emergency task force.
- It’s an emergency.
- Preference/Requirement: Democratic candidate campaigns pay $15/hr for all employees.
- If we support $15 federal minimum wage, we need to walk the talk.
- Only stated or registered Democrats are allowed to run in Democratic caucuses and primaries.
- Republicans have their own convention. Independents can have their own convention. Other parties can have their own conventions.