Platform

We think everyone in the district should be able to answer the question, "What does the Democratic Party in LD24 stand for?" So, every so often, we hold meetings for members to gauge just that. The platform represents the current positions of the district on a variety of issues.

Economy

  • Raise minimum wage for everyone to more livable rate: $15/hour.
  • Support Universal Basic Income.
  • Ending of title loans/payday loans.
  • Overturn “right to work” and support workplace unionization.
  • Equal access to technology/reduce digital divide.
  • Fully support net neutrality.
  • Promote and expand affordable public transit.
  • Paid maternity & paternity leave.
  • Homeless job training.
  • Eliminate homelessness.
  • Increase social services.
  • Corporations are not people.
  • Develop/invest in minority-owned businesses.
  • End corporate welfare.
  • Support the impoverished and work for the eradication of poverty in our communities.
  • Reform Wall Street and punish offenders
  • Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act
  • Break up “Too Big to Fail” banks

Criminal Justice

  • Increase diversity in police force.
  • Institute background and mental health checks for law enforcement.
  • End civil forfeiture.
  • Increase pay for, and amount of, public defenders.
  • Eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing.
  • Eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • Eliminate the private prison industry.
  • Restoration of rights for felons.
  • Eliminate prison/worker program.
  • Support Black Lives Matter.
  • Legalize marijuana.
  • Increase mental health training.
  • De-militarize police and institute stricter arms control among police forces.

Sustainability/Environment

  • Fight climate change.
  • Make clean air and water a top priority.
  • Encourage water conservation.
  • Set target of 100% renewable energy use by 2045.
  • Divest completely from banks and corporations that invest in coal and pipeline companies.
  • Increase budget for parks (including establishing new ones/rehabilitating existing).
  • Support infrastructure for electric vehicles.
  • Support planting and green space.
  • Pass container deposit laws.
  • Increase access to and incentivize recycling and composting.
  • Support farmers’ markets.
  • Expand presence of bike lanes.

Education

  • Support fully funded, equitable, public education.
  • Raise teacher salaries.
  • Ensure schools have adequate supplies, infrastructure, technology, & other resources.
  • Reform tax credits for robust public education support.
  • Teach science to established standards and triple NASA’s budget.
  • Enforce separation of church and state.
  • Fight charter schools.
  • Mandatory non-heteronormative sex education.
  • Require teachers be qualified to instruct in their subject.
  • Support DACA and all DACA students.
  • Universal, equitable, free public education from Pre-K to PhD for everyone.

Healthcare

  • Establish universal healthcare (preferably single-payer) as a basic human right
  • removing employer-based insurance.
  • Ensure access to choice of provider.
  • Protect/fund Planned Parenthood.
  • Protect women’s healthcare and reproductive rights.
  • Increase access and funding for disability care.
  • The right to choose is essential to women's rights and must be protected.
  • Repeal Hyde Amendment.
  • Enforce equitable standard of care.
  • Work to remove the stigma of mental illness and increase treatment resources.
  • Hold pharmaceutical industry accountable and prohibit exploitative practices.
  • Close the healthcare gap in Native American communities.
  • Support needle exchanges.

Civil Rights

  • Black Lives Matter.
  • Disability rights are civil rights.
  • Support the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • Offer access to legal tools for the incarcerated.
  • Support the rights of all tribal people and their sovereignty rights.
  • End racial profiling & systemic racism.
  • Remove the punishment clause from the 13th Amendment.
  • Protect marriage equality.
  • Increasing access to adoption rights for LGBTQIA people.
  • Offer free Universal Basic Shelter.
  • Increase linguistic accessibility.
  • Fight for the right to unionize and collectively bargain
  • Hold public conversations with the FAA.
  • End corporate gentrification by regulating and enforcing owner-occupied percentages in neighborhoods.
  • Protect renters through rent control measures.
  • Direct housing tax overages to education.
  • Choice in restroom for transgender people.
  • Workplace/residential discrimination protections.
  • Anti-discrimination protections for all people.
  • Support LGBTQIA youth in schools and organizations
  • Secure Trans-health benefits.
  • Expand suicide prevention assistance.

Voting Rights & Access

  • End gerrymandering of districts.
  • Clean and fair elections.
  • Advocate for same-day voter registration.
  • Make Election Day a paid state holiday.
  • Include party selection on driver’s license application.
  • Hold open primaries.
  • Institute ranked choice voting and proportional representation.
  • Eliminate two-tiered voting registration
  • Support efforts to eliminate the Electoral College and institute a national popular vote
  • Eliminate corporate influence and dark money in elections.
  • Eliminate voter ID restrictions on ability to vote.
  • Offer voting rights education in the community for felons.

Immigration

  • Repeal SB1070
  • Make Phoenix a sanctuary/welcoming city.
  • Eliminate the Detention Center.
  • Institute amnesty with path to citizenship
  • Anyone brought into the United States at 18 years of age of younger should be automatically eligible for US citizenship.
  • Any immigrant who has or is currently serving in the US armed forces should also be automatically eligible for citizenship.
  • End community-destroying gentrification.
  • Unionize airport workers.
  • Protect DACA/Dreamers.
  • Take ICE out of jails and prohibit immigration agents from identifying as police.
  • Overall ICE reform.
  • Access to healthcare.
  • Access to in-state tuition and scholarships.
  • Prioritize local law enforcement over ICE.

Veteran’s Issues

  • Reform the VA bureaucracy and update records technology.
  • Address and fix the VA backlog.
  • Expand community and social services for both our physically and mentally wounded veterans.
  • Increase PTSD awareness in communities to reduce the stigma.
  • Increase training for law enforcement to deal with PTSD.
  • Establish strong employment and education networks
  • Create new GI Bill
  • Expand awareness and available resources to help victims of sexual assault cope with and recover from their trauma
  • Increase legal resources both within and without the military for sexual assault victims

Democratic Party Issues

  • Make superdelegates bound to vote for the candidate that their district voted for in the primary.
  • Every elected PC has a vote for both the Arizona Democratic Party and the DNC.

Local Issues

  • Make the city affordable and accessible by providing quality, ADA-compliant low-income housing.
  • Build up and not out to condense the city and combat urban sprawl.
  • Make the City of Phoenix a mayor heavy city. Thereby making the Mayor and City Council the people directly in charge of running the city.
  • Triple the amount of City Council members to ensure more citizens and communities have better access to their city representatives.
  • Removal of all Confederate memorials on tax-payer funded land in Arizona.
  • Declare non-cooperation with ICE on all levels.
  • Restart and expand urban farming at Indian Steele Park.
  • Expand bus routes north and south within the district.
  • Ban the use of leaf blowers for commercial landscaping to reduce dust, allergens, and pollution.
  • Repair fire hydrants for correct water pressure near Campbell & 32nd St.
  • Expand and build safe bike routes throughout the district.
  • End the reverse lanes on the 7s
  • Carry out beautification initiatives along the canals and waterways.
  • Support municipal IDs.
  • Support infrastructure rebuilding (streets, more sidewalks, pedestrian crossing lights or bridges, etc.).
  • Expand income fees in housing.
  • End the state’s adverse possession law.
  • Support homelessness assistance throughout the district.
  • Push for covered bus stops and public transportation as well as shaded walkways throughout the urban core.
  • Save the green space in Palo Verde (near 15th Ave. & Maryland) that is currently a golf course.
  • Establish a city-owned public utility.
  • Support reasonable historic preservation.
  • Automate or at least establish regular schedules for SRP irrigation valves.