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Draft of Human Rights Section, 2009 CA Young Democrats Platform

Draft of Human Rights Section, 2009 CA Young Democrats Platform

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Final Draft of the Human Rights Section of the 2009 CA Young Democrats Platform, co-written with Scott Alonso
Final Draft of the Human Rights Section of the 2009 CA Young Democrats Platform, co-written with Scott Alonso

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California Young Democrats PlatformHuman Rights Section DraftEducationWe believe:Education is a right, as well as fundamental to democracy and the continued success of the nation. Education is necessary for economic progress, within the U.S. and abroad.Education is necessary for social progress, it is necessary for the prosperity of the UnitedStates and all residents. We believe effective and quality higher education is essential toattracting investment in the state of California. We further believe that education is aninvestment, and must not be borrowed from now in order to balance the state budget. We believe full and good faith investment in education in the present will assure a more prosperous future for California, eliminate budget issues, and allow democracy tocontinue to thrive in our state.We support:1. The principle set out in the California Higher Education Master Plan that academic proficiency and not economic ability should determine the availability of higher education.2. The implementation of the state and federal Dream Act.3. Fully funding and investing in pre-K, K – 12, and Higher Education.4. The promotion of the idea that pre-K, K – 12, and Higher Education are one system,and should not be in competition with one another for state or federal money.5. Financial policy that ensures consistent education funding regardless of economiccycles.6. Adequately funding public education on the state and federal level.7. Comprehensive, fact-based, age appropriate sex education that includes abstinence,contraceptives, HIV/AIDS and other STI prevention programs.8. Enabling every child to attend pre-K, full day Kindergarten, and Head Start programs.A fair wage and benefits for teachers and annual cost of living increases for all levels of education.9. A comprehensive financial literacy education, including responsible use of credit, basicknowledge of investments, and the importance of savings.10. A renewed effort to improve schools and quality of education11. Efforts to keep rural schools open and locally autonomous.12. Drastic reforms to No Child Left Behind that encourage high standards for studentsand teachers without relying on destructive punitive measures that further undermine our  public schools and their mission. This includes but is not limited to, “teaching to the test”and cutting funding for schools whose students do not do well on standardized tests.13. The provision and adequate funding for the fine and performing arts, physicaleducation, health and sports sciences, and vocational and career and technical education
 
 programs in the curriculum of public schools.14. Expanding English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in areas with immigrant populations and non-English speaking persons.15. School health clinics that serve the basic needs of students including the distributionof and advice on methods of contraception. We further support voluntary counseling ondifferent issues concerning sexuality.16. Maintain a diverse student population Equal access to education (regional /socioeconomic / demographic equity).17. Educating a broad range of students, by keeping enrollment open, free of caps andfreeze outs.18. Realign our educational priorities to fit the Master Plan's vision of free, highlyaccessible public education.19. Support need-based scholarships for low and middle-income students, including CalGrants.20. Support University Health Services.21. Retaining a wide range of classes and fields of study.22. A fair wage and benefits for teachers and annual cost of living increases for all levelsof education23. The provision and adequate funding for the fine and performing arts, physicaleducation, health and sports sciences, and vocational and career and technical education programs in the curriculum of public schools
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24. Mechanisms that help students, parents, educators, and the community to have asignificant voice in the education process25. Expanding English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in areas with immigrant populations and non-English speaking persons26. Property tax money for schools to be evenly distributed among the state schooldistricts.27. Education funding independent of economic cycles.28. Charter schools affiliated with the local school district. This can help foster community control, and better relationships with existing public schools.We Oppose:1. Any funding or voucher program that would withdraw funding from public schoolsand redirect it to private and/or parochial institutions.2. The imposition of unfunded mandates on our public schools by state and federalgovernment.3. The use of standardized testing as the primary basis for funding decisions and as alimiting qualification for promotion within and graduation from the public school system.4. Cuts to higher education funding, including the community college system and anyvocational program which effect quality, accessibility, affordability, and availability, or that reduce pay for faculty and staff.5. Cuts to K – 12 funding which effect quality, accessibility, affordability, andavailability, or that reduce pay for faculty and staff.6. Vouchers that take money from public schools and redirect it to private institutions.
 
7. The imposition of unfunded mandates on our public schools by state and federalgovernment.8. Standardized testing as the only measure of student and faculty merit.Women’s IssuesWe believe:Women’s rights are human rights. The right to education, economic opportunity, the rightto safety and health are universal human rights. However, we also acknowledge that thereare issues specific to women that must be addressed. These include equal pay issues,equal status in societies around the world, reproductive health and issues of rape.We Support:1. Paid maternity leave.2. Equal pay for women and men.3. Safe, legal and accessible abortion. We believe it is a woman’s right to decide whether or not to continue a pregnancy. We believe that decisions regarding contraception andabortion are private decisions between a woman and her doctor.
 
4. Access for all women to emergency contraception without a prescription.5. The decision by the UN to classify rape as a weapon of war.6. Laws punishing spousal rape.We Oppose:1. Employment discrimination based on a woman’s family status.2. Impediments to safe and legal abortion.3. Cuts to social service programs that support single women or single mothers, includingdomestic violence shelters.LGBT Issues We Believe:That all persons regardless of orientation or gender status are entitled to equal rights and protections, and the right to live free from social and legal discrimination. We believethat the right of marriage should be equally available to all persons.We Support:1. The immediate and full of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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