STATEMENT OF VALUES

Massachusetts Democrats believe in and work for the common good. We know that the strength of our democracy is dependent on the engagement of thoughtful citizens. That is why our party is organized around the basic notion that individuals working together can make a positive impact on their community. Massachusetts Democrats believe that government plays a vital role in the lives of individuals and communities. We recognize that investment in these priorities benefits sustainable economic growth and family-sustaining jobs. PREAMBLE - We want health care to be a basic human right; - We want everyone to be able to work for a living wage and have the right to organize; - We want a high-quality education to be accessible to every person; - We want to play an active role in addressing climate change; - We want everyone to have a clean and healthy environment, including open spaces; - We want to promote clean energy technologies, conservation and efficiency; - We want safe and crime-free communities; - We want all persons to be treated as equals; - We want equal treatment for women in the workplace and support efforts to recruit more Democratic women candidates; - We want immigration policies which are fair and sensible, and which neither allow for the exploitation of immigrants nor turn away those with needed skills; - We want a transparent and ethical government; - We want taxes to be reasonable and expenditures to be fairly distributed; - We want roads, bridges, and public transportation to be safe and reliable; - We want affordable, high-quality housing to be available to all who need it; - We want strong national defense, security at home and abroad, and oppose wasteful military spending and spending precious resources and lives defending corporate interests abroad. We pledge to support veterans and all who have put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf; - We want strong diplomacy and support nonviolent conflict resolution as a first resort in our domestic and foreign relations and call for a reduced military budget that allows for investment in human needs; - We want voter equality and access to government for all; and - We respect and embrace the values of people across the spectrum of beliefs. - See more at: http://www.massdems.org/platform/#sthash.6n87Fopo.dpuf

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT 1. Massachusetts Democrats believe in safeguarding the health of our citizens, protecting natural ecosystems, and catalyzing green economic growth. We believe that people have the right to clean air, clean water, clean soil and a safe and healthy environment. We believe that promoting clean-energy technologies, energy conservation, and energy efficiency is critically important in lowering energy costs, enhancing energy security and reliability, growing green jobs, and reaping environmental benefits. Massachusetts Democrats Support: - Preserving our natural resources and protecting and expanding our open spaces; - Protecting our air and water; - Environmental justice for low income and minority communities; - Providing clean, reliable, and renewable energy, and investing in the development of these technologies; - Energy conservation and energy efficiency; - Protecting our wildlife and natural habitats and prioritizing the preservation of open spaces and urban wilds by all means necessary, including state and municipal acquisition; - Reducing waste and increasing recycling in all of our communities, and increasing access to recycling and safe disposal facilities for hazardous materials; - Smart Growth development; (Does this contradict the statements above?) - Increasing investments and promotion of public transportation throughout the Commonwealth; - Water and waste water infrastructure improvements; - Promoting strategies to quickly stabilize atmospheric CO2 based on the recommendations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, currently set at a maximum of 350 parts per million; - Near-term transitioning of public pensions, trusts and other financial instruments away from producers of non-renewable energy sources in favor of green and renewable energy producers; and – Policies which accurately reflect the cost of producing and burning carbon-based fuels.

CLIMATE CRISIS Massachusetts Democrats recognize that climate change is real and is already causing disruption and destruction to our property and our lives. The melting of polar ice caps, increased numbers and severity of storms, increased drought and flooding are all changes we cannot ignore. We understand that these changes are a direct result of human activity, primarily green house gas emissions from burning fossil fuels including coal, oil and natural gas. We understand that the resulting Climate Crisis requires prioritized attention and action on the scale equivalent to a major war. It is urgent that the we take immediate action at all levels of government. Massachusetts Democrats Support: 1. Remembering and acting upon the reality that we have the resources in the public and private sectors to address climate change successfully if we are prompt, smart, and shift our resources toward smart policies. 2. Providing local, state, national, and international leadership in addressing climate change. 3. Changing the economy to a sustainable economy rather than an economy structured around the presumption of growth and presumed increases in population and consumption. 4. Preparing for the anticipated impacts of climate change, including flooding, storms, species migration, heat waves, etc., and communicating with the public forthrightly about the realities of those impacts and the requirements of mitigation. 5. Reducing as soon as possible and ultimately eliminating fossil fuel consumption. This means rejection of tar sands oil, including the Keystone XL and Northeast pipelines; rejection of fracking; and no approvals for additional coal and gas capacity. . 6. Disinvesting taxpayer funds from programs and policies that subsidize oil production. 7. Putting a price on carbon using a tax, a cap and trade system, or some other mechanism. 8. Investing in wind, solar and other renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels. 9. Accelerating weatherization and other programs that will help individuals and businesses reduce the net amount of carbon entering the atmosphere, through methods that create local jobs whenever possible, do not bloat bureaucracy, and do not merely subsidize or prop existing state vendors, but instead foster market creativity and innovation. 10. Encouraging voluntary behavior changes that reduce the impacts of climate change and/or improve the ability to cope effectively. 11. Updating and upgrading infrastructure projects of all types, including transportation systems, with commitments to minimize climate change and its impacts. 12. Upgrading the MA public transportation system so that by 2060, 90% of the population in and near Boston can travel to destinations without using personal fossil-fueled vehicles. Alternative transportation methods include public transportation, bicycles and other person-powered vehicles, and public personally-driven electric vehicles. 13. Recognizing that the party with the strongest grass-roots organization will be in the best position to develop and implement the needed institutional, social and political changes required to cope with the climate change. 14. Creating a Climate Action Committee as part of the State Committee, and a Climate Change Caucus as a subcommittee. The purpose of the CAC shall be to foster collaboration of towns and people, formulation of actions to perform, and oversight to see that they are completed well. The Caucus shall be an ad hoc subcommittee consisting of as many as two representatives from each DTC. It shall be a think tank and action arm of the CAC.

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