We, the members of the Oregon Democratic Party, seek a better future for the present generation
and for generations to come. This platform is a guide to the principles and positions by which we
intend to fulfill that commitment. We recognize our rights and responsibilities as citizens of our
state, our nation, and the entire global community. We hold that every person is guaranteed the
rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We express our confidence that every one of us
can maintain these rights while sustaining the interdependent web of life on this planet.
As Oregon Democrats, we assert that as citizens of our state and our country, we are the
government and promise to uphold the protections granted to us by our state and national
constitutions. We stand firmly opposed to any attempt to compromise those rights and liberties in
the name of governmental convenience or security. Where those rights and liberties are not fully
realized, we pledge to help everyone within our borders to regain them. We invite all Americans
to join with us to re-establish our two-century old democracy as a beacon of virtue admired
1) Oregon Democrats: Our Responsibilities and Rights as Individuals and Family Members
As Oregon Democrats, we affirm the inalienable right of every individual to be treated with
dignity and respect. We believe that Oregonians must be able to achieve security for themselves
and their families. We reaffirm an individual’s right to reproductive freedom and end-of-life
choice. Oregonians in all parts of our state should have the ability to obtain the basic necessities
of life - food, shelter, health care and family wage jobs. We believe the most vulnerable in our
society should receive adequate protection from neglect and abuse, especially children and the
medically fragile elderly. We believe that the social safety net must be strengthened and
protected, especially in tough economic times. We respect the human dignity and equal rights of
every individual, regardless of inherent characteristics, religion, economic/social status, or any
other quality that may define a person’s identity.
2) Oregon Democrats: Our Responsibilities and Rights as Educated Citizens
As participants in the civic affairs of our communities, we value universal access to sound,
effective public education. The quality of our schooling profoundly affects our economic wellbeing,
civic responsibility, and personal lives. We reaffirm the right of everyone to pursue
appropriate academic and career education from pre-kindergarten through post-secondary
studies. We support accommodation of the needs of the diverse populations served by our public
education system. We endorse the evaluation of students, instructors, and administrators,
employing locally developed criteria and broad-based assessment methods, focusing on the
recognition of excellence and the encouragement of improvement. We value the professionalism
and dedication of our public educators in instruction, administration, and governance. We insist
that an effective educational system must have sufficient, stable, dedicated and sustainable, public
funding. We require that the oversight of public education standards, assessments, and funding be
conducted by and accountable to appropriate public agencies.
3) Oregon Democrats: Our Responsibilities and Rights as Members of a Community in
Response to Revenue Policy
We recognize the benefits we have received through our local, state and national communities.
We embrace our shared responsibility to meet the current needs of Oregonians while we look
ahead to invest in infrastructure that will benefit future generations. We affirm the social contract
that binds us to other members of our communities, and every Oregonian to contribute for the
good of all. As rural, urban and suburban Oregonians, we recognize our common interests and
shared responsibilities as well as our differences. We believe that all Oregonians demand that
government function with fiscal restraint and not burden future generations with debts created
by reckless budgetary policies and practices. We believe that government actions should not
perpetuate stark divisions between a privileged few and the majority of Oregonians.
4) Oregon Democrats: Our Responsibilities and Rights as Workers and Business People
We work in many trades, occupations and professions, on farms, ranches, fisheries, and in towns
and cities across Oregon. We create our country's wealth through our effort, knowledge and skill.
We believe that all workers who contribute to our prosperity deserve a fair share of the American
Dream. We believe all Oregon workers should be able to look forward to a secure retirement. We
affirm the right of all workers to organize for collective bargaining purposes. We support the
entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses, which provide the majority of job growth in a thriving
economy. We believe that our economy should empower local jobs and businesses, embracing
long-term sustainability over short-term profits. We believe that corporations must function as
responsibly regulated, ethical members of the community that contribute their fair share to
Oregon’s economic prosperity.
5) Oregon Democrats: Our Responsibilities and Rights as Active Citizens
We are committed to open and responsive government and to the ongoing task of sustaining and
evolving our democracy. We are guided by our country’s founding principles and genius. We are
committed to extending and deepening our freedoms, rights, including the right to peaceable
assembly, and equality. We affirm the critical value of religious freedom, and support the
separation of church and state. We hold our constitutional system and the right of all eligible
citizens to vote as essential foundations of our democratic republic. We believe political parties
must decide whom to nominate as their candidates. Elections must be transparent, fair, verifiable,
and auditable. We oppose the unregulated corrupting influence of corporate money on our
political processes and public discourse and we affirm that corporations are not persons. We
oppose tyranny anywhere. We honor our nation's diversity, and defend every individual's right to
privacy and self-determination.
6) Oregon Democrats: Our Responsibilities and Rights as Global Citizens
As Oregonians, our responsibilities extend beyond our borders to encompass the entire planet.
Our national self-interest requires that we affirm the principle of global cooperation. We must
work together to ensure the survival and well-being of humanity and the global commons:
climate, air, water, land, and the life therein. Our country’s security and our world’s livability
require rapid increases in energy conservation, renewable energy production, and energyefficient
transportation. We must participate in the creation and enforcement of world climate
protocols. We must work with other nations to stop nuclear proliferation; and reduce and secure
all nuclear weapons. We must fulfill all ratified treaties under international law and strengthen
the United Nations. We affirm fair trade principles to ensure high global standards for labor and
environmental protection. We must hold Corporations accountable under the law. We first must
use diplomacy to resolve conflicts and promote peace.