We believe in a “big-tent” approach; while there is a range of opinion on many subjects among our members, we are united around a few core principles:
- Liberty and equality for all without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other source of discrimination, and the right of all people to marry;
- Measures to rectify the growing economic inequality that is undermining democracy in this country, including a rational and responsible federal income tax structure;
- Civil liberties and constitutional rights;
- Universal access to health care and the rights of women to make their own reproductive health care decisions;
- Access to quality public education;
- A sustained national effort to address the causes of global climate change, promote conservation and the development of clean and renewable sources of energy, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels;
- A foreign policy based upon multilateralism, international law, human rights, and respect for the variety of forms that democracy can take in different cultures;
- Common sense limits on the rights of citizens to bear arms;
- Freedom of association, the right of workers to collective bargaining, and elimination of discrimination in employment.
- A government that is neither “small” nor “big” but effective in performing those essential tasks not well served by individuals or private institutions.
“. . . democratic government is one of the greatest institutional inventions of modern Western civilization. It allows us to pool our resources and to act collectively to address the serious social, economic, and environmental problems that we are unable to deal with as individuals. The public sector is also how we provide for essential human needs that are neglected by the market – such as clean air and water, safe workplaces, and economic security. What’s more, government serves as an essential instrument of moral action – a way for us to rectify injustices, eliminate suffering, and care for each other. In short, democratic government is one of the main ways we work together to pursue the common good and make the world a better place.” Douglas J. Amy, Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke College