Alaska Democratic Party 2012 Platform
Adopted 5/13/2012, Fairbanks
MOVING ALASKA FORWARD
The Alaska Democratic Party moves our state forward by working for the best interests of all Alaskans. We are committed to fairness, hard work, integrity, and personal responsibility. We strive for healthy families and communities, economic opportunity and prosperity. We honor good citizenship and patriotism. We believe the essence of Alaska’s democracy is active participation in fair elections and we encourage every eligible Alaskan to vote. We nominate, elect and support Alaskans who are committed to serve the public interest. Valuing diversity and individualism, we stand united as Alaska Democrats.
BUILDING ALASKA’S DEMOCRACY
Constitutional Rights. We support all the individual rights guaranteed in the United States and Alaska Constitutions and believe that they apply to human beings only, not to artificial entities such as corporations, and that all levels of government must protect these rights.
Equality. We are committed to the protection of full civil and equal rights for all people and the continued efforts to eliminate all forms of discrimination.
Privacy. We support Alaskans’ rights to privacy, confidentiality, and freedom of choice, including religion, reproduction, medical care, and life partners.
Resources. Alaska’s diverse and abundant human and natural resources must be nurtured, protected and developed for the sustainable growth necessary to ensure prosperity for all our peoples for future generations.
BUILDING ALASKA’S ECONOMY AND COMMUNITIES
Education. Alaskans deserve a world-class education system where every student is engaged and supported to reach full potential. We support comprehensive and equitable public education from early childhood through rigorous college and career ready programs to a strong higher education system.
Jobs. Our economy depends on the development of a ready and well-trained Alaska workforce. Alaska jobs should be filled by Alaskans. We are committed to full employment, a living wage, equal employment opportunity, and a safe, healthy, harassment-free workplace.
Environment. Alaska’s quality of life and robust economy depend on our natural environment. We support reducing pollution through green technologies and infrastructure, energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling, and proper management and cleanup of hazardous and solid waste. Use of verifiable scientific research and traditional knowledge is essential to ensure environmental protection and appropriate responses to climate change and ocean acidification. We support open spaces, trails, and recreational opportunities.
Health & Social Services. Every Alaskan has a fundamental human right to quality affordable health care. We support preventative education and treatment of chronic disease and social ills, including mental health, alcoholism, substance abuse, diabetes, domestic violence, sexual assault and suicide.
Alaska's Military. Alaska's military, both active duty and veterans, are heroes and should be provided with access to highest quality medical and psychological services in regional facilities. Reservist and National Guard members and families have the right to appreciation, support, and services, to protection of civilian jobs while deployed and to reasonable and compassionate consideration in regard to multiple deployments.
Justice. Alaskans must be secure against crime. We advocate for restorative justice and efforts to reduce recidivism. Victims have the right to restitution and to participate in the criminal justice process. Sentences should be fair and just, and the correction system should be publicly owned and operated in Alaska with individuals incarcerated close to their communities.
Subsistence. Subsistence activities are vital to the survival of rural Alaskans and indigenous cultures. We support an Alaska constitutional amendment to guarantee subsistence activities of rural Alaskans, and policies that protect and preserve the culture of Alaska’s indigenous peoples.
Rural Life. We respect and support all rural Alaska communities, including their traditional cultural ways of life for current and future generations. We support access to equitable education, communications, clean water, sewer, power, public safety and health services. We support state recognition of Alaska Native tribal governments and the continued cooperation between state and tribal courts. We support continued development of healthy, vibrant rural communities through the creation of economic opportunity that balances with the subsistence-based economy.
Labor Relations. We strongly support the right of every Alaskan to choose to join and/or organize a union, to negotiate and ratify contracts in good faith and to participate in union activities without fear of reprisal. Negotiated contracts must be honored and enforced free of discrimination.
Business. The development and growth of Alaskan-owned businesses, cooperatives and industries are essential to our economy. We support responsible development of our natural and human resources, and promote in-state value-added processing of resources with revenue reinvested in Alaska.
BUILDING ALASKA’S LEADERSHIP
Accountable Leadership. We insist on open, honest and accountable public officials. We are committed to a vigilant effort to expose corruption wherever it exists. We hold our public servants to the highest standard of integrity and accountability in all levels of government, and require that they serve only the public interest, and govern in an open, inclusive and respectful way. Our leaders must promote public participation and easy access to government proceedings.
State Fiscal Policy. Alaska must have a responsible, long-term fiscal plan that provides for essential government services and infrastructure, includes community revenue sharing, and protects the Alaska Permanent Fund and its dividends.
State Energy Policy. Alaska must lead in the development of environmentally responsible energy technologies, efficient use of Alaska’s conventional and renewable energy resources, enhanced energy efficiency and conservation. Alaskans deserve access to affordable, sustainable energy.
International Relations. We support diplomacy to advance international peace and economic prosperity, backed at all times by a strong national defense capability. We support multinational efforts to stop genocide, eliminate hunger, control disease, protect human rights, support collective bargaining for living wages and benefits, protect the environment, and promote justice, prosperity and peace in the world. We are committed to nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.
Adopted at the State Convention of the Alaska Democratic Party.
May 13, 2012