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Human and Constitutional Rights

Our Values

Respect the equality and dignity of all people and affirm all human rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We honor the rich diversity of society and our party.

 

Support complete equality and seek to end all discrimination based upon age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

 

Support the right to observe any or no religion. We honor all forms of religious and spiritual diversity. We adamantly support our American tradition of separation of church and state at all levels of government.

 

Support the right of people to be provided with contraception and medically accurate, comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education and the right of women to make reproductive and medical choices without criminal repercussions to women or medical professionals.

 

We support housing the homeless on the Housing First model, premised on the notion that housing is a basic human right, and so should not be denied to anyone, even if they are abusing alcohol or other substances. This is in contrast to models that require the homeless to abjure substance abuse and seek treatment in exchange for housing.

 

We support the University of Chicago Statement on Free Expression, adopted by Princeton, Purdue, Johns Hopkins, American University, and others: “it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive. … The freedom to debate and discuss the merits of competing ideas does not, of course, mean that individuals may say whatever they wish, wherever they wish. The University may restrict expression that violates the law, that falsely defames a specific individual, that constitutes a genuine threat or harassment … But these are narrow exceptions to the general principle of freedom of expression”

2016 Policy Priorities

Washington State Legislature: Pass an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

 

Washington State Legislature and other state legislatures nationwide: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

 

Federal government and Washington State Legislature: public restrooms should have gender-neutral capacity.

 

U.S. Congress: Repeal the USA PATRIOT ACT.

 

All levels of government: Prohibit warrantless domestic spying by intelligence services, by other governmental bodies, and by private companies acting on their behalf.

 

U.S. Senate: Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the American Convention on Human Rights, and recognize the binding jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.