Fifteen individuals make up the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee. They are in meetings for the next several days, laying out the groundwork to establish a platform for the Democratic party ahead of their July convention, to reflect their agenda and goals for America.
The highlight warning siren from Wednesday’s meeting was from platform committee member Bonnie Schaefer, a NC resort owner appointed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz. When asked about stricter laws that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals or the mentally ill, Schaefer said, “I really don’t personally think anyone should have a gun. I mean, that’s just my own philosophy.” WATCH VIDEO BELOW:
The committee will hear three more days of testimony over the next week, but part of the “wish list” from Wednesday’s five-hour hearing have been released:
Eric Holder wants fairer rules for criminal sentencing. Muriel Bowser wants statehood for Washington, D.C. Raul Grijalva wants due process for undocumented immigrants. Dalia Mogahed wants an end to Islamaphobia. Christopher Kang wants safeguards against racial profiling, and Sister Simone Campbell wants a broad vision for a country with no room for racism or white privilege.
Sabrina Shrader, of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, asked the drafting committee to prioritize plans to incorporate Mr. Sanders’ plan to provide free access to college.
The five-and-a-half-hour hearing also included testimony from stakeholders seeking greater investment in urban communities, a higher minimum wage, broader use of body cameras by law enforcement officers, better dispute-resolution processes between the federal government and tribal nations, continued support for gay rights, increased support for historically black colleges, expanded access to the Internet in poor communities, and much more.
Of the 15 people who make up the committee, Sanders was allowed to pick six members, Clinton chose five, and Wasserman-Schultz chose four: