The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida Makes Recommendations for the 2012 DNC Platform Committee

Earlier this month, the DNC named the 2012 Platform Committee.

Platform Drafting Committee
Former U.S. Rep. Tony Coelho
Tino Cuellar, attorney and official in Clinton and Obama administrations
Rep. Barney Frank
Donna Harris-Aikens, National Education Association’s Education director of policy and practice
Colin Kahl, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East
Nancy Keenan, NARAL Pro-Choice America President
Heather Kendall Miller, staff attorney for Native American Rights Fund
Thea Lee, policy director and chief international economist at the AFL-CIO
Rep. Barbara Lee
Susan Ness, former member of the Federal Communications Commission
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
Carlos Odio, Latino Democratic activist
former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler
Christen Young, associate policy director for Health Care with the Obama campaign

Ex-Officio Platform Drafting Committee Members
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
DNC Secretary Alice Germond
Tom Wheeler

Full Platform Committee Chairs
Newark Mayor Cory Booker
Retired Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy

National Platform Director
Andrew Grossman, veteran political consultant

Shortly after naming the 2012 Platform Committee, the Democratic National Committee opened a portal for platform suggestions at Democrats.org and invited submissions:

The 2012 Platform Drafting Committee will meet on July 27-29 in Minneapolis, MN. If you or your organization is interested in submitting proposed language or a request to testify before the Platform Drafting Committee, please complete the form below. All submissions must be made by July 25, 2012. For more information or additional assistance, you may contact platform@dnc.org.

The following press release outlines recommendations submitted to the DNC by Democratic Women’s Club of Florida President Janet Goen:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Democratic Women Submit Platform Recommendations to the DNC”

Tallahassee, Florida – Democratic Women’s Club of Florida President Janet Goen announced the following recommendations would be submitted to the Democratic National Committee for inclusion in the Democratic Party Platform.
President Goen stated, “We’ve outlined three top issues that the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida considers to be 2012 policy priorities.” In the organization’s recommendations, the DWCF urged the recently appointed DNC platform committee to include the following issues as key components of the national Democratic platform for the 2012 election:
–Support and funding for Public Education
–Marriage Equality
–Reproductive Healthcare Access for Women
According to Goen, Democratic women in Florida favor increased support and enhanced funding levels for public education. Furthermore, she stated, “The members of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc., do not support efforts to undermine the nation’s schools such as “parent trigger” initiatives, vouchers, or other attempts to divert funds from public schools.”
President Goen stated that, “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc., believes that equality should not be dependent on geography. Marriage equality should be extended across the nation for all citizens.”
In conclusion, Goen asserted that, “Women need unrestricted access to affordable reproductive healthcare. A national platform must address women’s reproductive healthcare access.”
Finally, President Goen noted, “The Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee, and by extension, the members of the Democratic Platform Committee are tasked with the awesome responsibility for charting not only a policy course for the nation but are charged with defining our party’s values for years to come.”
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