Convention Central: The Platform Hearings

June 14, 2016
Last week the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee held its first of four public regional hearings to discuss the party platform and give all democrats the opportunity to have their voice heard.
The hearings are a first for the DNC and, in part, motivated by the Clinton-Sanders primary debate over inclusion of respective issues priorities in the party's official plank of issues.
Voting and approval of the official platform are part of the official proceedings at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28th.
This first hearing was held in Washington, DC on June 8th and 9th, with opening remarks by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Platform Drafting Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md), and DNCC CEO Reverend Leah D. Daughtry.  Testimony was also heard by representatives from all walks of life, including former Attorney General Eric Holder, activists Cornel West and Fawn Sharp, and religious lobbyist Sister Simone Campbell among others.
We are broadening the process to welcome and include input from across the nation ... to ensure we take up the issues at the center of people's lives, so I hope Democrats will make time to share their perspectives." - Congressman Elijah Cummings
In keeping with the theme of the convention, the hearings focused on breaking down barriers to economic inequality and providing solutions through jobs, education and opportunity.
How you can Participate (
  • Hearings are open to the public. Those wishing to speak must register in advance through the link
  • Record a video message via Skype
  • Submit your written request or testimony in writing
The next platform hearing will take place June 17th and 19th in Phoenix, Arizona at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee/Hearing Schedule
Location Date  Details 
Phoenix, Arizona June 17th & 18th Forum with Testimony
Midwest St. Louis, Missouri June 24th & 25th Drafting Committee Meeting
Southeast Orlando, Florida July 8th & 9th Platform Committee Meeting
Check the DemList National Calendar for details as they are made available!
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