Every four years, the Democratic Party puts together our party platform, the ideas and beliefs that govern our party as a whole.


What follows is our 2016 platform — our most progressive platform in our party’s history and a declaration of how we plan to move America forward. Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.


This party platform was voted on and passed by our membership at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. The platform will be updated and re-approved at the 2020 Democratic National Convention (Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Democratic National Convention has been postponed until August 2020.  The Democratic Party will formally nominate the next president and vice president of the United States at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.)

  • Raising wages, closing the wealth gap, strengthening Social Security

  • Lowering health care costs; ensuring all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care; stabilizing Medicare and Medicaid

  • Sensible immigration reform that keeps America’s promise

  • Defending our borders, our ideals, and our institutions

  • Supporting our veterans and military families

  • Fixing our criminal justice system to eliminate systemic racism

  • Guaranteeing rights for minorities, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and all Americans

  • Acting to advance women’s rights, protect access to reproductive care, fight for equal pay, stop violence against women, and elect more women to public office

  • Protecting and promoting every American’s fundamental right to vote

  • Advancing clean energy and climate change action

  • Common-sense gun reforms

  • Smarter infrastructure investments

  • Advancing access to liberty and equality for all

  • Investing in modern education and jobs programs that prepare our kids for tomorrow’s challenges

Maryland Delegate Selection Plan

for the 2020 Democratic Convention:

For more information about the 2020 Democratic Convention, please click here.  

©2019 Authority By:  Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee, Haki Shakur Ammi, Treasurer

Chair, Karenthia A. Barber