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Please find below a list of resolutions for consideration at the 2020 EMEA Regional Convention. The chair of the convention, Will Bakker, has approved all of the resolutions below for consideration, time permitting. The resolutions are in the order of consideration proposed on 14 May 2020 by the chair of the convention.

Each elector submitting a resolution has committed to participate in the forum devoted to platform resolutions: https://democratsabroad2020.org/c/emea-resolutions/

The draft platform is available to all on the DA website: https://www.democratsabroad.org/platform

Only one resolution was rejected, due to the status of the submitter who is a renounced elector.

Draft platform page numberThe exact text of the draft platform of 28 April 2020 to which this proposal applies.The nature of the proposalThe text of this resolution (less than 300 words)Elector(s) submitting the resolution
60In line with our support for equitable taxation of all Americans and the redistribution of wealth concentrated to the degree that 0.003% of the population holds 13% of all wealth, we support a wealth tax.REJECT a portion of the draft platformThe Global Platform Committee should include no mention of a "wealth tax" because:
• “Wealth Tax” is undefined in the draft platform.
• Given that the DPCA has not discussed, debated, nor passed a resolution in support of the wealth tax, mention of a pro-wealth tax stance should not be included at this time. This is not to say that we could not look to include in future platforms.
• Wealth taxes have been implemented in various European countries (which have Residency Based Taxation [RBT]) and their wealth taxes were deemed unsuccessful because it drove the ultra-rich to live abroad, therefore avoiding the tax. Citizenship Based Taxation is required in order to make a wealth tax successful. Therefore, supporting a wealth tax directly contradicts the DPCA motion to support RBT passed in 2018.
• Inequality in America is undoubtedly a problem, but approaching it with a wealth tax endorsement is the wrong approach to addressing it without evidence that it will raise revenue without causing further financial harm to Americans living abroad.
• Americans abroad are worried about another unintended consequence occurring with a wealth tax. DA could lose overseas votes in November over this singular issue. It is better to leave this completely out at this time to avoid losing votes in these critical times to get Trump out.
• There is no mention of supporting a wealth tax in the platforms from the top 5 Democratic state parties that our members come from. That's not to say that this issue doesn’t merit inclusion in the DNC's platform, but DA does not need to throw ourselves under a bus on this specific topic. There are many other more important issues at hand we should focus our efforts on and are worth fighting for, but this is not one of them.
UK - Rebecca Lammers. Also Linda Adeson (DAUK), Bill Barnard (DAUK), Julian Becker (DAUK), Mark Cooper (DA Lux), Tre'Shawn Griffin (DA Netherlands), Molly Hurley Depret (DA Lux), Adrienne Johnson (DAUK), Tim Lawler (DA Spain), Emily Lines (DA Germany), Jim Mercereau (DA Spain), Bobby Rooney (DAUK), Stephanie Stewart (DAUK), Josh Van der Ploeg (DAUK), Nathan Zaccai (DAUK).
23 Fiscal Prudence - Trickle down economic theory and promises that “tax cuts pay for themselves” – repeatedly offered by Republicans to advance tax-cut legislation – have actually exacerbated income inequality, and ballooned budget deficits and the national debt, serving then only as an excuse for cutting Government services. The Government’s financial choices with respect to revenue and debt should reflect the discipline of a well-run business or household, while recognizing that sustainable debt levels reflect the commercial capacity and direction of the U.S. economy.’ALTER a portion of the draft platformFiscal Policy-- We promote a new paradigm of economic thought and monetary policy to support well-being for all and for a sustainable future. Neo-liberal austerity has dominated the paradigm of governmental spending and oppresses the working class, poor, and most marginalized. This approach, repeatedly employed by Republicans to advance tax-cut legislation, has exacerbated income inequality and serves as an excuse for cutting Government services.

We believe in a bold fiscal policy that will ensure the economy can reach its resourcing potential within the framework of ecological sustainability. Concepts of debt and deficits are based on inaccurate representations, treating the US Government like a household or business, and inherently lead to punitive fiscal measures that strip away critical social protections. As a sovereign issuer of currency, the US Government can maximize public and private resources while balancing inflation to fulfill our innovative resource potential for full sustainable employment. In accordance with proposals like the Green New Deal, Democrats Abroad advocates for contemporary approaches to monetary policy that utilize government deficits and public and private surplus as investments in our future ."
AT - Bruce Murray
32Regional sectionsALTER a portion of the draft platformDemocrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. As such, unlike other Democratic state parties, we have unique insights into foreign policy decisions taken by our government. Our organisation will therefore provide valuable contributions to the DNC platform.

The Global Platform Committee should amend the Foreign Policy‘s Regional Section in the platform draft  and include no language relating to bilateral relationships between the USA and specific countries because:

  (1) we risk endangering US citizens living in certain countries (i.e. Hong Kong and China).

  (2) we open ourselves to charges of hypocrisy relating to certain issues. The draft discusses the Burmese Rohingya Muslims, but not the Chinese Uygurs Muslims. Do we accept what is happening in China, but not in Burma?

  (3) we open ourselves to charges of hypocrisy by ignoring certain countries. Our silence will be interpreted, one way or another. For example, Brazil, Russia and Taiwan are not mentioned.

  (4) unless the DPCA has debated, and passed resolutions focused on specific countries, their mention should not be included at this time. 
UK - Nathan Zaccai
21“Supporting Unions Labor unions have been at the heart of the Democratic Party since the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) backed Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1936 New Deal Coalition. And the importance of unions cannot be overstated. Union membership and influence are highly correlated with middle class job creation, social mobility, and lower levels of economic inequality. The ability of workers to collectively bargain for improved working conditions and wages and benefits must be preserved and renewed.  We call upon the Government to support public and private workers in exercising their right to organize and join unions, to facilitate certification of a union with a simple majority of eligible workers, and to reverse legislation, such as “right to work” laws, that puts undue hiring and firing power in the hands of companies at the expense of employees.”ALTER a portion of the draft platform"Supporting Unions": Given the critical importance of the role of the trade union movement to ensure Democratic victories (especially at the national level), the proposed language is both and historically deceptive opening a potential minefield (the first sentence should be deleted).  The history of the labor movement (CIO, AFL, AFL-CIO, the 2005 split in the AFL-CIO with major unions such as SEIU, Teamsters, Carpenters and others outside the AFL-CIO) is complicated.  The intro potentially unnecessarily opens up a politically sensitive area with critical allies.  It is both more accurate and stronger to state the trade union movement is at the heart of the Democratic Party. It was the trade union movement that built the middle class in the United States and it is the trade union movement that is going to rebuild the middle class in America once again. Further, collective bargaining not only needs to be preserved and renewed but furthered.

 The second paragraph misses key elements of a pro-labor, commonly accepted pro-labor platform.  It should also include:   support for agricultural workers and domestic workers in exercising their right to organize and join unions, facilitating certification of a union through a simple majority sign-up process (more commonly recognized language), enacting “first contract” provisions to ensure companies cannot prevent a union from forming by denying a first contract,  establishing federal protections against the firing of workers for any reason other than “just cause,” ratification of the ILO core conventions on freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collectively bargain, the elimination of forced or compulsory labor, the abolition of child labor and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation (also missing from the draft).  Assuring these rights and actions will serve to strengthen the Democratic Party and greatly reduce economic inequality.
FR - Jerry Zellhoefer
21“Supporting Unions Labor unions have been at the heart of the Democratic Party since the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) backed Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1936 New Deal Coalition. And the importance of unions cannot be overstated. Union membership and influence are highly correlated with middle class job creation, social mobility, and lower levels of economic inequality. The ability of workers to collectively bargain for improved working conditions and wages and benefits must be preserved and renewed.  We call upon the Government to support public and private workers in exercising their right to organize and join unions, to facilitate certification of a union with a simple majority of eligible workers, and to reverse legislation, such as “right to work” laws, that puts undue hiring and firing power in the hands of companies at the expense of employees.”ALTER a portion of the draft platform“The trade union movement is at the heart of the Democratic Party. It was the trade union movement that built the middle class in the United States and it is the trade union movement that is going to rebuild the middle class in America once again.  Union membership and influence are highly correlated with job creation, social mobility, and lower levels of economic inequality.  The ability of workers to collectively bargain for improved working conditions and wages and benefits must be preserved, renewed and furthered.

Government support for public and private workers, including agricultural workers and domestic workers in exercising their right to organize and join unions, facilitating certification of a union through a simple majority sign-up process, enacting “first contract” provisions to ensure companies cannot prevent a union from forming by denying a first contract, eliminating “Right to Work for Less” laws, establishing federal protections against the firing of workers for any reason other than “just cause,” ratification of the ILO core conventions on freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collectively bargain, the elimination of forced or compulsory labor, the abolition of child labor and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation” will serve to strengthen the Democratic Party and greatly reduce economic inequality. “
FR - Jerry Zellhoefer
55Universal Basic Income and the Future of Welfare We believe in the intrinsic worth and potential of every person. If the United States. is to be a land of opportunity for all, we must provide a basic standard that does not deprive Americans of opportunities, respect, and dignity. We believe in social welfare that helps diverse individuals, families, and communities thrive and strive. A universal basic income should provide a baseline of security and opportunity for all Americans to navigate life with confidence and dignity. The following principles should guide the development of welfare programs and policies:ALTER a portion of the draft platformThe Future of Welfare

We believe in the intrinsic worth and potential of every person. If the United States is to be a land of opportunity for all, we must provide a basic standard that does not deprive Americans of opportunities, respect, and dignity. We believe in social welfare that helps diverse individuals, families, and communities thrive and strive.

OUR GOVERNMENT should provide a baseline of security and opportunity for all Americans to navigate life with confidence and dignity. The following principles should guide the development of welfare programs and policies:

[In BOLD my proposed changes.  The above phrasing would emphasise that as democrats we strongly believe that evidence-based government intervention  can make a positive difference to all Americans. It side-steps our differences about how far to go on that matter.]
UK - Nathan Zaccai
40Understanding that healthcare is the highest concern for many Americans – including many of our families and friends living in the United States, Democrats Abroad advocates for high quality, equitable, and affordable healthcare for all Americans and legal immigrants, which we regard as a fundamental human right. We advocate a comprehensive reform that can withstand assault from for-profit interests, in particular insurance and pharmaceutical companies; and avoiding patchwork solutions that are more vulnerable to piecemeal attack and dilution.ALTER a portion of the draft platformUnderstanding that healthcare is the highest concern for many Americans, including many of our families and friends living in the United States, Democrats Abroad advocates for high quality, equitable, and affordable healthcare for all Americans and undocumented immigrants, which we regard as a fundamental human right. We advocate for comprehensive reform that provides universal coverage, withstanding assault from for-profit interests, in particular insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and avoiding patchwork solutions that are more vulnerable to piecemeal attack and dilution.AT - Bruce Murray
27Climate change is the central challenge of our time. To limit the frequency of extreme weather events and maintain ecosystems, we must limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieve climate neutrality before 2050 so that temperature increase does not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This will require the United States to meet ambitious targets for reducing GHG emissions by 2030 and 2040 as well. Bold action from our Government and spirited international cooperation will be necessary to achieve these critical goals. Environmental and economic policy should work together to ensure that we evolve towards a healthy economy which has a positive environmental impact.ADD an element to the draft platformClimate change is the central challenge of our time. To limit the frequency of extreme weather events and maintain ecosystems, we must limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieve climate neutrality before 2050 so that temperature increase does not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This will require the United States to meet ambitious targets for reducing GHG emissions by 2030 and 2040 as well. Bold action from our Government and spirited international cooperation will be necessary to achieve these critical goals. Environmental and economic policy should work together to ensure that we evolve towards a healthy economy which has a positive environmental impact. To that end, Democrats Abroad supports a Green New Deal, similar in its goals and scope to H.R. 109 and S. Res. 59.AT - Bruce Murray
9Arts and Sciences in Education The K-12 curriculum must be anchored in the liberal arts, as well as the arts and humanities more generally, and in science, including climate change and computer skills. Besides a foundation in western history and government, it should also include non-western history and arts. Education funding must be increased, especially for socio-economically disadvantaged students.ADD an element to the draft platformArts and Sciences in Education

The K-12 curriculum must be anchored in the liberal arts, as well as the arts and humanities more generally, and in science, including climate change, HUMAN BIOLOGY, and computer skills. Besides a foundation in western history and government, it should also include non-western history and arts. Education funding must be increased, especially for socio-economically disadvantaged students.

[In BOLD the additional words]. Human biology would include health and disease, as well as reproduction.
The ability to make our own decisions about our health, body and sexual life is a basic human right. If we are not taught the facts, we cannot make informed choices. Remember that GOP representative Tod Arkin stated a “legitimate rape’ could not result in a pregnancy. 
UK - Nathan Zaccai
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