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OUR VALUES AND PLATFORM

HADC subscribes to the values and ideals of the Democratic Party as established by the constitution of the United States…” all men are created equal…  they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
According the Wikipedia, the modern Democratic Party truly arose in the 1830s with the election of Andrew Jackson. Since the nomination of William Jennings Bryan in 1896, the party has generally positioned itself to the left of the Republican Party on economic issues. They have been more liberal on civil rights issues since 1948. HADC, as such subscribes to these values and seek for candidates that can best serve the causes championed by the Democratic Party.

FACTS ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY

  • According to the 2010 US Census, there were 881,488 Haitian Americans living the United States, and Florida is #1 of the 10 U.S. states with the largest Haitian populations, followed by New York.
  • Haitians nearly doubled their numbers in Broward to 80,454, taking the top spot from Jamaicans, although that group also saw an increase. Ranked third was Colombia, followed by Cuba, Peru, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Canada and Mexico. Source: Broward-by-the-Numbers.
  •  More than 62,000 Broward County residents have Haitian ancestry, and 53,000 speak French-Creole, including 14,000 children. Source, Broward-by-the-Numbers.
  • Of the 31 Broward County municipalities, 13 are among 101 cities with the most residents born in Haiti. They are the following cities and rank as noted: North Lauderdale (#12), Lauderdale Lakes (#13), Lauderhill (#19), Oakland Park (#30), Wilton Manor (#40), Deerfield Beach (#41), Pompano Beach (#46), Miramar (#57), Sunrise (70), Margate (#71), Fort Lauderdale (#72), Pembroke Park (#79), Coral Springs, (#96). Source: City-Data.com
  • The Haitian immigrant population stood at 606,000 in 2012, up from 200,000 in 1990; Haitians now constitute 1.5 percent of the total U.S. foreign-born population. Source: Haitian Immigrants in the United States, Migration Information Source (May 29, 2014).

ECONOMIC ISSUES

The Democratic Party favors raising the minimum wage. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 was an early component of the Democrats’ agenda during the 110th Congress. In 2006, the Democrats supported six state ballot initiatives to increase the minimum wage and all six initiatives passed.[120] In May 2017, Senate Democrats introduced the Raise the Wage Act which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and marks a leftward turn in Democratic economic policies.[121]
President Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law at the White House on March 23, 2010. Democrats call for “affordable and quality health care” and many advocates an expansion of government intervention in this area. Democrats favor national health insurance or universal health care in a variety of forms to address the rising costs of modern health insurance. Some Democrats, such as Representatives John Conyers and John Dingell, have called for a single-payer program of Medicare for All. The Progressive Democrats of America, a group operating inside the Democratic Party, has made single-payer universal health care one of their primary policy goals.[122] The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, has been one of the most significant pushes for universal health care to become a reality. By April 2014, more than 10 million Americans had enrolled in health care coverage since the launch of the Affordable Care Act. [123]
Democrats favor improving public education by raising school standards and reforming the head start program. They also support universal preschool and expanding access to primary education, including through charter schools. They call for slashes in student loan debt and support reforms to force down tuition fees.[124] Other proposed reforms have included nationwide universal preschool education, tuition-free college and reform of standardized testing. Democrats have the long-term aim of having low-cost, publicly funded college education with low tuition fees (like in much of Europe and Canada), which should be available to every eligible American student. Alternatively, they encourage expanding access to post- secondary education by increasing state funding for student financial aid such as Pell Grants and college tuition tax deductions. [125]
Democrats believe that the government should protect the environment and have a history of environmentalism. The most important environmental concern of the Democratic Party is climate change. Democrats, most notably former Vice President Al Gore, have pressed for stern regulation of greenhouse gases. On October 15, 2007, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to build greater knowledge about man-made climate change and laying the foundations for the measures needed to counteract these changes asserting that “the climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity
Democrats have supported increased domestic renewable energy development, including wind and solar power farms, to reduce carbon pollution. The party’s platform calls for an “all of the above” energy policy including clean energy, natural gas and domestic oil, with the desire of becoming energy independent.[120] The party has supported higher taxes on oil companies and increased regulations on coal power plants, favoring a policy of reducing long-term reliance on fossil fuels. [129][130] Additionally, the party supports stricter fuel emissions standards to prevent air pollution.
Many Democrats support fair trade policies when it comes to the issue of international trade agreements and some in the party have started supporting free trade in recent decades.[131] In the 1990s, the Clinton administration and several prominent Democrats pushed through several agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

SOCIAL ISSUES

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Immigration Act of 1965 as Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy and others look on in 2013, Democrats in the Senate passed S.744, which would reform immigration policy to allow citizenship for illegal immigrants in the United States and improve the lives of all immigrants currently living in the United States.[142]
The Democratic Party supports equal opportunity for all Americans regardless of sex, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, or national origin. Many Democrats support affirmative action programs to further this goal. Democrats also strongly support the Americans with Disabilities Act to prohibit discrimination against people based on physical or mental disability. As such, the Democrats pushed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 as well, a legal expansion that became law.[137]
The party is very supportive of improving voting rights as well as election accuracy and accessibility.[138] They support ending voter ID laws and increasing voting time, including making election day a holiday. They support reforming the electoral system to eliminate gerrymandering as well as passing comprehensive campaign finance reform. [107] They supported the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and as a party have often been pioneers for democracy in the United States.[109]
The Democratic Party opposes attempts to reverse the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which declared abortion covered by the constitutionally protected individual right to privacy under the Ninth Amendment; and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which lays out the legal framework in which government action alleged to violate that right is assessed by courts. As a matter of the right to privacy and of gender equality, many Democrats believe all women should have the ability to choose to abort without governmental interference.
On May 9, 2012, Barack Obama became the first sitting President to say he supports same-sex marriage.[150][151] Previously, he had opposed restrictions on same-sex marriage such as the Defense of Marriage Act, which he promised to repeal,[152] California’s Prop 8, [153] and a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage (which he opposed saying that “decisions about marriage should be left to the states as they always have been”),[154] but also stated that he personally believed marriage to be between a man and a woman and that he favored civil unions that would “give same-sex couples equal legal rights and privileges as married couples.”.[152] Former presidents Bill Clinton[156] and Jimmy Carter[157] and former Vice Presidents Joe Biden, Al Gore[158] and Walter Mondale[159] also support gay marriage.

LEGAL ISSUES

The Democratic Party favors raising the minimum wage. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 was an early component of the Democrats’ agenda during the 110th Congress. In 2006, the Democrats supported six state ballot initiatives to increase the minimum wage and all six initiatives passed.[120] In May 2017, Senate Democrats introduced the Raise the Wage Act which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and marks a leftward turn in Democratic economic policies.[121]
President Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law at the White House on March 23, 2010. Democrats call for “affordable and quality health care” and many advocates an expansion of government intervention in this area. Democrats favor national health insurance or universal health care in a variety of forms to address the rising costs of modern health insurance. Some Democrats, such as Representatives John Conyers and John Dingell, have called for a single-payer program of Medicare for All. The Progressive Democrats of America, a group operating inside the Democratic Party, has made single-payer universal health care one of their primary policy goals.[122] The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, has been one of the most significant pushes for universal health care to become a reality. By April 2014, more than 10 million Americans had enrolled in health care coverage since the launch of the Affordable Care Act. [123]
Democrats favor improving public education by raising school standards and reforming the head start program. They also support universal preschool and expanding access to primary education, including through charter schools. They call for slashes in student loan debt and support reforms to force down tuition fees.[124] Other proposed reforms have included nationwide universal preschool education, tuition-free college and reform of standardized testing. Democrats have the long-term aim of having low-cost, publicly funded college education with low tuition fees (like in much of Europe and Canada), which should be available to every eligible American student. Alternatively, they encourage expanding access to post- secondary education by increasing state funding for student financial aid such as Pell Grants and college tuition tax deductions. [125]

DID YOU KNOW ?

  • According to the 2010 US Census, there were 881,488 Haitian Americans living the United States, and Florida is #1 of the 10 U.S. states with the largest Haitian populations, followed by New York.
  • Haitians nearly doubled their numbers in Broward to 80,454, taking the top spot from Jamaicans, although that group also saw an increase. Ranked third was Colombia, followed by  Cuba, Peru, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Canada and Mexico. Source: roward-by-theNumbers.
  • More than 62,000 Broward County residents have Haitian ancestry, and 53,000 speak FrenchCreole, including 14,000 children. Source, Broward-by-the-Numbers.
  • Of the 31 Broward County municipalities, 13 are among 101 cities with the most residents born in Haiti. They are the following cities and rank as noted: North Lauderdale (#12), Lauderdale Lakes (#13), Lauderhill (#19), Oakland Park (#30), Wilton Manor (#40), Deerfield Beach (#41), Pompano Beach (#46), Miramar (#57), Sunrise (70), Margate (#71), Fort Lauderdale (#72), Pembroke Park (#79), Coral Springs, (#96). Source: City-Data.com
  • The Haitian immigrant population stood at 606,000 in 2012, up from 200,000 in 1990; Haitians now constitute 1.5 percent of the total U.S. foreign-born population. Source: Haitian Immigrants in the United States, Migration Information Source (May 29, 2014).
  • The first Haitian American Broward County elected Official is Darlene Riggs, Commissioner for the City of Miramar, and she was elected in 2015. North Lauderdale elected their first Haitian American Commissioner Samson Borgelin in 2016.
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