Removing Barriers to Opportunity

Delaware Democrats believe everyone regardless of gender, race, class, religion, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and disability, deserves the same opportunities for success and we must lift up communities that have traditionally been left behind. We must encourage greater diversity in both elected office and other positions of power and influence in our local and state governments. Our state is stronger when we work together and when people are empowered to succeed.

Addressing Racism: The Delaware Democratic Party will fight to end systematic and institutional racism throughout the state and in all facets of Delawareans’ lives. Our public policies need to promote racial justice through fair, just, equitable, and impactful practices that encourage righting past inequities. 

Confronting Sexism: Sexism is real and pervasive in all institutions. The Delaware Democratic Party is committed to ending systemic and institutional sexism throughout Delaware. 

Criminal Justice Reform: In Delaware, we are committed to true criminal justice reform and ending mass incarceration. We support abolition of the state’s death penalty, which has been applied arbitrarily and unjustly and does not deter crime. We prioritize prevention and treatment over incarceration when tackling addiction and substance use disorder. As a party, Delaware Democrats will work tirelessly to rebuild bonds of trusts between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Delaware, home of the author of the Violence Against Women Act, must be committed to combating violence against women. We also believe in the eradication of all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery, including the commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor of men, women, and children. We need to ensure protections and services for survivors of violence and trafficking, and implement measures to ensure that we are not criminalizing the victim and that all victims receive the care they need to make a fresh start.

Wealth Inequality: Delaware Democrats stand for removing the wealth gap that exists in our state for all marginalized communities. Delaware Democrats believe we need to eliminate systemic barriers to wealth accumulation across different groups by improving opportunities for people of all backgrounds. This can be done through implementing policies that increase homeownership, increase access to high-quality jobs, career education, and job training for the industries of the future.

Immigration Reform: Our country was founded on the ideals of liberty and religious freedom, and our culture has been enriched by the arrival of immigrants drawn to those ideals. We believe that we must be unwavering in our aim for diversity and inclusivity. The Delaware Democratic Party believes in cultivating a safe, welcoming community for everyone to have access to a good-paying job, quality education, and affordable housing. We support smart immigration policies that promote legal immigration for those seeking a better life and those seeking refuge from violence and oppression. Delaware Democrats also believe in collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and Federal authorities in the implementation of fair and just immigration policies.

Empowering People with Disabilities: The Delaware Democratic Party recognizes that people with disabilities face physical and systemic barriers that limit their access to opportunity and decrease their overall quality of life. These barriers include limited access to affordable housing, inadequate transportation, and extreme disparities in education, healthcare, and other social services. We stand for better employment opportunities for Delawareans with disabilities by advocating for better job skills training and a fair wage structure, as well as by eliminating disability discrimination in the workplace.

Poverty: Delaware Democrats advocate the elimination of persistent poverty throughout our state. We support fighting poverty by implementing policies that use targeted data to build empowerment zones, enacting anti-hunger campaigns, and supporting investment in small businesses, youth employment programs, reentry services, post-secondary education, and vocational and trade programs. We, as Democrats, need to stand up for support services with a strong voice for women, children, elderly, and people who are homeless or disabled, and not assume that poverty is just being unemployed.

LGBTQ Equality: Delaware Democrats believe in full equality for LGBTQ people in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and throughout life. We will continue to build on Delaware’s historic progress to guarantee protections and rights for the LGBTQ community. Delaware Democrats will fight to ensure that Delaware remains at the forefront of equality and continues to serve as a beacon of opportunity for LGBTQ people across the country.