To the people of Washington:
Our current platform was adopted by the members of the Party in 2002. It broadly reflects our values, and addresses many of the same issues prevalent in American politics today. However, while the core of what our members discussed nearly twenty years ago remains prescient, there are many issues that have gained prominence since, and our Party must adapt to the changing landscape of American politics. More than one generation has grown up; people born in 2002 are old enough to vote! Language has evolved, and political consciousness is higher than it has been at any point in recent memory. Millions of people are demanding real political change, and at time of writing, the news makes the necessity of their demands self-evident.
Thus, our members convened this year (and intend henceforth to convene regularly) to update our platform, so that it will reflect the values of our current party. As our Party adapts to the needs of a new generation, we will remain true to our history, and transparent about the stances we have held in the past. I insist that every platform published by this party remain publicly accessible indefinitely. I do not believe in hiding past mistakes. We invite participation in this conversation from everyone. If you are reading this, I hope you consider becoming involved with our platform committee or providing us with general feedback. We intend to fight for your interests, and to do that we must empower you! What issues would you like to see addressed? What is happening in your community?
If you disagree with a section of our platform, what are your disagreements? Our democracy relies on the ability of ordinary people to have conversations about the issues that affect them and their communities, and we strive to give a voice to those marginalized by contemporary mainstream politics. The road ahead is long, and the fight will not always be easy, but regardless of how the conversation develops in the years ahead, we will always remain committed to the interests of historically marginalized communities, the working class, and the environment. We will always oppose authoritarianism and bigotry in any form, wherever it exists. If you are willing to fight not just for yourself and your family, but for billions of people you will never meet, join us, for we are stronger together.
Mikaele Baker Vice-Chair of the Washington Progressive Party 2020
Member of the Platform Committee