Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Shaping the Democratic Party's Platform

Barack Obama sent out the following message announcing an open platform for the Democratic Party.

There have been plenty of rumblings recently over Barack's supposed drift toward the "center." This perception may have been exacerbated by the fact that the Illinois senator is campaigning a lot in red states with a message obviously crafted for those states.

The new Democratic Party platform will be formulated after receiving input from Platform Meetings that will take place across the country for two weeks in July.

This will allow Obama supporters to sound off about which direction they think the party and their candidate should take.


Every four years, the Democratic Party assembles a platform that outlines the party's position on a number of issues. Traditionally, the drafting of the platform is not open to ordinary people.

This year, that's going to change.

For two weeks in July, people all across America will hold Platform Meetings in their own communities to discuss the issues and share their input. The outcome of these meetings will be reviewed by the Drafting Committee as it creates the final Platform.

No political experience is required. Your thoughts and experiences are all that matter, and they will shape a platform that -- like this campaign -- is owned by the people.

...This year, ordinary people like you will gather in their homes, community centers, places of worship, and even coffee shops to discuss the issues that matter to them and help decide what should be at the heart of the Democratic platform for change.

The input we get from these meetings will help shape the platform at the Democratic Convention in August.

Platform Meetings are a great way to connect with fellow supporters and help write the next chapter in the history of the Democratic Party.

We'll make sure you have all the resources and support you need to succeed. All you need to provide are your ideas for America and your hunger for change.

I hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to make your voice heard in the political process.

Thank you for all that you do,


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