Nearly two years ago the Pima County Democratic Party (PCDP) adopted its first Platform. The document is a list of values that address inequities in our country, our county and our party. After identifying next steps for the Platform Committee, we felt a responsibility to address why our PCDP volunteer base did not reflect the demographics of our county. We recognize that until full representation exists in the decision making of our Democratic work, the commitments laid out in our Platform will lack power.
The Arizona Democratic Party requires that each county party form a “Diversity and Affirmative Action” committee to address the issue of under-representation. A subcommittee of the PCDP Platform Committee formed to fulfill that mandate. We have been designing a program that will serve as a toolkit to address the root cause of the lack of participation by under-represented communities. Those communities include Black, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, the disabled, and lower income working families including single parents. The program is called Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA.) The committee is made up of folks that identify as members of the under-represented communities and through our own vast experiences we began the design of the program. But to continue we need more input from current and past volunteers, guests and leaders to look at our strengths and identify where work is needed to include all the people we represent. Please fill out this survey and pass along to anyone you know who would be interested in providing feedback.