PHILADELPHIA, May 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Platform Drafting Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) today announced a series of Democratic Platform hearings across the country designed to welcome every voice in the Party. The drafting committee will solicit input from policy experts as well as Democrats from all walks of life.
Democrats will be able to go online at www.demconvention.com/platform to either submit written or video testimony or request to testify in person. In addition, there will be four regional events that will be open to the public. They will be held in the following locations:
- Mid-Atlantic – Washington, DC on June 8th and 9th (forum with testimony)
- Southwest – Phoenix, Arizona on June 17th and 18th (forum with testimony)
- Midwest – St. Louis, Missouri on June 24th and 25th (drafting committee meeting)
- Southeast – Orlando, Florida on July 8 and 9th (platform committee meeting)
"I want all Democrats to have their voices heard in this process," said Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "We are the Party of substance, ideas and diversity. We expanded the platform process to provide greater opportunity for Democrats to express their views and we look forward to hearing different perspectives from across the nation."
"We are broadening the process to welcome and include input from across the nation," said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD). "I want to ensure we take up the issues at the center of people's lives, so I hope Democrats will make time to share their perspectives."
This year, in an effort to welcome every voice, the DNC Chair elected to allocate 75% of the committee's seats to the presidential campaigns, appointing the slots proportionally according to the current vote tally. This year's platform process will be the most representative and inclusive in history.
SOURCE 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee