The Platform of the Massachusetts Democratic
PART XI: AMERICA AND THE WORLD
America’s Role in a Global Community.
We believe the United States must be a leader in world affairs and we reject
policies of isolationism or indifference to the events and people around
us. We champion American leadership for peace and the non-violent resolution
of conflict, the advancement of human rights and the cause of religious
and intellectual freedoms, the eradication of unjust discrimination in all
forms, and the promotion of economic arrangements that maximize opportunity
Democracy and Prosperity Abroad.
We advocate policies to foster the growth of democratic institutions, elective
government, and freedom of thought and expression around the world. We recognize
the connection between political democracy and material well-being and progress.
We restate our support for programs to alleviate hunger, poverty, and disease
wherever they occur, and to promote economic prosperity in all parts of
the world. We recognize the need for heightened American attention with
respect to the concerns and interests of whole regions of the globe, including
specifically, Africa. We reaffirm our support for the existence and security
of the democratic state of Israel, and continued American involvement in
the effort to ensure peace in that region. We urge ongoing efforts by all
parties toward realizing the full promise of the peace accords in Northern
We favor continued multi-lateral reductions to existing weapons stockpiles,
and maximum possible efforts to halt the proliferation of nuclear, chemical,
biological or other weapons of mass destruction. We oppose Bush Administration
proposals for deployment of a missile defense system, socalled, that would
undermine existing arms treaties and alienate allies while failing to enhance
the security of the United States.
The United Nations and Human Rights Conventions.
We believe the United Nations plays a constructive and necessary role in
international relations and we advocate full and fair American financial
support of its functions and institutions. We recognize the importance of
multilateral conventions and treaties to human and worker rights and protections.
We call for U.S. ratification of The Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination Against Women and The Covenant on the Rights of
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