DNC Blueprint for the Future: Culture

Culture – Creating a service-oriented, innovative, resilient DNC for the 21st century will require a monumental cultural change. It will require everyone in the Democratic Party to start looking deeply at our own actions, assumptions, and judgements.

New American Majority Council – Affirmative action and diversity goals are no longer adequate to achieve equity. Our goal is to ensure we accomplish true equity and multiplicity in every aspect of our Party. We must include occupation and geography in multiplicity goals to ensure we are reaching outside of our traditional political, socioeconomic, and urban spheres. Multiplicity focus will include, and is not limited to, youth, women, rural community, people of color, working class, LGBT, disabled community, seniors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, inventors, laborers, academics, independents.

  • Create a more inclusive and broader multiplicity policy in our bylaws and employment manual with behavioral standards that are required for hiring, committee appointments, and participation aimed at creating representation divided by region, that encourages intersectionality, inclusion, and diverse perspectives.
  • Require “Transforming White Privilege” courses for our members and leaders.
  • Provide political job-training skills courses in New American Majority communities.
  • Implement a scouting service to reach into New American Majority communities and engage individuals with leaderly qualities.
  • Special focus on collecting perspectives of those who don’t have time and inclination to interact with Party processes.
  • Open up caucus standards to make it easier to create a group of people who want to discuss a shared goal or topic. Examples include:
    1. Create a Rural Caucus to look at messaging, economic issues, agriculture and other items.
    2. Create a Conservation Caucus to look at how to put people to work while simultaneously impacting climate change; public land, water and air protections; clean energy creation and other items.
    3. Assign DNC staff to provide support services, integration, and to be a liaison with DNC caucuses.

Provide virtual attendance at meetings for the public so they can participate in our open meetings.

Create a grant assistance program to help members with travel and training fees.

Build a multi-semester fellowship program that moves interns from State Party or campaign internships to the DNC and into the employment pipeline. Focus on high school, community college, and labor apprenticeship recruitment in addition to state institutions of higher learning.

Hiring Committee – To achieve this cultural shift, we will need to be aggressive, committed, and consistent in every aspect of our organization. Every position at the DNC will be open to the public, with clear job descriptions and cultural expectations that better align with our values and goals. Priority should be given to current DNC employees who have shown a willingness to be transparent, collaborative, and service-oriented, and then look at expertise and years of experience. A zero-tolerance policy will be in place for old-power operational styles, such as using information as currency, manipulating processes to achieve personal agendas, refusal to communicate for personal or political reasons, and backchanneling around negative or dysfunctional aspects of the organization or individuals.

Grievance Council – With trust for the Party structure and processes at an all-time low, we must have a system to address the complaints of people who feel like they have been wronged. Professional mediators, former judges, and crisis management experts who are not currently serving in elected Party positions at any level will be available to assess complaints made around bylaws violations, harassment charges, policy/procedure complaints and overall issues. Experts will provide State Party executive committees and complainants their findings, with suggestions for any possible resolution and future solutions, to ensure systemic issues are addressed. An activism support desk will act as quality control, as well as provide checks and balances for, the Grievance Council. If a grievance is filed against the DNC, all DNC members and 57 state Parties will be notified and allowed to weigh in on the issue.

Grassroots Engagement – Create two-way communication channels to collect feedback and encourage dialogue throughout the country.

  • Ensure staff, Chair and other executive committee members are accessible daily through scheduled time with non-donor and non-influencer meetings.
  • Ensure Party leadership and staff are accessible on social media and actively participating in online discussion forums where appropriate.
  • Create social media hashtag #heydnc to encourage two-way communication.
  • Hold monthly virtual meetings, open to the public, to hear from members what is happening in their communities.
  • Hold regular virtual trainings to educate the public on ways they can participate in Democratic Party processes and meetings.
  • Invite Precinct Committee-People and other grassroots leaders to two-way weekly communication calls.
  • Encourage Precinct Committee-People and Party Members at every level to pro-actively reach out to assist local activists working on issues that align with our platform.

Annual Evaluation Process – Create a process in which the public can evaluate the DNC officers and staff, state party officers and staff, and other Democratic organizations. Information will be collected and shared with the public.

Continue to read the details of how we can rebuild our four pillars at the links below:

Purpose
Partnership
Culture
Structure

Or read the full DNC Blueprint for our Future plan.

This DNC Blueprint for the Future is an ever-evolving work in progress. It is designed to begin a dialogue with the greatest group of Democrats we have seen actively engaged with our Party in at least a decade. How we go about the bold, visionary work of rebuilding our Party is up to YOU! We can’t afford to lose one single voice in this process. We must engage everyone in brainstorming and decision making to ensure the energy and passion we put into this process results in the most innovative, vibrant, resilient Democratic Party America has seen. This plan is a result of the last decade I have spent engaging with people throughout our country, from all walks of life, in the conversation about saving our democracy. As I push more people to contemplate revolutionary ways of conducting political work the closer we get to a breakthrough. The most important role for the DNC is to interact with and empower the public, from the local level up to the national stage, to implement the best ideas from the greatest group of thinkers. I want to be your next DNC Chair to ensure that we revolutionize the Democratic Party for the generations to come, as a trusted, vibrant beacon of democracy! Be bold, take risks and join me!