Welcome to the website of the proud Naperville Township Democratic Party! We enthusiastically invite you to wander through these pages and links to see for yourself the energy, commitment and talent we bring to the discussions of issues which come before our communities, our State, the Nation, and even the World! The Democratic Party in Naperville traces its roots straight back to Joseph Naper, the Founding Father of Naperville, and Naperville Township Democrats continue his tradition of caring about the concerns of Naperville, Aurora, and Warrenville, portions of which all lie within the boundaries of Naperville Township in DuPage County, Illinois.
So just what does the Democratic Party stand for?
Democrats believe we are stronger when we have an economy that works for everyone an economy that grows incomes for working people, creates good paying jobs, and puts a middle class life within reach for more Americans. Democrats believe we can spur more sustainable economic growth, which will create good paying jobs and raise wages. And we can have more economic fairness, so the rewards are shared broadly, not just with those at t he top. We need an economy that prioritizes long term investment over short term profit seeking, rewards the common interest over self interest, and promotes innovation and entrepreneurship.
We believe that today’s extreme level of income and wealth inequality where the majority of the economic gains go to the top one percent and the richest 20 people in our country own more wealth than the bottom 150 million makes our economy weaker, our communities poorer, and our politics poisonous. And we know that our nation’s long struggle with race is far from over. More than half a century after Rosa Parks sat and Dr. King marched and John Lewis bled, more than half a century after César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong organized, race still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind. We must face that reality and we must fix it.
We believe a good education is a basic right of all Americans, no matter what zip code they live in. We will end the school to prison pipeline and build a cradle to college pipeline instead, where every child can live up to his or her God given potential.
We believe in helping Americans balance work and family without fear of punishment or penalty.
We believe in at last guaranteeing equal pay for women. And as the party that created Social Security, we believe in protecting every American’s right to retire with dignity.
We firmly believe that the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street must be brought to an end. Wall Street must never again be allowed to threaten families and businesses on Main Street.
Democrats believe we are stronger when we protect citizens’ right to vote, while stopping corporations’ outsized influence in elections.
We will fight to end the broken campaign finance system, overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision, restore the full power of the Voting Rights Act, and return control of our elections to the American people.
Democrats believe that climate change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our national security, and our children’s health and futures, and that Americans deserve the jobs and security that come from becoming the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.
Democrats believe we are stronger and safer when America brings the world together and leads with principle and purpose. We believe we should strengthen our alliances, not weaken them. We believe in the power of development and diplomacy. We believe our military should be the best trained, best equipped fighting force in the world, and that we must do everything we can to honor and support our veterans. And we know that only the United States can mobilize common action on a truly global scale, to take on the challenges that transcend borders, from international terrorism to climate change to health pandemics.
Above all, Democrats are the party of inclusion. We know that diversity is not our problem it is
our promise. As Democrats, we respect differences of perspective and belief, and pledge to work together to move this country forward, even when we disagree. With this platform, we do not merely seek common ground we strive to reach higher ground.
We are proud of our heritage as a nation of immigrants. We know that today’s immigrants are tomorrow’s teachers, doctors, lawyers, government leaders, soldiers, entrepreneurs, activists, PTA members, and pillars of our communities.
We believe in protecting civil liberties and guaranteeing civil rights and voting rights, women’s rights and workers’ rights, LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities. We believe America is still, as Robert Kennedy said, “a great country, an unselfish country, and a compassionate country.”
We have made significant progress on a number of fronts, but more remains to be done. Please consider joining with us as we continue the journey toward a brighter future for all Americans!
Chair, Bill Lavin – e-mail: Chair@napervilledemocrats.org