RNC 1996: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

We are all one America, we oppose discrimination. We believe in the equality of all people before the law and that individuals should be judged by their ability rather than their race, creed, or disability. … As we strive to forge a national consensus on the divisive issues of our time, we call on all Republicans and all Americans to reject the forces of hatred and bigotry. Accordingly, we denounce all who practice or promote racism, anti-Semitism, ethnic prejudice, and religious intolerance. We condemn attempts by the EEOC or any other arm of government to regulate or ban religious symbols...

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DNC 1992: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

We support the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; affirmative action; stronger protection of voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities, including language access to voting; and continued resistance to discriminatory English-only pressure groups. We will reverse the Bush Administration's assault on civil rights enforcement, and instead work to rebuild and vigorously use machinery for civil rights enforcement; support comparable remedies for women; aggressively prosecute hate crimes; strengthen legal services for the poor; deal with other nations in such a way that Americans of any origin do not become scapegoats or victims of foreign policy disputes. America's special genius has...

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RNC 1992: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

[N]o American's rights are negotiable…We denounce all who practice or promote racism, anti-Semitism, or religious intolerance. [W]e defend the right of religious leaders to speak out on public issues; and we condemn the cowardly desecration of places of worship that has shocked our country in recent years. [W]e support ..vigorous enforcement of statutes to prevent illegal discrimination on account of sex, race, creed, or national origin.

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DNC 1988: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

We further believe that we must work for the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution; that the fundamental right of reproductive choice should be guaranteed regardless of ability to pay; that our machinery for civil rights enforcement and legal services to the poor should be rebuilt and vigorously utilized; and that our immigration policy should be reformed to promote fairness, non-discrimination and family reunification and to reflect our constitutional freedoms of speech, association and travel. We further believe that the voting rights of all minorities should be protected, the recent surge in hate violence and negative stereotyping...

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RNC 1988: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

We denounce those persons, organizations, publications and movements which practice or promote racism, anti-Semitism or religious intolerance… [We believe] In defending religious freedom. Mindful of our religious diversity, we firmly support the fight of students to engage in voluntary prayer in schools. We call for full enforcement of the Republican legislation that now guarantees equal access to school facilities by student religious groups.

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DNC 1984: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

This Administration has sought to erode the force and meaning of constitutionally-mandated and court-sanctioned remedies for long-standing patterns of discriminatory conduct. It has attempted to create new standards under each of our nation's civil rights laws by requiring a showing of intent to discriminate, and case-by-case litigation of class-wide violations. Its interpretation of two recent Supreme Court decisions attempts to sound the death knell for equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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RNC 1984: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

The Republican Party reaffirms its support of... pluralism and freedom...it repudiates and completely disassociates itself from people, organizations, publications, and entities which promulgate the practice of any form of bigotry, racism, anti-semitism, or religious intolerance...[The Civil Rights Act of 1964] requires equal rights; and it is our policy to end discrimination on account of sex, race, color, creed, or national origin.

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DNC 1980: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

As we enter the 1980s, we must enact grand jury reform; revise the Uniform Code of Military Justice; enact charters for the FBI and the intelligence agencies which recognize vital civil liberty concerns while enabling those agencies to perform their important national security tasks; shape legislation to overturn the Supreme Court Stanford Daily decision; and enact a criminal code which meets the very real concerns about protecting civil liberties, and which does not interfere with existing workers' rights.We call for passage of legislation to charter the purposes, prerogatives, and restraints on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency,...

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DNC 1976: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

To achieve a just and healthy society and enhance respect and trust in our institutions, we must insure that all citizens are treated equally before the law and given the opportunity, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, language or national origin, to participate fully in the economic, social and political processes and to vindicate their legal and constitutional rights. In reaffirmation of this principle, an historic commitment of the Democratic Party, we pledge vigorous federal programs and policies of compensatory opportunity to remedy for many Americans the generations of injustice and deprivation; and full funding of programs to secure...

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RNC 1976: Equal Rights/Ending Discrimination

Posted on February 07, 2012 in Platforms

While working to eradicate discriminatory practices, every citizen should be encouraged to take pride in and foster the cultural heritage that has been passed on from previous generations. Almost every American traces ancestry from another country; this cultural diversity gives strength to our national heritage.

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