Today, a new President and a radical Republican Party are committed to policies that will exacerbate economic inequality and dismantle the very foundations of our prosperity, health, and status as citizens of a democratic republic. As our fundamental rights and values are under attack, we hear the same questions echoing throughout society: Who are the leaders of the Democratic Party? What does the Democratic Party stand for? And what is the Democratic Party doing to protect the millions of citizens whose rights are being stripped away hour by hour, day by day?
The Democratic Party has historically, and proudly, been at the forefront of policies that dramatically improved the lives of millions of Americans, lifting them out of poverty and into the middle class. Sadly, over the last 40 years those accomplishments have been steadily eroded as income, economic, and political inequality have grown, contributing to an undermining of our democratic institutions and politics. To a degree, it's a consequence of powerful forces unleashed by globalization and technological change. But it's also a consequence of misguided public policy decisions that, instead of addressing the existential concerns of ordinary Americans, promoted and consolidated the political dominance and interests of a powerful class of economic and financial elites.
To successfully resist this assault, the Democratic Party must rebuild by defining and effectively organizing around new strategic political priorities, such as dramatically expanding the Democratic electorate by engaging, organizing, and turning out a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and a multi-class Democratic coalition. In preparation for such an effort, we must craft a message based on a concrete understanding of the issue concerns and political perceptions of those we need to organize. We should connect with our hearts, not just our heads, and show that we are the only Party that actually cares about the average American.
On a long-term basis, we must be committed to providing the resources for pursuing an aggressive fifty-state, grassroots organizing strategy that concedes no ground to the Republican Party. We must be willing to challenge them in their own backyards. Consistent with an organizational focus on building and mobilizing local grassroots support, we should also broaden our fundraising strategy to include equal attention to soliciting small-dollar contributions. Our ability to attract such contributions will be a measure of our success in winning the personal allegiance and support of potential Democratic voters, voters who share our message and vision for an America based on democratic equality and justice.
Last, but not least, the urgency of pursuing and realizing these strategic priorities is underscored by the 2020 redistricting. This is a critical, existentially significant event for the Democratic Party. It will determine the institutional political battleground for the next decade at all levels of government. The DNC must play a leadership role and be at the forefront of the impending battle over redistricting.