On July 9, 2016, history was made: A major U.S. political party added the words “we must make it a national priority to eradicate lead poisoning” to its platform. Never in the history of American politics has a major party called for the elimination of lead poisoning explicitly as a portion of its platform.
That finally changed late Saturday night as the Democratic Platform Committee approved Amendment 176 to add the following language to their platform:
“Democrats believe we must make it a national priority to eradicate lead poisoning which disproportionately impacts low-income children and children of color and can lead to lifelong health and educational challenges, as a public health threat. We will prioritize hiring and training workers from affected communities to clean up toxic brownfields and expand clean energy, energy efficiency, and resilient infrastructure.”
As a nonpartisan organization, NCHH hopes that all of the political parties will recognize the importance of this provision and add it to their respective platforms. The health, safety, and well-being of America’s children is important to all Americans.
Kudos to platform committee members Mara Keisling and Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), for promoting and offering this amendment.
Watch a video of the amendment’s introduction by Mara Keisling and its subsequent approval here.