A platform is public statement of the principles, objectives, and policy of a political party. It serves as a body of principles on which a person or group takes a stand in appealing to the public.
An example of a platform statement from the current State Party Platform is as follows:
“Agriculture, Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Forestry
We are the stewards of the land and water that sustains us. We must preserve family farms, strengthen rural communities, ensure the availability of high-quality food, and maintain the viability of land and water.”
The values statement may be followed by more detailed and current support statements, such as “We call for reduction of antibiotic use in livestock production.”
A platform statement could simply state,
We recognize that…
and be structured similarly to the State Party Platform, available at www.wa-democrats.org
A resolution is a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group and calls for specific action to be taken by the organization and/or individuals to which it is directed.
Resolutions are calls or invitations to take action, not documents that can enforce action over anything other than the submitting organization’s actions and governing body. Please ensure that all “resolutions” submitted are calls to action, not a statement of principles, which should be considered in the platform.
Remember that platform and resolutions committees have the authority to redraft resolutions thereby consolidating or drafting them into platform statements.
Click the links below to download a resolution template and a sample resolution: