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    * A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY THE DPPS DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL

    AFFAIRS.

    Democracy &Progress

    FEBRUARY2009

    Happy Lunar New Year!DEMOCRACY&PROGRESSDepartment of

    International Affairs

    Democratic Progressive Party

    8F, No. 30, Pei-Ping East Rd.

    Taipei, Taiwan

    t. 886-2-23929989 ext. 306

    f. 886-2-23930342

    e-mail: foreign@dpp.org.tw

    web: http://www.dpp.org.tw

    Director:

    Lin, Chen-wei

    Deputy Director:

    Huang, Chih-ta

    Editor-In-Chief:

    Liu, Hsiaoching

    Editor:

    Mike Fonte

    Staff Writer:

    James Chen

    Britt Mercadante

    Six Members of the DPP Receive Top Marks in CCWEvaluation Report of the 7th Legislature (p2)

    Remember the 228 Incident (p2)We can forgive historical mistakes but history must not be forgotten..., Dr. Tsaisaid.

    DPP 2009 Action Plan (p3)In order to transform the DPP and lay out a 2009 action strategy, Chairperson TsaiIng-wen called for a special meeting of the DPP Central Standing Committee onFebruary 8

    th

    I. Dr. Tsai: 2009 Is A Social Movement Year (p3)II. Conclusion Reached By The Central Standing Committee (p4)

    III.DPP Organizational Reform (p6)

    IV.Financial Management and Fundraising Strategy: A Party That IsSmall Yet Beautiful And Powerful (p6)

    Conclusion of the Taiwan Citizen Conference onNational Affairs (Feb. 21-22) (p7)

    The Taiwan Citizens Conference on National Affairs was held on February 21-22 atthe Howard International House, Taipei. More than 300 people showed up in aconference room with only about 200 seats. Comments from panels andparticipants could be summarized in the following points

    The DPP Public Survey on Taiwans Unemploymentand Economic Issues (p10)

    52% of respondents disagreed with the statement: Taiwans economy is bad right

    now, so we should further strengthen our economic interaction with China

    Liberty Times interview with Dr. Tsai: (p12)CEPA? CECA? OR ECFA?

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    Six Members of the DPP Receive

    Top Marks in CCW Evaluation

    Report of the 7th Legislature

    On March 2, 2009, Citizen Congress Watch

    released its 2nd evaluation report of the 7th

    Legislature. Even though the DPP only holds 27 out

    of 113 seats in the Legislature, it had six members

    praised as the top performers on their respective

    committees and two members received marks that

    placed them second in their committees.

    Committee No.1

    Foreign and NationalDefense Committee Twu Shiing-jer()Judiciary and Organic

    Laws and Statutes

    Committee

    Lu Hsueh-chang

    ()

    Finance Committee Huang Wei-cher

    ()Economics Committee Pan Meng-an

    ()Internal Administration

    Committee

    Chen Chieh-ju

    ()Transportation Committee Yeh Yi-ching

    ()Education and Culture

    Committee

    Chiang Yi-hsiung

    ()Social Welfare and

    Environmental Hygiene

    Committee

    Huang Sue-ying

    () andWilliam Lai (,)

    Citizen Congress Watch was founded two years

    ago by a group of scholars, journalists, college

    students and representatives of various civic groupsand NGOs. The objective of the CCW is to improve

    the performance of the Legislative Yuan by

    periodically conducting evaluations of each member

    of the legislature. Using criteria such as attendance,

    number of legislative proposals, quality of

    interpellation and efforts made to support bills to

    increase transparency in the legislature, etc., the

    CCW assigns scores to lawmakers in each

    legislative committee and then ranks them within

    their committee.

    Remember the 228 Incident

    On February 27, in commemoration of the 62nd

    anniversary of Taiwan's 2-28 Incident , DPP Chair Dr.Tsai Ing-wen and senior DPP officials, accompanied by

    families of the 228 victims, placed flowers in 228

    Memorial Peace Park to pay their respects to those who

    sacrificed their lives in this tragic event.

    We are here today to pay our respects to the victims of

    228 and show that we have not forgotten them nor have

    we forgotten our own responsibility. Our generation

    must not forget those whose history is deep within our

    collective memory. We also have to tell the next

    generation that, even though they have no personalexperience of those dark days, together we must reflect

    deeply on how the wrong attitudes and decisions by a

    ruler can impact families so painfully and harm the

    people. Dr. Tsai said.

    It is said that we can forgive historical mistakes but

    history must not be forgotten. said Tsai. However,

    the precondition for forgiveness of historical mistakes is

    that the person who committed the errors must sincerely

    reexamine and admit the mistakes and thus seek

    forgiveness and reconciliation from society.

    The responsibility of any political party is to keep

    harmony within Taiwanese society, prevent social

    polarization, and protect democracy and freedom. After

    62 years of hard work by the Taiwanese people, we now

    have a real sense of community. The harmony of the

    society comes from learning from each other,

    empathizing with the feelings of others and

    soul-searching. The DPP has to carry this out but it is

    our hope that every political party, especially the rulingparty, will take this responsibility seriously, she said.

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    DPP 2009 Action Plan

    In order to transform the DPP and lay out a 2009 action strategy, Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen called for a

    special meeting of the DPP Central Standing Committee on February 8th. Two major issues were

    discussed: (1) how to become a strong and effective opposition power to provide the necessary checksand balances to the governments policies and (2) how to better connect with social powers (grassroots

    and civic organizations).

    I. DR. TSAI: 2009 IS A SOCIAL MOVEMENT YEAR

    In the meeting, Dr. Tsai announced that 2009 is a social movement year for the DPP. She reminded

    people that before the DPP took power nine years ago, the DPP had always been the engine allied with

    the people to bring changes, liberal thinking and new ideas, such as democracy, human rights, womens

    rights, and environmental protection to Taiwanese society. We have to revive this spirit of our party,

    she said. The current KMT administration is dragging Taiwanese society back to the old,

    conservative and autocratic society. We have to keep up the dynamic energy of Taiwans

    democracy. The DPPs social movement year does not mean a return to being the party of

    street protests. Social movement year means integrating with social powers (grassroots and

    civic organizations) to breathe along with society, to think and discuss major issues and then

    formulate a consensus with society.

    Dr. Tsai identified the following goals:

    1. The DPP has to forge links with those civic groups with progressive ideas; moreover, the DPP

    will work with and learn from those NGOs and utilize their experience and energy to strengthenthe partys ideals and social responsibility.

    2. The DPP will consult academics to strengthen the DPPs policy research capabilities- to make

    the DPPs policy proposals more comprehensive, advanced and persuasive. By conducting

    this kind of process and dialogue, we hope our policy debates and policy proposals will attract

    those in the blue camp, be accepted by majority of the society and become consensus

    policies.

    3. The DPP must be closer to the people- regardless of ethnic background or social class- listening

    to them and being sympathetic to their feelings, so that the DPP will become more open-minded,

    creative and appreciative of different ways of thinking.

    4. The DPP must modify its organizational structure to make it more open and accessible to social

    forces so that they can enter into our discussions, our policy decision-making, into the very

    backbone of our party. We will thus bring the partys thinking closer to that of the people. In other

    words, we must blend those with governing experience and the social forces so that the party

    might become a platform wherein we press each other forward.

    In order for the DPP to achieve these goals, the first step is to rearrange the organizational structure of

    the party headquarters so that it can contact and absorb wide-ranging views. We must meet with as wide

    a cross-section of society as possible. We need to build a consensus around important policy issues.

    We need to look beyond DPP party members when we nominate people. To accelerate reform of party

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    structure, we must look to both our own experts and non-DPP personnel in order to see what is the best

    form, a flexible or rigid structure; how we should run our