AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN
[adopted March 23, 2019 by the Oʻahu County Committee]Click here to download in MS Word: OCC_AAP2019-2020adoptedMar23.docx
We are a Party built on principles of democratic process and inclusion and fully recognize that our strength and effectiveness flow directly from a commitment to the ideal of full and active participation, and inclusion rather than exclusion. Our future as a political party, a state and a society are built on these principles. The O'ahu County Committee will reach out to all groups targeting those who have been under-represented in the Party and the political process. In this context, "affirmative action" means promoting full participation for all groups and eliminating barriers that inhibit participation for members of under-represented groups in leadership positions, the activities and programs of the Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi, and the Democratic Party (Party).
We also recognize that our Party benefits from the infusion of the energy and ideas of a new generation of members. This growth presents a great opportunity for true affirmative action, provided we develop leadership through teaching, training, mentoring, and creation of opportunities for new leaders. Our affirmative action plan prepares us for this exciting future, built on respect for our kupuna and the history and values that are the foundation for their continuing contributions and commitment.
In this context, "affirmative action" means promoting full participation for all groups and eliminating barriers that inhibit participation for members of underrepresented groups in leadership positions, the activities and programs of the Oʻahu County Committee. This plan augments the Affirmative Action Plans of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi. We recognize that barriers which the Party has long struggled to eliminate are similar to those that have historically prevented full participation and enjoyment of opportunity to workers, women, racial and other minorities in Hawaiʻi. This Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) continues the Party's history of working to eliminate these significant barriers to full representation and participation, including but not limited to:
OʻAHU COUNTY COMMITTEE
2019 AND 2020
MISSION: To assure full participation and equal opportunity of Hawaii's diverse population in the Oʻahu County Committee (inclusive of its regions, districts, and precincts), its programs and activities.
VISION: An Oʻahu County Committee that realizes its commitment to the goals of full representation and participation in its leadership, programs, and activities, regardless of color, race, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, education level, ancestry, religion, arrest and court record, or economic status.
GOAL 1. Sound leadership is provided to assure implementation of the OCC affirmative action plan (AAP)
OBJECTIVE: The Oʻahu County Committee establishes its Affirmative Action Committee as a standing committee of the OCC. The AA Committee has representation of at least 20% of all OCC Districts.
GOAL 2. Goals and objectives for advancing the representation of under-represented groups are based on good data.
OBJECTIVE: Representation in leadership positions, programs, and activities of the OCC of Hawaii's diverse population is at least equal to their representation in the community, utilizing such resources as the census data for Hawaiʻi.
GOAL 3. Affirmative actions are meaningful to improve upon the representation of under-represented groups in the OCC.
OBJECTIVE: Develop programs and activities that will result in improved representation of under-represented groups in the OCC.
GOAL 4. OCC Democrats are knowledgeable of the history and struggles of groups historically under-represented in the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi by virtue of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or physically disabled.
OBJECTIVE: Host guest speakers knowledgeable of the history and struggles of under-represented groups.
GOAL 5. Sound laws are introduced and passed that help to enhance the lives of Hawaii's diverse population
OBJECTIVE: Oʻahu County Democrats know and understand the legislative process and introduce and advocate for sound laws to enhance the lives of Hawaii's diverse population, especially those that would help disadvantaged groups.
GOAL 6. OCC leadership positions (all OCC, Region, District, and Precinct officers) are reflective of the diverse population of the OCC
OBJECTIVE: OCC Democrats are mentored on the organization, roles and responsibilities of OCC leaders, the commitment requirements, and of the process for applying for or being nominated for leadership positions.
GOAL 7. The OCC membership is reflective of Hawaiiʻs diverse population OBJECTIVE: Increase membership of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu County Committee by at least 5%.
GOAL 8. The OCC Convention is representative of its membership, especially under-represented groups OBJECTIVE: The representation of under-represented groups is increased by at least 10%.
GOAL 9. Persons with disabilities can fully participate in OCC activities OBJECTIVE: Reasonable accommodations or modification shall be provided upon the request of a person with a disability, unless the reasonable accommodation or modification would impose an undue hardship on the Party.
GOAL 10. Affirmative Action is working and there is accountability for implementing this plan. OBJECTIVE: Timely reports are submitted to track implementation of this plan.