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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN
OF THE OʻAHU COUNTY COMMITTEE
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF HAWAIʻI   2010

[adopted May 1, 2010 by the Oʻahu County Convention]

Click here to download in MS Word: OCC-AffActionPlan10.doc

 

PREAMBLE
The Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi embraces its historical commitment to the principles of full participation, equal opportunity, representation and rights for the diverse peoples of Hawaiʻi. The Democratic Party reaffirms its commitment to the goal of full representation and participation regardless of color, race, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, ancestry, religion, arrest and court record, or economic status.

FULL PARTICIPATION
The Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi will affirmatively seek, encourage and promote full representation and active participation by all of the diverse peoples of Hawaiʻi in all facets and activities of our Parry. Moreover, the Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi will identify and eliminate barriers to such full and active participation. We are a Party built on principles of democratic process and inclusion and fully recognize that our strength and effectiveness flow directly from 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 Democratic Party 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 the activities and programs of the Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi, and the Democratic Party.

We 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 na 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 the activities and programs of the Oʻahu County Committee, the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi, and the national Democratic Party.

We 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 "old-timers" and the history and values that are the foundation for their continuing contributions and commitment.

BARRIERS TO FULL REPRESENTATION AND PARTICIPATION
The Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi recognizes and reaffirms its commitment to address the barriers to full representation and participation by all the diverse peoples of Hawaiʻi in the programs and activities of the Party. These 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, and racial and other minorities in Hawaiʻi. This Affirmative Action Plan 2010 continues the Party's history of working to eliminate these significant barriers to full representation and participation, including but not limited to

  • Institutional and unconscious racism, social and cultural biases;

  • Social inequality and inequities, and socioeconomic status;

  • Geographic and physical accessibility;

  • Cultural differences and language barriers; and

  • Closed social and political networks that exclude outsiders and deny open and full participation.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN 2010
The Chair of the Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi shall implement the following steps towards development and implementation of a comprehensive program to increase participation and representation of all of the diverse peoples of Hawai'i in the Party, and the elimination of barriers to participation by members of under-represented groups:
  1. Data gathering. Registration for the 2012 Oʻahu County Convention shall include an affirmative action questionnaire for all convention delegates, to elicit voluntary self-identification of the delegates race, gender, sex, sexual identity, ancestry/national origin, disability/need for accommodation, age, and other relevant self-identification. The anonymous questionnaires returned will be used as a resource for affirmative action discussion and planning. A summary of the results of the questionnaire should be circulated.

    Action Steps:

    1.a. The Chairs of the Oʻahu County Committee's Pre-Convention Affirmative Action Committee shall develop an Affirmative Action questionnaire to be distributed to all delegates on registration for the 2012 Oʻahu County Committee Convention.

    Timetable: 2012.

    Responsible persons: Chair(s) of the Oʻahu County Committee's Pre-Convention Affirmative Action Committee.

    1.b. The returned questionnaires will be gathered by the Oʻahu County Party Chair, to be used in future discussion and planning.

    Timetable: 2012.

    Responsible person: Chair of the Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi.

  2. Convening of a special committee or work group to discuss affirmative action planning and proposals, including leadership training and mentoring programs. The special committee or workgroup shall include the Oʻahu County Party Chair and Vice-Chair, the Oʻahu County Party members of the State Central Committee, and other members designated by the Chair and Vice-Chair, including but not limited to at least two O'ahu. County Party members. The special committee or workgroup shall meet at the call of the Chair and Vice Chair, and make any recommendations and proposals in a timely and appropriate manner to be considered for implementation by the time of the next Oʻahu County Convention.

    2.a. Convening of special committee or workgroup.

    Timetable: No later than 90 days following the Oʻahu County Convention.

    Responsible persons: Chair and Vice-Chair of the Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi.

    2.b. Recommendations and proposals of special committee or workgroup.

    Timetable: At least one project implemented within 180 days of the convening of the committee. Timely for consideration and implementation by the appropriate committee or committees before the nextOʻahu County Convention.

    Responsible persons: Oʻahu County Committee Chair and Vice-Chair.

  3. Diversity, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination in leadership, committee appointments, and membership. The Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Parry of Hawaiʻi will continue to make good faith efforts to achieve diversity, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination in participation at every level of party activity.

    3.a. Membership recruitment efforts shall continue to focus on bringing in new members into the Democratic Party, while respecting the contributions of long time members and retaining their active participation. At the County, Region, and Precinct levels, selection of members for committees and leadership positions shall be made in a nondiscriminatory manner, consistent with the Party's commitment to equal opportunity and diversity, and this affirmative action plan.

    Timetable: Ongoing.

    Responsible persons: Oʻahu County Committee Chair, Regional and Precinct Chairs.

    3.b. At the County, Region, District, and Precinct levels, concerted efforts shall be made with elected officials and office holders to expand and develop a diverse pool of future leaders. Such efforts may include, but are not limited to, development of mentoring, leadership, and essential competencies relevant to continued success of the Democratic Party and its commitment to inclusive practices, recognizing the idealism and readiness for leadership, responsibilities, while concurrently imparting the history, values, and skills that current leadership has to offer.

  4. The Oʻahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi shall continue to provide for full and equal opportunity for participation of persons with disabilities in all Party activities. No otherwise qualified person with a disability shall be denied participation in Party programs or activities on the basis of his or her disability.

    For the purpose of this plan, "persons with disabilities" means persons who (a) have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a one or more major life activities, (b) has a record of such impairment, or (c) is regarded as having such an impairment.

    4.a.Reasonable accommodation 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. Reasonable accommodation or modification could include changes to policies, practices, or procedures necessary to allow a qualified person with a disability to participate in Party activities.

    Timetable: Ongoing.

    Responsible persons: Oʻahu County Committee Chair, Precinct Chairs.

    4b. The Oʻahu County Committee website shall be accessible.

    Timetable: Ongoing.

    Responsible persons: Oʻahu County Committee Webmaster.

  5. Miscellaneous: Timely and effective notice of Party activities will result in increased participation in Party activities.

    5.a. Participation in Party activities shall be encouraged and promoted by giving timely and effective notice of meetings, and information regarding the delegate selection process, nomination and election procedures to members.

    Timetable: Ongoing.

    Responsible persons: Oʻahu County Committee Chair, Region Chairs; District Chairs; Precinct Chairs.