Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
— Reinhold Niebuhr

Our History

We are the Hawaiʻi chapter of Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA). Formerly the Oʻahu Students for Bernie Sanders, a student-led organization that campaigned for Senator Sanders during his 2016 Presidential bid. We played a major role in securing 70 percent of the democratic primary vote Hawaiʻi.

Our Mission

The members of YPDA - Hawai‘i are dedicated to working for economic, social and environmental justice both within and outside of the established political system of Hawai‘i. 

YPDA - Hawai‘i is nonpartisan and committed to working with progressive elected officials and progressive community leaders regardless of party affiliation. 

The members of YPDA -  Hawai‘i are committed to the following: encouraging other progressives to get involved in the political process and training them to become effective operatives within the federal, state and county political systems; encouraging current elected officials to adopt more progressive positions and policies, and working with elected officials to pass progressive legislation; working to help elect progressive candidates to office; defending progressive laws currently on the books; and encouraging the local, state and federal executive to appoint progressive officials to serve the people. 

YPDA -  Hawai‘i will also support various like-minded progressive community groups in their efforts.

We believe society is strengthened when its political, economic and social systems serve the interests of the people by supporting sustainable economic policies, sustainable agricultural and energy policies, social equality for all people, the right to public education, the right to universal healthcare, the right to a clean environment, the right to a livable wage, the rights of workers to organize, the rights of indigenous people to self-determination, open and democratic elections, and a U.S. foreign policy that conforms to international law and that seeks peace and justice for all people of the Earth.

We believe corporations and those with concentrated wealth have too much control and we are committed to organizing the working class to reduce the dominance of these forces within Hawai‘i and the United States, as well as around the world.

Draft Bylaws for Review

Google Doc of draft bylaws for member review and comment. Will be taken down October 4 and comments will be reviewed by board before ratification vote.