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11 Jan
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Tom Perez on Trump Proposal to Cut Access to Medicaid

Tom Perez on Trump Proposal to Cut Access to Medicaid

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement in response to the Trump administration allowing states to impose Medicaid work requirements:

“Instead of improving access to care, Trump continues to sabotage our health care system by letting states make it more difficult for lower-income Americans and people with disabilities to get the care they need. This inhumane proposal is just another excuse to kick people off of their health insurance, and could actually make it harder for struggling Americans to find work. Health care is a right, not a privilege, and while Republicans work to penalize unemployed Americans, Democrats will continue fighting to expand access to care and help people find good-paying jobs.”

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11 Jan
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Carrier Layoffs at Indianapolis Manufacturing Plant

DNC Statement on Carrier Layoffs at Indianapolis Manufacturing Plant

In response to Carrier laying off more than 200 employees from its Indianapolis facility today, DNC spokesperson Daniel Wessel released the following statement:

“A little over a year ago Donald Trump promised these very workers he would save their jobs. Hundreds of layoffs later, we now know he lied, and all for a quick photo op. Trump and Pence have claimed they would protect American workers, but the story in Indianapolis is the same story we are seeing all across the country. Tax cuts for the rich and big corporations is not a jobs plan. Fanfare and empty rhetoric will not help these workers whose livelihoods are on the line. American workers need real solutions and a president who is going to fight for them, even when the cameras turn off. While Trump and Pence continue their streak of broken promises, Democrats will continue to stand by American workers and fight to create more good-paying jobs right here in America.”

10 Jan
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Latest Developments on DACA

Tom Perez on Latest Developments on DACA

DNC chair Tom Perez released the following statement on a judge’s decision last night to partially block President Trump from ending the DACA program, a decision Trump’s Department of Justice has already promised to challenge:

“The court’s decision is further proof that Donald Trump’s recision of DACA was never about the rule of law. It was about deporting Dreamers and using them as bargaining chips in future political negotiations while holding their futures hostage. Rather than following the court’s order and continuing to process applications, Trump and Jeff Sessions have already promised to challenge the court’s decision; it’s clear they would prefer instead to deport Dreamers.

“We must stand up to this administration. We cannot allow Trump and Republicans to continue to upend the lives of Dreamers and use them as pawns in their sick and twisted game. Congress must act immediately to provide a permanent solution. Dreamers are our neighbors, coworkers, and friends. They’re as American as you and me, and they share our values and strengthen our nation every day. We must not fail the hundreds of thousands of our young people who desperately need the DREAM Act.”

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09 Jan
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2018 Martin Luther King (MLK) Celebrations

“The Power of One”

Federal Holiday Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – Monday, January 15, 2018

The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition organizes the following events in Oklahoma City on the King Holiday (the third Monday in January). For more details of each event, click the title (orange link). These featured events are free to attend (registration/fee required for parade participation).

Oklahoma City Parade
Public event 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Map.

Other Coalition-organized holiday events:

Job Fair

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at The Henrietta B. Foster Center, located at 614 N.E. 4th Street in OKC.
Opening Ceremony and Silent March

9:00 AM at Freedom Center
2609 N. Martin Luther King Ave., Oklahoma City
Bell Ringing

11:00 AM at Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Holiday Program

12:15 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th

Other MLK Events of interest:

All King Holiday events, those we organize and those organized by other organizations, in which you may be interested, are included on the flyer you can download.

2018 MLK Holiday Schedule (will post when available)
Cross-Cultural Program

Sunday preceding the Holiday, 6:00 PM
Temple B’nai Israel, 4901 N. Pennsylvania Avenue

21st Annual Dr.King Prayer Breakfast – Midwest City, OK
Monday, January 15, 2018
Our celebrated speakers are Senator Connie Johnson and Representative Gary Banz. Tickets can be purchased online at www.MidwestCityMLK.com, in person at the Midwest City Community Center or by contacting 405-623-1957.

Date: January 15, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Reed Conference Center
Address: 5750 Will Rogers Rd
Midwest City, OK 73110
Cost: Tickets are $15

DUNCAN:
MLK Events/Parade
This is a fun filled day of events that is held yearly that focus on inclusion of all races.

Church Service held at Antioch Baptist Church at 10:00 am (Pastor Ronald Boyd)

Parade starts at 1:00pm from 12th and Walnut walking to 7th and Main st. Duncan Oklahoma then back to 12th and Walnut. (DCDC)

Movie showing at 2:00pm at the
Historical Palace Theater on
Main St. Downtown Duncan
(Pastors Russ & Sandy Stewart)

MUSKOGEE:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Parade & Birthday Celebration Events:

Monday, January 15th 2018:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Community Birthday Celebration
• 7:00am to 11:00am – DREAM TEAM Pancake Breakfast (Sponsored by the NBN DREAM TEAM). Cost is FREE, donations encouraged.
• 9:00am to 10:30am – MLK Day Worship Service (Sponsored by the Muskogee Ministerial Alliance & Bacone College (Rooms A & B)
• 11:00am – Parade Line-up on 12th Street, the parade participation form is now available at the MLK Jr. CC.
• 12:00pm – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Begins
• 12:45pm – Annual Car Show
• 1:00pm to 3:00pm – Parade After-Party with Food Trucks, Live Music, Indoor Kids Zone Activities & Birthday Celebration (918) 684-6314

TULSA:
39th Annual Tulsa MLK Parade
Sponsorship Packages
39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Parade
THEME: “50 Years Later the Dream Still Lives”
Monday, January 15, 2018– 11:00 A.M.
Detroit Ave. & John Hope Franklin Blvd.

April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination at that the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN.

The intent of the MLK Day Parade is for participants of all ages to have fun, remember Dr. King’s legacy and how they can be a part of keeping his dream alive. The floats and various entries should convey the theme and be appropriate for viewing by children and adults. Parade Marshals, Security Personnel and Super Volunteers will be posted along the parade route to ensure the safety of the parade participants and guests as well as ensure consistent spacing between units.

Event Schedule

7:00 am to 10:00 am- Check-in/Pick-up Numbers (Command Tent – MLK & John Hope Franklin)
8:30 am – Parade Judging Begins
10:15 am – Awards Ceremony (Big Tent)
11:00 am – Parade Begins

Among other MLK events planned:

• Free showing of the movie “13th” with discussion following, 6 p.m. Jan. 12, Rudisill Library, 1520 N. Hartford Ave.

• 21st Century Kings Leadership Symposium with Hannibal Johnson, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 14, Langston University – Tulsa, 914 N. Greenwood Ave. (Lunch provided)

• Community breakfast, 8 a.m. Jan. 16, hosted by First Baptist Church North Tulsa, 1414 N. Greenwood Ave.

• Showing of the film “War Room” 2 p.m. Jan. 16, ORU Mabee Center, 8100 S. Lewis Ave. Tickets are free.

For more information about the celebration, including float building sites, contact Pettie at 918-814-6319 or 918-565-9420 or at mlktulsa.com.

ARDMORE:
MLK Day Parade: ENJOY MLK DAY PARADE IN ARDMORE!

Mark your calendars for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr’s Parade in downtown Ardmore! The parade will kick off at 10:00 a.m. at Central Park and ending at HFV Wilson Community Center. Be sure to stick around for the MLK Day Celebration immediately following the parade at the HFV Wilson Community Center. Bring all your family and friends to Ardmore to join in celebrating MLK Day in a fun and festive way!

02 Jan
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New DNC Video Series: “American DREAMing”

NEW VIDEO SERIES: “American DREAMing”

The DNC has launched a new video series, “American DREAMing,” on the importance of DACA and why we all must fight for DREAMers. Take a look:

DNC VIDEO: American DREAMing: Imagine

With music by Gustavo Guerrero and Alex G

DNC VIDEO: American DREAMing: Gabriela

In the time since the Trump Administration eliminated DACA, more than 13,000 DREAMers have lost their legal status to live, study and work in the United States of America. As we enter 2018, the fate of nearly 800,000 DREAMers continues to remain in the balance. Trump’s reckless decision to end DACA without a proper legislative solution will not only harm DREAMers but also our nation’s economy.

It’s time for Republicans to put politics aside, pass the DREAM Act, and give DREAMers the opportunity to continue making invaluable contributions to America. Congressional Democrats stand ready to pass the DREAM Act. It’s the smart thing to do for our economy, and it’s the right thing to do for our country. Democrats believe our diversity is our greatest strength. We will always fight for hardworking families and a smart, sensible immigration system.

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