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30 Sep
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Job Search Assistance Links

Losing your job is often something we are not prepared for. It is important that when it happens, you know where to go for information, job listings, and support. 

Here is a list of job assistance websites available for those who have lost their employment:

Have other resources we could link to?
Leave them in the comments or contact us directly. 

29 Sep
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Weighs In on Fiorina’s Visit with OIPA

[Oklahoma City, OK, September 29, 2015] – Today, GOP Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will speak to oil industry stakeholders at an invitation-only meeting at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association in Oklahoma City.

Carly Fiorina will, no doubt, continue to reflect on her time as CEO of Hewlett Packard as an example of what makes her the perfect candidate for President. What we have come to learn is that despite her claims, she did not “rescue” a failing company and instead used underhanded employment practices, allowed subsidiary sales with an enemy of the United States to boost their bottom line, and ushered in a merger which resulted in 30,000 layoffs and then shipped tens of thousands of those jobs to China. The hardworking people of HP didn’t see anything close to even one-tenth of what Fiorina ultimately received in her $21 million severance package 3 years later when she was finally ousted for her failed leadership.

Fiorina’s failed leadership at HP should not be allowed to spill over into leadership of the American people, our livelihoods, trade relationships, and the U.S. economy. Oklahomans don’t want or need a President that is willing to ship jobs overseas and not even consider taking responsibility for her own actions.

It seems quite ironic that Fiorina’s visit to Oklahoma comes on the same day as we are seeing up to 1,000 layoffs happen right here in Oklahoma City. We will be interested to hear what Fiorina suggests that OIPA members do to prevent further layoffs like those happening within the energy industry today.

25 Sep
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Statement on Resignation of Speaker Boehner

[Oklahoma City, OK, September 25, 2015] – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman Mark Hammons regarding the resignation of US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH):

“Today we want to thank Speaker Boehner for his many years of service to our country. While our party disagreed with the Speaker on many issues, we do wish him and his family the best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. While the Speaker’s resignation comes as a shock, we firmly believe that this reflects the inherent failure of the extremist Tea Party faction of Republicans in Congress to lead or govern. We call upon our Oklahoma Congressional Delegation to work with Speaker Boehner to help prevent any impending government shutdown and urge them to vote for a Speaker that will work with members of both parties to bring common sense back to the halls of Congress.”

25 Sep
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Oklahoma Democrats Disappointed in Inquiry of Army Ranger School from U.S. Representative Steve Russell of Oklahoma

[Oklahoma City, OK, September 25, 2015] – Recently, Oklahoma’s own Congressman Steve Russell (R-5), sent a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh – the Pentagon’s top Army leader – demanding documentation regarding the conditions under which new trainees in the Army’s Ranger School were evaluated and their performance ratings – but only for the women.

Just over a month ago, two women, First Lieutenants Kristen Griest and Sayne Haver, graduated from the Ranger School. These two women made history as they were among the first women accepted to the school and the first two to complete the program.

As the military begins to move towards opening all positions to women, there has been much apprehension and scrutiny about this transition; however, Congressman Russell’s demands, despite multiple reports from top Army officials asserting that no changes or accommodations were made for the female trainees that are not also given to male trainees, seem outright misogynistic and demeaning. Out of 400 students that started the school there was a 67-percent drop/fail rate and among the 20 female students it was an 85-percent drop/fail rate as of August 15th. By those numbers alone, we can see that these women have given their all and pushed through to complete their training; a fact that should never be in question.

“Insinuations from Congressman Russell that these women can’t pull their own and support their fellow troops simply because they are women are unconscionable in 2015. Time and time again we see that women, when put in the same conditions as their male counterparts, are just as capable of performing the duties assigned to them. Characteristics which we demand from specialized military programs, like the Army Rangers, must be built, taught, and conditioned no matter who you are. Brute strength can be built; emotional discipline under stress must be conditioned for all of us; combat tactics, skills, and specializations are taught. There is no reason to think that these women would not be able to perform and be judged by the same conditions as all other trainees,” stated Mark Hammons, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“We await the results of the inquiry – as does the rest of the country – and our hope is that not only will these women and the Army be cleared of these accusations, but that from here forward statements and demands such as Congressman Russell’s will cease and our U.S. military will continue to expand and grow through inclusion.”

21 Sep
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ASDC T3 Training Program

The Association of State Democratic Chairs was able to develop a strong training curriculum that will serve as a blueprint for county and municipal organizing for 2016 and beyond. They’ve partnered with a number of departments within the Democratic National Committee, as well as other allied organizations to bring you the most comprehensive 8 weeks of training in areas such as grassroots organizing, Democratic messaging, campaign technology and much more.

The T3 Training Program will officially launch Monday, September 14 at 6 pm EST. All training sessions will be conducted online using GoToWebinar.com, and will take place every Monday and Wednesday through November 9th. The full curriculum for our training program can be found below.  Links for the sessions will be sent via email so please keep a close eye on your inbox. Participants should participate in all 8 weeks of sessions to maximize the impact of this program. For additional questions about the T3 Training Program, please contact your state Democratic Party at Sarah@okdemocrats.org.

If you would like to be added to our T3 Program email list, please click here and fill out the required section of the form.

 

Week Topic Curriculum
14-Sep Introduction to T3 Program/Overview

Goals of the T3 program- timeline and curriculum overview; assessment results; certification and “Train the Trainer” expectation

The Democratic Party- a breakdown of national, state and local organizational structure; mission of the Party; Party leadership

16-Sep Technology

Basics of VAN and Tech platforms- processing volunteers; mapping and cutting turf; miniVAN/field tracking

List building and data management- data entry and creating lists; adding and searching people; breakdown of codes and categories

21-Sep Communications

Party Messaging in 2016- Overview of Democratic message; Factivist program; ways to amplify the message; national priorities

23-Sep Communications

Traditional media- best practices for writing op eds and letters to editor; writing a good opinion piece; fact-checking resources

28-Sep Digital

Basics of social media organizing- using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for recruitment; what not to post on social media; DNC digital partnership

30-Sep Digital

Email organizing- basics of managing an email campaign; what makes a successful email; building an email list; how to send blast email (digital platforms); content best practices

5-Oct Grassroots Organizing

Volunteer recruiting- how to organize house meetings; making the ask; building volunteer lists; sharing your personal story

7-Oct Grassroots Organizing

Voter contact- scheduling volunteer shifts; setting voter contact goals; do’s and don’ts of a successful canvass operation; do’s and don’t of a successful phone bank; building neighborhood teams;

12-Oct Opposition Research

Managing Trackers- how to track; barriers to tracking; how to transcribe and load footage; best practices for tracking; party resources (Project Vantage?)

14-Oct Technology

Phone banking- adding and editing voter information; making virtual phone bank calls; basic troubleshooting methods; creating and assigning user accounts

19-Oct Grassroots Organizing

Managing your voter registration drive- finding voter registration laws in your state; best practices for successful voter registration drives; drafting an effective voter registration script; site-based vs door-to-door registration; working with your local Board of Elections

21-Oct Grassroots Organizing

Volunteer management- volunteer motivation; creating and tracking volunteer shift goals; office culture

26-Oct Fundraising

Recruiting small dollar donors- donor motivation; donor list building; making the ask; bookkeeping

28-Oct Fundraising

Funding your grassroots efforts- making the sponsorship ask; budgeting

2-Nov General Campaign

Managing events- planning logistics for small campaign events; tools for managing guest list

4-Nov Political

Candidate recruitment- building the bench; making the ask; filing process

9-Nov Organizing Trainings

Teaching what you’ve learned- how to organize trainings in your state

Breakdown of T3 Content Book