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12 Apr
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DNC on the Start of Ramadan

DNC on the Start of Ramadan

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement on the start of Ramadan:

“As Muslims across the world begin their observance of Ramadan, commemorating the revelation of the Quran through prayer, fasting, and peaceful reflection, we all have an opportunity to draw upon our inner strength.

“There are more than three million Muslims in the United States today, and many of them have been dedicated to serving their communities in these tough times as health care workers, first responders, educators, and much more. Today and every day, Democrats will continue to stand in solidarity with our country’s diverse Muslim American community. Ramadan Mubarak!”

08 Apr
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Sends Letter to Speaker McCall Demanding Diversity & Inclusion Action

April 8, 2021

The Honorable Charles McCall
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. Room 401
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

Dear Speaker McCall,

It has been a day since Rep. Olsen made heinous comments comparing a fight to outlaw abortion to preferring slavery. It is an outrage that in 2021 any person, let alone a lawmaker, would make such a traumatizing comparison to the horrendous act of owning human property to argue a point. This is unacceptable and not how to represent Oklahoma. While I am outraged at the Representative’s statement, I am dismayed about your silence on this matter. As surely as you did not denounce the reference to “colored babies” earlier this session, your silence here demonstrates a tacit approval of this kind of thinking.

When elected, you swore an oath to represent all Oklahomans, including Black and Brown. The language used in the Public Health Committee meeting is divisive, dangerous, and suppressive to marginalized communities, especially during a time of racial upheaval across our country. For you to remain silent on this matter is evidence that much work is in order for the Oklahoma Legislature.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party is demanding a public apology for the use of racist language during the committee meeting and further demands that you act immediately to schedule diversity and inclusion training by a nationally recognized expert. This training must be mandatory for all elected officials at the Capitol. It is imperative that you act without haste before more Oklahomans are needlessly traumatized by privileged elected officials. To do any less will demonstrate your failings as a leader and the significant flaws in your moral compass.

Sincerely,

Alicia Andrews
Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair

08 Apr
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Sends Letter to Rep Olsen – Demands Apology

April 8, 2021

The Honorable Jim Olsen
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. Room 340
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

Dear Representative Olsen,

I am writing to express my disappointment and dismay at your comments on April 7, 2021, regarding your comparing your fight to outlaw abortion to preferring slavery. It is an outrage that in 2021 any person, let alone a lawmaker, would make an insensitive reference to the disgraceful act of owning human property to argue a point. This is unacceptable and not how to represent Oklahoma. We are better than this, and your constituents deserve better.

When elected, you swore an oath to represent all Oklahomans, including Black and Brown. The language used in the Public Health Committee meeting is divisive, dangerous, and suppressive to marginalized communities, especially during a time of racial upheaval across our country.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party is demanding a public apology for the use of racist language during the committee meeting and requests that you seek diversity and inclusion training to understand better why your comments are demeaning and hurtful. We hope that you will reflect on your comments and do the right thing by apologizing for your disgraceful remarks for the good of all Oklahomans.

Sincerely,

Alicia Andrews
Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair

07 Apr
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Pittman, Brewer Respond to Statements Made in Public Health Committee

Communications & Public Affairs
April 7, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Ajay Pittman
Office: (405) 557-7393 [email protected]

Contact: Rep. Denise Brewer
Office (405) 557-7361 [email protected]khouse.gov

Pittman, Brewer Respond to Statements Made in Public Health Committee

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Reps. Ajay Pittman, D-Oklahoma City, and Denise Brewer, D-Tulsa, both members of the House Public Health Committee, issued the following statements after what they termed insensitive comments were made during debate of an anti-abortion bill today.

“In times like these where we see our nation on the cusp of reckoning social and racial injustices, we still endure implicit bias from our colleagues who are insensitive to what is said about the hurtful and ugly past of this country’s treatment of African Americans. Slavery is not something we should compare to abortions or to anything else in the year 2021, unless we discuss the “spirit of superiority” over women and people of color.

“We continue as policy makers to chip away at the rights of women to choose proper healthcare for themselves in Senate Bill 612, and now we are hearing our colleagues compare these healthcare issues to slavery which also limited the rights of Black women by not allowing them to have a choice not to have children by their slave masters.”

– Rep. Ajay Pittman

“We have been bombarded by anti-choice bills, which all have a common theme: written by men focusing on taking away the rights of pregnant people to control their bodies. SB 612 is particularly offensive. It is an attempt to destroy doctor-patient confidentiality, threatens physicians with huge fines and felony charges, and none of these bills say anything about the responsibility of the father.

“Today, we heard a claim that the abortion fight is bigger than the hundreds of years when African Americans were kidnapped and enslaved, with no control of their bodies, families, or even recognized as humans. Those insensitive ideas are alive and well in our Capitol.”

– Rep. Denise Brewer

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07 Apr
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Demands Legislative Apology and Censure

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
[email protected]

Oklahoma Democratic Party Demands Legislative Apology and Censure

OKLAHOMA CITY, APRIL 7, 2021 – During the debate about SB612, Republican Representative Jim Olsen suggested that he would rather be an alive slave than a dead baby because, as he stated, the fight to end abortion is more important than the fight to end slavery.

“The constant barrage of cavalier racism is a distinct sign that Oklahoma is not doing fine. This is not the first time in this session alone that in debating the abortion issue, a Republican legislator evoked a racist trope to defend their indefensible position,” declared Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

”Oklahoma’s Republican legislators championed a bill to prohibit racial and gender diversity education in our schools. Perhaps if these lawmakers were exposed to a broader history, they would have developed a better understanding of the dangers this type of language presents.

“Olsen’s language underscores just how desperate Republicans are. Abortion rates have declined by 19.6% in the last decade, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The GOP knows that they will not have this baseless yet divisive issue to scare their base for much longer. They have decided to revive the oldest, most despicable boogie man – race,” continued Andrews.

“The Oklahoma Democratic Party demands not only an apology from Representative Olsen but also that Speaker of the Oklahoma House, Charles McCall, immediately censures Olsen. Moreover, we request that all Oklahoma House Representatives undergo Diversity and Inclusion training conducted by a nationally recognized facilitator before this session is over and at the beginning of every session in the future,” concluded Andrews.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

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