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01 Jun
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DNC on Immigrant Heritage Month

DNC on Immigrant Heritage Month

DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong, DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins, DNC Disability Council Chair Tony Coelho, DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council Chair Michelle Regalado Deatrick, DNC Ethnic Council Chair Dr. James Zogby, DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair Iris Martinez, DNC Interfaith Council Co-Chair Carla Brailey, DNC Labor Council Chair Stuart Appelbaum, DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes, DNC Native American Caucus Chair Rion Ramirez, DNC Native American Caucus Secretary Treasurer Keith Harper, DNC Rural Council Chair Betty Richie, DNC Seniors Council Chair Steve Regenstreif, DNC Small Business Council Chair Andrew Lachman, DNC Veterans & Military Families Chair Jan Donatelli, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford released the following statement on Immigrant Heritage Month:

“Generations of people have come to America in search of a better future for themselves and their families. They’ve crossed oceans and fled oppression; they’ve escaped crime, war, and poverty to start a new life in the land of opportunity. Democrats know that immigrants make our nation stronger each and every day. In fact, right this minute, countless immigrants across the country are risking their lives to keep our country safe – in hospitals and grocery stores, at nursing homes and in our nation’s uniform. And yet, this president and the Republican Party have targeted immigrant communities time and again, most recently using them as a scapegoat for the president’s own failure of leadership during this crisis.

“This election is a time for us to stand with our immigrant and refugee colleagues, friends, families, and neighbors as they fight back against a president who attacks immigrants at every turn. Democrats know that the best way to honor the contributions immigrants have made to our country is by standing with and fighting for the Dreamers and immigrant youth who are Americans in every way except on paper; the parents who would face mortal danger just to give their children a better life here; and the refugees who see our nation as a shining beacon of freedom and hope. Democrats believe diversity and compassion are our nation’s greatest strengths. We know that prejudice is not patriotism, and discrimination is not a national security strategy. And in November, we will put an end to Trump’s cruelty once and for all.”

01 Jun
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DNC on LGBTQ Pride Month

DNC on LGBTQ Pride Month

DNC Chair Tom Perez, LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes, Treasurer Bill Derrough, and Secretary Jason Rae released the following joint statement on the start of Pride Month:

“This year’s LGBTQ Pride Month comes at a dark time for our country, and for many members of the LGBTQ community. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many Black Americans. The more than 100,000 Americans — disproportionately Blacks and Latinos — who have lost their lives in the fight against coronavirus. And the more than 40 million Americans whose livelihoods have been ripped away, with record unemployment in the Hispanic community. We are reminded each and every day of the pain faced by people of color in this country.

“This month we will remember all those we have lost to these epidemics. We will mourn and celebrate the lives of those who have left us. We will listen, speak out, protest, and share their stories. Pride is a time not just for celebration, but for reflection and appreciation of those who fought for the rights we enjoy today, and for the work that remains unfinished. 51 years after Stonewall, we will continue the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Stormé DeLarverie, and countless other activists and leaders.

“The rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters are under attack — both as members of our community and as people of color, immigrants, poor and working class Americans, and women. The Trump administration has rolled back or moved to roll back protections for LGBTQ students, families, patients, service members, inmates, people experiencing homelessness, and workers. Trump has attacked LGBTQ health care, civil rights, and equal protections under law.

“We need political, moral, and empathetic leadership to begin to heal our wounds and move our country forward. LGBTQ discrimination and racism will not end in one presidency, but the difference between progress and losing even more ground has never been more stark. We need Joe Biden as president to champion LGBTQ rights at home and abroad. We saw what he was capable of as vice president: becoming the highest-ranking U.S. official to call for marriage equality, supporting the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ passing the Affordable Care Act with protections against discrimination, championing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and fighting for LGBTQ protections in the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. As president, Joe Biden will move our nation closer to the full equality so many have fought and died for.”

29 May
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DNC on George Floyd and Trump’s Response

DNC on George Floyd and Trump’s Response

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the killing of George Floyd and the shameful response of Donald Trump:

“The killing of George Floyd is another tragic case of the violence Black men face in America every single day. No person of character and common sense can watch the video footage of what police did to George Floyd without being horrified. And yet, this president has done nothing to heal those wounds. Instead, he has sown division; he has advocated violence against protestors, rather than condemning the racist violence that launched these protests in the first place. We will not heal as a nation through silence, but through justice, through progress, through activism and action. George Floyd is the name we’re chanting today. Yesterday it was Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Before that it was Botham Jean, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald. We will keep saying their names. We will keep honoring their lives. And we will keep seeking justice for their families and the families of those whose tragedies weren’t captured on video by fighting to end police brutality and the institutional racism that pervades every aspect of our society. So long as Black men and women cannot breathe, we cannot rest.”

28 May
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The Tweets Must Stop

For Immediate Release
May 28, 2020

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2412

The Tweets Must Stop

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party condemns Trump’s retweet of a video saying “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”

The Oklahoma Democratic Party calls for more action to be taken against hate speech and disinformation on social media platforms.

Trump’s recent retweet of one of his supporters, Couy Griffins –  Cowboys for Trump, which stated, “…the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat,” is another example of an out of control leader who’s social actions must be curtailed. If the White House administration cannot step in, social platforms must take more aggressive action to limit or label content that could lead to more people being hurt.

ODP Chair, Alicia Andrews stated, “We need to condemn these antics and demand that Twitter label this and future tweets like it as well. Twitter has not gone far enough in identifying misinformation and hateful vitriol.

“We demand that in addition to the one incident of misinformation that they have flagged from the President, that they also label his false, unsubstantiated claim of murder by a journalist and label his hate speech for what it is,” said Andrews.

Due to the very nature of how content is shared, social platforms have a responsibility to flag and ban hateful, deceptive, and false information to protect the public. More must be done.

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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.

28 May
0

DNC on Latest Unemployment Numbers

DNC on Latest Unemployment Numbers

DNC Chair and former labor secretary Tom Perez released the following statement after 2.1 million more Americans filed for unemployment last week:

“One out of every four American workers has now filed for unemployment. 40 million people. Small businesses have shuttered, people have lost their savings, and 100,o00 Americans have lost their lives. The fallout from Trump’s disastrous response to this pandemic is so severe that for the first time in decades, the president is refusing to even release updated economic projections for the coming months. Communities of color have been hit the hardest, as the unemployment rate for both African Americans and Hispanics nears 20%.

“It didn’t have to be this bad. These numbers are the result of an epic failure of leadership in the Oval Office. Donald Trump knew about this virus in January. He was urged to take action. And yet, he did virtually nothing to stop it. He worried it would hurt his reelection chances if he even acknowledged that people were getting sick. He even said the virus would “miraculously” go away by April. But he can no longer deny the sobering reality millions of Americans are facing: our country is entering an economic recession, and the current occupant of the White House is the most incompetent, inexperienced, and indecent president in modern history. The American people need real leadership to get us through this crisis. We need a president with compassion and experience, character and empathy, big ideas and bold action. We need Joe Biden.”

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