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03 Feb
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Oklahoma Democrats Celebrate Black History Month

For Immediate Release

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

Oklahoma Democrats Celebrate Black History Month

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, February 3, 2021 – Within days of the national holiday commemorating the birth of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the memory of the Capitol Insurrection on the minds of all Oklahomans, the Oklahoma Democratic Party is celebrating Black History Month by contrasting the events of January 6th with the many victories gained from the non-violent civil right efforts of Black Oklahomans.

In the 1960s protestors organized with human dignity and respect for all human life. Sit-ins, kneeling, praying, singing, boycotting, peacefully marching were the choice of peaceful weapons against injustice. This did more than advance civil rights; indeed, these actions formed a blueprint for social justice-seekers today.

We all must commit to peacefully working for justice and civil rights for all citizens. The Oklahoma Democratic Party offers thanks to and deep appreciation for the activists, community organizers, and many Black leaders who fought bravely every day for justice for everyone.

Oklahoma Democrats encourage all people to join us in uniting and celebrating those who came before and contributed to the Civil Rights Movement and thanking those who continue the fight. Standing together to celebrate our core values, inclusiveness, diversity, and rights for ALL Americans will undoubtedly make Oklahoma a better place for our citizens today and for years to come.

“My daddy told me, ‘Don’t ever let that stop you. You have your ambition, and you go ahead and do what you think you’re cut out to do. Don’t let any of those things stop you,’ and I tried to live that way.” ~ Hanna Diggs Atkins, the first black woman elected to the Oklahoma House, 1968-1980

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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.

02 Feb
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Family Choice Act Gives Families Control of Child’s Education

Communications & Public Affairs
Feb. 2, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Andy Fugate
Office: (405) 557-7370 [email protected]

Family Choice Act Gives Families Control of Child’s Education

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation to ensure families across Oklahoma have an opportunity to send their children to a successful public school was filed for the 58th Legislative Session.

The Family Choice Act, House Bill 1851, allows students to transfer from underperforming school districts to districts that are performing at a higher level.

“We hear all the time that people want school choice,” said the bill’s author, Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Del City. “But what we get instead is private vouchers masquerading as ‘choice.’ The Family Choice Act actually puts families in control by allowing them to choose schools that are performing better than the school that serves their district.”

The legislation would use the current A-F system to determine if a student would qualify for a transfer based on the school’s performance. If a student is in a school that is failing by the standards that the State Department of Education uses to evaluate schools, that student can transfer to the nearest school with an ‘A’ or ‘B’ rating.

“The Family Choice Act leverages the state’s A-F Report Card,” Fugate said. “We collect this data, and now with this legislation, we can use it to provide families with more control over their child’s education.”

Similar legislation has been filed in the House by different members. The key difference between the bills is that Fugate’s bill funds both schools. It provides a financial incentive to the receiving school. But it also keeps money at the underperforming school – money to help the school improve due to the increased funding-to-student ratio.

“What we don’t want to do is take away resources from schools that are already desperate,” Fugate said. “We don’t have to pick sides between parents and schools. This legislation allows for family choice and increased investment in underperforming schools.”

For more information contact the office of Rep. Andy Fugate (405) 557-7370 or email [email protected]

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01 Feb
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House Democratic Caucus Responds to State of the State Address

Communications & Public Affairs
Feb. 1, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 [email protected]

House Democratic Caucus Responds to State of the State Address

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement in response to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s State of the State Address:

“We heard a rosy picture painted by the Governor today, but the reality is that his actions, or more often, his failure to act, have cost Oklahomans financially, emotionally, and physically.

“At times during the past year, instead of focusing on our state’s pandemic response and at times our surging COVID case numbers and hospitalizations, Gov. Stitt has been distracted by national politics and political patronage.

“Today’s State of the State speech was no different. It was far from the call for unity Oklahomans desire. I’ve listened in the House Chamber to 11 different State of the State Addresses. Today’s speech was by far the most divisive. Unfortunately, the governor, today, chose to bring DC politics to Oklahoma, delivering more of a campaign speech than the united message that we need as a state and as a nation.

“The version of the last year that the governor sold to Oklahomans today was nothing more than revisionist history.

“Let me be clear, as COVID-19 rages in Oklahoma – January was our worst month, yet – no state wishes they would have responded to this pandemic as Oklahoma has.

“From his own lack of personal responsibility to the lack of public health policies enacted, Governor’s Stitt’s response to this pandemic has been an example of failed leadership.”

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01 Feb
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DNC on Black History Month

DNC on Black History Month

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and Black Caucus Chair Virgie Rollins released the following statement on Black History Month:

“This month, we celebrate the invaluable contributions of Black Americans to our nation. We laud the achievements of heroes like John Lewis and Elijah Cummings; Pauli Murray and Ella Baker; Katherine Johnson and Fannie Lou Hamer; Marsha P. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr, C.T. Vivian, and so many others who have enriched our world. But while we celebrate their accomplishments, we also recognize the obstacles they faced day in and day out because of the color of their skin. We recognize the gap that remains between our nation’s founding promise of equality and the still unequal reality of being Black in America. We see these inequities and injustices in every corner of our society – from health care and housing to climate change and criminal justice. We saw it last year in the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other lives taken by systemic racism. And we saw it in the double standard law enforcement showed when handling peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters last year compared to the violent insurrection at the Capitol.

“So there is no doubt that the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow echo across our nation every day. But we have hope for a brighter future. For in the same month that we saw confederate flags flying into the Capitol, we also saw the swearing in of our nation’s first Black vice president. We witnessed the election of Georgia’s first Black senator. And we celebrated the selection of the DNC’s third Black party chair, who stands on the shoulders of giants like Ron Brown and Donna Brazile. This progress was the product of hard work, of grassroots organizing, of countless Black activists standing up and speaking out for what we believe in. As we celebrate Black History Month, let us also rededicate ourselves to the cause of justice and equality for all. The Biden-Harris administration is already hard at work advancing racial equity across the country, and the DNC is here to support them every step of the way.”

20 Jan
0

Oklahoma Democratic Party Denounces State Republicans’ Hateful Comments on Inauguration Day

For Immediate Release

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

Oklahoma Democratic Party Denounces State Republicans’ Hateful Comments on Inauguration Day

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, January 20, 2021 – The chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party tried to steal the spotlight from President Biden’s inauguration with a divisive, repugnant rant that parrots Trump’s stale talking points.

“The words of David McLain on behalf of his party are truly disgusting. He is behaving like a bully in the schoolyard, who didn’t get his way,” said Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“McLain’s awful statement stands in stark contrast to the thoughts expressed by our Congressional representatives, all of whom are Republicans. They each took the high road by calling for reconciliation and offered congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris. McLain should have talked with them before sending out his childish missive,” Andrews continued.

“If his whole meltdown wasn’t so sad, one could find irony in his calling corporations ‘fascist’ for removing Trump’s ability to lie and incite violence on their social media platforms. The real fascist, of course, is America’s former, disgraced, twice-impeached Republican president,” she said.

“That said, America is celebrating a new day, a new era full of hope and promise. We have much good to look forward to. I feel certain that McLain’s words will evaporate as quickly as the relevance of the man he continues to worship and adore,” 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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