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12 May
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Black Caucus Members Respond to Ardmore Public School Incident

Communications & Public Affairs
May 12, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Jason Lowe
(405) 557-7367 jason.lowe@okhouse.gov

Black Caucus Members Respond to Ardmore Public School Incident

OKLAHOMA CITY — Members of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements in response to an incident involving two Ardmore public school students being removed from class for wearing shirts saying “Black Lives Matter.”

Black Caucus Chair Rep. Jason Lowe, D-OKC:

“I am disappointed by the decision of Ardmore Public Schools to punish students and interrupt their learning for wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts, as this is a clear violation of the First Amendment. With this action along with the recent passage of House Bill 1775, we are failing to give our young people the opportunity to have necessary conversations about race and diversity that will help combat racism and prejudice. I stand in support of the young boys and their mother and with all those fighting for a more equitable society.”

Sen. George Young, D-OKC:

“The term ‘Black Lives Matter’ is not limited to an organization; it is a legitimate concern expressed by people who are fearful for their very existence. It is a statement of affirmation, concern, and hope.”

Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa:

“Ardmore Public Schools’ leadership should be more concerned about freedom of speech and less engaged in punishing and trying to diminish the humanity of young black people in America, who tastefully and appropriately affirm that Black Lives Matter, also.”

Rep. Mauree Turner, D-OKC:

“Our children learn from teachers inside the classroom and out. As a product of Ardmore’s public education system, I love Ardmore. But what we are seeing is not only a violation of First Amendment rights of children, but also how educators uphold the school-to-prison pipeline by singling out students of color, particularly Black students, for things that are not a violation of school policy, but will make school administration continue to watch this family beyond this point. This makes me think of House Bill 1775, when we don’t explicitly talk about our past and how it frames our world today, we create space for our troubled past to repeat itself. I hope Mr. Holland will someday understand just because the fact that Black Lives Matter might be uncomfortable for him, does not make that fact political.”

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Rep. Jason Lowe
Sen. George Young
Rep. Regina Goodwin
Rep. Mauree Turner

11 May
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Announces Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett as State Convention Keynote Speaker

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett’s Biography

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett represents the United States Virgin Islands’ at-large Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She is currently serving her fourth term in Congress.

For the 117th Congress, Plaskett has been appointed to serve on the Ways and Means Committee which is the chief tax-writing and revenue generating committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is the oldest and one of the most exclusive committees in Congress. In true historic fashion, she is the first Member from a U.S. territory and only the fourth African American woman to serve as a member of this powerful body.

Plaskett previously served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. She was also a member of the House Committee on Agriculture where she served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research in the 116th Congress. Stacey is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Blockchain Caucus as well as the New Democrat Coalition, where she serves as the Leader- At Large. The Congresswoman is also a Co-Chair of the Congressional Caribbean Caucus.

Similarly, during her tenure as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Ms. Plaskett has sat on multiple subcommittees including, Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture and chaired the largest Agriculture subcommittee– Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research. On these committees, Congresswoman Plaskett has worked to ensure that the Virgin Islands and other rural communities receive adequate funding for necessary rural development programs including public infrastructure development, access to high- speed broadband, and small business support. Ms. Plaskett has advocated to protect programs that provide needed supplemental assistance to hardworking families.

As a member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Congresswoman Plaskett applied her skills as a former prosecutor to ensure accountability and transparency both within government and private sector entities whose operations impact the Virgin Islands community and communities across America.

Ms. Plaskett earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and her Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law. Congresswoman Plaskett has a long history of public service having started as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx DA’s office as well as having worked as a political appointee at the Department of Justice where she served as Senior Counsel under both Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson and his successor James Comey. In the Virgin Islands, she served as General Counsel for the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority, charged with the economic development of the U.S. territory and also worked in private practice as counsel and transactional attorney for numerous companies.

As the Congressional representative for the Virgin Islands, she also hosts the Washington Report series which seeks to keep Virgin Islanders abreast and aware of the happenings in Washington, D.C. The series is aired on WTJX monthly.

Most importantly, Stacey is the mother of 5 – three adults and 2 younger children and the wife of Jonathan Buckney-Small. She and Jonathan are avid readers, cooks and news junkies.

03 May
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Democrats Call for Accountability and Transparency for 1775 Vote

Communications & Public Affairs
May 3, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 wes.carter@okhouse.gov

Democrats Call for Accountability and Transparency for 1775 Vote

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement after the House reconsidered House Bill 1775.

The legislation was reconsidered due to an “anomaly” in the legislation according to House Republican leadership.

“I’m always concerned when a member won’t go into detail about why we are suspending rules on legislation,” Virgin said. “Oklahomans didn’t send us here to hide our actions from them. In fact, they demand that we act in the open. Every time we suspend rules or bend precedence, we are contributing to the public’s distrust of state government. I hope my Republican colleagues think about that the next time they want to take the easy road and suspend the rules they created.”

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03 May
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Demands That Stitt Veto HB1775

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
angela@okdemocrats.org

Oklahoma Democratic Party Demands That Stitt Veto HB1775

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, MAY 3, 2021 – House Bill 1775 is a reckless bill that sets Oklahoma back decades. HB 1775 attempts to silence truth and present a false narrative on history, especially Black and Native American history. The Oklahoma Democratic Party demands that Governor Stitt do the right thing and veto the bill.

“This bill is shameful. We owe it to future generations as well as society today to teach the truth and educate about our past no matter how uncomfortable the topics may be,” declared Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“Prohibiting the teaching of slavery, women’s suffrage, civil rights, and The Trail of Tears oppress marginalized groups and what America has been working to correct for years. As a result, the Republican Party of 2021 has reached a new low,” continued Andrews.

“We’ve come so far since the early 1900s, but we still have much work to do. Unfortunately, this bill will send a powerful, negative message to anyone considering opening a business here. Worse, it makes it more difficult to eradicate systemic racism and discrimination. Oklahoma, we can do better, and Governor Stitt, we demand that HB 1775 be immediately vetoed,” 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.

30 Apr
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Members of Legislative Black Caucus Respond to Senate Reaction to Dahm, Dr. Cooper

Communications & Public Affairs
April 30, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Jason Lowe
(405) 557-7367 jason.lowe@okhouse.gov

Contact: State Rep. Ajay Pittman
(405)557-7393 ajay.pittman@okhouse.gov

STATEMENTS: Members of Legislative Black Caucus Respond to Senate Reaction to Dahm, Dr. Cooper

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two House Democrats and members of the Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements today after the Oklahoma State Senate went into executive session in response to the Thursday sermon delivered by Prospect Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Lee E. Cooper.

Dr. Cooper condemned the comments made last week by Senator Nathan Dahm, which made innuendo toward Vice President Kamala Harris – the highest-ranking female member of the executive branch and the first black vice president in the history of the United States.

Legislative Black Caucus Chair Rep. Jason Lowe, D-OKC:

“I stand with Pastor Cooper in his condemnation of the statements made by Senator Dahm,” Lowe said. “Pastor Cooper was speaking the truth, which is that Senator Dahm’s statements were reprehensible.”

“Pastor Cooper is an outstanding community leader and I am grateful for his leadership and service.”

Rep. Ajay Pittman, D-OKC:

“I believe there are many opportunities for people with different beliefs to come together and have courageous conversations. As state leaders, we should be leading the charge to have civil conversations regarding racism, sexism, and gender. In light of the recent incidents which may be viewed as controversial, the recent reactions by community leaders have been fueled by Senator Dahm’s sexist comments regarding the United States Vice President, Kamala Harris.”

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