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12 Jun
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Legislative Black Caucus to Hold Press Conference about Juneteenth

Communications & Public Affairs
June 12, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Regina Goodwin
Phone: (405) 557-7406 [email protected]

 Legislative Black Caucus to Hold Press Conference about Juneteenth

WHO: Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: TODAY, June 12 at NOON

WHERE: Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood, Tulsa, OK 74120

WHY: To discuss the importance of Juneteenth. The focus of the press conference will be on current work being done in the march toward progress and equality.

“The Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus will not be distracted by the divisiveness in the country,” said Black Caucus Chair Rep. Regina Goodwin. “We honor the strength and freedom of Black ancestors once enslaved. June 19th, 1865, Jubilee Day, we recognize, black people are not yet fully free in 2020. We remain vigilant. Access, absentee voting, and all votes being fairly counted is a form of freedom. We work for fair redistricting and progressive policy. We work for economic equity, police reform, and Medicaid Expansion. We know well, freedom is not free, and true justice seekers fight forward.”

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11 Jun
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The Oklahoma Democratic Party Announces Press Conference on Absurd Circus Distractions

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2020

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

Interview Contact: Alicia Andrews
[email protected]
918-951-6344

The Oklahoma Democratic Party Announces Press Conference on Absurd Circus Distractions

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party announces Tulsa Press Conference and statements on absurd circus distractions.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party will hold a press conference in Tulsa in the Greenwood District, the historic location of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, on Friday, June 19, while recognizing Juneteenth. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day when the Emancipation Proclamation was read to enslaved African Americans in Texas. More information will be announced soon on the specific location and time of the press conference.

During a time of anguish and pain that many people of color are facing, law enforcement across Oklahoma continues to demonstrate why marginalized communities are demanding a change be made to the rampant, systemic racism that has infiltrated our institutions.

“Once again, marginalized communities are subjected to more impudent acts from law enforcement as they ignore and refuse to recognize obvious systemic racism,” stated Alicia Andrew, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair. “Monday Tulsa Police Department Maj. Travis Yates claims that systemic racism doesn’t exist and doubled down on his comments with ‘shooting African-Americans is less than it probably ought to be.’ It’s easy to hide and claim that systemic racism doesn’t exist if it doesn’t impact one directly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not experienced by people of color every day.

“Canadian County Sheriff, Chris West, believes the answer to unrest is to deputize his citizens by creating his own ‘Sheriff’s Posse.’ Communities do not require more policing, especially from untrained ‘posses,'” continued Andrews. Serious and honest discussions are needed, no matter how uncomfortable the topic. Change will not happen until the current system is reformed, and the voices of marginalized communities are heard,” Andrews concluded.

Now is the time for law enforcement, elected leaders, and community activists and leaders to come together for substantive discussions. It is time that marginalized communities be heard, no longer silenced, and no longer ignored.

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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.

11 Jun
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Denounces Trump Tulsa Rally

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2020

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

Interview Contact: Alicia Andrews
[email protected]
918-951-6344

Oklahoma Democratic Party Denounces Trump Tulsa Rally

OKLAHOMA CITY – Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, today denounced President Trump’s campaign rally scheduled for June 19th in Tulsa.

“For him to host a campaign rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa is unconscionable. A day set aside to commemorate the freedom of enslaved people must not be marred by the words or actions of a racist president,” said Andrews, the first Black woman to serve as Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

“This is a slap in the face to every Black Oklahoman, every Black American,” she said. “It’s worse than pandering to his base. It has the potential of galvanizing racists in Oklahoma and the nation to further denigrate a group of people who built the very house in which the President lives,” Andrews continued.

She also pointed out the horrific history of racism in Tulsa. “He is coming here on the 99th anniversary of one of the very worst racist massacres ever on American soil. This horrifying collaboration between Trump and Governor Kevin Stitt is evidence that, to them at least, Black lives do not matter. The Oklahoma Democratic Party stands with all people of goodwill to denounce this self-serving morale-booster for Trump,” 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.

10 Jun
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Nichols Announces March for Reform Initiative

Communications & Public Affairs
June 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Monroe Nichols
Phone: (405) 557-7391 [email protected]

Nichols Announces March for Reform Initiative
Legislation Would Increase Transparency, Accountability for Policing

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Monroe Nichols (D-Tulsa) today unveiled an initiative to increase transparency and accountability of policing practices in Oklahoma communities.

The March for Reforms Initiative offers legislative solutions to problems regarding a lack of independent investigations, citizen oversight, and critical incident accountability. The legislative solutions include the creation of the Office of Independent Monitor within the State Attorney General’s Office, and the creations of the Oklahoma State Law Enforcement Standards and Training Taskforce.

“My father was a police officer, my uncle is a current police officer, this package is not an attack on law enforcement,” Nichols said. “I hope that these reforms will instead serve as a check on the profession, just like we have checks and balances at the capitol. These are critical steps that I believe will enhance officer and citizen safety. As we move through the interim, my goal is to spend time with law enforcement and citizens to work on these reforms. There is no reason the community and law enforcement can’t come together to get this done.”

Nichols, who has been supportive of peaceful protests after the death of George Floyd, wants to turn the energy from the protests into something productive at the Capitol.

“Our job is to listen to the voice of the people,” Nichols said. “The people have spoken, they want a new normal. They want accountability. They want their faith restored in law enforcement. This is reflective of the steps we must take to restore that faith. It is our duty as lawmakers to rise to this moment and implement policy changes that ensure that the heartache, the pain, and the death of George Floyd, of Terrence Crutcher, of Breonna Taylor and the other innocent lives taken from us is not in vain.

“The March for Reform Initiative isn’t about ‘us vs them.’ This initiative is about moving forward together.”

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PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO & VIDEO LINK:  March For Reform Press Conference.

09 Jun
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The ODP Reelects National Committee Members

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2020

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

The ODP Reelects National Committee Members

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party reelected longtime Democratic party leaders Governor David Walters, and Kalyn Free as the State Party’s National Committee members during the 2020 Oklahoma Delegate Selection Convention held this past Saturday on June 6.

DNC members assist in the governing of the national Party via election from their respective state parties. Oklahoma has one man and one woman on the national committee in addition to the state party officials.

Governor Walters was elected in 1990 as the state’s 24th governor, carrying 75 of the state’s 77 counties. During his term, education funding increased by approximately 30 percent, and a $350 million bond issue for higher education brought construction and renovation to every state college campus.

“I look forward to elevating Oklahoma’s voice on the Democratic National Committee and playing a small role in electing state and national leaders who can begin to fix the causes of the health, economic and racial chaos that surrounds our nation,” said Governor Walters.

Free, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, is an attorney with expertise in environmental and tribal issues. She ran for and became the first woman and the first Native American ever to be elected District Attorney in Southeastern Oklahoma.

“I am deeply honored to be reelected Oklahoma’s Democratic National Committeewoman,” stated Kalyn Free. “Hailing from rural Oklahoma and being a proud citizen of the Choctaw Nation, I know it is critically important that our Party continually works toward inclusion at all levels and that we support diversity in our candidates, staff, and campaigns. We can never forget our rural friends and neighbors, and to win statewide elections, we will have to focus on more than just metro areas. Without a doubt, there are challenges ahead as we defend and promote the Democratic Party’s values of respect, accountability, responsibility, and equality. However, I promise to work my heart out every day, support our candidates, and remain laser-focused on the Party’s mission, which is to elect Democrats. Together, we can achieve more for working families, communities of color, and our most vulnerable citizens in Oklahoma,” Free concluded.

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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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