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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
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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.”

27 May
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DNC on America Reaching 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths

DNC on America Reaching 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the United States surpassed 100,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic:

“It is a dark day in America. 100,000 Americans have lost their lives. 100,000. It didn’t have to be this way. Instead of addressing this crisis, Trump spent his weekend golfing. And just last week, he said the fact that the U.S. has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world is a ‘badge of honor.’ But there is no honor in today’s numbers. They are a badge of shame that Trump will wear for the rest of his dwindling days in the Oval Office.

“Make no mistake: This was not inevitable. This disaster is the result of Donald Trump’s flagrant incompetence. In fact, a recent study showed that if social distancing protocols had been implemented a week earlier, 36,000 lives would have been saved. Now imagine the lives we could have saved if Trump had taken action when he first found out about this virus in January. Imagine the lives we could have saved if we had a president who had taken immediate and decisive action, who had listened to the experts instead of denying science, who had put the well-being of Americans above his own political agenda. Imagine if Joe Biden had been president. Thousands of Americans would still be alive today, and millions more would still have jobs.

“We must honor the memory of the lives we’ve lost by bringing an end to this pandemic. But that will only happen through bold and courageous leadership. And that’s exactly what Joe Biden will deliver.”

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