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ODP Chair on Stitt’s ‘Roundtable on Race’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 06, 2020
Contact: Alicia Andrews
alicia@okdemocrats.org
918-951-6344

Oklahoma City, Okla. – Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews has released the following statement in response to the pre-recorded “roundtable on race,” moderated by Governor Kevin Stitt and Sarah Stitt, scheduled to air Sunday, June 7.

“Across the state, Oklahomans have come together to have conversations about racial inequity that are long overdue. Regional efforts to convene stakeholders with policy makers have been set in motion, and signs of progress are gradually materializing. I had hope that real change may be coming, and then I saw Governor Stitt’s late week announcement of a ‘roundtable on race.’ On race.

“We don’t need a conversation on race, governor. We need to sit down and have a hard conversation about the institutional racism that has led to the disenfranchisement and death of Black Oklahomans. Terrance Crutcher did not deserve to die. Isaiah Lewis did not deserve to die. Derrick Ollie, Sr. did not deserve to die. So many others did not deserve to die, yet they did. And it is insulting to reduce the conversation to a “roundtable on race.” Race is not the problem. Racism is the problem. Racially biased institutions and systems are the problem.

“I appreciate that you acknowledged the pain you witnessed while viewing demonstrations. You are right. It is difficult to see. It is even more difficult to experience. If you truly want to learn from the leaders of Oklahoma’s African American community, I implore you to invite people to the table who have been instrumental in organizing the communities you saw suffering.

“This is not the time to host a casual conversation with your friends and donors. We need voices up there who will challenge you to grow. We need you to listen. I truly hope you will take several steps back and regroup. Let members of the Black community guide your planning and be involved in the conversation. The conversation will surely be more difficult this way, but this is no time to be comfortable.”

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05 Jun
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DNC on Trump’s Remark on George Floyd

DNC on Trump’s Remark on George Floyd

In response to Trump’s claim that George Floyd would be proud of a jobs report, DNC National Press Secretary Brandon Gassaway released the following statement:

“Trump’s claim is revolting, enraging, disrespectful — a slap in the face and a descent to the lowest possible level of discourse. Trump has no concern or regard for the feelings of anyone and will take every opportunity, even trampling on the memory of George Floyd, to commemorate a jobs report that shows fewer than half of Black adults currently have a job and that fully 21 million Americans are unemployed.

“This is a president divorced from reality, severely lacking even an ounce of empathy or understanding, and fundamentally unable to heal our nation. As Trump celebrates, America continues to suffer from his failed leadership.”

04 Jun
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House Democrats Applaud AG for Telling Governor to Restore COVID-19 Data

Communications & Public Affairs
June 4, 2020

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

House Democrats Applaud AG for Telling Governor to Restore COVID-19 Data

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, issued the following statement in response to Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter advising the Stitt administration that releasing county COVID-19 data was not against state or federal law. House Democrats released a statement Tuesday criticizing the Stitt administration’s lack of transparency regarding COVID-19 data.

“I know that standing up to Governor Stitt probably puts Attorney General Hunter in a tough spot,” Virgin said. “Almost as soon as the news broke that the data was being shut off, our offices were flooded with constituents who were rightfully upset. Fortunately, their voices were heard, and we are able to move forward now with a more complete picture of how this pandemic is or isn’t affecting our state.

“Our caucus has disagreed with AG Hunter at times, but at this moment, we commend him and are thankful that his dedication to transparency is not just in words but in service.”

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04 Jun
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DNC on Over 42 Million Americans Filing for Unemployment

DNC on Over 42 Million Americans Filing for Unemployment

In response to weekly jobless claims showing Americans have filed over 42 million Americans unemployment claims due to the coronavirus pandemic, DNC War Room Director Adrienne Watson released the following statement:

“Nearly two million more Americans have filed jobless claims. That’s over 42 million Americans who have lost work since the pandemic began. This is the worst unemployment since the Great Depression, all because Trump failed to prepare for a pandemic. He’s checked out of this crisis and working people are left to pay the price for his catastrophic decision to cater to China and prioritize the politics of reelection over public health.”

03 Jun
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DNC Statement on Trump Abandoning North Carolina

DNC Statement on Trump Abandoning North Carolina

DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa released the following statement on Donald Trump refusing to put the health and well-being of the people of North Carolina first, and instead, abandoning the state for the Republican National Convention:

“Over 100,000 people have died, tens of millions are unemployed, and our country is facing civil unrest. And yet, Donald Trump is more concerned about holding a massive party for himself than leading our nation through crisis. He has abandoned the people of North Carolina while refusing to acknowledge the severity of this pandemic. Trump was warned about coronavirus in early January, but he did virtually nothing to mitigate it. He laughed off health experts and shirked his duty to protect Americans’ lives. Now his ego and incompetence are responsible for thousands of deaths. Our country is hurting. We need a leader with empathy and experience, courage and compassion. We need a president who will listen, show up, and take bold action to improve people’s lives. Donald Trump has proven he is not that leader. That’s why the American people will send Joe Biden back to the White House in November. Unlike Republicans, Democrats will continue to listen to health experts, follow science, and prioritize the health and safety of the American people.”

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