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15 Jul
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HELP IS HERE: Oklahoma Families Start Receiving Monthly Tax Credit Today, Thanks to President Biden and Democrats

For Immediate Release

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

HELP IS HERE: Oklahoma Families Start Receiving Monthly Tax Credit Today, Thanks to President Biden and Democrats

Every Single Republican in Congress Voted Against These Tax Credits, Which Are Set to Cut Child Poverty in Half

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, JULY 15, 2021 – Today, Thursday, July 15 is the first day Oklahoma will start receiving a monthly tax credit of up to $300 per child as part of the American Rescue Plan. Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, and no thanks to Republicans in Congress who unanimously opposed this relief plan, this tax credit will provide additional relief of up to $1,600 per child to the families with children in Oklahoma, helping lift over $1 million children out of poverty.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair, Alicia Andrews, released the following statement highlighting the program:

“Today’s payments are a huge win for working families across Oklahoma. Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, Oklahoma families will begin receiving a monthly tax credit, helping to cover expenses like child care, preparing for back to school, and supporting return to work for folks who lost their jobs or income during the pandemic – especially mothers. This major tax relief for working families is poised to lift millions of children out of poverty, no thanks to a single Republican in Congress.

“These tax credits are further proof that President Biden and Democrats are delivering for working families. Oklahoma, help is here.”

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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.

14 Jul
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DNC on Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2021

DNC on Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and Seniors Council Chair Steve Regenstreif released the following statement on the 56th anniversary of the Older Americans Act:

“All Americans deserve to age with grace and respect. The Older Americans Act, signed into law 56 years ago today by President Lyndon B. Johnson, helped make this principle a reality by ensuring that older adults are given equal opportunity to the full and free enjoyment of adequate income in retirement, protection against neglect and exploitation, access to health care without regard to economic status, and readily available community social services.

“President Biden and Democrats recognize the responsibility of fighting to give our older generations the resources and benefits necessary to support themselves. The American Rescue Plan put the needs of older adults at the forefront of the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and added $1.4 billion in funding for programs authorized under the Older Americans Act. That increased funding will put more meals on tables, expand home and community-based services, help family caregivers support their loved ones, and contribute to safeguarding the health and welfare of residents in long-term care facilities.

“Today, we celebrate the life-changing achievements of the Older Americans Act and recommit ourselves to the continued work of ensuring our elders, who have built our homes, protected our freedom, and continue to guide us with their wisdom, can retire and age with the dignity and security they have earned.”

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14 Jul
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Black Caucus Responds to CRT Rule Adopted by State School Board

Communications & Public Affairs
July 14, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Jason Lowe
(405) 557-7367 [email protected]

Black Caucus Responds to CRT Rule Adopted by State School Board

OKLAHOMA CITY — Members of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after the Oklahoma State School Board voted to limit a public educator’s ability to teach on race and gender.

Rep. Jason Lowe, OLBC Chair, D-OKC:
“Limiting the ability of Oklahoma teachers and students to have thoughtful conversations about race and diversity opens up the door for us to repeat the mistakes of the past. We cannot place the comfort of a few over the lived experiences of people of color, who have no choice but to face the ugly truth of bias and discrimination.

“To the board members who are responsible for the education of our students, does your decision to implement these rules make it more or less likely that the next generation of Oklahomans will be prepared to navigate an increasingly multicultural society?”

Rep. Monroe Nichols, OLBC Vice-Chair, D-Tulsa:
“After seeing the support for Oklahoma’s Black community during the centennial commemoration of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I felt some hope that we might be progressing as a state toward true equity.

“We cannot move forward until we better understand the past. This rule change is not only unnecessary but also dangerous. The children in our schools represent the state that we as adults are leaving behind. We should empower Oklahoma students to not repeat the atrocities that exist in history books and are still felt today but to end them. We start that process by teaching them why those atrocities exist. This rule hampers an educator’s ability to do that.”

Sen. George Young, Sr., D-OKC:
“I am very pleased that the discussion about HB 1775 is occurring and we are providing a milieu to have the discussion. The press release from the OK Senate last week uses the life of Harriet Tubman with the conclusion that ‘we must challenge evil wherever it hides.’ Well, the idea of not teaching our history as it has been lived is an evil that will continue to harm us if we refuse to teach our children how we got to this point. It is worth mentioning that OKCPS leadership was not in support of HB1775.

“The decision by the Oklahoma Board of Education gives me great pause, as this is not the message we want to send to our educators. I am greatly disappointed that leadership has decided their only recourse is to swiftly coordinate some new rules to satisfy a few. As leaders, we know that a hurried response never garners the best outcomes. Oklahoma is better than this.”

Rep. Regina Goodwin, D-Tulsa:
“You can not legislate ‘feelings.’ This is a dangerous law and these concepts are not even being taught in any K-12 classroom course. Accurate, factual history regarding race and sex at times is uncomfortable, yet is worthy of learning. Some Republican legislators and some within the State Department of Education should not be a party to miseducation, nor stoking racial division.”

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08 Jul
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Vice President Harris Announces $25 Million Expansion of DNC’s ‘I Will Vote’ Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2021

Vice President Harris Announces $25 Million Expansion of DNC’s ‘I Will Vote’ Initiative

Today, Vice President Harris announced a dramatic expansion of the Democratic National Committee’s ‘I Will Vote’ initiative to address and overcome efforts across the country to make voting more difficult and burdensome. The DNC will invest $25 million in voter education, voter protection, targeted voter registration, and technology to make voting more accessible and to fight back against Republicans’ unprecedented voter suppression efforts.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that the Democrats are making a $25 million investment to expand the ‘I Will Vote’ campaign. This campaign is grounded in the firm belief that everyone’s vote matters. … The people must be able, without hindrance, without obstacle, to decide our country’s future,” said Vice President Kamala Harris.

“Republicans know that their policies are unpopular — and that the only way for them to hold on to power is to attack the constitutional right to vote, held by the people they swore to serve. That’s why the Republican Party has made outrageous efforts to keep people from voting. But all across the country — from Democratic state legislators in Texas to the DNC’s recent case before the Supreme Court — Democrats have shown we are fighters and we will not give up our right to vote. I’ve said time and again that the ‘D’ in Democrat stands for deliver, and today we are delivering innovative and historic resources to protect this fundamental part of our democracy,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison.

The whole-of-party effort by the Biden-Harris team demonstrates its unprecedented commitment to innovation at the DNC and across the Democratic Party. Most importantly, this initiative will deploy every asset available at the regional, state, and local levels to ensure we are communicating directly with potential voters about their rights and the rules around voting.

Below are key components of the ‘I Will Vote’ expansion. The $25 million announced today is in addition to the initial $20 million investment that Chair Harrison has already announced the DNC will make before the general election in 2022 and does not reflect the totality of our midterm commitment.

VOTER REGISTRATION: The ‘I Will Vote’ expansion will include millions in funding, including with partners, to register voters, a reflection of the Biden-Harris team’s commitment to those who are doing some of the strongest work on the ground in communities that deeply need additional investment.

As we fight back against some of the most egregious attacks on voters and voting rights in decades, it’s critically important that the party apparatus also invest in targeted voter registration efforts where specific needs are identified, where voters from particular backgrounds have been targeted with difficult registration requirements, or where states have made it more difficult for nonprofit organizations to be involved.

VOTER PROTECTION: ‘I Will Vote’ will fund the largest Voter Protection team ever assembled at the DNC, which for the first time will include state-level coverage and analytics capacity.

The Biden-Harris team and the DNC have a strong history of fighting to protect the right to vote, using the courts to ensure access to the polls, and defending the rights of voters, including numerous lawsuits brought to mitigate election laws that disproportionately affect people of color. In the wake of the 2020 election, we also worked to defeat challenges to the validity of the election. We will continue to use litigation as a tool to protect voters and to support our democracy.

VOTER EDUCATION: The DNC will commit millions to television and digital advertising, especially digital communications, to better educate voters on how to participate — how to register and where and when to vote. In an effort to reach new and younger voters and diverse constituencies, the DNC will partner with social media creators across platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to highlight what President Biden and Democrats have achieved, and what they can do to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY: The Biden-Harris team will fund the largest tech team in the history of the DNC. The team will use data and other tools to identify and contact voters affected by suppression efforts and voter roll purges, to ensure that all eligible voters have the information they need to cast a ballot. These investments will make sure that staff across the country have easy-to use-and actionable information on voters who have been moved to inactive lists or removed from voter rolls.

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07 Jul
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Stitt Costs Oklahoma Economy $3 Million

For Immediate Release

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

Stitt Costs Oklahoma Economy $3 Million

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, JULY 7, 2021 – While Democrats are focused on helping Oklahomans during the unprecedented pandemic, Stitt and his Republican cohorts have cost our State’s economy nearly $3 million by ending the extended pandemic unemployment benefits early.

“GOP leadership continues to play with Oklahomans’ lives,” declared Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “It’s a disgrace that Stitt ended the unemployment benefits early based on the false premise that people didn’t want to return to work because they made more on unemployment. This is just another BIG lie to hide behind.

“Stitt is completely out of touch with the realities every day Oklahomans are facing. This is politics-over-people at its worst,” continued Andrews. “Unemployment Insurance helps stabilize an economy. By ending the extended unemployment benefits early, Stitt cost our State $3 million and put families in harm’s way limiting the economic recovery efforts.

“Oklahomans deserve better than a governor who puts support for a one-term president’s Big Lie over the welfare of the citizens he swore an oath to protect. It’s shameful, and Democrats will not forget Stitt’s failed leadership and where he placed his priorities during a global crisis,” 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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