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10 Jul
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Endorses Young Democrats of America Candidate Josh Harris-Till

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2019

Oklahoma Democratic Party Endorses Young Democrats of America Candidate Josh Harris-Till

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that the Oklahoma Democratic Party Central Committee unanimously endorses Joshua Harris-Till in his candidacy for President of the Young Democrats of America. Joshua is the President Emeritus of the Young Democrats of Oklahoma. In that role he has traveled across the state several times over, engaging and establishing Young Democrat chapters. He and the leadership team chartered 24 new chapters last year. These chapters were instrumental in the 2017 special election cycle where we flipped 6 Republican seats! Currently, over half of the Democrats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives are Young Democrats. They have created an indispensable level of youth engagement in Oklahoma politics under Joshua’s leadership.

Joshua embodies what it means to lead from the front. He has never organized an event for YD’s that he didn’t attend and also work. Joshua truly understands that leading is much more than taking a seat at the table but additionally making room for other young people. Joshua at both Carl Albert’s dinner organized an opportunity for young people to meet and take pictures with our keynote speakers. He negotiated YD rates and sponsored seats at ticketed events, which insured that young people were in attendance. One of the truest testaments to Joshua’s character was earlier this year at a Stacy Abrams event, where Joshua had a seat on the second row and literally shared that seat with one of his Young Dems so she could enjoy and potentially meet someone she felt truly inspired by.

Not only does Joshua recognize the importance of having a seat at the table, he believes in creating seats and even sharing his seat to ensure maximum inclusion. That is true leadership, that is who Joshua is, and that is why we believe that he should be the next President of the Young Democrats of America! We urge your consideration and humbly request that you vote for him.

Alicia Andrews, Chair
On behalf of the Oklahoma Central Committee
Oklahoma Democratic Party

10 Jul
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Third Democratic Presidential Primary Debate to be Held in Houston

Third Democratic Presidential Primary Debate to be Held in Houston

Third debate on September 12 – 13 in Houston

Today, the DNC is proud to announce that the third presidential primary debate, hosted by ABC News, in partnership with Univision, will be held in Houston, Texas. The debate may occur over consecutive nights in prime time to accommodate a large field of qualifying candidates, with the first night on September 12 and the potential second night on September 13.

The debate will air on the ABC television network, on Univision with Spanish translation, and on ABC News Live, the network’s streaming channel. It will be available on the ABCNews.com website and apps, as well as Hulu Live, The Roku Channel, and Facebook Watch, among other outlets.

Additional details on the venue, moderators, communication accessibility, and timing will be announced at a later date.

“The DNC made a wise choice by deciding to come to Houston for their third presidential debate,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. “We’re a city that represents what’s best about America. We’re resilient. We’re tough. We always look out for our neighbors. And we never stop working for a brighter future. But those aren’t just Houston values – those are the values of the Democratic Party too. So when the candidates take the stage, I know they’ll show the country what real leadership looks like. And I know they’ll get voters everywhere fired up to run Donald Trump out of the White House once and for all.”

“I’m thrilled that we’ll be hosting the third Democratic primary debate here in the most diverse and dynamic city in the nation,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, “where we build relationships, not walls. When the debate comes to Texas, our party’s candidates will show everyone watching that the Democratic Party has the ideas and ambition that America sorely needs in the White House.”

“Texas is a battleground state, period,” said Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa. “We know that when Texas goes blue, the White House will follow. We are pleased that our partners at the Democratic National Committee have agreed to host the third presidential primary debate here in Texas.

“As the nation’s most diverse city, Houston is the perfect place for the Democratic Party’s third debate. Leaders like Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner have been key to making Houston the world-class city it is today,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “Like the people of Texas, our candidates come from all kinds of backgrounds, and are all united by their deeply held values. We’ve seen firsthand in Texas that organizing everywhere through the Texas Democratic Party has led to victories all across the state, including flipping a dozen state House seats and making the state more competitive than it has been in decades. Houston is the perfect place to showcase our candidates so that they can share their vision for a better future for the American people.”

02 Jul
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DNC on 2020 Census Victory

DNC on 2020 Census Victory

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the Trump administration abandoned its efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census:

“This is a huge victory for democracy. The Trump administration wanted to undercount immigrant communities with a census designed to intimidate them and drive them into the shadows. But they couldn’t fool our courts, and they can’t fool the American people. We’ve had enough of Trump and the Republican Party’s attempts to circumvent the Constitution, disempower people of color, and strip resources from our most diverse communities. This fight isn’t over, but Democrats will always stand for an accurate census that ensures every state receives their fair share of resources and representation.”

02 Jul
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DNC Chair Tom Perez on 55th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

DNC Chair Tom Perez on 55th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the 55th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act:

“55 years ago, our nation took an enormous step forward on the path to true equality with the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The law expanded voting rights protections and access to public facilities, and it outlawed segregation in public places and banned racial discrimination by employers. It was a hard-won victory for generations of justice warriors, activists, and civil rights organizers who believed in the promise enshrined in our Constitution that we are all created equal. We are forever indebted to all those who persevered through unthinkable violence and endured unspeakable cruelty to forge a brighter future for all.

“Democrats understand that civil rights continues to be the great unfinished business of America. In too many states, conservative lawmakers still work to erect barriers to the ballot, especially in communities of color. And for too many families, structural racism has kept the vaults of opportunity sealed. But as long as the struggle for economic and racial justice continues, we will never stop fighting to expand opportunity for all, regardless of race, class, or creed.”

28 Jun
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50th Anniversary of Stonewall

DNC on the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes, DNC Treasurer William Derrough, and DNC Secretary Jason Rae released the following statement:

“Today, we celebrate the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. We honor the courage and diversity of the activists at Stonewall. We remember heroes like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson – two trans women of color – whose bravery changed our country for the better. And we recognize all who have followed in their footsteps to fight for the dignity and equality every human being deserves.

“50 years after Stonewall, that fight continues. There is no doubt that we’ve made progress. From Lawrence, Windsor, and Obergefell, to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Act, to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, our nation has taken great strides forward in our march toward a more perfect union.

“But we still have so much work left to do. The legal protections that so many LGBTQ Americans and their allies have fought for are under threat. For two and a half years, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have tried to drag our nation backwards, emboldening bigots and breaking Trump’s empty promise to support the LGBTQ community. From banning transgender troops from serving in our nation’s armed forces, to undermining workplace discrimination protections, to opening the door for the denial of health care services to trans Americans, his administration has rolled back our progress time and time again.

“No one should face violence, bullying, or discrimination because of who they are or who they love. But in the face of Trump’s bigotry, the Democratic Party has a message for LGBTQ people everywhere: We see you. We hear you. We have your back, and we will never stop fighting for your rights.

“In the last election cycle, LGBTQ Democrats ran for office and won in record numbers, tearing down old barriers and transforming our democracy. As we head toward Election Day in 2019 and 2020, we’re going to continue to stand with the LGBTQ community. We’re going to carry the standard of every American who said enough is enough and love is love. And we’re going to keep fighting with the courage and pride of the countless activists and organizers who came before us.”

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