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26 May
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DNC on the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Black Wall Street Massacre and President Biden’s Visit

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May 26, 2021

DNC on the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Black Wall Street Massacre and President Biden’s Visit

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins released the following statement in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre and President Biden’s visit to the site:

“100 years ago, Black Tulsans built a thriving community with a competitive economic center at the heart of it that defied the confines imposed upon them by segregation and racism. But hatred of their skin and envy of their success resulted in one of the largest incidents of racial violence our nation has ever seen. While there is no fully accurate accounting of all the lives lost, the scars left on the hearts of our community remain.

“In the spirit of the hundreds of Black Tulsans who were killed that day and all those who survived and began to rebuild what was lost, we remain resilient in our pursuit of economic freedom and the fight for justice and equity for Black Americans who continue to experience the impacts of systemic racism. President Biden’s trip to Tulsa sheds an important light on this dark chapter in our nation’s history that for far too long was swept aside and unspoken. Just as the Greenwood District lives on today, so does Democrats’ fight to shape a nation that grants all citizens the dignity, respect, and opportunity to reach their full potential.”
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26 May
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President Biden’s Agenda Giving Rural America a Boost

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May 26, 2021

President Biden’s Agenda Giving Rural America a Boost

President Biden knows a strong middle class is the backbone of America and that rural communities are essential to the economic growth of our country. With the American Rescue Plan, President Biden and Democrats delivered a bold and historic legislative package that has provided much-needed relief to millions of people across the country. Working families received up to $1,400 direct checks, thousands more in individual benefits, access to more affordable health care, and the resources to get our kids and teachers safely back to school, no thanks to a single Republican in Congress.

While Republicans continue to fight against help for the middle class, including millions living in rural communities, President Biden and Democrats are working to pass the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan, which would deliver a generation-defining investment in rural America, and a commitment to grow the middle class and expand the benefits of economic growth to all Americans.

Because of the American Rescue Plan, which passed no thanks to a single Republican in Congress, rural America is getting the aid they need to rebuild their economies.

In Massachusetts: Daily Hampshire Gazette: Guest columnist Matt Hildreth: How the American Rescue Plan can help small towns

“While much has been reported about the American Rescue Plan providing needed relief to pandemic-battered cities, less has been written about the potential historic economic boost this policy could have on small towns and rural communities.

“Not only does the legislation distribute $4 billion to support the food supply chain, $3 billion to support economic development initiatives and $9 billion to assist rural health care providers, it also provides $140 million to support households residing in United States Department of Agriculture-subsidized rural properties or who participate in USDA direct mortgage programs.

“On top of that, the American Rescue Plan assigns $5 billion to farmers of color — who have lost 90% of their land over the past century because of systemic discrimination — and allocates $750 million to support the Indian Housing and Indian Community Development block grant programs.”

In West Virginia: Times West Virginian: American Rescue Plan offers hope for rural health care

“Thankfully, the American Rescue Plan included not only $1,400 checks for most West Virginians, but millions in relief for battered rural health providers. In April, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced over $82 million in funding for our Community Health Centers, which provides opportunities in underserved areas.

“Many of those funds are designated specifically to rural providers, such as those serving the majority of West Virginians. The American Rescue Plan makes available many other opportunities for rural America regarding health care, including $8.5 billion in provider relief, a $9.09 billion investment in the public health workforce and $4 billion in substance abuse prevention and behavioral health.”

President Biden knows we must build upon the provisions of the American Rescue Plan by passing the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan—bold plans that would invest in rural America, grow the middle class, and expand the benefits of economic growth to all Americans.

In Montana: KTVQ: Montana Ag Network: “A generation-defining investment in rural America”

“During an exclusive MTN interview with the Montana Ag Networks Lane Nordlund, Sec. Vilsack called the proposal, ‘a generation-defining investment in rural America.’

“‘Even before the pandemic, a lot of families, middle-class families, working families were having a very difficult time making ends meet,’ said Vilsack. ‘The American Families Plan is designed to do two very important things. First, to provide help and assistance to families so they can, in fact, make it. Secondly, creating the opportunity for us to have an economy that is competitive and able to meet the challenges of the future.’”

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25 May
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Black Caucus Chair Welcomes President Biden’s Support, Visit

Communications & Public Affairs
May 25, 2021

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

Black Caucus Chair Welcomes President Biden’s Support, Visit

OKLAHOMA CITY — The chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus released the following statement today in response to the news that President Joe Biden is coming to Tulsa to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

“I am appreciative of President Biden’s support of the historic Greenwood District, and I appreciate his understanding of the significance of the centennial commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre,” said Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Tulsa. “100 years ago, racism and hatred took away lives and generational wealth from Black Oklahomans. As Americans, we can no longer allow ourselves to gloss over the uncomfortable parts of our history, but instead, we must confront them. Having a U.S. President come and participate in the centennial is a great step in that direction, especially one like President Biden who has shown a willingness to have the hard conversations we so desperately need to have.”

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20 May
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American Rescue Plan Funds Providing “Fuel for Optimism” Across the Country

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May 20, 2021

American Rescue Plan Funds Providing “Fuel for Optimism” Across the Country

This week, Americans all across the country are continuing to see the positive impacts of the American Rescue Plan as state and local governments begin to put the billions they received to good use. From significant investments in rural broadband, to the expanded Child Tax Credit, aid from the American Rescue Plan is a game changer for communities hit hardest by the pandemic — no thanks to the Republicans who voted against it.

Funds from the American Rescue Plan are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in a recovery that benefits everyone, and state Democratic leaders are getting to work using these funds to upgrade rural broadband, help with higher education, and support clean drinking water.

In Wisconsin: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin rural broadband getting $100 million boost from federal program

“The state Public Service Commission will launch $100 million in broadband grant funding in the next two weeks from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday.

“It’s the initial batch of federal funds to be allocated for expanding high-speed internet service across the state, according to the governor, and it’s more than the state has spent on broadband expansion grants since 2013.”

In North Carolina: ABC11: Gov. Cooper unveils recommendations for NC’s American Rescue Plan funds

“The $5.7 billion in federal funds offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in North Carolina and ensure a shared recovery from the global pandemic, Cooper said. His recommendations include assisting families most affected by the pandemic, upgrading infrastructure, help with higher education and preparing the state’s workforce.”

Local leaders — both Democrats and Republicans — are speaking out about how American Rescue Plan funds have been a massive help for their communities.

In Michigan: Lansing State Journal: American Rescue Plan gives our communities the opportunity for local first pandemic recovery

“As a group of bipartisan mayors representing Michigan’s core urban cities, we’re hopeful about our communities’ ability to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with a strong recovery. The recently approved American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is fuel for our optimism.”

In Ohio: Columbus Dispatch: Opinion: Child Tax Credit welcome relief for Ohio families

“The pandemic has been a struggle for parents, and the American Rescue Plan includes some game-changing elements that will massively help Ohio families weather this challenging financial time. […]

“This groundbreaking legislation puts money in the pockets of families like mine—stimulating the economy while helping pay for everyday needs, supporting childcare facilities and helping schools reopen safely.”

In Pennsylvania: The Morning Call: Congresswoman Susan Wild, Lehigh Valley leaders say Rescue Plan funding will fuel strong recovery for local governments

“I don’t need to explain to anybody how challenging the last year has been from the emergency room to Main Street. Our local governments have been pushed to the brink while facing an economic crisis and a public health crisis,” Wild said. “This funding says loud and clear that they will not bear this burden alone.”’

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18 May
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Governor Stitt Has Lost Focus of His Job in Favor of Currying Approval from Out-of-State Republicans

For Immediate Release

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

Governor Stitt Has Lost Focus of His Job in Favor of Currying Approval from Out-of-State Republicans

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK MAY 18, 2021 – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement on Stitt ending pandemic-related unemployment benefits:

“It seems not a day goes by that our current governor doesn’t make fools of Oklahomans,” said Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “Instead of caring about the people he was elected to serve, he is playing games by trolling PETA with a performative side-of-the-road cookout and blaming President Biden for a shortage of one company’s fast-food sauce. It’s shameful,” said Andrews.

Approximately 24% of Oklahomans do not have access to affordable reliable broadband internet. Over 15,000 evictions have been filed in Oklahoma since March 2020 and as of March 2021, over 6,700 have been granted. Oklahoma ranks in the top 5 states for highest rates for gun death and ranks in the bottom 5 for spending per student.

“If that wasn’t enough, his latest declaration that he will be ending the pandemic-related extended unemployment benefits is another example of the Governor letting national Republican talking points dictate his Oklahoma policy decisions. This measure does not help Oklahomans. On the contrary, it is punitive and will likely cause yet another financial crisis later this summer.

“The Governor has had his fun. Can he get back to work now? asks Andrews. “The Governor has the power to help Oklahomans and yet he chooses to carry out pranks and stoke fear and division. It’s time to put Oklahomans first,” 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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