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  • May 15, 2022 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WITH SENATOR JULIA KIRT-WOMEN BUILD for HABITAT FOR HUMANITY


    Senator Julia Kirt is serving as honorary co-chair of the Women Build for Habitat for Humanity this year. Last week a group of women legislators kicked off the build and it was a blast.

     

    Senator Kirt  wanted to invite the EDW crew to join her  on Saturday, July 9 (8 am-2 pm).

     

    Women Build Events provide an opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving our communities.  These opportunities are available across the US and any woman who wants to learn how to build and construct a home is invited to join us. No experience is necessary. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals and alongside other volunteers and future habitat owners. Whether you are learning new skills or simply adding a few to your tool belt, this is a rewarding experience for all involved and improves the community that we share. Women helping Women sends a positive and powerful message. It can be a terrific way to involve your friends or family members or come alone and make new friends. The atmosphere is friendly and collaborative. Once you are signed up, the specific  job address will be sent out about a week out from the volunteer day. The job is in the Central Oklahoma Area. You do not need your own tools. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required for your safety, work gloves and safety glasses will be provided if you don’t have your own.  Click on this link: https://www.helpmyhabitat.com/need/detail/?need_id=665578

     

     Julia Kirt

    Oklahoma Senator, District 30


    Women Build Coming together to build Stronger Safer

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  • May 15, 2022 9:59 AM | Anonymous


    Candidate Forum: Monday, May 16th at 6:30 

    Candidate Forum: Monday, May 16th at 6:30 

    Edmond Community Center 28E Main

    Please come and bring a friend to EDW’s General Assembly meeting, a Candidate Forum for Democratic Candidates for Governor and Democratic Candidates for US Senate Lankford’s seat.

    This Monday May 16th, EDW will host the first of two Candidate Forums for our members to get to know the Democratic candidates running for office where there will be a primary on June 28th. We have invited Democratic gubernatorial candidates Connie Johnson and Joy Hofmeister and Democratic US Senate Lankford seat candidates: Jason Bollinger, Madison Horn, Jo Glenn, Dennis Baker, Brandon Wade and Arya Azma. Joy Hofmeister will come in June because of a conflict Monday and at the time of this writing, we have not heard from Arya Azma and his plans to attend. Kendra Horn, running for US Senate Inhofe’s seat will be present and briefly speak but since she has no democratic opponent for the June 28th primary therefore will not be a part of the forum. EDW’s Chair of Recruit, Support, Elect Committee, Jo Beth Moad will be the Forum Moderator with questions about Healthcare, Government Corruption, Women’s Rights, and Building a Strong Economy for our gubernatorial candidates and Voting Rights, Women’s Healthcare, Common Sense Gun Reform, and Climate Change/Clean Energy for the Senate candidates.

    Several political races only have 1 Democratic candidate running before the primary that our members can vote for in those districts, so we have invited them to attend on either or both dates to visit with our members or bring literature, donor envelopes or volunteer signups. Once the races have 1 Democratic candidate, then that candidate can ask EDW for an endorsement and go through the endorsement process that is offered by our Recruit, Support, Elect Committee if they would like EDW’s endorsement.

    The following candidates have been invited to these meetings to meet our members or for a table contact :

    CD 5 -Joshua Harris Till

    Lieutenant Governor -Melinda Alizedah-Fard

    State Treasurer- Charles DeCuene

    State Superintendent- Jena Nelson

    State Legislative Races

    SD 22 -Blake Aguirre

    SD 30 -Julia Kirt

    SD 40 – Carrie Hicks

    SD 46 – Kay Floyd

    HD 41 – Mike Bockus

    HD 83 – Greg Clyde

    HD 85 -Cyndi Munson

    HD 87- Ellyn Hefner

    OK County Treasurer 

    Brandon Kirkpatrick

    Tom Guild

    On June 20th, at our EDW General Assembly Meeting will be the second Candidate Forum for contested positions that our members can vote for, with County Commissioner District 3 candidates Cathy Cummings and Jay Bridwell and OK County District Attorney candidates Vicki Behenna and Mark Myles invited. Joy Hofmeister for Governor will be able to attend this Forum and Kendra Horn for US Senate Inhofe seat will be present and briefly speak as well.

    Enjoy an informative evening and be prepared to learn about our candidates, volunteer to help get them elected, and donate to their campaigns. See you there!

    Please come and bring a friend to EDW’s General Assembly meeting, a Candidate Forum for Democratic Candidates for Governor and Democratic Candidates for US Senate Lankford’s seat.

    This Monday May 16th, EDW will host the first of two Candidate Forums for our members to get to know the Democratic candidates running for office where there will be a primary on June 28th. We have invited Democratic gubernatorial candidates Connie Johnson and Joy Hofmeister and Democratic US Senate Lankford seat candidates: Jason Bollinger, Madison Horn, Jo Glenn, Dennis Baker, Brandon Wade and Arya Azma. Joy Hofmeister will come in June because of a conflict Monday and at the time of this writing, we have not heard from Arya Azma and his plans to attend. Kendra Horn, running for US Senate Inhofe’s seat will be present and briefly speak but since she has no democratic opponent for the June 28th primary therefore will not be a part of the forum. EDW’s Chair of Recruit, Support, Elect Committee, Jo Beth Moad will be the Forum Moderator with questions about Healthcare, Government Corruption, Women’s Rights, and Building a Strong Economy for our gubernatorial candidates and Voting Rights, Women’s Healthcare, Common Sense Gun Reform, and Climate Change/Clean Energy for the Senate candidates.

    Several political races only have 1 Democratic candidate running before the primary that our members can vote for in those districts, so we have invited them to attend on either or both dates to visit with our members or bring literature, donor envelopes or volunteer signups. Once the races have 1 Democratic candidate, then that candidate can ask EDW for an endorsement and go through the endorsement process that is offered by our Recruit, Support, Elect Committee if they would like EDW’s endorsement.

    The following candidates have been invited to these meetings to meet our members or for a table contact :

    CD 5 -Joshua Harris Till

    Lieutenant Governor -Melinda Alizedah-Fard

    State Treasurer- Charles DeCuene

    State Superintendent- Jena Nelson

    State Legislative Races

    SD 22 -Blake Aguirre

    SD 30 -Julia Kirt

    SD 40 – Carrie Hicks

    SD 46 – Kay Floyd

    HD 41 – Mike Bockus

    HD 83 – Greg Clyde

    HD 85 -Cyndi Munson

    HD 87- Ellyn Hefner

    OK County Treasurer 

    Brandon Kirkpatrick

    Tom Guild

    On June 20th, at our EDW General Assembly Meeting will be the second Candidate Forum for contested positions that our members can vote for, with County Commissioner District 3 candidates Cathy Cummings and Jay Bridwell and OK County District Attorney candidates Vicki Behenna and Mark Myles invited. Joy Hofmeister for Governor will be able to attend this Forum and Kendra Horn for US Senate Inhofe seat will be present and briefly speak as well.

    Enjoy an informative evening and be prepared to learn about our candidates, volunteer to help get them elected, and donate to their campaigns. See you there!

    RSVP for the event Heidi

    Gubernatorial

    Joy Hofmeister Governor

    Connie Johnson Governor

    Melinda Alizadeh-Fard Lt Governor

    Congressional Candidates

    U.S. Senate & U.S. House of Representatives

    U.S. Senate Inhofe Seat – Kendra Horn

    U.S. Senate Lankford Seat – Arya Azma

    U.S. Senate Lankford Seat – Dennis Baker

    U.S. Senate Lankford Seat – Jason Bollinger

    U. S. Senate Lankford Seat – Jo Glenn

    U.S. Senate Lankford Seat – Brandon Wade

    U.S. Senate Lankford Seat – Madison Horn

  • May 09, 2022 12:20 PM | Anonymous



    Leaked scotus draft majority opinion on Roe v. Wade causing great concern and call to action

    Opinion by Krista Jones

    As disheartening as the last few days have been after reading Judge Alito’s draft majority opinion of the Supreme Court Case on Roe v Wade, I knew I could not adequately articulate my concern, depression, and desire for a different outcome from the Supreme Court. So I am turning to others with better words than I, with better understanding than I, and with better options for a peaceful, equitable resolution than I. I will be quoting from President Joe Biden, President Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, US Senator Elizabeth Warren and OK state Representative Cyndi Munson. These folk have provided me with words of truth and hope during these times.

    While the justices have not finalized this ruling, it does show what direction the majority of justices intend to go. In Oklahoma, Republicans passed a bill that bans abortion after 6 weeks, before many people know they are pregnant, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This ban is particularly disastrous because it would immediately cut off most abortion access in a state that has absorbed nearly half of all Texas patients who have traveled out of state for abortions since Texas enacted a similar law last fall.

    President Biden has said “Roe v. Wade. Roe has been the law of the land for almost 50 years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.

    The draft opinion calls into question the fundamental right to privacy -- the right to make personal choices about marriage, whether to have children, and how to raise them. These are fundamental rights for Americans -- a critical part of who we are.

    If the Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect the right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November.” Biden said the same arguments included in the draft opinion could also be used to strike down the right of gays and lesbians to marry as well as constitutional protections for birth control. Earlier Biden released a statement calling on Congress to codify abortion rights and urged voters to elect lawmakers who would support those rights.

    In a statement posted to President Barrack Obama’s twitter account, the Obamas said revoking abortion rights would not reduce the number of those procedures but instead force women who can't afford to get them legally to endanger themselves by seeking illegal abortions."Under the Court's logic, state legislatures could dictate that women carry every pregnancy to term, no matter how early it is and no matter what circumstances led to it — even rape or incest," the statement said.

    The Obamas made a call for those upset by the possible ruling to get politically involved, both in the Nov. 8 election and in future ones: "Because in the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we've got to elect officials committed to doing the same.''

    Half of U.S. states, concentrated in the South, Midwest and Plains, have restrictive abortion laws set to go into effect should the reversal take place. Experts say those who disproportionately have trouble accessing health care, often low-income individuals and people of color, will be most impacted. More than half of the nation’s Black population lives in the South, where women of color, including Hispanic women, make up a significant proportion.

    On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on the Supreme Court steps"I am angry because of who will pay the price for this. It will not be wealthy women,” she said. “This will fall on the poorest women in our country. This will fall on the young women who have been abused, who are victims of incest. This will fall on those who have been raped. This will fall on mothers who are already struggling to work three jobs, to be able to support their children they have.” 'The United States Congress can keep Roe v Wade the law of the land, they just need to do it,' referring to the Women’s Health Protection Act, which fell down in the Senate in March because of lack of Republican support and one Democrat opposing.

    Oklahoma State Representative Cyndi Munson posted this on her Facebook page. “When I woke up to the news about the SCOTUS brief leak yesterday, I was overwhelmed with sadness, frustration, and anger. But unfortunately, not surprised about the contents of the draft brief.

    I have so many things to say about how we have arrived here as a nation, but I will start where I always do when I stand up to debate against anti-choice legislation on the House Floor. If you have had an abortion, are in the midst of seeking abortion care, or you simply care about everyone’s access to health care, I say to you: I am so sorry for the way your leaders speak about your need for access to health care — please know you are seen, heard, and understood by many of us who do everything we can to speak up and fight back against harmful policies that take away our right to bodily autonomy.

    When I first ran for State Representative I was told by some not to share my stance on abortion care because it would keep me from being elected, but I have never ever listened to that advice. Have I had difficult conversations with voters and constituents? Yes. Have I lost the potential to earn someone’s vote because of my stance? Absolutely. But that hasn’t kept me from being true to what I believe and doing the work necessary to help folks in my district to understand what they are being sold as “pro-life” isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be.

    I bring all of this up because I believe this is just a tiny part of how we have arrived here. Many who have run for office and are elected lack courage to stand up against anti-choice legislation because they are afraid of having primaries. That, or they simply don’t know how or take the time to spell it out for the folks in their districts that whether one considers themselves “pro-life” or not, these bills put our state in a dangerous position when it comes to access to all and any health care. Using the unborn to get votes and create deep division among voters is immoral — and quite frankly, lacks all sorts of vision when it comes to what we can all really do to take care of babies.

    Make no mistake, people will still seek abortion. The unfortunate and saddening truth is that many will seek unsafe abortion putting themselves at high risk of harm, including death.

    By banning abortion care in Oklahoma, it will become increasingly more difficult to retain and recruit physicians to come to our state to practice any type of health care. If we continue to criminalize a profession as critical as medicine, we will all suffer.

    If the Governor wants our state to be the most “pro-life” state in the nation, I look forward to his and the GOP’s proposals to end the death penalty, raise the minimum wage, provide universal health care coverage for “all four million Oklahomans”, ensure affordable, quality child care, paid parental leave, provide affordable housing, and to give access to comprehensive sex education and contraception — and this is just a start. Until then, we can’t say we honor life.

    If you do not like abortion, do not get one. But do not stand in the way of someone making their own private health care decisions.

    So, what to do now? Call your elected officials, especially those who disagree with you. And remember elections have consequences, we are quite literally living through it. So, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! Get involved with folks who are doing the work — raise money, give money, knock doors, and above all, don’t give up. ”

    One of our valued members Padmaja Mehta D’souza remarked that the Democrats need to reframe the argument not as “pro life or pro choice”, but the Republican tyranny on women’s right to health. Those are the words of Truth as I know it and hope that I have listened to, in the last few days. Get engaged, involved in campaigns and vote, vote, vote. Make your voice heard at the polls!

    Leaked scotus draft majority opinion on Roe v. Wade causing great concern and call to act

    Opinion by Krista Jones

    As disheartening as the last few days have been after reading Judge Alito’s draft majority opinion of the Supreme Court Case on Roe v Wade, I knew I could not adequately articulate my concern, depression, and desire for a different outcome from the Supreme Court. So I am turning to others with better words than I, with better understanding than I, and with better options for a peaceful, equitable resolution than I. I will be quoting from President Joe Biden, President Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, US Senator Elizabeth Warren and OK state Representative Cyndi Munson. These folk have provided me with words of truth and hope during these times.

    While the justices have not finalized this ruling, it does show what direction the majority of justices intend to go. In Oklahoma, Republicans passed a bill that bans abortion after 6 weeks, before many people know they are pregnant, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This ban is particularly disastrous because it would immediately cut off most abortion access in a state that has absorbed nearly half of all Texas patients who have traveled out of state for abortions since Texas enacted a similar law last fall.

    President Biden has said “Roe v. Wade. Roe has been the law of the land for almost 50 years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.

    The draft opinion calls into question the fundamental right to privacy -- the right to make personal choices about marriage, whether to have children, and how to raise them. These are fundamental rights for Americans -- a critical part of who we are.

    If the Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect the right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November.” Biden said the same arguments included in the draft opinion could also be used to strike down the right of gays and lesbians to marry as well as constitutional protections for birth control. Earlier Biden released a statement calling on Congress to codify abortion rights and urged voters to elect lawmakers who would support those rights.

    In a statement posted to President Barrack Obama’s twitter account, the Obamas said revoking abortion rights would not reduce the number of those procedures but instead force women who can't afford to get them legally to endanger themselves by seeking illegal abortions."Under the Court's logic, state legislatures could dictate that women carry every pregnancy to term, no matter how early it is and no matter what circumstances led to it — even rape or incest," the statement said.

    The Obamas made a call for those upset by the possible ruling to get politically involved, both in the Nov. 8 election and in future ones: "Because in the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we've got to elect officials committed to doing the same.''

    Half of U.S. states, concentrated in the South, Midwest and Plains, have restrictive abortion laws set to go into effect should the reversal take place. Experts say those who disproportionately have trouble accessing health care, often low-income individuals and people of color, will be most impacted. More than half of the nation’s Black population lives in the South, where women of color, including Hispanic women, make up a significant proportion.

    On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on the Supreme Court steps"I am angry because of who will pay the price for this. It will not be wealthy women,” she said. “This will fall on the poorest women in our country. This will fall on the young women who have been abused, who are victims of incest. This will fall on those who have been raped. This will fall on mothers who are already struggling to work three jobs, to be able to support their children they have.” 'The United States Congress can keep Roe v Wade the law of the land, they just need to do it,' referring to the Women’s Health Protection Act, which fell down in the Senate in March because of lack of Republican support and one Democrat opposing.

    Oklahoma State Representative Cyndi Munson posted this on her Facebook page. “When I woke up to the news about the SCOTUS brief leak yesterday, I was overwhelmed with sadness, frustration, and anger. But unfortunately, not surprised about the contents of the draft brief.

    I have so many things to say about how we have arrived here as a nation, but I will start where I always do when I stand up to debate against anti-choice legislation on the House Floor. If you have had an abortion, are in the midst of seeking abortion care, or you simply care about everyone’s access to health care, I say to you: I am so sorry for the way your leaders speak about your need for access to health care — please know you are seen, heard, and understood by many of us who do everything we can to speak up and fight back against harmful policies that take away our right to bodily autonomy.

    When I first ran for State Representative I was told by some not to share my stance on abortion care because it would keep me from being elected, but I have never ever listened to that advice. Have I had difficult conversations with voters and constituents? Yes. Have I lost the potential to earn someone’s vote because of my stance? Absolutely. But that hasn’t kept me from being true to what I believe and doing the work necessary to help folks in my district to understand what they are being sold as “pro-life” isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be.

    I bring all of this up because I believe this is just a tiny part of how we have arrived here. Many who have run for office and are elected lack courage to stand up against anti-choice legislation because they are afraid of having primaries. That, or they simply don’t know how or take the time to spell it out for the folks in their districts that whether one considers themselves “pro-life” or not, these bills put our state in a dangerous position when it comes to access to all and any health care. Using the unborn to get votes and create deep division among voters is immoral — and quite frankly, lacks all sorts of vision when it comes to what we can all really do to take care of babies.

    Make no mistake, people will still seek abortion. The unfortunate and saddening truth is that many will seek unsafe abortion putting themselves at high risk of harm, including death.

    By banning abortion care in Oklahoma, it will become increasingly more difficult to retain and recruit physicians to come to our state to practice any type of health care. If we continue to criminalize a profession as critical as medicine, we will all suffer.

    If the Governor wants our state to be the most “pro-life” state in the nation, I look forward to his and the GOP’s proposals to end the death penalty, raise the minimum wage, provide universal health care coverage for “all four million Oklahomans”, ensure affordable, quality child care, paid parental leave, provide affordable housing, and to give access to comprehensive sex education and contraception — and this is just a start. Until then, we can’t say we honor life.

    If you do not like abortion, do not get one. But do not stand in the way of someone making their own private health care decisions.

    So, what to do now? Call your elected officials, especially those who disagree with you. And remember elections have consequences, we are quite literally living through it. So, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! Get involved with folks who are doing the work — raise money, give money, knock doors, and above all, don’t give up. ”

    One of our valued members Padmaja Mehta D’souza remarked that the Democrats need to reframe the argument not as “pro life or pro choice”, but the Republican tyranny on women’s right to health. Those are the words of Truth as I know it and hope that I have listened to, in the last few days. Get engaged, involved in campaigns and vote, vote, vote. Make your voice heard at the polls!


    EDW members at the pro-choice rally at the Oklahoma Capitol on Tuesday 5-3-22


    Leakescotus draft majority opinion on Roe v. Wade causing great concern and call to action

    Opinion by Krista Jones

    As disheartening as the last few days have been after reading Judge Alito’s draft majority opinion of the Supreme Court Case on Roe v Wade, I knew I could not adequately articulate my concern, depression, and desire for a different outcome from the Supreme Court. So I am turning to others with better words than I, with better understanding than I, and with better options for a peaceful, equitable resolution than I. I will be quoting from President Joe Biden, President Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, US Senator Elizabeth Warren and OK state Representative Cyndi Munson. These folk have provided me with words of truth and hope during these times.

    While the justices have not finalized this ruling, it does show what direction the majority of justices intend to go. In Oklahoma, Republicans passed a bill that bans abortion after 6 weeks, before many people know they are pregnant, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This ban is particularly disastrous because it would immediately cut off most abortion access in a state that has absorbed nearly half of all Texas patients who have traveled out of state for abortions since Texas enacted a similar law last fall.

    President Biden has said “Roe v. Wade. Roe has been the law of the land for almost 50 years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.

    The draft opinion calls into question the fundamental right to privacy -- the right to make personal choices about marriage, whether to have children, and how to raise them. These are fundamental rights for Americans -- a critical part of who we are.

    If the Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect the right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November.” Biden said the same arguments included in the draft opinion could also be used to strike down the right of gays and lesbians to marry as well as constitutional protections for birth control. Earlier Biden released a statement calling on Congress to codify abortion rights and urged voters to elect lawmakers who would support those rights.

    In a statement posted to President Barrack Obama’s twitter account, the Obamas said revoking abortion rights would not reduce the number of those procedures but instead force women who can't afford to get them legally to endanger themselves by seeking illegal abortions."Under the Court's logic, state legislatures could dictate that women carry every pregnancy to term, no matter how early it is and no matter what circumstances led to it — even rape or incest," the statement said.

    The Obamas made a call for those upset by the possible ruling to get politically involved, both in the Nov. 8 election and in future ones: "Because in the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we've got to elect officials committed to doing the same.''

    Half of U.S. states, concentrated in the South, Midwest and Plains, have restrictive abortion laws set to go into effect should the reversal take place. Experts say those who disproportionately have trouble accessing health care, often low-income individuals and people of color, will be most impacted. More than half of the nation’s Black population lives in the South, where women of color, including Hispanic women, make up a significant proportion.

    On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on the Supreme Court steps"I am angry because of who will pay the price for this. It will not be wealthy women,” she said. “This will fall on the poorest women in our country. This will fall on the young women who have been abused, who are victims of incest. This will fall on those who have been raped. This will fall on mothers who are already struggling to work three jobs, to be able to support their children they have.” 'The United States Congress can keep Roe v Wade the law of the land, they just need to do it,' referring to the Women’s Health Protection Act, which fell down in the Senate in March because of lack of Republican support and one Democrat opposing.

    Oklahoma State Representative Cyndi Munson posted this on her Facebook page. “When I woke up to the news about the SCOTUS brief leak yesterday, I was overwhelmed with sadness, frustration, and anger. But unfortunately, not surprised about the contents of the draft brief.

    I have so many things to say about how we have arrived here as a nation, but I will start where I always do when I stand up to debate against anti-choice legislation on the House Floor. If you have had an abortion, are in the midst of seeking abortion care, or you simply care about everyone’s access to health care, I say to you: I am so sorry for the way your leaders speak about your need for access to health care — please know you are seen, heard, and understood by many of us who do everything we can to speak up and fight back against harmful policies that take away our right to bodily autonomy.

    When I first ran for State Representative I was told by some not to share my stance on abortion care because it would keep me from being elected, but I have never ever listened to that advice. Have I had difficult conversations with voters and constituents? Yes. Have I lost the potential to earn someone’s vote because of my stance? Absolutely. But that hasn’t kept me from being true to what I believe and doing the work necessary to help folks in my district to understand what they are being sold as “pro-life” isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be.

    I bring all of this up because I believe this is just a tiny part of how we have arrived here. Many who have run for office and are elected lack courage to stand up against anti-choice legislation because they are afraid of having primaries. That, or they simply don’t know how or take the time to spell it out for the folks in their districts that whether one considers themselves “pro-life” or not, these bills put our state in a dangerous position when it comes to access to all and any health care. Using the unborn to get votes and create deep division among voters is immoral — and quite frankly, lacks all sorts of vision when it comes to what we can all really do to take care of babies.

    Make no mistake, people will still seek abortion. The unfortunate and saddening truth is that many will seek unsafe abortion putting themselves at high risk of harm, including death.

    By banning abortion care in Oklahoma, it will become increasingly more difficult to retain and recruit physicians to come to our state to practice any type of health care. If we continue to criminalize a profession as critical as medicine, we will all suffer.

    If the Governor wants our state to be the most “pro-life” state in the nation, I look forward to his and the GOP’s proposals to end the death penalty, raise the minimum wage, provide universal health care coverage for “all four million Oklahomans”, ensure affordable, quality child care, paid parental leave, provide affordable housing, and to give access to comprehensive sex education and contraception — and this is just a start. Until then, we can’t say we honor life.

    If you do not like abortion, do not get one. But do not stand in the way of someone making their own private health care decisions.

    So, what to do now? Call your elected officials, especially those who disagree with you. And remember elections have consequences, we are quite literally living through it. So, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! Get involved with folks who are doing the work — raise money, give money, knock doors, and above all, don’t give up. ”

    One of our valued members Padmaja Mehta D’souza remarked that the Democrats need to reframe the argument not as “pro life or pro choice”, but the Republican tyranny on women’s right to health. Those are the words of Truth as I know it and hope that I have listened to, in the last few days. Get engaged, involved in campaigns and vote, vote, vote. Make your voice heard at the polls!


    EDW members at the pro-choice rally at the Oklahoma Capitol on Tuesday 5-3-22


  • May 09, 2022 12:11 PM | Anonymous


    Primary candidates running for office in Oklahoma

    Here is the list of 2022 primary candidates based on OK State Election Board results. Check out great Democrats running for statewide or legislative offices on the website at 

    Dennis Purifoy shared his observations to the Canadian County Democrats on the candidates that filed for office.

    • Democrats will have women at the top of our ticket, for Governor, Lieutenant Gov., Supt. of Public Education, Corp. Commissioner, and at least one of of the U.S. Senate races.
    • We also have a Democrat running for State Treasurer.
    • There's a Democrat in all 5 U.S. House races, with Joshua Harris-Till in the District 5 race, whom many of us have met. He'll be a good candidate. I don't know about the candidate in District 3.
    • A Democrat is running for Labor Commissioner. Also running is Sean The Patriot Roberts, a nut from Hominy now in the legislature. The incumbent, Leslie Osborne, is challenging his name on the ballot. Sounds more like a WWE wrestler. (The challenge was successful and “the patriot “ portion of his name will not be on the ballot)
    • We have Democrats running in Senate District 22 and House District 41!! Blake Aguirre and Mike Bockus. We should support them as much as we can.
    • In our new Senate District 18, and House District 60, we do not have Democrats. In S.D. 18, Jack Stewart's announcement talked about good roads, etc. Hunter Zearley's announcement started by attacking "liberal elites" (in Oklahoma?). I can't vote for Stewart but I'll support him. In District 60, Ron Lynch is running against the incumbent Rhonda Baker. Anyone know anything about Ron Lynch?
    • Annie Menz, a Democrat in Norman, is running for H.D. 45. She used to work for David Perryman. She'll be a good candidate.
    • With 24 State Senate seats on the ballot this year, 12 have only Republicans running and 3 have only Democrats (Michael Brooks is one of those 3). With 100 House seats on the ballot, 60 have only Republicans running and 10 have only Democrats. Democrats have a chance to increase our numbers in both the House and Senate. But in Michael Brooks' opinion, as he told us, the redistricting tended to make red district more red, with blue districts being more blue as a result. So the districts are drawn to favor Republicans, of course, at the expense of purple districts.

    It's gonna be a long haul through the Republican primaries and their ads on TV! So let's use our time and dollars and energy to support Democrats where we can.

    Dennis Purifoy

    Below are important election dates:

    June 28: Primary Election

    June 3: Voter Registration Deadline

    June 13: Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

    August 23: Runoff Primary Elections

    July 29: Voter Registration Deadline

    August 8: Absentee Ballot Deadline

    November 8: General Election

    October 14: Voter Registration Deadline

    October 24: Absentee Ballot Deadline

  • May 09, 2022 9:44 AM | Anonymous


    Edmond Public Schools ALL 3 High Schools in TOP 10 Schools in State 

    Major congratulations to Edmond Public Schools!! This is amazing!!

    U.S. News & World Report has once again named all three Edmond High Schools among the top ten in Oklahoma!

    The publication’s 2022 Best High Schools rankings, released April 26, include data on more than 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    Of the 401 Oklahoma high schools included in the report, Edmond Memorial ranks No.4 in the state and No. 600 nationally, Edmond North ranks No. 5 in the state and No. 741 nationally and Edmond Santa Fe ranks No.7 in the state and No. 991 nationally.

    Graduation rates and college readiness are key metrics within the rankings. Working with RTI International, a nonprofit research firm, U.S. News assessed schools on the following six factors:

    • College readiness, based on the proportion of 12th-grade students who took and earned a qualifying score on at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam (30% of ranking).
    • State assessment proficiency, based on aggregated scores on state assessments that students may be required to pass for graduation (20%).
    • State assessment performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school’s proportion of underserved students (20%).
    • Underserved student performance, based on how Black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state (10%).
    • College curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th-grade students who took and earned a qualifying score on AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas (10%).Graduation rate, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2016-2017 and graduated four years later (10%).

  • April 25, 2022 9:26 AM | Anonymous


    So inspiring! In case you missed it... So inspiring! In case you missed it...

    In case you missed Michigan state Senator Mallory McMorrow’s incredible and inspiring speech, I am sharing from Yahoo News:

    Yahoo News

    Michigan state senator hits back at GOP colleague accusing her of 'grooming' kids

    by Christopher Wilson, Wed, April 20, 2022

    Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow pushed back in a viral speech against the growing trend of Republicans labeling their Democratic opponents as groomers and pedophiles.

    McMorrow responded Tuesday morning to accusations made in a fundraising email by Republican state Sen. Lana Theis that her Democratic colleague wanted to “groom and sexualize kindergarteners.”

    “I didn’t expect to wake up yesterday to the news that the senator from the 22nd District had, overnight, accused me by name of grooming and sexualizing children in an email fundraising for herself,” McMorrow said at the beginning of her remarks. “So I sat on it for a while wondering: Why me? And then I realized: Because I am the biggest threat to your hollow, hateful scheme. Because you can’t claim that you are targeting marginalized kids in the name of ‘parental rights’ if another parent is standing up to say no.”

    Republicans have attempted to position themselves as the party of parental rights, with state legislatures across the country introducing a series of bills targeting the LGBTQ community, with those opposing the legislation being labeled as “groomers.” They’ve also targeted books that discuss race and gender while attempting to make it illegal for parents to seek gender-affirming care for transgender children. Prominent right-wing media figures have focused on anti-LGBTQ attacks in recent weeks.

    “So then what?” continued McMorrow. “Then you dehumanize and marginalize me. You say that I’m one of them. You say she’s a groomer, she supports pedophilia, she wants children to believe that they were responsible for slavery and to feel bad about themselves because they’re white.”

    McMorrow’s speech has been viewed over 9 million times in the less than 24 hours since she posted it to her Twitter account. During her comments, she talked about growing up being active in the church, working with her mother at a soup kitchen and the civil rights work of Father Ted Hesburgh, the former president of her alma mater, Notre Dame.

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    This incredible speech inspired EDW member Jonathan Gragg to challenge “After Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow set the world on fire yesterday, I want to know how we get boots on the ground at the upcoming Edmond Public School Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 2nd at 6pm to stand up to the hatred and misinformation? I, for one, REFUSE TO BE SILENCED. How do we make this happen? We need to pack the hall. Board of Education monthly meeting. Edmond Public Schools Administration Building.

    1001 W Danforth Rd, Edmond, OK 73003

    Let’s support our newest school board members: Courtney Hobgood and Marcus Jones

    In case you missed Michigan state Senator Mallory McMorrow’s incredible and inspiring speech, I am sharing from Yahoo News:

    Yahoo News

    Michigan state senator hits back at GOP colleague accusing her of 'grooming' kids

    by Christopher Wilson, Wed, April 20, 2022

    Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow pushed back in a viral speech against the growing trend of Republicans labeling their Democratic opponents as groomers and pedophiles.

    McMorrow responded Tuesday morning to accusations made in a fundraising email by Republican state Sen. Lana Theis that her Democratic colleague wanted to “groom and sexualize kindergarteners.”

    “I didn’t expect to wake up yesterday to the news that the senator from the 22nd District had, overnight, accused me by name of grooming and sexualizing children in an email fundraising for herself,” McMorrow said at the beginning of her remarks. “So I sat on it for a while wondering: Why me? And then I realized: Because I am the biggest threat to your hollow, hateful scheme. Because you can’t claim that you are targeting marginalized kids in the name of ‘parental rights’ if another parent is standing up to say no.”

    Republicans have attempted to position themselves as the party of parental rights, with state legislatures across the country introducing a series of bills targeting the LGBTQ community, with those opposing the legislation being labeled as “groomers.” They’ve also targeted books that discuss race and gender while attempting to make it illegal for parents to seek gender-affirming care for transgender children. Prominent right-wing media figures have focused on anti-LGBTQ attacks in recent weeks.

    “So then what?” continued McMorrow. “Then you dehumanize and marginalize me. You say that I’m one of them. You say she’s a groomer, she supports pedophilia, she wants children to believe that they were responsible for slavery and to feel bad about themselves because they’re white.”

    McMorrow’s speech has been viewed over 9 million times in the less than 24 hours since she posted it to her Twitter account. During her comments, she talked about growing up being active in the church, working with her mother at a soup kitchen and the civil rights work of Father Ted Hesburgh, the former president of her alma mater, Notre Dame.

    ########

    This incredible speech inspired EDW member Jonathan Gragg to challenge “After Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow set the world on fire yesterday, I want to know how we get boots on the ground at the upcoming Edmond Public School Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 2nd at 6pm to stand up to the hatred and misinformation? I, for one, REFUSE TO BE SILENCED. How do we make this happen? We need to pack the hall. Board of Education monthly meeting. Edmond Public Schools Administration Building.

    1001 W Danforth Rd, Edmond, OK 73003

    Let’s support our newest school board members: Courtney Hobgood and Marcus Jones

  • April 25, 2022 9:16 AM | Anonymous

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    General Membership Meeting 4-18-22 Was Well-Attended in Person and by Zoom General Membership Meeting 4-18-22 Was Well-Attended in Person and by Zoom

    About 30 EDW members were present in person and another 29 on zoom, and Facebook live to hear NonDoc’s Editor in chief Tres Savage along with Edmond Correspondent Joe Tomlinson visit with us about NonDoc’s history and increasing community presence in Edmond.

    About 30 EDW members were present in person and another 29 on zoom, and Facebook live to hear NonDoc’s Editor in chief Tres Savage along with Edmond Correspondent Joe Tomlinson visit with us about NonDoc’s history and increasing community presence in Edmond.

      

    NonDoc is operated by Sustainable Journalism Foundation and is a nonprofit entity. Their mission is to produce and distribute quality journalism with context that enables civic involvement. NonDoc’s Vision is to sustain reporting on under-covered civic issues while increasing public knowledge and encouraging public dialogue. Their core values include Accuracy, Fairness, Transparency, Community, Diversity and Historical Record. Mr Savage did an excellent presentation on journalism and effects on the political landscape as well as some insights on what is going on at the Capitol.

    Our other scheduled speaker Rachel Hubbard the executive director of KOSU was ill and unable to attend in person or by zoom and she was extremely apologetic. We will invite her to return at another time.

    EDW member and candidate for County Commissioner District 3, Jay Bridwell, was able to share information about himself and his campaign just as Greg Clydeand Cathy Cummings did last month. This was not an endorsement but sharing of information.

    Candidate for OK County District Attorney, Vicki Behenna, also joined us to be introduced to our membership and will return at one of our upcoming candidate Forums that we will have on May 16 and June 20th for state and National Democratic candidates for various offices. So put it on your calendar and plan on attending which promises to be 2 very informative and educational EDW meetings.

    A concert our members may enjoy NonDoc is operated by Sustainable Journalism Foundation and is a nonprofit entity. Their mission is to produce and distribute quality journalism with context that enables civic involvement. NonDoc’s Vision is to sustain reporting on under-covered civic issues while increasing public knowledge and encouraging public dialogue. Their core values include Accuracy, Fairness, Transparency, Community, Diversity and Historical Record. Mr Savage did an excellent presentation on journalism and effects on the political landscape as well as some insights on what is going on at the Capitol.

    Our other scheduled speaker Rachel Hubbard the executive director of KOSU was ill and unable to attend in person or by zoom and she was extremely apologetic. We will invite her to return at another time.

    Bella Voce Chamber Choir Spring Concert Candidate for OK County District Attorney, Vicki Behenna, also joined us to be introduced to our membership and will return at one of our upcoming candidate Forums that we will have on May 16 and June 20th for state and National Democratic candidates for various offices. So put it on your calendar and plan on attending which promises to be 2 very informative and educational EDW meetings.

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  • April 24, 2022 7:47 PM | Anonymous


    OK Democratic Party message  

    3 Things to Remember

    Three things that Democrats stand for in Oklahoma that we need to be pushing on our messaging:

    • Access to free quality Education no matter your zip code
    • 3 Things to Remember

      Three things that Democrats stand for in Oklahoma that we need to be pushing on our messaging:

      • Access to free quality Education no matter your zip code
      • Access to Healthcare no matter your zip code
      • Access to Economic Opportunity where citizens can make a living wage and pay their bills
      Access to Healthcare no matter your zip code
    • Access to Economic Opportunity where citizens can make a living wage and pay their bills
  • April 24, 2022 7:39 PM | Anonymous


    Join us on May 2nd at Important EPS Board Meeting

    The first school board meeting with COURTNEY HOBGOOD AND MARCUS JONES is MONDAY, MAY 2ND at 6:00pm

    If you would like to show up and support the newest school board members at their first meeting, at the Edmond Public schools administration building 1001 W Danforth Rd, please do.

    if you would like to wear your EDW shirt or blue shirt to be in solidarity that would be great. We have an EDW Board meeting that night so our members need to carry the mantel for the Board.

  • April 24, 2022 7:30 PM | Anonymous



    EDW Members show up on Candidate Filing Day to help with "Clean Up Oklahoma!"

    Clean Up Oklahoma kicked off its non-partisan grassroots campaign to protect taxpayers, increase transparency in government and return power to the voters on April 13 to ask state candidates and elected officials to sign their anti-corruption pledge as they filed for office. 

    This pledge stops politicians from cashing in at the taxpayer expense, increases transparency by requiring politicians to disclose their tax returns and conflicts of interest, stop secret meetings, undisclosed gifts, and failure to comply with the state open records act, create an independent redistricting committee, and finally return power to the voters and protect our right to vote on important issues. 

    Ten EDW members were there to support candidates filing for office, and distribute, witness and encourage the signing of the Cleanup Oklahoma Pledge.

    EDW Members show up on Candidate Filing Day to help with "Clean Up Oklahoma!"

    Clean Up Oklahoma kicked off its non-partisan grassroots campaign to protect taxpayers, increase transparency in government and return power to the voters on April 13 to ask state candidates and elected officials to sign their anti-corruption pledge as they filed for office. 

    This pledge stops politicians from cashing in at the taxpayer expense, increases transparency by requiring politicians to disclose their tax returns and conflicts of interest, stop secret meetings, undisclosed gifts, and failure to comply with the state open records act, create an independent redistricting committee, and finally return power to the voters and protect our right to vote on important issues. 

    Ten EDW members were there to support candidates filing for office, and distribute, witness and encourage the signing of the Cleanup Oklahoma Pledge.

      

     

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