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  • July 08, 2022 3:48 PM | Anonymous


    July 16th: Legislative Appreciation Breakfast

    Yes, it will be warm, so wear your cool clothes and we will have lemonade, iced coffee and baked goods at Mitch Park Pavilion # 5 and let’s visit with each other and thank our legislators for their hard work this session.

    • Saturday, July 16th
    • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    • Mitch Park Pavilion #5, North of YMCA building, 2901 Marilyn Williams Dr

  • July 08, 2022 3:43 PM | Anonymous


    SEND THE OKLAHOMAN YOUR VIEWS ON THE OVERTURNING OF ROE V WADE BY THE DOBBS DECISION

    One of our members Joyce Bostsman shared with us the article and request for letters by Clytie Bunyan the Oklahoman’s managing editor for Diversity, Community Engagement and Opinion. So please share your opinion or your story, the details are in the article.



  • July 08, 2022 3:39 PM | Anonymous


    THE ENDS AND THE MEANS.


    Oped by Anna Stuck

    It’s no secret that certain segments of our society have been wanting an end to abortion in this country. They are celebrating even now. As a Roman Catholic who considers herself pro-life, I can’t help but feel a little sick to my stomach. There is a comment I once read that I will probably never forget and it said “I’ll never understand why the road to an abortion-free America is being paved with the bodies of dead women.” A large part of the responsibility of being a moral or religious person is the idea that the ends cannot justify the means. The same is true of democracy. Watching our country traverse this path has driven home this point to me. In effect, democracy is the means. Morality is the means. Our founding fathers gave us the gift of a system that can bear the weight of progress, allowing it to move beyond the flaws of its creators. I have comforted my mother as we watch the local leaders of our church justify support for candidates who are morally repugnant in every way except their verbal stance on abortion. I have comforted my husband as the Supreme Court justified a shoddy rewriting of history in an effort to justify the forgone conclusion of a “pro-life” country. The Republican party, our family and neighbors, are quickly justifying the cost to other people in order to get what they want for themselves. I am grieving the loss of the noble means of democracy and integrity.

  • July 08, 2022 3:09 PM | Anonymous


    EDW MEMBERS, OK COUNTY DEMS AND DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES PARADE AT BETHANY LIBERTY FEST

    It was a hot 2nd of July at the Bethany Liberty Fest Parade but fun and festive and great camaraderie with other Dems. The Edmond Liberty Fest does not let candidates for public office walk in the parade, but will let elected officials be in the parade, so EDW has opted not to participate in the past. If our members want to walk and increase awareness of EDW in Edmond, we can sure get a spot in the parade next year, so let a board member know your thoughts.

    Sightings and fun at Bethany:

    Senators Hicks and Kirt had balloons to wear on backpacks to look like fireworks going off Great Fun! Above Robbie White, Barbara Cox, Jay Bridwell, Krista Jones Debbie Hogue Downing and Senator Julia Kirt.







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  • July 08, 2022 3:02 PM | Anonymous


    Supplies needed at Kendra Horn's new office





    Check out supplies needed at the office. Donations are welcome!

    • Shelves
    • Coffee Cups
    • Printer/Ink
    • Trash Cans
    • General Office Supplies
    • Paper
    • White Boards
    • Label Maker
    • Snacks (Gluten-free is appreciated )
    • Folding Tables (in half)
    • Sunscreen
    • Gatorade
    • Paper Plates
    • Power Strips
  • July 08, 2022 1:13 PM | Anonymous


    Busy Week for EDW
    EDW Members had a very busy week with Kendra's new office opening, MayFlower Church’s Service for Healing, SCISSOR TAIL PRIDE PARADE AND ENGAGE THE RAGE, OKLAHOMA’S

    After our incredible Second Democratic Primary Candidate Forum, many EDW members went to the Ok County Democratic Party monthly meeting at the Del City Library on Tuesday, then to the opening of US Senate Democratic nominee for Inhofe’s unexpired term, Saturday the Scissortail PRIDE parade and voter registration booth with Ok County Democrats, and finally Sunday Engage the Rage- Oklahoma’s Womens' March demonstration on the North steps of the State Capitol where a thousand people protested the overturn of Roe v Wade and Ok restrictive abortion bans. 

    WOMENS' MARCH FOR ABORTION RIGHTS


    EDW members show up, engage, educate, do the work and make a difference.




     

     

     

      

  • July 08, 2022 1:10 PM | Anonymous


    Great Appreciation to all Democrats who ran for office in Tuesday's Primary Election



    Your courage to step up and run for all of us makes a huge difference. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to Democratic Values! To those who have made it to the general election CONGRATULATIONS! Joy Hofmeister for Governor, Vicki Behenna for OK County DA, and Cathy Cummings for County Commissioner D3. If you have a run-off good luck to you! Jason Bollinger and Madison Horn US Senate- Lankford’s seat.

    EDW members are engaged and willIng to help candidates as they can. To all candidates that are the Democratic nominee for their race, you can start the EDW Endorsement process now. If you are interested in an endorsement, please contact our Recruit, Support, Elect Chair Jo Beth Moad at RSE.chair.edw@gmail.com.

  • July 08, 2022 1:06 PM | Anonymous



    Food for Thought

    A Broader View of the Roe v Wade decision

    By Carol Willis

    Heather Cox Richardson, an American historian and professor of history at Boston College, presented a very interesting interpretation of the importance of Roe v Wade being overturned. It was so compelling that it is worth asking everyone to think about the points she made. Many people who read this might have similar feelings. The ones who see this are not the ones who need to see it. This is a paraphrase of her words.

    The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the case of Roe v Wade is a harbinger of what could still be coming, and it is important that we take a deeper look at the implications of this decision.

    Because this decision actually took away rights from a sector of the American population (something the court has never done), the court is basically telling us that we no longer have a government that is defending democracy.

    During the 1920s, Republicans put businessmen (the majority of whom were wealthy white men) in charge of the government, got rid of many taxes, and believed that the country would run incredibly well and that fortunes would grow. They believed the wealth and favors of the business leaders would flow down to all ordinary citizens and we would all live happily ever after. These leaders established clear boundaries for race, gender, religion, and ethnicity in an attempt to create a stable world that was best for everyone.

    Unfortunately, these boundaries excluded most of the citizens of the country. The ultimate result of this business-run government was the Crash of 1929. By 1932, the population began to demand a government that responded to ordinary working people.

    From about 1933 until 1981, our government worked to ensure that everyone had a level economic playing field in which everyone had a chance to work hard and prosper. It built and put in place many benefits, including an infrastructure, secure banks, and many government agencies designed to meet the needs of all citizens.

    In the 1950s, the Supreme Court began to expand civil rights to increase the power of the federal government to be sure that a small group of white men could not dominate their black neighbors.

    The Fourteenth Amendment of 1868 was designed to ensure that individual states cannot take away constitutional rights. It was used to overrule laws that the Supreme Court considered discriminatory. It in essence said American people had the right to personal lives and that decisions such as reproduction and marriage should not be intruded on by states.

    The right to an abortion was protected by the right to privacy that was founded by the Supreme Court in the attempt to make sure that states don't pass laws that are discriminatory. This is the crux of the matter.

    Roe is merely a symbol of a project the Republicans have been pushing since Reagan. That project is to get rid of the federal protections that level the economic playing field, give citizens a basic social safety net, infrastructure, and civil rights. In other words, abortion rights is not the issue. The issue is power and who has it.

    If the federal government can't override states, that means all democracy should take place at a state level. This is an originalist argument from the Supreme Court. That means states can decide who gets the vote, and when you are powerful and wealthy, it is easy to get "your people" elected at the state level.

    This has allowed a radical minority of Republicans to use the filibuster and extensive gerrymandering to leverage the right to vote so that they have far more power than Democrats. When the power goes back to the states, a very few people have a lot of power, and those with money have even more power.

    The federal government began to delegate power to the executive branch to house agencies such as the EPA, Social Security, and Medicare within that branch of Congress. And by taking the federal government out of the social welfare of its citizens, those agencies will eventually be dismantled.

    When the Supreme Court sends questions back to the states to be decided, it takes power away from the federal government.

    By ruling, for example, that states must use public monies for religious education, it tears down the very important wall between separation of church and state--a fundamental basic of the constitution.

    What we are witnessing is the radicalization of the government. A very radical religious minority are imposing their will on the vast majority of American citizens. They are forming a hierarchical society in which white guys run everything. They are garnering power by stirring up fear over the most minor or issues such as critical race theory.

    We can no longer look the other way and hope that the system is going to hold. The religious minority has packed the Supreme Court with judges who will dismantle the federal government.

    Is it coincidental that our former president and his Republican supporters have worked to overturn our democracy at the same time the Supreme Court justices were put in place by the very people destroying our rights? Keep in mind, there are no ethics rules for Supreme Court justices.

    The awful truth is that no one is going to save us from us; therefore, it is extremely important that we not give up by thinking it is too late and that we have lost everything. It is much harder to reclaim a democracy when you have let it go.

    What has happened to democracy? What has happened to majority rule--to equality before the law and to equal access to resources?

    Believe it or not, but when this very scenario happened in 1851, protesters organized and peacefully pushed back. In the mid-terms of 1851, they stood on the bedrock conservative principles that we are all created equal and have a right to consent to the government under which we live, and they swept the elections.

    It is our turn to speak up. It is time to organize and to peacefully push back. It is time for our voices to be heard at every level of government from the bottom up and across all boundary lines. It is time for rational thought--not hysterical extremism. It is time for conversations with our friends and neighbors.

    We, as Democrats, are the last best hope for saving our beloved country from a theocracy or autocracy. There are more of us than them. There are more decent, thoughtful, law-abiding citizens than there are radical extremists.


    Food for Thought

    A Broader View of the Roe v Wade decision

    By Carol Willis

    Heather Cox Richardson, an American historian and professor of history at Boston College, presented a very interesting interpretation of the importance of Roe v Wade being overturned. It was so compelling that it is worth asking everyone to think about the points she made. Many people who read this might have similar feelings. The ones who see this are not the ones who need to see it. This is a paraphrase of her words.

    The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the case of Roe v Wade is a harbinger of what could still be coming, and it is important that we take a deeper look at the implications of this decision.

    Because this decision actually took away rights from a sector of the American population (something the court has never done), the court is basically telling us that we no longer have a government that is defending democracy.

    During the 1920s, Republicans put businessmen (the majority of whom were wealthy white men) in charge of the government, got rid of many taxes, and believed that the country would run incredibly well and that fortunes would grow. They believed the wealth and favors of the business leaders would flow down to all ordinary citizens and we would all live happily ever after. These leaders established clear boundaries for race, gender, religion, and ethnicity in an attempt to create a stable world that was best for everyone.

    Unfortunately, these boundaries excluded most of the citizens of the country. The ultimate result of this business-run government was the Crash of 1929. By 1932, the population began to demand a government that responded to ordinary working people.

    From about 1933 until 1981, our government worked to ensure that everyone had a level economic playing field in which everyone had a chance to work hard and prosper. It built and put in place many benefits, including an infrastructure, secure banks, and many government agencies designed to meet the needs of all citizens.

    In the 1950s, the Supreme Court began to expand civil rights to increase the power of the federal government to be sure that a small group of white men could not dominate their black neighbors.

    The Fourteenth Amendment of 1868 was designed to ensure that individual states cannot take away constitutional rights. It was used to overrule laws that the Supreme Court considered discriminatory. It in essence said American people had the right to personal lives and that decisions such as reproduction and marriage should not be intruded on by states.

    The right to an abortion was protected by the right to privacy that was founded by the Supreme Court in the attempt to make sure that states don't pass laws that are discriminatory. This is the crux of the matter.

    Roe is merely a symbol of a project the Republicans have been pushing since Reagan. That project is to get rid of the federal protections that level the economic playing field, give citizens a basic social safety net, infrastructure, and civil rights. In other words, abortion rights is not the issue. The issue is power and who has it.

    If the federal government can't override states, that means all democracy should take place at a state level. This is an originalist argument from the Supreme Court. That means states can decide who gets the vote, and when you are powerful and wealthy, it is easy to get "your people" elected at the state level.

    This has allowed a radical minority of Republicans to use the filibuster and extensive gerrymandering to leverage the right to vote so that they have far more power than Democrats. When the power goes back to the states, a very few people have a lot of power, and those with money have even more power.

    The federal government began to delegate power to the executive branch to house agencies such as the EPA, Social Security, and Medicare within that branch of Congress. And by taking the federal government out of the social welfare of its citizens, those agencies will eventually be dismantled.

    When the Supreme Court sends questions back to the states to be decided, it takes power away from the federal government.

    By ruling, for example, that states must use public monies for religious education, it tears down the very important wall between separation of church and state--a fundamental basic of the constitution.

    What we are witnessing is the radicalization of the government. A very radical religious minority are imposing their will on the vast majority of American citizens. They are forming a hierarchical society in which white guys run everything. They are garnering power by stirring up fear over the most minor or issues such as critical race theory.

    We can no longer look the other way and hope that the system is going to hold. The religious minority has packed the Supreme Court with judges who will dismantle the federal government.

    Is it coincidental that our former president and his Republican supporters have worked to overturn our democracy at the same time the Supreme Court justices were put in place by the very people destroying our rights? Keep in mind, there are no ethics rules for Supreme Court justices.

    The awful truth is that no one is going to save us from us; therefore, it is extremely important that we not give up by thinking it is too late and that we have lost everything. It is much harder to reclaim a democracy when you have let it go.

    What has happened to democracy? What has happened to majority rule--to equality before the law and to equal access to resources?

    Believe it or not, but when this very scenario happened in 1851, protesters organized and peacefully pushed back. In the mid-terms of 1851, they stood on the bedrock conservative principles that we are all created equal and have a right to consent to the government under which we live, and they swept the elections.

    It is our turn to speak up. It is time to organize and to peacefully push back. It is time for our voices to be heard at every level of government from the bottom up and across all boundary lines. It is time for rational thought--not hysterical extremism. It is time for conversations with our friends and neighbors.

    We, as Democrats, are the last best hope for saving our beloved country from a theocracy or autocracy. There are more of us than them. There are more decent, thoughtful, law-abiding citizens than there are radical extremists.

    Once you admit that the truth is that all men are NOT created equal, all that is left is to hope that nobody puts you in a group that is battling for its rights. If we don't step up NOW, there may not be anything left to step up for.


  • July 08, 2022 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    OKLAHOMA CITY – House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, and House Minority Caucus Chair Cyndi Munson, D-OKC, released a joint statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade.

    “Today, the sky is dark. There is no way to sugarcoat that women in America, especially in states like Oklahoma, have fewer rights now than they did when they woke up this morning.

    “We know that Oklahoma’s restrictive abortion laws are not popular and that most Oklahomans believe this fundamental truth: abortion is health care. Yet legislative Republicans continue to propose and pass the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, which will result in women and pregnant people dying because they cannot access the health care they need.

    “Unfortunately, many Oklahomans understandably thought this day would never come. As extreme rhetoric stoked a small portion of the population that sought to strip away reproductive rights, too many were complacent because of Roe’s protections. We have and will continue to stand up for the rights of Oklahoma women to make their own private and personal health care decisions.

    “If any good is to come out of today’s ruling, let it be our action. The sky is dark today but through our demand and dedication to change, we can build a much brighter future.”

    Signed:

    House Minority Leader Emily Virgin
    House Caucus Chair Cyndi Munson

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