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  • July 08, 2022 12:57 PM | Anonymous


    SCOTUS overturns Roe v Wade after nearly 50 years precedent SCOTUS overturns Roe v Wade after nearly 50 years precedent

    The conservative majority of the Supreme Court of The United States overturned the constitutional protection provided by the Roe v Wade decision nearly 50 years ago, it now allows states to ban abortion. As we know, Oklahoma has the most restrictive abortion ban in the US that Gov. Stitt signed into law allowing that life begins at fertilization. Roe decided two things that under the 14th amendment the US Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion. But the abortion right is not absolute. It must be balanced against the government’s interests in protecting women’s health and prenatal life. Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion to overturn the long standing precedent, even though four of them during their confirmation hearings said they would not and that it was clearly precedent.

    Planned Parenthood Great Plains said trigger laws effectively banning abortion would take effect instantly across 13 states, including Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Another 13 states are expected to enact abortion bans, leaving abortion legal in just 26 states. The group said nearly 36 million women of reproductive age will no longer have access to abortion. Emily Wales, the group’s president and CEO, said the U.S. Supreme Court interrupted the 250-year-old phrase “all men are created equal,” and stripped rights from every woman in America

    Women across the nation are reeling from this decision and trying to find the next steps forward for our daughters and granddaughters to have the same freedoms that we had. California lawmakers are placing a constitutional amendment protecting women’s reproductive rights on the fall ballot. At least 15 states affirmed or expanded abortion rights prior to Friday’s opinion and about 24 states indicated they would end or dramatically restrict access to abortion which is where Ok is. There is the possibility of ending the filibuster and codifying abortion rights nationally or bringing a referendum petition to place it on the ballot in the fall in Oklahoma. Both are heavy lifts, but always options and I would not rule anything out if we put our mind to it and our votes to elect like minded candidates is more important than ever. Stay tuned.

    SCOTUS overturns Roe v Wade after nearly 50 years precedent

    The conservative majority of the Supreme Court of The United States overturned the constitutional protection provided by the Roe v Wade decision nearly 50 years ago, it now allows states to ban abortion. As we know, Oklahoma has the most restrictive abortion ban in the US that Gov. Stitt signed into law allowing that life begins at fertilization. Roe decided two things that under the 14th amendment the US Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion. But the abortion right is not absolute. It must be balanced against the government’s interests in protecting women’s health and prenatal life. Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion to overturn the long standing precedent, even though four of them during their confirmation hearings said they would not and that it was clearly precedent.

    Planned Parenthood Great Plains said trigger laws effectively banning abortion would take effect instantly across 13 states, including Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Another 13 states are expected to enact abortion bans, leaving abortion legal in just 26 states. The group said nearly 36 million women of reproductive age will no longer have access to abortion. Emily Wales, the group’s president and CEO, said the U.S. Supreme Court interrupted the 250-year-old phrase “all men are created equal,” and stripped rights from every woman in America

    Women across the nation are reeling from this decision and trying to find the next steps forward for our daughters and granddaughters to have the same freedoms that we had. California lawmakers are placing a constitutional amendment protecting women’s reproductive rights on the fall ballot. At least 15 states affirmed or expanded abortion rights prior to Friday’s opinion and about 24 states indicated they would end or dramatically restrict access to abortion which is where Ok is. There is the possibility of ending the filibuster and codifying abortion rights nationally or bringing a referendum petition to place it on the ballot in the fall in Oklahoma. Both are heavy lifts, but always options and I would not rule anything out if we put our mind to it and our votes to elect like minded candidates is more important than ever. Stay tuned.

    The conservative majority of the Supreme Court of The United States overturned the constitutional protection provided by the Roe v Wade decision nearly 50 years ago, it now allows states to ban abortion. As we know, Oklahoma has the most restrictive abortion ban in the US that Gov. Stitt signed into law allowing that life begins at fertilization. Roe decided two things that under the 14th amendment the US Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion. But the abortion right is not absolute. It must be balanced against the government’s interests in protecting women’s health and prenatal life. Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion to overturn the long standing precedent, even though four of them during their confirmation hearings said they would not and that it was clearly precedent.

    Planned Parenthood Great Plains said trigger laws effectively banning abortion would take effect instantly across 13 states, including Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Another 13 states are expected to enact abortion bans, leaving abortion legal in just 26 states. The group said nearly 36 million women of reproductive age will no longer have access to abortion. Emily Wales, the group’s president and CEO, said the U.S. Supreme Court interrupted the 250-year-old phrase “all men are created equal,” and stripped rights from every woman in America

    Women across the nation are reeling from this decision and trying to find the next steps forward for our daughters and granddaughters to have the same freedoms that we had. California lawmakers are placing a constitutional amendment protecting women’s reproductive rights on the fall ballot. At least 15 states affirmed or expanded abortion rights prior to Friday’s opinion and about 24 states indicated they would end or dramatically restrict access to abortion which is where Ok is. There is the possibility of ending the filibuster and codifying abortion rights nationally or bringing a referendum petition to place it on the ballot in the fall in Oklahoma. Both are heavy lifts, but always options and I would not rule anything out if we put our mind to it and our votes to elect like minded candidates is more important than ever. Stay tuned.

  • June 28, 2022 10:33 AM | Anonymous



    July 16th: Legislative Appreciation Breakfast

    Join us on July 16th from 10:30 am to noon for a legislative breakfast to say thank you to our friends at the capitol 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
  • June 28, 2022 10:23 AM | Anonymous



    Candidates Answer Follow Up Questions

    TO: Dennis Baker, Jason Bollinger, Jo Glenn, Madison Horn and Brandon Wade

    Dear Candidate,

    We had an inquiry from one of our members and the board felt it was worth putting the question to our candidates one last time before June 28!

    If you can reply by Friday, we will post your answer on our Facebook page and in our weekly newsletter! The questions are from EDW members who attended both candidate forums but are still undecided on your race.

    Please respond to these two questions:

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    2. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this?

    Thank you SO MUCH! We appreciate your efforts to make Oklahoma a better place for all its citizens.



    Brandon Wade, Candidate for U.S. Senate

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    “I believe what makes me qualified to not only challenge Lankford, but be able to beat him as well is my roots. Being from Oklahoma and from the working class, I truly understand the struggles we are facing. The skills I have learned over the years while serving as the Committee Chairman for or local Union and on as the Vice President on the Executive Board for our International Union, will also help me communicate with all Oklahomans and make a connection with them. Meeting and discussing the real concerns with the people is the key to winning this race. The people want a candidate that will listen to them and work for them, not other interests. That is exactly what I am!"

    2. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this?

    "With the union I’ve learned to listen to opposing views and find common ground. Most of the answers we seek aren’t far left or far right. It will take all of us coming together to find them. I will use these skills to help all Oklahomans to come together to find the answers that will make Oklahoma successful in whatever comes our way.

    I feel the best way to do this is to get out and meet as many people as possible. I truly feel that is the best way to make the connections that must be made to build the trust that is needed, as well as, deserved. I will be open and available to have any conversation that is needed to help the voters understand where I stand on any issue. In short just building trust and connecting with everyone I will be working for. It is my job to represent the people of Oklahoma and I will do that to the best of my ability.

    Again thank you all for the additional questions and I hope to gain your support! I look forward to winning the primary and then turning this seat blue. That is when the real work will begin. Together we can make the changes that we need to make!”



    Jo Glenn, Candidate for US Senate

    “First of all thank you and the entire Edmond Democratic Women membership for providing such riveting political forums. I was fortunate enough to attend both of them and the support and feedback in the room was amazing.

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    "All of the candidates have their strengths and weaknesses and many of them are not unique to one candidate. For me it is a long and varied work history which for many years, I was able to advocate for clients in court in sometimes hostile settings and sometimes friendly settings. Being able to evaluate your audience to tailor the tone of your message to appeal to the audience without pandering or aggravating is actually a skill. I have found that my style of campaigning has been well received by voters of urban an rural counties.

    That being said, in order to win we must also convince Republicans that this year, they are better served by electing a democrat. Not an easy task but my experience and skill should serve me and the Democratic Party well."

    2. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this? 

    "My strength is meeting people, listening and talking about issues and what election choices can bring to their communities. I plan to partner with local democrats to not only help my campaign but to hopefully strengthen the campaigns of all the democrats. If each candidate campaigns separately without the full assistance of local democrats then the chances to change voting patterns is not good.

    I also plan to research the vastly different areas of the state to assess real needs and hopefully offer real solutions. Example: Affordable rural broadband. Everyone talks about it and the Republicans promise it but nothing gets done. I would partner up with out Corporation Commission Candidate, Warigia Bowman, (whose masters and doctorate thesis was on this particular subject and we would go visit those counties and present concrete ideas to how to accomplish this. I think it would help both campaigns.

    Also I would be there to tout local legislative candidates and county officers. We tend to ignore these counties because of voter party disparity and the situation of losing more democrats gets worse."

    JASON BOLLINGER, CANDIDATE FOR US SENATE

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    I am a lifelong Oklahoman with deep roots in this state. I grew up in rural Oklahoma but have lived in the Oklahoma City Metro for nearly ten years. I was brought up to appreciate hard work and dedication to our community and my family. What makes me uniquely qualified is not only do I have prior federal government experience and am an attorney and small business owner, I have built a team from Oklahoma, of people who understand and live the realities we are facing here every single day. My team and I are equipped to relate to and engage with voters regardless of political philosophy—meeting them where they are and finding common ground on the issues that matter. We have been running a professional campaign since day one—something an opponent of James Lankford MUST do to win in November. We know Oklahoma and the issues Oklahomans face better than anyone else in the race, including Lankford himself. Further, my legal background and prior federal government and foreign affairs experience will allow me to stand toe-to-toe with James Lankford on the issues. We know Senator Lankford is well-spoken and as an incumbent, is fairly well-versed on a lot of issues (even though we disagree with him). As a trained debater and lawyer, I am too, and I am prepared to challenge Senator Lankford starting June 29th. I am the only candidate in this race who is prepared to do so.

    1. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this?

    We will talk to voters where they are. We plan to knock doors, make calls, and send text messages. Also, given my age (30 years-old), I am uniquely positioned to engage and excite young voters, who are typically less engaged. Beyond that, there is a huge swath of voters who vote only in presidential elections that don’t feel motivated and aren’t frequently reached out to outside of elections every four years; we will be talking to those voters as well. We know that if we motivate progressive voters, we can absolutely win against Lankford in November.

    Additionally, given my rural roots, DC experience, and legal background, I am able to talk with and relate to voters of any demographic and part of the state. We proved this by successfully launching our campaign in my rural, conservative hometown of Carter, Oklahoma. This is important because, to win in November, we have to get Republicans on board. I have been doing that without compromising our progressive values, and I will continue to do so.

     

    Thanks so much,

    Team Jason


    Brandon Wade, Candidate for U.S. Senate

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    “I believe what makes me qualified to not only challenge Lankford, but be able to beat him as well is my roots. Being from Oklahoma and from the working class, I truly understand the struggles we are facing. The skills I have learned over the years while serving as the Committee Chairman for or local Union and on as the Vice President on the Executive Board for our International Union, will also help me communicate with all Oklahomans and make a connection with them. Meeting and discussing the real concerns with the people is the key to winning this race. The people want a candidate that will listen to them and work for them, not other interests. That is exactly what I am!"

    2. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this?

    "With the union I’ve learned to listen to opposing views and find common ground. Most of the answers we seek aren’t far left or far right. It will take all of us coming together to find them. I will use these skills to help all Oklahomans to come together to find the answers that will make Oklahoma successful in whatever comes our way.

    I feel the best way to do this is to get out and meet as many people as possible. I truly feel that is the best way to make the connections that must be made to build the trust that is needed, as well as, deserved. I will be open and available to have any conversation that is needed to help the voters understand where I stand on any issue. In short just building trust and connecting with everyone I will be working for. It is my job to represent the people of Oklahoma and I will do that to the best of my ability.

    Again thank you all for the additional questions and I hope to gain your support! I look forward to winning the primary and then turning this seat blue. That is when the real work will begin. Together we can make the changes that we need to make!”

    Jo Glenn, Candidate for US Senate

    “First of all thank you and the entire Edmond Democratic Women membership for providing such riveting political forums. I was fortunate enough to attend both of them and the support and feedback in the room was amazing.

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    "All of the candidates have their strengths and weaknesses and many of them are not unique to one candidate. For me it is a long and varied work history which for many years, I was able to advocate for clients in court in sometimes hostile settings and sometimes friendly settings. Being able to evaluate your audience to tailor the tone of your message to appeal to the audience without pandering or aggravating is actually a skill. I have found that my style of campaigning has been well received by voters of urban an rural counties.

    That being said, in order to win we must also convince Republicans that this year, they are better served by electing a democrat. Not an easy task but my experience and skill should serve me and the Democratic Party well."

    2. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this? 

    "My strength is meeting people, listening and talking about issues and what election choices can bring to their communities. I plan to partner with local democrats to not only help my campaign but to hopefully strengthen the campaigns of all the democrats. If each candidate campaigns separately without the full assistance of local democrats then the chances to change voting patterns is not good.

    I also plan to research the vastly different areas of the state to assess real needs and hopefully offer real solutions. Example: Affordable rural broadband. Everyone talks about it and the Republicans promise it but nothing gets done. I would partner up with out Corporation Commission Candidate, Warigia Bowman, (whose masters and doctorate thesis was on this particular subject and we would go visit those counties and present concrete ideas to how to accomplish this. I think it would help both campaigns.

    Also I would be there to tout local legislative candidates and county officers. We tend to ignore these counties because of voter party disparity and the situation of losing more democrats gets worse."

    Brandon Wade, Candidate for U.S. Senate

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    “I believe what makes me qualified to not only challenge Lankford, but be able to beat him as well is my roots. Being from Oklahoma and from the working class, I truly understand the struggles we are facing. The skills I have learned over the years while serving as the Committee Chairman for or local Union and on as the Vice President on the Executive Board for our International Union, will also help me communicate with all Oklahomans and make a connection with them. Meeting and discussing the real concerns with the people is the key to winning this race. The people want a candidate that will listen to them and work for them, not other interests. That is exactly what I am!"

    2. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this?

    "With the union I’ve learned to listen to opposing views and find common ground. Most of the answers we seek aren’t far left or far right. It will take all of us coming together to find them. I will use these skills to help all Oklahomans to come together to find the answers that will make Oklahoma successful in whatever comes our way.

    I feel the best way to do this is to get out and meet as many people as possible. I truly feel that is the best way to make the connections that must be made to build the trust that is needed, as well as, deserved. I will be open and available to have any conversation that is needed to help the voters understand where I stand on any issue. In short just building trust and connecting with everyone I will be working for. It is my job to represent the people of Oklahoma and I will do that to the best of my ability.

    Again thank you all for the additional questions and I hope to gain your support! I look forward to winning the primary and then turning this seat blue. That is when the real work will begin. Together we can make the changes that we need to make!”

    Jo Glenn, Candidate for US Senate

    “First of all thank you and the entire Edmond Democratic Women membership for providing such riveting political forums. I was fortunate enough to attend both of them and the support and feedback in the room was amazing.

    1. What makes you uniquely qualified to challenge Lankford and win over voters?

    "All of the candidates have their strengths and weaknesses and many of them are not unique to one candidate. For me it is a long and varied work history which for many years, I was able to advocate for clients in court in sometimes hostile settings and sometimes friendly settings. Being able to evaluate your audience to tailor the tone of your message to appeal to the audience without pandering or aggravating is actually a skill. I have found that my style of campaigning has been well received by voters of urban an rural counties.

    That being said, in order to win we must also convince Republicans that this year, they are better served by electing a democrat. Not an easy task but my experience and skill should serve me and the Democratic Party well."

    2. What strategies will you use in your campaign to achieve this? 

    "My strength is meeting people, listening and talking about issues and what election choices can bring to their communities. I plan to partner with local democrats to not only help my campaign but to hopefully strengthen the campaigns of all the democrats. If each candidate campaigns separately without the full assistance of local democrats then the chances to change voting patterns is not good.

    I also plan to research the vastly different areas of the state to assess real needs and hopefully offer real solutions. Example: Affordable rural broadband. Everyone talks about it and the Republicans promise it but nothing gets done. I would partner up with out Corporation Commission Candidate, Warigia Bowman, (whose masters and doctorate thesis was on this particular subject and we would go visit those counties and present concrete ideas to how to accomplish this. I think it would help both campaigns.

    Also I would be there to tout local legislative candidates and county officers. We tend to ignore these counties because of voter party disparity and the situation of losing more democrats gets worse."

  • June 27, 2022 4:40 PM | Anonymous



    EDW's "Historic" Candidate Forum

    Check out what people had to say about EDW's second Democratic Primary Candidate Forum.

    If you missed it, you missed a great event, but you can still view it in its entirety from the recording on Facebook Live on our members only Facebook Page.

    Besides our 6 candidates in the forum, Gubernatorial- Joy Hofmeister and Connie Johnson, Ok County DA- Vicki Behenna and Mark Myles, and County Commissioner D3- Jay Bridwell and Cathy Cummings, there were an additional 11 candidates present handing out campaign literature, signing up volunteers and procuring donations. Other candidates present were CD5 -Joshua Harris Till, US Senate Candidates Lankford’s seat- Jo Glenn and Dennis Baker, US Senate Inhofe’s Seat- Kendra Horn’s Team, Corporation Commissioner- Warigia Bowman, SD 22- Blake Aguirre, HD 41- Mike Bockus, HD 83- Greg Clyde, HD 87- Ellyn Hefner, Ok County Treasurer – Tom Guild and Brandon Kirkpatrick, and Ok County Assessor Nick Singer. Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews, Oklahoma County Party Chair Robbie White and Former President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate- Senator Cal Hobson, a 6 time representative and 4 time senator from Antlers. 
    There were 149 in person attendance and 31 ZOOM and Facebook Live, so 180 people had the opportunity to see the forum, an incredible success!

    Jo Beth Moad, EDW’s chair of Recruit, Support, and Elect Committee moderated the forum and she and her committee developed the questions. Vice President Kathy Wallis and Education Chair Carol Willis were our time keepers. The questions varied from the county jail, to reducing incarceration rates for women, to government corruption and common sense Gun reform and women’s reproductive rights. Gwen Shaw and Debbie Oliver notarized 26 ballots next to Carrie Askins, Mary Jo Mitts and Jill Ogden selling T-shirts and signing up 5 new members and another 5 have joined since Monday, and giving away stickers, Judy Moon and her team of Paula Bailey, Denise York, Ella Sprung and Patsy Hollingsworth greeted the 150 in person attendees, Kelli McKay Conrady handled Facebook live and ZOOM, and Anna Stuck and Reese Todd were setting up more chairs and tables as the crowd kept growing . 

    jo Beth Moad RSE chair and moderator, Cathy Cummings, Vicki Behenna, Mark Myles, Connie Johnson, Joy Hofmeister, Jay Bridwell, and Krista Jones EDW pres



    Check out what people had to say about EDW's second Democratic Primary Candidate Forum. 

    If you missed it, you missed a great event, but you can still view it in its entirety from the recording on Facebook Live on our members only Facebook Page.

    Besides our 6 candidates in the forum, Gubernatorial- Joy Hofmeister and Connie Johnson, Ok County DA- Vicki Behenna and Mark Myles, and County Commissioner D3- Jay Bridwell and Cathy Cummings, there were an additional 11 candidates present handing out campaign literature, signing up volunteers and procuring donations. Other candidates present were CD5 -Joshua Harris Till, US Senate Candidates Lankford’s seat- Jo Glenn and Dennis Baker, US Senate Inhofe’s Seat- Kendra Horn’s Team, Corporation Commissioner- Warigia Bowman, SD 22- Blake Aguirre, HD 41- Mike Bockus, HD 83- Greg Clyde, HD 87- Ellyn Hefner, Ok County Treasurer – Tom Guild and Brandon Kirkpatrick, and Ok County Assessor Nick Singer. Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews, Oklahoma County Party Chair Robbie White and Former President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate- Senator Cal Hobson, a 6 time representative and 4 time senator from Antlers. 

    There were 149 in person attendance and 31 ZOOM and Facebook Live, so 180 people had the opportunity to see the forum, an incredible success!

  • June 19, 2022 3:54 PM | Anonymous


    Common Sense Gun Law Rally Held June 11th at the Capitol Organized by Students

    Democratic Nominee for US Senate Inhofe’s Seat Kendra Horn was one of many speakers, speaking for common sense Gun laws to be enacted by our legislature at the state level but also at the national level.


    She is flanked by over 50 students and young people imploring for their lives to be different once common sense Gun laws are enacted, so they aren’t afraid to go to school. Each speaker was paired with a student and they each spoke. It was amazing to hear the Impassioned pleas of the students about their futures. HR8- increased back ground checks, HR1446 the Charleston loophole, have been in the senate for over a year without 10 courageous Republican senators to reach across the aisle and bring it to a vote. They are also requesting to increase the age to 21 to purchase a gun, outlaw bump stocks, and automatic weapons as they have no use in a civil society since those were made for war and to confirm Steve Dettelbach as President Biden’s nominee for the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

    The rally started at 10 am in the morning but became warm quickly in the sun . Thankfully, the organizers had about 100 chairs for the 4-500 people gathered. Candidates, Community Organizers, pastors and students were eloquent in stating their points about common sense Gun laws and maintaining the second amendment which can easily be done when both sides of this issue come together for the safety of all people.


    Debbie Oliver, Gwen Shaw, Krista Jones and Jim Potts


    Mike Korenbilt, Joan Korenbilt, Andy Fugate, Gwen Shaw, Debbie Oliver, and Tina Fry

  • June 19, 2022 3:51 PM | Anonymous




     Juneteenth at Heard on Hurd 

    This month’s Heard on Hurd event will celebrate Juneteenth and highlight local community efforts. Attendees can expect to enjoy the usual wide variety of food trucks, pop-up shops and local music from 6-10 p.m.

    “There are several wonderful events happening across our state and metro-area this weekend to honor and celebrate Juneteenth,” said Jill Castilla, president and CEO at Citizens Bank of Edmond. “Citizens Bank of Edmond is proud to support these events and we hope the celebration is felt in full for those that attend Heard on Hurd.” ‘We are honored to join the Heard on Hurd family in June and get the opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth together,” said Caylee Dodson, executive director of RestoreOKC. “We are celebrating freedom and dreaming together about how we continue the fight for freedom and flourishing in all our respective communities.”

    Juneteenth at Heard on Hurd 

    This month’s Heard on Hurd event will celebrate Juneteenth and highlight local community efforts. Attendees can expect to enjoy the usual wide variety of food trucks, pop-up shops and local music from 6-10 p.m.

    “There are several wonderful events happening across our state and metro-area this weekend to honor and celebrate Juneteenth,” said Jill Castilla, president and CEO at Citizens Bank of Edmond. “Citizens Bank of Edmond is proud to support these events and we hope the celebration is felt in full for those that attend Heard on Hurd.” ‘We are honored to join the Heard on Hurd family in June and get the opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth together,” said Caylee Dodson, executive director of RestoreOKC. “We are celebrating freedom and dreaming together about how we continue the fight for freedom and flourishing in all our respective communities.”

  • June 19, 2022 3:44 PM | Anonymous




    Reminder: Monday is EDW Candidate Forum

    After our first candidate forum in May, with over 100 people in attendance or on ZOOM or Facebook live, we will see if we can equal or surpass that number. These forums are for Democratic races that are having a primary, which has more than 1 democratic candidate running in that race, so that our members can hear the candidates and their views before the primary election on June 28th, to make a more educated vote on the candidate of their choice.

    This Candidate Forum, we will be hosting both Democratic gubernatorial candidates Connie Johnson and Joy Hofmeister, 2 democratic candidates for County Commissioner District 3, Jay Bridwell and Cathy Cummings and the 2 Democratic candidates for District Attorney District 7- Vicki Behenna and Mark Myles. There are several races that already have the democratic nominee as they had only 1 candidate and many of those candidates will be present to be introduced and be available at the tables around the hall to answer questions, sign up volunteers for their campaigns, hand out literature and receive donations. Kendra Horn’s team will be there to do the same, but she is unable to attend this forum.

    The format is that each candidate will have a 1 minute opening statement, then our Recruit, Support, and Elect Chair JoBeth Moad will ask 4 questions to each set of candidates relating to their respective offices and each candidate will have 2 minutes to answer each question and they will have 2 minutes each for a closing statement, then the candidates will be available to our members ,if you have specific questions for them after the forum, but there will be no questions from the floor. This is not a debate but a question and answer forum.

    The candidates invited for availability and introduction are the following: Jason Bollinger, Madison Horn, Dennis Baker, Jo Glenn and Brandon Wade candidates for US Senate Lankford’s seat who were with us last month at our forum, Joshua Harris Till- CD5, Melinda Alizadeh-Fard for Lt Governor, Charles DeCoune State Treasurer, Blake Aguirre SD22, Mike Bockus HD 41, Greg Clyde HD83, Ellyn Hefner HD87, Brandon Kirkpatrick OK County Treasurer, Jena Nelson for State School Superintendent, and Tom Guild Ok County Treasurer. Our incumbents Julia Kirt SD30, Cyndi Munson HD85, Andy Fugate HD94, Carrie Hicks SD40, and Kay Floyd SD46 are always invited and appreciated any time they can come.

    Bring your absentee ballots, as we will have notaries available that night to notarize and you will still have time to get them off in the mail.

      


      

    Reminder: Monday is EDW Candidate Forum

  • June 15, 2022 7:09 PM | Anonymous


    Be ready for June 28th Primary

    Free Notary Events for Absentee Ballots

    Sunday, JUNE 12TH 1-3 AND Saturday, June 18th 1-3

    NEW LOCATION: FINK PARK South of Boulevard across from UCO

  • June 15, 2022 7:05 PM | Anonymous



    What's the point?

    by Anna Stuck

    Sine Die of the legislative session has come and gone again. I have been paying closer attention to the legislative happenings since joining EDW and I have to say every year at this time I feel my thoughts returning to a familiar theme, “What’s the Point”? We live with a super-majority Republican state legislator. They have no need to listen to what we have to say in support of progressive policy. Maybe you’ve mumbled it to yourself after a phone call or two. So I humbly offer you three reasons to make the call or write the email even when you know it won’t change any minds.

    1. To dispel the “everyone” myth. Sometimes all we can hope for is to make sure our elected officials cannot truthfully say “no one told me.” We are taking plausible deniability off the table for those in power. Also consider your audience. Maybe it’s not so much about the elected official ignoring you but the neighbor who sees you standing in solidarity for their rights and their place at the table.
    2. To be a good ancestor. When you email the governor there is a little disclaimer that they will be keeping your contact in their records. I’d very much like my descendants to be able to see what I stood for should any of them turn out to be history buffs and/or intrepid researchers. Put yourself on the record for what you believe in.
    3. To strengthen our advocacy muscles. We can do hard things. When we advocate in places where we are not appreciated or listened to, consider it a resistance workout for your advocacy. In this arena it’s not about the battles we won today but developing our strength for the battles to come. Especially the advocacy we do outside the capitol in our communities and with our neighbors.


  • June 15, 2022 6:54 PM | Anonymous


    Food for Thought on Climate Change

    by Carol Willis

    Of all the things that are on our plates to worry about these days, there is one more that we must add, because if we don't care about protecting our environment from climate change, nothing else matters. Not gun control, not abortion rights, not LGBTQ+ issues, not even January 6.

    After years and years of hearing people nagging us that our climate was becoming increasingly hotter, increasingly dryer, and more and more extreme, it is time to actually start listening to these warnings, and then to take action.

    Consider this truth:

    Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the western United States. Twenty-five million people depend on water from this reservoir, and it is at an all-time record low. What do you think is going to happen when twenty-five million people lose their primary source of water? This is not an event that could easily happen not somewhere in the future, but within a very few short years. In addition to a huge exodus of people who will begin to relocate in search of a place to live that has sufficient water, the government reports that about 350,000 acres of farmland in the Sacramento Valley will be fallowed.

    And this:

    Humans have produced and consumed more than 8 billion metric tons of plastic since it became the rage in the 1950s. Of that huge amount of plastic, less than 10 percent of that has been recycled. The remaining 90% now fills our rivers, oceans, and shorelines. Plastic does not biodegrade over time--it just breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that are now found in Arctic snow, on top of Mt. Everest, at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and in our bodies. Despite all our good thoughts and efforts, recycling plastic is prohibitively expensive and very few facilities in the world have the capacity to do it. Most plastic that is set aside for recycling winds up in landfills or is burned.

    And, incidentally, this:

    Did you know that 95% of most clothing that is found in landfills could be worn as is? The vast majority of clothing in the U.S. ends up in landfills, mostly overseas, and mostly because most people don't know what to do with used clothing that is no longer wanted. The fashion industry is the third most polluting industry, emitting about 5-10% of the world's carbon.

    These issues and others are not actually in our backyard at this very moment, but they are going to be.

    The only way that any of these sad but true events can be addressed effectively is through legislation. And there will be no legislation unless we start asking for it--demanding it.

    Yes, doing our part to use less water and fewer plastics is very important. But these efforts seem to many just like the idea of starting a blue wave in Oklahoma. They are things we all want, but we are powerless to do one single thing about any of them by ourselves.

    Our hope lies only in our vote. We must start now, today, with the very next election to hold the feet of our elected officials to the fire--from city government through the highest office in the land. We must make it known to every person who seeks our vote that we expect accountability and change. We expect laws to be developed and enacted that will protect and preserve our precious water sources. We must ask them what their ideas are to improve the quality of our air, to decrease our carbon footprint, and to cut our prodigious consumption of single-use plastics.

    We must get the attention of every candidate who is seeking office and make it known that we expect them to have a realistic environmental platform and a plan to aggressively enact it. And yes, a candidate's stance on all the other issues is monumentally and equally important. We must now demand that the environmental issues be brought to the platform as well.

    In this election season, many of us will be attending rallies, fund raisers, and political forums in which we will have a few minutes to speak personally to candidates. So as you shake hands and speak to these people, be prepared to ask them about everything, and especially about what they plan to do about climate change.

    “We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.”

    Barack Obama, Former US President

    “Believe in the power of your own voice. The more noise you make, the more accountability you demand from your leaders, the more our world will change for the better.”

    Al Gore, Former US Vice President

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