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  • April 24, 2022 7:25 PM | Anonymous


    OK Republican Governor Stitt Signs Into Law The Most Restrictive Women's Reproductive Rights Legislation In The Nation on Tuesday

    Last Tuesday April 5th, as members of Edmond Democratic Women were celebrating the Edmond Public School Board Election of Courtney Hobgood and Marcus Jones, the Republicans of the Oklahoma legislature were voting to take away Women’s Constitutional Right to Body Autonomy and Healthcare and Governor Stitt signed it into law on Tuesday, April 12th, to take effect August 26th.

    I appreciate Reverend Lori Walke speaking to the Oklahoman “Patriarchal Legislation controlling women’s bodies and misogynistic religious posturing that questions the moral capability of women fall into those categories.(oppressive systems and structure)”.

    Or Reverend Dr Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, stated in an op-Ed in the Oklahoman. “ In the coming months, the Supreme Court likely will curtail or overturn Roe V Wade- upending decades of precedent and dramatically limiting women’s right to choose. Conservative lawmakers nationwide already are beginning to pass harsh abortion bans that would be plainly unconstitutional under Roe, but might soon be legal in the post Roe world. The tragic ironies of these anti-choice religious voices: the same voices arguing that a fertilized egg is a life that should be protected at all costs, are actively opposed to providing even minimal protections for actual living, breathing children once they’ve been born- or to giving parents the paid leave, affordable healthcare or other support they need to raise healthy kids.”




    Minority Leader Issues Statement on Oklahoma Abortion Law

    Wes Carter, Press Secretary

    Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus

    (405) 962-7674 wes.carter@okhouse.gov

    **OKLAHOMA CITY -- **House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement in response to Governor Kevin Stitt signing Senate Bill 612 on Tuesday.

    “Today, Governor Stitt, flanked by legislative Republicans, signed what must be close to Oklahoma’s 100th ban on abortion. Like the others, this attempt will be challenged in court at the expense of Oklahoma taxpayers, and like the others, it will be ruled unconstitutional.

    “I agree with Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor, Governor Stitt’s appointee, who said in his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, Roe v. Wade is ‘settled law, super precedent’ and ‘binding decisions of the Supreme Court are to be followed by all lower courts.’ O'Connor even went as far as to say that if confirmed, he would ‘faithfully apply Roe and all other such precedents.’

    “Most important, however, is that this law and many others pushed by legislative Republicans are detrimental to the health of Oklahomans. Regardless of what Oklahoma and the US Supreme Court decide to do, abortion will remain legal in other states, and those who can afford to travel to those states to access healthcare will do just that. Reproductive health in Oklahoma will become yet another area where those with means will have access, and those who’ve been left behind by their government will suffer the consequences of these unconstitutional policies.”

  • April 24, 2022 7:22 PM | Anonymous


    History made 3-1-22

    Wednesday night, history was made on the first evening of #WomensHistoryMonth. 

    For the first time ever, a female Vice President, Kamala Harris, and a female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, sat behind the President for the #SOTU address.  

  • April 17, 2022 6:26 PM | Anonymous

    By Carol Willis

    And speaking of journalism and its importance, consider this viewpoint that was presented by the Los Angeles Times in 2021 which theorizes that because of all the monumental events that occurred in 2020 and 2021, much of the press was depleted from having to constantly disprove disinformation rather than to follow the rules of good journalism that included to stick to the facts, remain impartial, and present differing viewpoints. Click here to read the article.

    "The problem is that “both-sides journalism,” as it's come to be called, has outlived the "fairness doctrine" that created it, which was abolished in 1987 under then-President Reagan. The careful, equitable reporting of "PBS NewsHour" and NPR remains a valuable public service, but in this age of extremes, the point-counterpoint structure is sorely out of step with the bombast of politicians like U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and the fact-bending screeds of hangers-on like Rudy Giuliani.

    "Getting to the bottom of anything requires it having an actual bottom, and that's an issue in a parallel news universe where lifesaver Dr. Anthony Fauci is a demon, climate change is a hoax and ingesting horse dewormer is safer than a Pfizer shot in the arm. How does one logically debate the politicization of COVID-19 in a traditional talk-show forum without giving a platform to the very folks who’ve spun these deadly lies?

    "It's not a problem for those leading the charge. Take Fox News host Tucker Carlson. He's behind a three-part series that promotes unfounded and disproved conspiracy theories about the Jan. 6 siege. Make-believe narratives. Presented as fact. On an ostensibly "mainstream" network, watched by millions.

    "In his adoring interview with "nice kid" Kyle Rittenhouse — the teen who brought an AR-15 rifle to a Black Lives Matter protest and who was charged with killing two unarmed men and maiming another — Carlson assured viewers that Rittenhouse was a patriot, not a racist. He never mentioned a widely circulated photo of the "sweet kid" in a bar flashing white-power signs with Proud Boy members, wearing a "free as f—" T-shirt. And in that siloed universe, no one was there to challenge him. The teen's acquittal emboldened would-be vigilantes and mass shooters. Social media helped reach them. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R.-N.C.) took to Instagram Live to rally his followers: “Be armed, be dangerous, and be moral.”

    "The asymmetrical nature of the media is both a byproduct of and a fuel for the asymmetrical nature of modern partisanship: While Todd is interviewing Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about practical ways of surviving the pandemic, Fox Nation host Lara Logan is comparing Biden's chief medical adviser to Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele.

    "In these circumstances, even newsrooms not in thrall to the hard-right cabal would be hard-pressed to strike the right tone, to see the big picture, to earn the consumer's trust. But as social media's dominance deepens and right-wing platforms grow, mainstream media are in crisis: CNN's Chris Cuomo was fired after advising brother Andrew Cuomo on his sexual-assault-scandal damage control — exactly the kind of ethical breach that diminishes trust in journalism — and local newspapers are in a fight for survival against venture capitalists.

    "After an overwhelming year, in a challenging-in-the-best-of-times business, it might seem harsh to blame the old-school press for not assembling the pieces of the puzzle into a warning siren for our system of government. But it isn't enough to hope that 2022 will magically offer solutions to either our media crisis or our democratic one. It will require swift and forceful change. Otherwise, the joke's on us."

    This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times here.

  • March 08, 2022 3:28 PM | Anonymous


    Contributed by an EDW Member

    March is Women's History Month, and Tuesday, March 8, is International Women's Day. During this time, the world takes special note of strong women across the globe and their achievements in social, political, economic, and cultural realms. This year the theme is "Providing Healing, Promoting Hope," and appropriately focuses on caregivers and frontline workers, and International Women's Day focuses this year on gender equality and the importance of recognizing and eliminating biases of all kinds.

    Ironically, International Women's Day was started in 1917 by Russian women as a protest to express their desire for bread and peace, and eventually led to the Russian Revolution. Even then, the people of Russia wanted peace. They would certainly be horrified now to see that the brutality of the Russian government is still a strong presence.

    Is there a woman among us who is not aware of the strength we as women possess? This very strength, drive, and determination, combined with the unspoken realization that although men possess many of the same traits and powers that women do, we know that the world is driven by the often behind-the-scenes work of women.

    So, it's time for us to pause in the middle of our multi-tasking and commemorate and elevate ourselves. In honor of women everywhere who have blazed the trail as suffragists, politicians, artists, and inventors, please consider any or all of these suggestions about how to celebrate the incredible women that we are.

  • December 07, 2021 6:44 PM | Anonymous


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  • November 20, 2021 6:48 PM | Anonymous

    In Monday, Nov 15th's meeting, the ACLU of Oklahoma announced plans for a Call for a Moratorium on Executions in Oklahoma and stay on the execution dates until the federal court litigations are final. We will continue to stay connected through email thread and future conversations as this fight kicks off! If you notice someone who is not on this email list should be, just reply to this email with the person’s name and email and I can take care of that!

    Below are the takeaways from this meeting.

    What are some Action Steps the ACLU of Oklahoma are planning?

    What are your Action Steps as an individual and with your organizations?

    • Sign the Letter to the Governor (This letter is public and will be used in media) - Priority
    • Share the letter with your Oklahoma networks. (Orgs and Individuals) - Priority
    • Talk to your elected official and ask them to sign on to this letter - Priority
    • Call the Governor
    • Make Calls/Text to Oklahomans
    • Facilitate conversations about Ending Executions in Oklahoma
    • Write Op-Eds

    Talking Points

    • Oklahoma has administered 4 flawed executions that have led to torture
    Urge the Governor to:
    • Stay all execution dates
    • Honor the agreement of no executions until federal court litigation is finalized
  • August 09, 2021 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    DONAT!IONS FOR UCO WOMEN”S REARCH CENTER AND BGLTQ+ STUDENT CENTER

     

    One of our Goals  and Action Plan in our  EDW Strategic Plan for 2021-22 is to designate a nonprofit organization to receive member donations at meetings. Since next Monday 8-16-21 is  our first in person general membership meeting, we would like you to bring donations for the Women’s Research Center and BGLTQ+  Student center at UCO. This is their before school feminine personal hygiene drive before school starts to restock their pantry. They have shared with us that they are in need of tampons, pads, and pregnancy tests. These 2 organizations makes available to the campus community materials relevant to Women’s Health, models good health practices, and supports the development of Campus Childcare Services. Please help us, help our member and professor in charge of these 2 organizations Dr Lindsey Churchill as we have done in the past! Thank you EDW Members for helping BGLTQ+ Student Center and the WOMEN”S RESEARCH CENTER!

  • July 08, 2021 9:33 PM | Anonymous

    The Edmond Democratic Women Board, representing 341 members, stand in support of mayor Davis and the mayoral proclamation, designating June 2021 "Pride Month" and that we support diversity and stand in recognition of the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community and we do strive "to actively promote the principles of equality and liberty for all.” We believe all citizens should be able to live in a safe and civil society and that we have an obligation to do what we can, to ensure that for future generations.

  • March 15, 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Edmond Democratic Women Endorse Molly Ooten and Christin Mugg before April 6 Election

    The Edmond Democratic Women (EDW) Board Unanimously approved to endorse Molly Ooten (OK Senate District 22) and Christin Mugg (Edmond City Council Ward 3) leading up to the April 6 general election. Both Ooten and Mugg are members of EDW and have taken the leap to run for public office. Both candidates align with the mission of EDW to make a positive change by leveraging our collective strengths. As endorsed candidates, Ooten and Mugg will be provided election support through EDW’s Recruit, Support, Elect Committee – providing volunteers and financial support.

    EDW President Krista Jones states that “EDW is proud to endorse Molly Ooten for Senate District 22 and Christin Mugg for Edmond City Council Ward 3, as candidates that will affect positive change in our community and our state and will represent our values in elected office. Our Recruit, Support, and Elect Committee identifies potential candidates whose campaigns align with our Belief and Mission Statements and it is rewarding to be able to endorse and support these two candidates in their quest for public office.”

    Molly is a speech pathologist, mom, and lifelong Oklahoman. She graduated from Edmond Memorial High School and went on to earn a dual degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish from Harding University in Arkansas. Returning to her roots, she furthered her education by attaining her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Oklahoma in 2013.

    Since then she has worked in both the adult and pediatric settings, but most notably she has been employed for the last 6 years by Oklahoma County SoonerStart, an early intervention program serving local children and their families. In this role, she has had many leadership opportunities, including providing training and in-service to fellow SoonerStart employees, being a guest lecturer at the University of Central Oklahoma, and presenting at two consecutive state conferences in the field of speech pathology. In 2018 she completed the Partners in Policymaking training, a national program to develop and support advocates for people with disabilities.

    She and her husband Michael have been married for 7 years and have two kids, Henry and Mazie. They moved back to Molly’s hometown of Edmond and are privileged to be able to live close to both of their extended families. Molly has recently enjoyed serving as a deacon at their church, Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ. She is currently also in the process of earning a second Master’s degree in Public Administration and is looking forward to taking her fresh ideas and outlook to the Oklahoma State Senate.

    Connect with Molly and her campaign: MollyOoten.com | FB /mollyooten.ok | TW @MollyOoten | IG @MollyOoten.OK


  • November 13, 2020 7:03 AM | Anonymous

    Edmond Democratic Women currently has nearly 550 members, including women and men across the metro area, many of whom are active in politics on the state, county and local levels. Formed shortly after Trump’s inauguration in 2017, our members monitor legislation, advocate for positive change, campaign for candidates and support each other in Oklahoma’s challenging political climate.

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