Holiday themed meeting included updates on the groups’ work in its first year
OKLAHOMA CITY – Our Revolution Oklahoma, which met first in February and gained official status in August, held its first post-incorporation quarterly membership meeting on Dec. 12 at the Teamsters Union Hall in Oklahoma City. About 150 attended the event, which included a forum by gubernatorial candidates Connie Johnson and Drew Edmondson, the two candidates who responded to the organization’s questionnaire.
OROK Chair Mark Henricksen considers the event a valuable step in the growth of the organization. “In the midst of the busy holiday season, over a hundred Oklahoma progressives came out Tuesday night to demonstrate their support and solidarity with Our Revolution values. The members of Our Revolution Oklahoma continue to inspire me with their selfless commitment to activism, and for their advocacy for the working class and the poor.”
The candidates were provided with a half hour of the event to explain their qualifications and positions on issues. “Both of these candidates provided thoughtful responses to our initial questions, and were generous to attend our meeting so that our members could follow up with more detailed questions,” said Michael Krauss, a member of the board and chair of OROK’s Candidate Recruitment and Endorsement Committee. “Many of our members are keenly interested in this race, which will go a long way in determining how our state climbs out of its current budget crisis.”
“These two candidates completed an Our Revolution Oklahoma candidate questionnaire for that race, and were asked to attend this event to further elaborate their positions for our members,” explained Rena Guay, who serves as chair of the Communications and Outreach Committee. “Those who qualify due to their active participation or financial support will be voting on the organizational endorsement on this race, as well as other races going forward. Our Revolution Oklahoma is still a small organization, but we are growing and increasing our influence, so this is the beginning of the kind of electoral work we will be doing.”
The organization’s by-laws state that membership entails attendance at two official OROK events, or a financial donation of any amount.
A focus at the event was the work of the four working committees of the organization, Communications and Outreach, Ballot Initiatives, Candidate Recruitment and Endorsements, and Transforming the Party.
While reporting on the work of the Transforming the Party Committee, chair Lyanne Segura announced the creation of a new federation seeking endorsement to work within the Oklahoma Democratic Party to be called “Oklahoma Democrats for Economic Justice.” The Communications and Outreach Committee revealed to the wider group a project to host house parties at which to discuss critical progressive issues such as Medicare for All. The Ballot Initiative Committee report detailed efforts to find the best subjects for grassroots-based state questions, and that they were close to narrowing down what progressive issues to offer for Oklahoma voters’ consideration.