The forum, originally scheduled for Feb 27, was rescheduled for April 3.

Democratic legislators will be featured at a legislative forum hosted by Our Revolution Oklahoma on Wednesday, April 3 at the Pioneer Library in Moore. All are invited to this free event. Light refreshments will be served.

In addition, representatives from several local advocacy groups will be present, including Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice, Mom’s Demand Action, and Good Government Petitions. Retiring OKC City Councilman Ed Shadid will also be features.

The panel will review the bills being considered in the 2019 legislature, with a focus on citizen advocacy to advance legislation that aligns with OR-OK’s mission of “restoring democracy for working people.”

House Minority Leader Emily Virgin (HD44) has affirmed her attendance. Other confirmed participants include newly elected Senator Carri Hicks (SD40), who was endorsed by OR-OK in her 2018 campaign that successfully flipped this mid-OKC Senate district. Also attending are Senator George Young, Rep. Collin Walke (HD87) and Rep. Jacob Rosecrants (HD46).

Christine Byrd, a member of the OR-OK board of directors, will moderate the panel.

“We are tracking bills and votes, including those that address our key progressive issues for this term: protecting public education, increasing the minimum wage, and expanding health care options. We will provide tools and resources for advocating on important bills that address these goals.“

The library is located at 225 South Howard in Moore. Socializing begins at 6:15, program begins at 6:30.

Our Revolution Oklahoma is a chapter of Our Revolution that serves Oklahoma and Cleveland Counties. For more information, visit ourrevolutionok.com.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – With the first meeting of OR-OK’s newly elected board today, the group moved to define rates for membership in line with by-laws changes approved by members at the annual meeting in December.

At the Dec. 6, 2018 gathering, members overwhelmingly approved changing the membership structure to require dues to fully participate in the organization’s activities, including voting for board members and in candidate endorsement polls. Previously, attendance at two events or a donation of any amount provided membership status.

The annual rates are $60 for sustaining membership, $27 for standard membership, and $10 for students or those on fixed incomes.

“We have established three levels of dues, and I think they accommodate the vast majority of our potential membership,” said Leslie Bonebreak, who was elected chair at the January meeting. “But we also know that with the existing economic injustice in our state and nation, we have to consider those whose incomes are simply insufficient to pay for participation, and for them we will provide free membership, with full rights to all the member perks.”

“This is a reflection of our political values, as well as our emphasis on civic participation over money — the same thing we ask of the candidates we support,” Bonebreak added.

“With the new rates established, we’re kicking off a membership drive to not only retain our existing members and move them to the new model, but to increase our ranks significantly in 2019,” said Rena Guay, Vice Chair. “Our new board is committed to this kind of steady expansion, and wants to have a strong foundation of funding and engagement as we get close to the 2020 election season.”

“It takes both money and engaged people to really have an impact, and this membership drive will allow us to develop both,” Bonebreak concluded.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The recently elected board of directors today voted for the officers who will lead the organization for 2019. They are:

  • Chair: Leslie Bonebreak
  • Vice Chair: Rena Guay
  • Secretary: Lynne Davis
  • Treasurer: Susan McCann
  • Assistant Treasurer: Sam Fredrickson

Ms. Bonebreak, Ms. McCann and Mr. Fredrickson were on the founding board, which was elected at the initial membership meeting. in August of 2017 and served through the end of 2018. Ms. Guay and Ms. Davis, while new to the board, have been involved with the organization since its establishment.

“I am thrilled to be leading a progressive organization that, while relatively new to the political scene in central Oklahoma, has already done a lot to support candidates and build a stronger progressive infrastructure for future action,” Bonebreak said. “In 2018 I ran for state House in District 53, and OR-OK was a huge help to my campaign. I want to continue and expand that kind of work, so we can ‘restore democracy for working people‘ in this state.” The slogan is one used by Our Revolution nationally to define their overall mission.

Ms. Bonebreak and other board members are kicking off a membership drive as the first priority for their term of service. Meanwhile, the group has endorsed candidates in municipal elections throughout central Oklahoma area, and will be working to get them elected on February 12 and any subsequent runoff elections for those offices.

“This new group of leaders will help us continue our record of action and achievement, Ms. Guay said. “We have a strong core of board members who were part of the founding group, and have added new ones who will bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm. I’m excited to be part of it.”

The members of Our Revolution Oklahoma have voted on candidate endorsements in races for select city council seats in four central Oklahoma cities –Bethany, Del City, Edmond and Norman.

The endorsements are:

Municipal elections for each city will be held on February 12. If necessary, a runoff will be held on April 2. For more info.

OKC city hall

The members of Our Revolution Oklahoma have voted on candidate endorsements in the Oklahoma City Council elections of 2019, comprising half of the eight wards in the city.

The endorsements are:

The election is on February 12. If necessary, a runoff will be held on April 2. For more info: https://www.okc.gov/departments/city-clerk/elections/upcoming-elections

Oklahoma City, OK – Our Revolution Oklahoma announces the election of 13 members to serve on its board of directors. The election was conducted electronically between Dec. 11 and 19, with the decision being made by OROK’s members, who chose among 17 candidates.

The new board replaces an interim board, which was elected in August of 2017 at the organization’s first annual meeting following its incorporation. Terms begin on January 1, 2019.

Christine Byrd, Lynne Davis, Devyn Denton, Sam Frederickson, Nadine Gallagher, and Susan McCann were each elected to a two-year term. Leslie Bonebreak, Dario Elizondo, Rena Guay, Tom Guild, Mark Henricksen, Jesse Jackson, and Amanda Jeffers were each elected to a one-year term.

Five of the newly elected directors also served on the interim board: Mark Henricksen, who served as chair, Susan McCann, secretary, Sam Frederickson and Leslie Bonebreak.

About the new board members

Leslie Bonebreak lives in Moore and has been an active community volunteer for over 15 years. A mother of three, she ran for HD 53 in 2018 as an OROK endorsed candidate and is prepared to run again in 2020. She serves as president of a 250-home homeowners association, promotes local change by being the driving force behind Proposition 2 on the November 2016 ballot for curbside recycling, and regularly volunteers for public schools across Cleveland County.

Christine Byrd also recently ran for office, in Senate District 48. She works as outreach director for the Oklahoma Democratic Party, and is also an ordained minister.

Lynne Davis was a manager at a small business in OKC for many years, recently retiring. She has volunteered on numerous electoral campaigns, as well as on the effort to pass SQ 788 (medical marijuana) in 2018.

Devyn Denton is another recent candidate for office, having run for House District 39 and was one of 11 legislative candidates endorsed by OROK in the 2016 election cycle. She is currently running for Ward 1 of the Edmond City Council.

Dario Elizando is an attorney focusing on immigration law. He lives in Oklahoma City, where he is active with DREAM Act Oklahoma, among other organizations.

Sam Frederickson is an Oklahoma City activist who has worked with numerous local organizations. He helped found Our OKC, a local affiliate of The Incorruptibles.

Nadine Gallagher is a public school teacher living in Oklahoma City. In 2016, she served as a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the national Democratic Party Convention. She currently is chair of Congressional District 5 for the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

Rena Guay is a web developer living in Oklahoma City. She served as executive director of the Center for Conscience in Action for six years. She now is founding director of Just Future, a nonprofit coordinating services and resources to facilitate and enhance grassroots activism.

Tom Guild, a retired college professor, ran for CD-5 in 2016. He lives in Edmond and recently published an autobiography describing his journey from abandonment to adoption.

Mark Henricksen is an attorney in Oklahoma with a long history of volunteer activism with local nonprofits. He served as a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the national Democratic Party Convention. He served as chair of the OROK interim board from August 2017 to December 2018.

Jesse Jackson lives in Spencer and is the pastor of East 8th Street Christian Church. He shares a name with a famous national figure, but is much acclaimed locally in his own right as an activist and public speaker.

Amanda Jeffers is a high school teacher in Cleveland County. In 2016 she was a candidate for House District 91, and was endorsed by OROK.

Susan McCann is a retired teacher, and a dedicated activist in central Oklahoma. She was a key leader in the 2008 Obama campaign in Oklahoma, and in 2016 helped organize support for Bernie Sanders. She lives in Edmond.

Our Revolution Oklahoma is a chapter of Our Revolution, a national movement to continue the agenda of Bernie Sander’s campaign in 2016. We work to reclaim democracy for working people through campaigns, education and movement building.

Election day did not bring all the results we wanted, but we are so proud of the progressive message and hard work put out by our endorsed candidates:

  • Nikki Nice handily won the Ward 7 OKC City Council seat in a special election. Way to go, Nikki!
  • Carri Hicks will be the new Democratic representative for SD 40, flipping this mid-OKC seat. Congratulations!
  • Our remaining State Senate candidates – Linda Wade and Renee Jerden – and our State House candidates – Leslie Bonebreak, Katelyn Dockery, Amanda Jeffers, Rashard Bickham, Zach Pearson, Devyn Denton, Lavelle Compton, and Forrest Mayer – were a joy to support and have great political gifts to offer.
  • Our statewide candidate for Corporation Commission, Ashley Nicole McCray, was awe inspiring as she crossed the state battling an entrenched system controlled by friends of big oil and gas. She will not stop being be a force to reckon with and we look forward to working together on rectifying this.
  • And finally, our candidate for Cleveland County Sherriff, Kevin Hammond, brought important issues to the fore that he will continue to champion, as will we.

Thank you ALL for your courage and dedication to the issues we believe in. For those who did not prevail, the numerical results do not reflect the value of your efforts, not to us, not to your district, and not to our shared mission, which we will continue to pursue.

You all deserve some time to unwind from the campaign fray, but we look forward to working with you in the coming days and years to move Oklahoma forward, in whatever form that takes.

We also recognize the winning candidates in our area we didn’t endorse, but who ran on bringing a more progressive future to Oklahoma.. Congratulations to Kendra Horn, now the OK-5 Representative-Elect, Carrie Blumert, Merelyn Bell, Julia Kirt, Mary Boren, and all the others who will now serve in office to move Oklahoma into the future.

Join us for our second annual membership meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6

UPDATE – NEW DATE

In order to let everyone decompress from the campaign season, we have decided to postpone our meeting until Thursday, Dec. 6. Same time, 6:30pm. And, for your trouble, we’ve added a holiday potluck to the mix. Come help us plan a better future over good food and conversation.

The location is the Teamsters Union Hall at 3528 West Reno in Oklahoma City (just west of I-44). Doors open at 6pm.

After more than a year of vigorous activity, multiple major events and many accomplishments, Our Revolution is preparing for its second annual meeting in Oklahoma City, with a bit of crowing to do, then a bit of business to take care of — including some proposed by-laws changes and preparing to elect a new board.

Non members welcome and encouraged! Use the form below to sign up. Check out the agenda beneath that.

Know someone who can help guide our organization? Nominate* them with this form (we will contact them and send them all the info they need and a full application form) .

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We incorporated in August 2017, when our first board of directors were elected. But we’d had three formational meetings by then, and our caucus had been a major player in the 2017 Democratic Party convention season. So our “first year” is really closer to 18 months. But who’s counting?

OROK accomplishments 2017-2018

Organizational programs and projects

2020 Vision with Nina Turner and Jim Hightower

SQ 788 Endorsement, Rally and Canvass

Gubernatorial Democratic Candidate Forum

SD 40 Democratic Primary Candidate Forum

Sponsored three workshops on organizing/campaigning strategies with The Incorruptibles

Three Bernie Sanders Town Hall Watch Parties

Dozens of committee meetings for Ballot Initiatives, Candidate Support, Communications, and Transform the Party program work

Largest caucus at 2017 Democratic party conventions

Sponsored/co-sponsored local town halls

Lots more after the jump.

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