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.”

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.

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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Goal Thermometer

Our list of endorsed candidates is growing, and we are working to help get them elected so we have more progressive representation at the State Capitol and in the other elected offices in Oklahoma where change is desperately needed after about a decade or more of pro-corporate policies and activities.

We’ve been canvassing, and we will continue to do so, but we also want to send out postcards to selected voters in their districts to help distinguish these progressive leaders from their opponents.

We need your help to make this possible. We’ve scouted out great rates for printing and mailing, designed our unique cards, and created a carefully screened list of likely progressive voters to mail to.

D O N A T E    H E R E

 
Now we just need the funds to make this happen! Please donate what you can to get these cards in the mail.

Here’s a sample of how our cards look for some of our first endorsed candidates:

 

And here’s who we’re helping:

  • Amanda Jeffers – HD 91
  • Carri Hicks – SD 40
  • Devyn Denton – HD 39
  • Katelyn Dockery – HD 54
  • Kevin Hammond – Cleveland County Sheriff
  • LaVelle C. Compton – HD 90
  • Leslie Bonebreak – HD 53
  • Linda Wade – SD 42
  • Rashard Bickham – HD 95
  • Renee Jerden – SD 24
  • Zach Pearson – HD 100

Whoa! Can you believe our politics these days? It’s one crazy thing after another. So crazy the OK legislature went home early!

But not us! We’re not stopping for one minute. Because we have 2020 Vision and can see the future of Oklahoma clearly!

Our committees are busy as bees and you should get to the next meeting of the one that interests you. Member polls on candidate endorsement are underway. But the BIG news is our big political rally on May 31 featuring Nina Turner and Jim Hightower. Yes, you should not only Believe It, you should Be There!

Get your tickets now!

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Mark Henricksen speaks on Democratic Socialism

On March 7, OROK chair Mark Henricksen addressed The Brennan Society with a speech entitled “Why I Am a Democratic Socialist.” Watch below; scroll down for the written text.

Please “like” the video on Youtube and follow our new channel, which will feature other speeched, interviews with activists and candidates, officeholders and policy advocates.

The talk was recorded by OROK Communications and Outreach Committee Chair.

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A poll of eligible members will determine whether Our Revolution will publicly endorse State Question 788. If passed, OROK will promote voting and active support for this measure. Poll closes at 11:59 pm on March 5, 2018.
OROK voting members were polled between Feb. 22 and March 5 with the question “Should OROK endorse State Question 788 (medical marijuana)?”
Votes Yes: 30
Votes No: 1
Abstain: 0

We are gearing up for our canvassing campaign for State Question 788 (medical marijuana) and putting out the call for experienced as well as newbi canvassers to help us contact targeted voters who are likely to support this initiative.

Also on deck this month, meetings in our committees on ballot initiatives, candidate endorsements and lots more.

Be sure to join us on Saturday March 24 to march behind our beautiful banner in support of gun reform and supporting our students marching for their lives.

 

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