Congratulations to Dream Act OK leader Rosa Hernandez for receiving the “Local Champion” award from the Dan Allen Center for Community Justice. The award will be presented Nov 1 at the Fifth Annual Awards Dinner. DAOK and the Dan Allen Center are members of ACTION!
Upcoming Public Actions:
VOICE Accountability Session with Candidates for Governor, State Superintendent of Education, Sept. 30ACTION is taking a delegation of at least 50 people to the event in Oklahoma City, being held at 3 p.m., at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelley. We could even take more! We’re standing for funding for education that doesn’t lead to cuts of core social services. If you want to carpool or maybe even be part of a church van/bus, contact Deanna Tirrell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidate Accountability Sessions
District Attorney Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
US Congress District 1, Oct. 21, 3 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic ChurchState Rep Districts 75 and 76, Senate 36, Oct. 28, 3 p.m., at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
Justice for Immigrant Children:
The Immigration action team sent a letter on June 20 to Senator Lankford and Senator Inhofe regarding the inhumane treatment of children and parents by separating them in border detention. Leaders of faith communities, nonprofits, parent-teacher groups, and workers associations signed in support as representatives of their institutions. Read the letter here.
ACTION After the Walkout: Educate. Elect. Engage.
ACTION Tulsa held accountability sessions with candidates in House Districts 69, 71, and 79 before the primary election in June. Candidates heard stories about the impact funding cuts and other legislation have had on their constituents, answered questions about how they would address these issues, and stated how they will remain accountable to their districts for the approximately 100 people who attended each session.
The accountability sessions followed an informational gathering in May that helped almost 200 teachers and parents understand education funding: what happened in the 2018 legislative session, the politics behind the scenes, and what still needs to be done. Prior to the event, member institutions held an Education Awareness Sunday.
ACTION FOR DREAMers: Tulsans Speak Out on DACA
Over 250 people from across our community came together in November 2017 to stand in support of young immigrants who rely on the DACA program to work, continue their education, and raise families in Tulsa.
Candidate Accountability Session: HD75 Special Election
Candidates in the special election for HD75 in July 2017 were invited to hear the stories of district constituents around the issues of education, mental health services, and immigrant support, and were asked if they would support these issues if elected.
Member Institutions in action:
What is ACTION?
ACTION is a partner organization with VOICE (Voices Organized in Civic Engagement) in Oklahoma City as well as affiliated nationally with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), which is the oldest and largest organizing network in the United States. The IAF operates under the West/Southwest IAF Network.