2018 Candidate Accountability Sessions:
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US Congressional District 1 Candidate responds to ACTION questions
On Oct 21, leaders from ACTION member institutions shared their stories about issues in healthcare access, mental health services, immigration reform and DACA, and student loan debt, and then asked candidate Tim Gilpin how he would support those issues if elected; candidate Kevin Hern declined to attend. Over 150 people from more than a dozen churches and non-profit associations gathered to hear his answers and his commitment to continue to work with ACTION members.
ACTION asks DA candidates about criminal justice issues
Almost 200 people attended the District Attorney Candidate Accountability Session held Oct 16. Both candidates answered questions regarding their stance on criminal justice issues including reducing incarceration, alternative sentencing, fines and fees imposed on those jailed in Tulsa, and wealth-based detention (cash bail). Both candidates pledged to work with ACTION leaders if elected to continue to address these issues through the DA's office.
State issues raised by ACTION with legislative candidates
Candidates from OK House districts 75 and 76 were invited on Oct 28 to commit to working with ACTION leaders in the 2019 legislative session. Karen Gaddis, T. J. Marti, and Forest Mayer responded to questions about the need for increased revenue for state agencies, public school funding, making SQ 780 retroactive, funding the criminal justice system to reduce the reliance on fines and fees, and their priorities for social service provision.
ACTION delegates at VOICE Accountability Session with Candidates for Governor, State Superintendent of EducationOur delegation of 22 ACTION members demonstrated state-wide collaboration on the issues we know are important to families!
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 501(c)3 non-profit, and a partner organization with VOICE (Voices Organized in Civic Engagement) in Oklahoma City. It is affiliated nationally with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), which is the oldest and largest organizing network in the United States. ACTION operates under the West/Southwest IAF Network.