ACTION After the Walkout: Educate. Elect. Engage.
Thurs, May 24 - 7pm - Fellowship Congregational Church - 2900 S. Harvard
The walk-out changed the shape of conversation in Oklahoma around education funding. We will hear from teachers about their experiences, and David Blatt, from Oklahoma Policy Institute, will summarize the 2018 legislative session. We'll learn about the next steps to continue the work of reinstating funding to public education in Oklahoma, including our three candidate accountability sessions:
- House District 69 – Sunday, June 10, 4:30 p.m., at Joy Lutheran Church, 9940 S. Yale Ave.
- House District 71 – Sunday, June 10, 2 p.m., at All Souls Unitarian Church, 2952 S. Peoria Ave.
- House District 79 – Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m., at Bethany Christian Church, 6730 S. Sheridan Rd..
**Con interpretación española
**Limited childcare available
Member Institutions Support Education
Congregations belonging to ACTION offered support for the teacher walkout by holding an Education Awareness Sunday on April 8 that featured teachers sharing their stories and offered information on the impact funding was having on schools.
Fr. David Medina, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, said, "The future of Oklahoma is forming in our classrooms. Take action, and don't regret being part of this time in history."
Bethany Christian Church created a special liturgy in which everyone in the congregation shared the names of teachers that shaped their lives.
Fellowship Lutheran recognized and prayed for teachers in both their services.
Hope Unitarian Church continued a sermon series on our need to be moral leaders, with a focus on what this means in education.
All Souls Unitarian youth spoke about the impact teachers have on them and the changes they have seen as funding is cut. Comment cards were collected and delivered to legislators.
Fellowship United Church of Christ pastor preached on the walkout and collected needed items to support the teachers who are participating in the walkout.
Resurrection Catholic Church collected comment cards that were delivered to legislators.
Candidate Accountability Session: HD75 Special Election
Candidates in the special election for HD75 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.
ACTION Holds Forum for House Seat Candidates
Member Institutions in action:
What is ACTION?
ACTION (Allied Communities of Tulsa Inspiring Our Neighborhoods) is Tulsa's only broad-based organizing effort. Through our member institutions (congregations and non-profits), we teach the practical skills of public engagement to Tulsans. In so doing, ACTION aims to sustain a vibrant democratic culture in Tulsa, which builds the power necessary to effect change around issues that matter most to our families.
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.