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Members of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission worked dutifully for one year – Read the Report!

DP Review Commission group

  Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – When former Governor Brad Henry, a Democrat, and members of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission – the first of its kind nationally – convened last year — they quickly settled on a few things. First, they would study the entire process of capital punishment in Oklahoma, from […]

OK-CADP Announces New Board Officers

OK-CADP vice chair Don Heath, the 2017 Phil Wahl Abolitionist of the Year Award winner, holds “A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World” by Father John Dear.  Photo by Darla Shelden

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has announced the election of its 2017-2018 board officers.  Rev. Don Heath will become the organization’s chair after holding office as vice chair for two years. Heath has served as pastor of Edmond Trinity Christian Church since 2007. He received his Masters of […]

Diversity Center to hold “Strengthening Families” Symposium

The Diversity Center of Oklahoma 3rd Annual Mental Health, Prevention & Education Symposium - “Strengthening Families” will feature keynote speakers Susan Cottrell (left) and Dr. Laura Arrowsmith on June 15 and 16 in Oklahoma City.  Facebook photos

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Diversity Center of Oklahoma will hold its 3rd Annual Mental Health, Prevention & Education Symposium – “Strengthening Families’ on Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16. It will address best practices for supporting families of Gender Diverse and LGBTQ communities. The event will be […]

ANALYSIS: The Legislature’s Lost Weekend, and the storm ahead

Oklahoma State Capitol Dome.  Wikipedia Photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislators came to the state Capitol Saturday (May 20) for an unusual weekend work session, with an expectation or hope that some progress toward resolution of the state budget might be forthcoming. That, in turn, could possibly trigger a Sunday work day. Instead, it became a lost weekend. That […]

Group of state leaders call for passage of a budget

A group of prominent Oklahomans called for approval of a state budget in a timely manner. In this photo, former state Rep. Joe Dorman, who now runs the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, speaks at a state Capitol press conference. Photo Provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY — On Friday (May 19) at the state capitol, leaders of Oklahoma’s healthcare, education, oil & natural gas, and business communities gathered to call on legislators to approve a revenue package that has been discussed.  The package — $1.50 per pack tax on cigarettes, a 6 cent per gallon increase in […]

Titanic Thursday: Dueling Descriptions of budget talks yield a day of deadlock

Workers from the state’s oil and gas business gathered at the Capitol on Thursday (May 18, 2017) to oppose proposed tax hikes on their industry. Photos by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Early on Thursday afternoon (May 18) Speaker of the House Charles McCall, R-Atoka, walked into the Capitol print news room for an unscheduled session with reporters. In the course of that conversation, he replied to a question from this reporter, speculating that loss of work time due to bad […]

State Sen. Kay Floyd winner of ‘Guardian Award’ from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women

The Oklahoma Commission for the Status of Women (OCSW) presented Sen. Kay Floyd (D-Oklahoma City) with the 2017 Guardian Award at the state Capitol Wednesday.  Pictured L-R: OCSW Chair Maria Trapp-Braly, Sen. Floyd, OCSW Vice Chair Gloria Torres and OCSW Executive Director Kitti Asberry. Photo by Jennifer Brock, Oklahoma state Senate Staff.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) presented the 2017 Guardian Award on Wednesday (May 17) to state Senator Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, during a news conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol. “The Commission is delighted to recognize Sen. Floyd’s important contributions to Oklahoma women with the 2017 […]

In Oklahoma speech, John Dear remembers Mother Teresa, advocating non-violence, an end to war, and death penalty abolition

OK-CADP vice chair Don Heath with keynote speaker Father John Dear.  Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – In a lifetime of opposition to capital punishment, Father John Dear has developed a powerful collection of stories about pivotal moments in the latter cause. He shared some of them in the keynote speech he delivered at the May 4 annual dinner of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the […]

Abolitionists celebrate 26th Annual Dinner with Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Father John Dear

OK-CADP 26th Annual Dinner keynote speaker, Father John Dear.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) held its 26th Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner on May 4 featuring author and Noble Peace Prize Nominee Father John Dear as keynote speaker. Over 150 people attended the event held at the Cathedral of Our […]

Tulsa Business, Community and Faith Leaders advance Immigration Reform as Legislative Priority

Participants in the Tulsa press conference for the Oklahoma Coalition of FWD.us, from left to right: 
Rodrigo Rojas, Director of Development and Communications, Teach for America; Elizabeth McCormick, Director of Clinical Education Programs, The University of Tulsa College of Law; Francisco J. Treviño, President and CEO, Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Deacon Kevin Sartorius, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Tulsa; and Laura Bachman, Immigration Program Manager, YWCA Tulsa. Photo Provided

Staff Report Tulsa, Oklahoma – A new statewide coalition is addressing what the group says is “the urgent need for immigration reform to keep the American Dream alive.” FWD.us is a national bipartisan organization started by Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates among other key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the […]

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