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Empowering women will provide better world, specialist says

August 29, 2016 – 10:54 pm |


NORMAN, Okla. – Today people mainly talk about marginalized minorities such as the black community, Native Americans, and LGBT in the United States. However, still today there is not a minority that is a more marginalized group than women, who represent half the world population (in 2015 there was an estimate of 64,940 more men than women in a total of 7.3 billion people).… Continue reading

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An achievable step towards justice for all: End money bail

August 29, 2016 – 10:59 pm |
By Ryan Gentzler – Oklahoma Policy Institute

The criminal justice system tends to move slowly. The time between a person’s arrest and sentencing usually stretches for months, depending on the charges, but where that time is spent depends mainly on whether the person can afford to pay bail.

An increasing number of jurisdictions, including here in Oklahoma, are now paying attention to the inequality and inefficiency this creates and taking steps to improve the situation. The Legislature should consider following the lead of other states and replace its money bail system with one that takes an evidence-based approach to risk and ends the unequal treatment of poor defendants.  Read the full story »

Vote Early!

October 28, 2012 – 7:42 pm | Comments Off on Vote Early!

Don’t take a chance that you will be unable to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Stuff happens!

You can vote early at the County Election Board office in the county where you are registered to vote from 8 AM to 6 PM on Friday and Monday before all elections.  … Continue reading

Oklahoma City’s 27th Peace Festival – Sunday Nov. 11

October 27, 2012 – 7:14 pm | Comments Off on Oklahoma City’s 27th Peace Festival – Sunday Nov. 11

We ask your assistance in getting this word out. Please forward, share, announce and promote freely. Flyers can be downloaded and printed for distribution (from here). Thank you!

Details are in place for Oklahoma City’s 27th annual Peace Festival to be held Sunday, Nov.… Continue reading

Bill Moyers on Clean Elections

October 9, 2012 – 5:09 pm | Comments Off on Bill Moyers on Clean Elections
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Narrated by Bill Moyers, this video features candidates on the campaign trail, lively testimonials by citizens on how their states’ voluntary full public financing systems has changed politics, and assessments of how well Clean Elections works by campaign finance reform experts.… Continue reading

On the Elections: What’s at Stake. What we can do.

September 29, 2012 – 7:38 pm | Comments Off on On the Elections: What’s at Stake. What we can do.
On the Elections: What’s at Stake. What we can do.

Dear Friends of Justice and Compassion in America,

Thinking about the November Elections, it is clear to me that We The People must stand in the gap to reverse the drift toward America becoming a nation and government of, for, and by the few who are doing well while the many struggle merely to get by.… Continue reading

Presidential Debates and Global Warming

September 27, 2012 – 7:27 pm | Comments Off on Presidential Debates and Global Warming

It is shocking that global warming and climate change were not mentioned in any of the presidential debates. The consensus of the world scientific community is that that the release of heat-trapping gases is the primary cause of global warming and climate change, and that fossil fuels are the chief source of elevated levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.… Continue reading