Planting grass seed

Tonight was the night.  Pursuant to Article 1, Section 1 A of the Bylaws of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, precinct organizational meetings were held at 7 PM this evening.  I was proud to attend the designated meeting place for my south Tulsa precinct along with two dozen or so other enthusiastic Democrats.  This meeting place was designated for members of some 25 precincts to elect officers, city committee men and women, discuss resolutions pertinent to the local county party and plan for the upcoming Tulsa County Democratic Party Convention on Saturday, April 11th. Aside from sharing a few thoughts in an open forum of like-minded people, not a lot was done besides electing precinct officers.  I did get one opportunity to wish out loud that we could get through...

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Documentary Film Review: Children of the Civil Rights

Documentary Film Review:  Children of the Civil Rights

President Harry Truman once said, “The only thing new in this world is the history that you don’t know.”  On this fiftieth anniversary commemoration of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Circle Cinema held a special showing of the documentary film Children of the Civil Rights.  It was indeed a celebration of a piece of not so much forgotten but often overlooked history of how then pervasive Jim Crow laws in Oklahoma were protested and how enough people quietly displaying their objection to them eventually led to their ultimate abolishment.  I must admit that it was something that I never was exposed to in Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa Junior College or the University of Oklahoma.  It was made much more real to me as a few of those who were actually part of...

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Legislating morality

Legislating morality

After two nights and a day of cabin fever amid a late winter spate of snow and ice, I ventured out this afternoon to the monthly meeting of the Atheist Community of Tulsa.  Today the organization hosted a guest speaker, one Toby Jenkins, Executive Director of Oklahomans For Equality.  Mr. Jenkins spends a fair amount of time at our wonderful State Capitol lobbying and informing legislators on issues pertinent to the LGBT community and was able to deliver a mix of good and bad news.  The bad news was that our state’s projected budget deficit was now up to some $610 million.  The good news was that the number of bills introduced into the House of Representatives this session aimed at marginalizing and discriminating against non-heterosexual citizens of our...

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