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October 2014 Unit Meetings



Oklahoma League members want to be more active in public policy advocacy. To accomplish this goal the Oklahoma League’s “Program for Action Book,” a basis for all action and advocacy, must be brought up to date. Join us for one of the October Unit Meetings to begin the study series “Renewing our Commitment to Action.” This fall, League members across the state have the opportunity to engage with the positions by working on the current study “Renewing our Commitment to Action.”

In Tulsa we will be using (1) the fall Unit Meetings to study in depth the Oklahoma program with its policy positions, and (2) a Consensus Meeting, to make recommendations to the Oklahoma League about each program position – should it be retained, revised, restudied, or removed/archived, or is there no consensus.


Midtown: (Tuesday, October 21) Meets from 11:30 to 1 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the League office, 3336 E. 32nd.

North Tulsa Unit (Monday, October 27) meets from noon to 1 pm on the fourth Monday of the month at the Rudisill Library at 1520 N. Hartford Avenue.

Breakfast Unit: (Tuesday, October 28) Meets from 7 to 8 am on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the ONEOK Cafeteria, 100 W. 5th Street, Lower Level, in downtown Tulsa.


Two positions will be addressed at the October Unit Meetings. They are: Corrections and The re-Integration of Female Offenders. Sections of the Corrections position were approved in 1975 and 1979. The consensus position on Re-Integration of Female Offenders was approved in 2007.

Executive Summaries of the Correction Position and the Re-Integration of Female Offenders Position, will be used for study and discussion. You may also read the entire positions to prepare for discussion.


Questions to consider:

Is this position useful in supporting LWVOK advocacy? Is it factually up to date? Is it relevant? What is missing? How might it be modified? And we will begin to consider the Question: Should these positions be retained, revised, restudied, or removed/archived.


The Consensus Meeting is where the actual recommendations to the LWVOK will be decided – should the position be retained, revised, restudied, removed, or maybe there will be no consensus.

We hope League members who were active when these positions were adopted will attend the Unit Meetings to add their historical knowledge to this discussion. And if you are new to the league, please join us to learn what the LWV is all about, to see and hear league members in action.    

See You There!

julie gustafson tulsa

Julie Gustafson, Program Chair


Notes:  The LWVOK’s Program For Action Book has recent changes. The entire book can be viewed at

In August, the LWVOK board approved changing the name of the book from Program Positions to Program for Action, a title used by the LWV of Minnesota. And the book’s Table of Contents was changed from alphabetical to a topical organization used by the LWVUS in Impact on Issues. Oklahoma’s program positions are now listed under these three headings: (1) Representative Government, (2) Natural Resources, and (3) Social Policy.


League will partner to present Judicial Forum on Oct. 7th

We will partner with the Oklahoma Bar Association, Tulsa County Bar Association and the Tulsa Historical Society to present a Judicial Candidate Forum on October 7th. The event will be held at 6:30 pm the Tulsa Historical Society (2445 South Peoria).

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Community Discussion Event: Re-Segregation of Tulsa’s Schools

The Dan Allen Center for Social Justice promotes social justice through education, outreach, advocacy, and demonstration of social justice. As part of that mission, the Center is sponsoring a community discussion regarding the re-segregation of Tulsa’s public schools. The discussion will be led by a panel including:

Dr. Keith Ballard, Tulsa Public Schools
Dr. David Blatt, Oklahoma Policy Institute
Mr. Ed Martinez, Jr., Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Tulsa
Dr. Jocelyn Payne, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation
Ms. Laura Ross White, Community Services Council of Greater Tulsa

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm
Rudisill Regional Library 1520 N. Hartford Tulsa, OK
Open to the public, free admission, light refreshments afterwards

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court decision to end racial segregation of public schools. After decades of civil rights struggles, Americans were beginning to recognize the importance of social integration to ensure social justice for all. Where is Tulsa today in meeting the spirit of that landmark ruling? Are current demographic and policy trends leading to Tulsa being re-segregated? Is there still merit to actively seeking diversity in our schools and our neighborhoods?
The Center has invited distinguished panelists to discuss the current trends that are isolating poor and minority children in Tulsa. The Center is sponsoring the discussion with the goal that it will move the community forward on issues of poverty and its causes in Tulsa.

More information contact: Dr. Ed Rossman,; 918-619-7505
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National Voter Registration Day – Sept. 23

Each year, millions of people don’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.

In 2014, we’re joining a movement of hundreds of organizations across the country to empower thousands of people to vote.

Join YWCA Tulsa and LWV Tulsa for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 23rd!

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OSU, OETA, LWVOK to present gubernatorial debate Oct 2nd

Oklahoma State University, in partnership with OETA and the Oklahoma League of Women Voters, will be the host site for a state gubernatorial debate between Republican incumbent Mary Fallin and Democratic challenger Joe Dorman on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., as part of the OSU Debate Series: Decision 2014 and OETA’s Oklahoma Votes 2014 statewide election coverage.

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