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Oklahoma grandmother Nancy Zorn, 79, locked herself to a piece of heavy machinery Tuesday morning in protest of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline construction, halting work on a construction site of the tar sands harbinger for several hours.
Starting early in the morning, Zorn locked herself to the large 'excavator', latching a bike lock around her neck to the machine.
“Right now our neighbors in Arkansas are feeling the toxic affect of tar sands on their community. Will Oklahoma neighborhoods be...
Jacob Chamberlain | Common Dreams 13 Apr 2013 Hits:327 Oklahoma
Patricia Spottedcrow of Oklahoma made headlines in 2010 when she was sentenced to 12 years in prison for her first criminal offense: the sale of a $31 bag of marijuana to an undercover informant. The senseless severity of her sentence caught the attention of advocates who quickly moved to support Spottedcrow, spawning a grassroots uprising that led to a highly unusual decrease in her sentence and, ultimately, to her early release on parole.
Last month, her story went public again when she was reunited with her...
Rebecca McCray | ACLU 07 Jan 2013 Hits:443 Oklahoma
On September 13, the U.S. House and Senate introduced bipartisan legislation to continue funding that will help keep Native American languages alive and spoken throughout our country’s tribal communities. The Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act, first funded in 2008 and set to expire at the end of this year, has funneled more than $50 million into tribal language programs.
Impassioned sponsors of the bill understand the crisis facing Native American languages today. Many languages are endangered and could very well disappear...
Lynn Armitage | Indian Country Today Media Network 08 Dec 2012 Hits:413 Oklahoma
Barrack Obama has an auspicious historical opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Premier Tommy Douglas, Saskatchewan, father of universal health care in Canada, and recently voted “the greatest Canadian.” Forty seven years ago in the face of intense opposition, the most extreme from the Canadian Medical Association, he successfully steered single payer universal health care through the Saskatchewan legislative process. At that time the province of Saskatchewan had a population of one million, one third that of present day Oklahoma. In 1962 it was a poor province. Yet its spirit...
Ron DuBois | Oklahomans for Single Payer 30 Jun 2012 Hits:571 Oklahoma
An Oklahoma mother brought her daughter to a local hospital after she was raped only to be turned away and refused help by a doctor, purportedly because the hospital lacked the staff to properly process the victim’s claims and injuries. Welcome to the reality of processing sexual assault crimes in GOP-land.
The woman and her daughter were reportedly turned away because the hospital did not have any nurses who conduct rape exams on staff. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are specially trained professionals who ...
Jessica Pieklo | Care2 01 Jun 2012 Hits:946 Oklahoma
At U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's Town Hall meeting in Stillwater earlier this month, he was asked the question so many Canadians ask: "Why don't Americans want what we have?"
He promptly reeled off all the serious problems with Canadian health care. He said the outcomes are worse in Canada for multiple medical procedures compared with the U.S.
He even claimed that health care in Canada is "rationed." He cited the case of a woman with two medical conditions (breast cancer and a broken...
Ron DuBois | Oklahomans for Single Payer 29 Apr 2012 Hits:821 Oklahoma
Senate Bill 1433, Oklahoma's legislative attempt to define life as beginning at conception, has been stalled in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and will not come to a vote this session.
After passing the Senate earlier this year, the bill was put on the House agenda for consideration yesterday. Proponents and opponents alike filled the House Gallery and after a tense day at the capitol, the bill still had not been heard.
House Speaker Kris Steele today issued the following statement on Senate Bill 1433,...
Rachael Vinyard | Sourced from RH Reality Check 20 Apr 2012 Hits:557 Oklahoma
A lot has been made of the death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, what the facts show or don't show, who should be believed and of course, the infamous stand your ground laws and claims of "self-defense" by George that Trayvon, with his bag of skittles and ice tea put him in fear of his life sufficient to justify killing the young man. Laws that allegedly prevented Zimmerman from being charged with murder for over a month.
Well, this may be the case...
Steven D | Sourced from Booman Tribune 14 Apr 2012 Hits:588 Oklahoma
PATRICIA SPOTTEDCROW-26 year old mother of four….convicted felon.
It’s doubtful in the annals of Oklahoma crime there has been a more heinous act than her’s-anyone who posed a greater threat to the public at large, that so undermined the well being of the community.
During the course of the last couple of decades the state of Oklahoma has incarcerated more women per capita than any other state-a part of that reality is that sixty five percent of these women committed non violent crimes, and something in the area of...
Rezinate 10 Apr 2012 Hits:656 Oklahoma
The state of Oklahoma is taking a two-pronged approach to trying to grant legal rights to fertilized eggs. First, it is attempting to pass a bill through the state legislature that would grant "personhood" status from the moment of conception. Then it is trying to put the same issue on the ballot in 2012 for citizens to vote on.
The Center for Reproductive Rights, fresh off a win for successfully challenging the state's unconstitutional ultrasound law, is now filing suit against Personhood Oklahoma's ballot amendment.
Robin Marty, RH Reality Check 03 Apr 2012 Hits:495 Oklahoma
Protesters placed pairs of shoes on the north steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday in protest against a bill that would grant "personhood" to fertilized human eggs.
The act of walking away barefoot was intended to show that legislators who support the bill want Oklahoma women to be barefoot and pregnant. The empty shoes left on the steps symbolized women injured or killed by politicized women's health care, said organizer Heather Hall.
The protest, organized by Oklahomans Against the Personhood Act, drew about 200 people. They held signs with messages that...
Katie Fretland | AP 08 Mar 2012 Hits:907 Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved an anti-abortion "personhood" bill that declares life begins at conception.
The vote Wednesday upset doctors who fear the proposed law will jeopardize reproductive medicine.
The bill now heads to the House, where it is expected to pass. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin typically won't comment on pending legislation, but she has described herself as strongly "pro-life."
The bill provides embryos and fetuses with "all the rights privileges, and immunities" of other citizens.
Republican Sen. Brian Crain says it's modeled after...
SEAN MURPHY | Huffington Post 16 Feb 2012 Hits:848 Oklahoma
I took this stand because I'm sick of the hypocrisy of Republican lawmakers who want to police women's reproductive health.
As a woman and a 31-year veteran of the legislative process in Oklahoma, I am increasingly offended by state law trends that solely focus on the female's role in the reproductive process. With Oklahoma's new, never-before-experienced Republican majority, we are seeing enactment of more and more measures that adversely affect women and their rights to access safe medical procedures when making reproductive healthcare decisions. ...
Constance Johnson | Guardian UK 09 Feb 2012 Hits:1463 Oklahoma
“As police encircle the park, occupiers sing Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land is Your Land.’ The words of Oklahoma's best-known songwriter seem to have the desired effect on police: They leave quietly.”
Having spent the better part of two months as an embedded reporter with Occupy OKC's camp in Kerr Park (aka Poet's Park) I have often praised both the city and police department. Oklahoma City's occupation has so far managed to avoid the mass arrests and police brutality seen in other cities around the...
Lori Spencer | This Can't Be Happening OpEd 01 Jan 2012 Hits:732 Oklahoma
In 2010, Patricia Spottedcrow, a mother of four from Oklahoma, was sentenced to an astounding 12 years in prison for a $31 pot sale. In October, a judge modified her sentence, reducing her jail time to what is still a stunning 8 years behind bars.
Spottedcrow's attorney, Josh Welch, told KFOR, "Nobody understands why this woman is serving this long of a sentence for this type of crime. Look at other states; you can commit this same crime and it's not illegal. That's insane....
Kristen Gwynne | AlterNet 27 Dec 2011 Hits:843 Oklahoma
Sparks, Okla. -- Clouds of dust belched from the corners of almost every room in Joe Reneau's house as the biggest earthquake in Oklahoma history rocked the two-story building.
A roar that sounded like a jumbo jet filled the air, and Reneau's red-brick chimney collapsed. By the time the shaking stopped late Saturday, a pantry worth of food had been strewn across the kitchen and shards of glass and pottery covered the floor.
"It was like, WHAM!" said Reneau, 75, gesturing with swipes of his arms....
Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press 07 Nov 2011 Hits:431 Oklahoma
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — More than 170 years ago, the proud Cherokee people in the South were brutally driven into exile in Oklahoma along what became known as the Trail of Tears.
Now, an unlikely group of descendants is battling the tribe for its rights. They are the so-called black Cherokees, some of whose ancestors were held as slaves by members of the tribe.
Their quest came to a head in recent days as Cherokees went to polls in northeastern Oklahoma’s Indian country to select a...
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times 15 Oct 2011 Hits:627 Oklahoma
Patricia Spottedcrow, a young mother of three, was sentenced to 12 years hard time for the first offense of selling $31 worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer in the Western Oklahoma county of Kingfisher. Though a hearing was set to modify her sentence by Spottedcrow’s new attorney, the new judge presiding over the case issued an order in advance and cancelled the hearing. The Tulsa World reports:
A Kingfisher County judge took four years off a 12-year prison sentence for a first-time...
Colin Hinds 05 Oct 2011 Hits:1011 Oklahoma
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