Black state

Oklahoma has a long, rich history of successful black communities, but much of its black history has been hidden and left out of textbooks.
Before statehood, Oklahoma was seen nationally as a promised land for black people.

Animal companions

More than 20 organizations are working on a statewide initiative to increase Oklahoma’s animal shelter save rate significantly over the next five years.
Common Bonds is made up of about 25 organizations with the shared goal of increasing the state’s animal save rate to 90 percent.

Oklahoma justice

Following major moves to reduce the state’s prison population, Oklahomans continue pushing to further reform the state’s criminal justice system.
Oklahomans continue pushing for legislation to lower the state’s prison population and prevent people from entering into the criminal system in the first place.

Cities’ equality

Oklahoma’s average Municipal Equality Index ranking is 32, about half of the national average.
Norman earned Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s distinction as an “All Star” city for advancing LGBTQ+ equality without relying on state law.

Holy resistance

Mosaic United Methodist Church intends to resist punitive rules that target LGBTQ+ individuals.
A local Methodist church is calling 2020 a period of “holy resistance.” New rules that punish clergy for consecrating, ordaining or marrying “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” were adopted in early 2019 and go into effect at the start of the new year.

District days

Rep. Kendra Horn spent several days this month meeting with constituents in her district and discussing big issues.
Rep. Kendra Horn spent her district work period in Oklahoma attending various events and hosting gatherings with constituents.

Abortion access

Attorneys and advocates continue fighting for reproductive rights.
Proposed legislation in 2012 that would have granted a fertilized egg the same rights as a person mobilized Danielle Williams to join the fight for reproductive justice.

Primate aid

A local animal rights activist advocates for better treatment of primates and other wild animals.
Bob Ingersoll has rescued primates from bad conditions and looming executions to place them in sanctuaries, but his dream is for those very sanctuaries to go out of business.

Freedom fighters

After one of its best years, Freedom Oklahoma readies to ramp up its advocacy for the state’s LGBTQ+ community.
Freedom Oklahoma aims to build off a successful year for Oklahoma’s LGBTQ+ community by focusing more on diverse sects of the community and advocating for more issues.

Powerful women

Following one of its most successful years, a local nonprofit continues recruiting and training progressive women to run for office.
Before flipping Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional district, Kendra Horn served as executive director of Sally’s List.

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