January 9, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY–The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has announced former Oklahoma school teacher Joe Quigley will receive the Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award at a reception to be held in the Blue Room at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City on January 19th. “Joe Quigley is a pioneer in his work to defend the rights of LGBT students. His commitment to ensure that all students are afforded equality and dignity is not only commendable, but sets an example for each of us to follow,” said Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oklahoma. During his time as a teacher inRead More →

American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is a nonprofit, non-partisan, privately funded organization devoted exclusively to the defense and promotion of the individual rights secured by the U.S. and Oklahoma constitutions. Internship Overview: The internship requires an eight to ten week commitment, with a possibility of an extension. The internship is full or part-time. Interns are highly encouraged to obtain funding from outside sources. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit. Roles and Responsibilities: Our internship program is designed to provide interns with the opportunity to learn about civil liberties. Interns will haveRead More →

December 11, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY – Local news, entertainment and satire website TheLostOgle.com is the latest media organization to request that Governor Mary Fallin comply with Oklahoma’s Open Records Act. The request seeks the release of emails and reports surrounding the Governor’s decisions rejecting medicaid funding that would have provided health care to nearly 200,000 Oklahomans and refusing to set up a state health care exchange. With the ACLU of Oklahoma serving as legal counsel, the publisher of TheLostOgle.com filed an open records request with the office of Governor Fallin, as well as Secretary of State Glenn Coffee and other agents of state government. TheseRead More →

December 4, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director: 405.524.8511 or rkiesel@acluok.org Brady Henderson, Legal Director: 405.524.8511 or bhenderson@acluok.org OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA— The ACLU of Oklahoma filed a complaint Tuesday with the Oklahoma Council on Judicial Complaints against Muskogee County District Judge Mike Norman for requiring a defendant to attend church for ten years as a condition of probation. The complaint states in part that Judge Norman violated Oklahoma’s Code of Judicial Conduct which requires Judges to “uphold and apply the law”. With this sentence, Judge Norman disregarded fundamental principles of religious liberty found in the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise ClauseRead More →

First Amendment Rights are Alive and Well in Oklahoma Panhandle November 20, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Brady Henderson, Legal Director; (405 524-8511; acluok@acluok.org) BEAVER, OKLAHOMA— At the urging of ACLU of Oklahoma’s legal team, Municipal Court Judge Robert Jaques ordered the dismissal of a charge of Disturbing the Peace, brought against a local resident for chastising Beaver’s Mayor.  Linda Fisher, a longtime resident of the small panhandle community of Beaver, had never expected to be charged with a crime merely for speaking her mind following a city council meeting in August. Fisher, along with other residents in Beaver, is concerned with the financial managementRead More →

The ACLU of Oklahoma is currently accepting nominations for the Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award.  The award will be presented at this year’s Bill of Rights Reception on January 19, 2013. The Angie Debo Award was established in 1977 to recognize those who have provided exceptional defense to the Bill of Rights throughout the year or throughout their lives. Nominations for these awards must be received by the affiliate office no later than Friday, November 16th. They may be mailed to the ACLU of Oklahoma at P O Box 1626, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1626 or emailed to Bryan Newell atbnewell@acluok.org. Nomination letters should be noRead More →