Please attribute the following to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director at ACLU of Oklahoma:   Today, on HIV/AIDS awareness day, we have received reports that Legislative Pages are being allowed access to private Capitol restrooms in response to the presence of “cross dressers” in the building. Implying that young women may be unsafe in an environment simply due to the presence of LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS Activists is offensive and incredibly dangerous. Promoting fear and hysteria about some of Oklahoma’s most marginalized communities is exactly the sort of behavior that leads to one of the most anti-LGBTQ environments in the nation. Today’s activism is geared toward creatingRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY – The ACLU of Oklahoma today sent questionnaires to the candidates for Oklahoma County Sheriff requesting policy positions on a range of subjects. The ACLU of Oklahoma does not endorse candidates for political office, however, as the preeminent defender of civil rights and civil liberties we are undertaking this effort to help educate our membership and voters in general about the critical issues facing our criminal justice system. With the Oklahoma County Sheriff special election set to be held on April 4th, it is important that the voters have a clear understanding of the candidate’s positions on these critical issues before the ballotsRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected former Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s rewrite of medical marijuana State Question 788. The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director: “We applaud the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision today to strike down the former Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s rewrite of State Question 788. It is the duty of the Attorney General to write the ballot title in a clear and concise manner that accurately reflects the intentions of the petitioners. In this case, the former attorney general failed to do so, instead inserting his own personal politics into the process. In tilting that theRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY –  The ACLU of Oklahoma announces the hiring of two staff members, increasing the size of the affiliate staff from 4 to 6. Danielle Williams will serve as the the ACLU of Oklahoma’s External Affairs Coordinator, a new position at the ACLU of Oklahoma that will support the ACLU’s fundraising and communications efforts. Williams first came to the ACLU in 2012 as an intern in her senior year at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduating, she joined Planned Parenthood to advocate for quality women’s healthcare and sexuality education through outreach and fundraising. She spent time working in a number of 501(c)3 and 501(c)4Read 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 Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 15, at noon in Oklahoma City. 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. Past recipients include Gov Henry Bellmon, Joann Bell, Michael Salem, Rev Robin Myers, Garvin Isaacs, Bob Lemon and OU Student Group Unheard. Nominations for the award must be received by our office no later than Friday, March 3rd. They may be mailed toRead More →