Have you been reading about the South Dakota abortion ban in your local newspaper or on the ACLU website? On Election Day, South Dakotans will vote on a ban on virtually all abortions. What can you do to help defeat this ban? You can phone bank in your own living room for three hours on November 1 or 2. That’s right – three hours in your own living room (all you need is a computer with web access and a phone) – it’s that easy to make a difference in this election. The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families (SDCHF), of which the ACLU isRead More →

By Tamya Cox, Program Director The federal government spent 206 million dollars on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs during 2006. Oklahoma received $690,342 for fiscal year 2005. Yet, as many of us know and the statistics show, not all teenagers are abstaining. In 2005, 48% of Oklahoma female high school students and 50% of male high school students admitted to having sex. These numbers clearly show that our teens are having sex, and now is not the time to turn a blind eye. We must arm our children with the knowledge and tools needed to prevent those who do have sex from unwanted pregnancies as well as contractingRead More →

Following the untimely death last fall of longtime lobbyist Keith Smith, the ACLU of Oklahoma found itself at a crossroads when the Oklahoma Legislature prepared to begin its 2007 session. There was no easy choice for finding a successor to Smith, whose skills, knowledge and political savvy were irreplaceable. As a result, the affiliate’s leadership decided to refocus the legislative program by recruiting more activists at the grassroots level to lobby for civil liberties. The ACLU of Oklahoma hosted a legislative training workshop on January 27, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church in Oklahoma City. The event drew moreRead More →