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 →

Scott Pruitt is not above the law

The ACLU of Oklahoma was in court Thursday afternoon to demand transparency from Scott Pruitt, the recently confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and to remind him that no one is above the law — not even Oklahoma’s top law enforcement officer or members of the President’s cabinet. For more than two years, Pruitt has stonewalled the right of non-profit organizations, the people of Oklahoma, the United States Senate, and the American people to access thousands of pages of documents requested under Oklahoma’s Open Records Act. Calling Pruitt’s refusal to comply with the Oklahoma Open Records Act an “abject failure,” Oklahoma County District JudgeRead 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 →

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February 14, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OKLAHOMA CITY – The ACLU of Oklahoma on behalf of two residents of Oklahoma’s Second Judicial District, filed suit challenging the appointment of Patrick Wyrick to the Oklahoma Supreme Court on the grounds that Wyrick does not meet the residency requirements of the Oklahoma Constitution and as a result is ineligible to represent this district on the Supreme Court. The Oklahoma Constitution requires each member of the Court represent the people of one of nine geographical districts. The vacancy in question was created by the retirement of Judge Stephen Taylor of Oklahoma’s Second Court District, which encompases thirteen countiesRead More →

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Center for Media and Democracy, ACLU Allege Scott Pruitt Violated Oklahoma Open Records Act, Failed to Release 3,000 Emails and Other Documents for Over Two Years; Asks Court to Block Pruitt from Destroying Any Emails OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.— Days before the full Senate votes on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a national investigative watchdog group, alleges in a new lawsuit that as Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt has violated the Oklahoma Open Records Act for failing to provide public access to official emails and other documents for more than two years. The lawsuit also asksRead More →

By Allie Shinn, Director of External Affairs Last week, in one of his first actions as President, Donald Trump issued a sweeping Executive Order targeting America’s immigrant communities. Not only is this order morally indefensible, it is illogical, makes American communities less safe, and is very likely unconstitutional. Along with a directive to militarize our border and build a wall along the Rio Grande, this Executive Order includes a provision that seeks to coerce local law enforcement to participate in mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. At the ACLU, we stand firmly against any and all attempts to conscript local law enforcement into immigration enforcement orRead More →

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January 26, 2017 Oklahoma City– In response to Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan’s assertion that the Tulsa Police Department will not become a federal dragnet deportation force, the ACLU of Oklahoma released the following statement: Please attribute the following to Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director: “The ACLU of Oklahoma is pleased to see Mayor Bynum and Police Chief Jordan honoring their commitment to protect all of the citizens of Tulsa, regardless of immigration status. Attempts to conscript local law enforcement into dragnet deportation forces are reckless, irresponsible, and counterproductive. Tulsa cannot be safe when crime victims and potential informants are tooRead More →