Legislative session is right around the corner, and we already have 4 calls to action! Keep reading for more information. We challenge everyone to complete all 4, and tag us on socials with #answerthecallOWC

1. Public Comment for HB1775

See the message below and graphic resources from Tamya Cox-Toure, Executive Director of ACLU of Oklahoma. Please take two actions:

1. Submit public comment to OSDE before February 2 about the dangers of HB1775 and its implementation.
2. Copy/Paste the text and graphics below and share with your network to get as many people who believe in our stance to comment.
Reach out to ACLU if you have questions.
“Last September, the Oklahoma State Department of Education adopted emergency rules regarding the passage of HB 1775, a Bill that severely restricts public school teachers and students from learning and talking about race, gender, and sexuality in the classroom.
As OSDE looks to finalize those rules, they are allowing for public comment. The public comment period will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Written comments may be submitted by email to rules@sde.ok.gov.
A public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, in Room 1-20 (State Board Room) at the Oliver Hodge Building, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City.
All young people deserve to learn an inclusive and accurate history in schools, free from censorship or discrimination.
The proposed rules can be found here: https://sde.ok.gov/administrative-rules

2. Register for Pipeline to Politics

2022 Pipeline to Politics | Feb. 18-19Friday, February 18

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Interurban Restaurant
1150 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, OK 73072
Saturday, February 19
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work
700 Elm Ave, Norman, OK 73069

For more information, the agenda, or to register, use the link below!

3. Show Support for ERA

Let’s Rally for Ratification!

The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition joined the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition on an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in Virginia, Illinois, and Nevada v. Ferriero. The brief is part of a broad litigation strategy aimed towards ratifying the ERA and includes a diverse array of perspectives to articulate the ERA’s rich history and its vital importance today.

The case challenges the 1982 ERA ratification congressional deadline on the basis the deadline was not included in the ERA nor does Article V of the United States Constitution set deadlines for the ratification of amendments. Thus, recent ratifications are eligible towards ratification, including Virginia’s January 2020 ratification in which it became the 38th and final state needed to ratify the ERA.

There will be a rally at the White House 1/27, that will be live streamed! Tune in, tag us (#ratifyERA2022), and help celebrate! Details below:

12 noon ET – rally at the White House (this event will also be livestreamed) 
To watch on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/Zmhd6vJW 
To watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hILLB85xZPY

4. Show OWC Some Love

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The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition champions the collective power of Oklahomans to advance gender equity and justice. We achieve this mission by dismantling systemic injustice through policy change, advocacy and education. We honor and amplify the voices most affected by, and often excluded from, decision and policy-making conversations.

Oklahoma Women’s Coalition
405 537 4296 | info@okwc.org