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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Populist Oklahoma HD 88 candidate Mark Faulk the People's Choice

Filmmaker, author, and activist Mark Faulk will officially file for House District 88 on Friday morning, April 11th. As an activist, his candidacy will signal a shift in the dynamics of Oklahoma politics. From Faulk4House facebook page 

Faulk is a fifth generation Oklahoman who graduated from Classen High School in District 88, co-founded the Paseo Festival in 1977, and recently filed an initiative petition to decriminalize marijuana in Oklahoma City. His book, The Naked Truth, Investing in the Stock Play of a Lifetime, led to criminal indictments in a major stock fraud case, and he was the writer and field director for the documentary The Wall Street Conspiracy. Faulk is currently co-producing a documentary about the Prison Industrial Complex, entitled Voices in a Jailhouse.

His extremely detailed platform addresses over 25 different issues, and he is a strong supporter of ending the prohibition of marijuana, treatment over time for other nonviolent drug offenders, and ending Corporate Welfare by eliminating horizontal drilling tax breaks and paying a living wage to all workers.

"We have starved our public educational system and allowed our infrastructure to deteriorate, while giving massive tax breaks to a handful of already filthy rich corporations. The hundreds of millions of dollars wasted on corporate giveaways would be much better spent supporting public education, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, and incentivizing locally owned, family businesses.

As a lifetime Oklahoman, Faulk has witnessed the changes that corporate political cronyism has brought to the state in recent decades.

“One of the things I have always loved about Oklahoma is our ability to accept each other's differences, and in fact, to embrace that diversity. The people of Oklahoma truly are our greatest asset. But over the last few years, our image as a caring people has been badly tarnished and replaced by an ugly political culture based on greed, bigotry, and oppressive laws enacted by narrow-minded politicians.

"Our first woman governor has led an all-out assault on her fellow women, passing unconstitutional laws that threaten to undo decades of advancements, while at the same time incarcerating more women than any place on earth. We have fought pointless battles based on bigotry and hatred while at the same time ignoring the most fundamental rights and needs of our citizens.”

Faulk says that he would like to engage the other candidates in House District 88 in a series of debates over the next two and half months. He said that he intends to run his campaign from an activist’s perspective, showing people that actions are more important than generic campaign promises.

CONTACT:
Mark Faulk
faulk4house@gmail.com

#faulk4house #HD88 #reformokc

One of the most exciting races in Oklahoma, a fight for the real progressive heart of Oklahoma. There are a few others running but no one with a real record of working for the people and standing up to big business and Wallstreet.




A progressive endorsement from Change Oklahoma:



 From Truth-Out
Mark Faulk is a lifelong political/social activist, journalist, filmmaker, and author. Research from Faulk’s bestselling book, The Naked Truth: Investing in the Stock Play of a Lifetime, was integral in the DOJ issuing criminal indictments for 15 individuals in an international stock fraud case. He was the writer, associate producer, and field director of The Wall Street Conspiracy, a major independent documentary about financial fraud, which premiered in New York City in 2012. Mark Faulk has written hundreds of articles on financial fraud and other social political issues, has been a regular contributor to Financial Wire, and his work has appeared in major publications, including The Huffington Post and the prestigious Capco Journal of Financial Transformation.

There are just too many things to list that are good about Mark. He's a strong supporter of a living wage, marijuana decriminalization  , and against the state GOP how have helped give us our current budget problems and heartless conservative policies that only help the rich and corporations. Please donate to Mark as he is a grassroots candidate.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Oklahoma Rep Jadine Nollan Re: HB 1835 Marijuana Punishment bill

 Along with the much hype about legalization of marijuana in Oklahoma there is a much less talked about, HB 1835 that looks to reduce the penalty for possession of Marijuana. Please feel free to write your Rep...here was my response.
 
Jadine Nollan Jadine.Nollan@okhouse.gov
8:24 AM (19 hours ago)

to me
ProgressiveOkie,

Thank you for your thoughts and comments.  I will keep them under advisement.  You are absolutely right about our prisons being over crowded.  I believe we do need to look at our non violent offenders policy.

Highest Regards,

Rep.  Jadine Nollan

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 27, 2014, at 2:59 AM , ProgressiveOkie> wrote:
>
>
> Jan 27, 2014
>
> Representative Jadine Nollan
> State Capitol Building, Room 329-A
> 2300 North Lincoln Boulevard
> Oklahoma City, OK 73105
>
> Dear Representative Nollan,
>
> The House Public Safety Committee recently voted unanimously in favor
> of HB 1835, a bill that would amend penalties for possession of
> marijuana in Oklahoma. Presently, our laws are some of the harshest in
> the nation.
>
> HB 1835 would classify first and second offenses for marijuana
> possession as misdemeanors. Under current law, first-time offenses for
> possession are unclassified, and subsequent offenses are felonies with
> two to 10 years of possible jail time. I've seen reports that our state
> has a serious problem with prison overcrowding. Last year, Justin
> Jones, director of the Oklahoma Department of Correction, said he
> doesn't think the state can go any lower with its staff to prisoner
> ratio. He said there isn't enough money to keep up with the volume of
> prisoners.
>
> We only have so many resources in our state, and we should reserve
> two-year prison terms for people who victimize others, not people who
> use a substance that more than 100 million adults in the U.S. have
> tried at least once.
>
> This harsh punishment does not fit the non-violent crime of possessing
> marijuana. Please support HB 1835. Thank you.
>
> Sincerely,

ProgressiveOkie

Monday, January 27, 2014

Marijuana Law reform for Oklahoma in 2014

Lots of stories in the news in papers and on TV. All of the Oklahoma groups for Marijuana reform are reporting more turnout and interest. It really seems like an exciting time for reforming Marijuana in Oklahoma. I've tried to provide a good starting point if you'd like to know whats going on...


Support Constance Johnson 's bill to Legalize marijuana. Sign the petition here. http://norml.org/news/2014/01/21/oklahoma-marijuana-legalization

Oklahoma: Marijuana Legalization Measure Introduced

Oklahoma: Marijuana Legalization Measure Introduced State Senator Constance Johnson (D-District 48) has introduced Senate Bill 2116, which aims to legalize the possession, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis to adults. The proposed legislation removes all criminal and civil penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and the personal cultivation of up to 5 marijuana plants by those over the age of 21. The bill would also create a system of retail cannabis outlets, cultivation facilities, and marijuana product manufacturers. You can read the full text of the measure here.
"I think we need to accept the realities that alcohol is a dangerous drug, prescription drugs are dangerous. Marijuana has not killed anyone," stated Senator Johnson.
Oklahoma presently possesses some of the strictest marijuana penalties in the nation. A second offense for minor marijuana possession is classified as felony, punishable by up to ten years incarceration. Cultivation of any amount of cannabis is also classified as a felony and may be punishable by up to life in prison.
According to a 2013 ACLU report, Oklahoma arrests over 10,000 individuals for simple marijuana possession every year, at the cost nearly 30 million dollars. These arrests disproportionately impact minorities. Despite only constituting 7.6% of the state's population and having similar use rates to their white counterparts, African Americans account for 20.8% of the state's marijuana possession arrests.
Please take a moment of your time to easily contact your elected officials in support of this important legislation.
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12848


  H.B. 1835, sponsored by Rep. Cory Williams (D-34), would make first and second offense possession of marijuana a misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses would remain a felony, but the possible jail time would be reduced to a maximum of five years.

If you live in Oklahoma, please ask your representative to support this sensible reform.
- See more at: http://cannabisculturenews.com/2014/01/oklahoma-to-consider-lessening-marijuana-penalties/#sthash.AECYQTSr.dpuf


According to latest SoonerPoll results, Oklahomans are ready to consider marijuana for medicinal purposes and decriminalization. The poll had support for medical marijuana at 71% and support for decriminalization at 57%. The poll did not ask about legalization.


In addition, two of Johnson’s marijuana-related bills from the 2013 session still are alive, including SB 710, which would legalize medical marijuana.
SB 914 would decriminalize possession of less than an ounce in any situation.


Also coming up Oklahoma legislators will get a different look during a Feb. 12 hearing to discuss scientific evidence about the medical use of cannabis extracts, and listen to families who wish it could be obtained in Oklahoma.

The subject to be discussed has nothing to do with smoking, and it is not a substance people would use to get high. The product that will be discussed is an oil very low in THC — the psychotropic compound of cannabis that produces its notorious “high.”

Instead, the product is produced from cannabis plants specifically bred for a high level of cannabidiol — a compound with a calming effect on the brain. The United States Department of Health and Human Services has itself held a patent on cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants since 2003.

H.B. 1835, sponsored by Rep. Cory Williams (D-34), would make first and second offense possession of marijuana a misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses would remain a felony, but the possible jail time would be reduced to a maximum of five years - See more at: http://cannabisculturenews.com/2014/01/oklahoma-to-consider-lessening-marijuana-penalties/#sthash.AECYQTSr.dpuf
H.B. 1835, sponsored by Rep. Cory Williams (D-34), would make first and second offense possession of marijuana a misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses would remain a felony, but the possible jail time would be reduced to a maximum of five years.
If you live in Oklahoma, please ask your representative to support this sensible reform.
Although this change is modest, it is still a significant improvement over the status quo. It’s a change that makes both common sense and fiscal sense. It would mean fewer adults would be jailed simply for choosing to use a substance less harmful than alcohol. It would also free up prison space for people who commit serious and violent crimes.
- See more at: http://cannabisculturenews.com/2014/01/oklahoma-to-consider-lessening-marijuana-penalties/#sthash.AECYQTSr.dpuf
. H.B. 1835, sponsored by Rep. Cory Williams (D-34), would make first and second offense possession of marijuana a misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses would remain a felony, but the possible jail time would be reduced to a maximum of five years.
If you live in Oklahoma, please ask your representative to support this sensible reform.
- See more at: http://cannabisculturenews.com/2014/01/oklahoma-to-consider-lessening-marijuana-penalties/#sthash.AECYQTSr.dpuf

sponsored by Rep. Cory Williams (D-34), would make first and second offense possession of marijuana a misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses would remain a felony, but the possible jail time would be reduced to a maximum of five years. - See more at: http://cannabisculturenews.com/2014/01/oklahoma-to-consider-lessening-marijuana-penalties/#sthash.AECYQTSr.dpuf
H.B. 1835, sponsored by Rep. Cory Williams (D-34), would make first and second offense possession of marijuana a misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses would remain a felony, but the possible jail time would be reduced to a maximum of five years - See more at: http://cannabisculturenews.com/2014/01/oklahoma-to-consider-lessening-marijuana-penalties/#sthash.AECYQTSr.dpuf

Thursday, January 9, 2014

End Mary Fallin's Reign of terror with Tulsa Democrats and Joe Dorman


This week in Tulsa- Meet the Democrats pick to run against Mary Fallin.


  • Rep Joe Dorman - Candidate for Governor of Oklahoma
  • Friday, January 10th 2014
  • Baxter's Interurban Grill - 717 South Houston Ave
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Come hear why we need stronger leadership in the Governor's mansion & how you can get involved with Joe's Campaign!
  • Click here to see the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/371835689618384/ 
  • Please RSVP to info@tulsacountydemocrats.org

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