State of Oklahoma Archives: on Civil Rights


Dan Boren: Code Talker Recognition Act: recognize WWII Native Americans

The Cherokee Nation and Comanche Nation are among more than 30 tribes receiving a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony Wednesday to honor Native American Code Talkers. Representatives from 33 tribes across the country will be on hand at the US Capitol for the ceremony. Congress passed an act in 2008 recognizing the work of the Code Talkers who used their native language to pass messages to confuse the enemy during World Wars I and II. Each tribe will be presented with a gold medal.

"Native Americans who served as code talkers during World War I and II are true American heroes whose ingenuity helped propel the Allied forces to victory and saved countless lives in the process," said Sen. Jim Inhofe. "These awards recognize that dedicated service. After nearly a decade of working to secure the gold medal award, in 2008, Congressman Dan Boren and I were finally able to see the Code Talkers Recognition Act enacted, and I am proud this long awaited ceremony has finally occurred."

Source: The Claremore Daily Progress on 2014 Oklahoma Governor race Nov 20, 2013

Matt Silverstein: Equal pay concept: level the field for women

Real Equality for Women: Equal pay concept.

Women are paid less than men for the same work and that must change. Matt is a husband, father of a two-year old daughter, and grew up in a household as the older brother to two younger sisters. He is an adamant fighter for women. Matt has pledged to support forward thinking policies that help level the field for women. He is also a strong advocate for the Violence Against Women's Act, equality for women in the military, and overall women's health issues. Congress should never turn a blind eye to inequality towards women and we should all support common sense efforts to help local officials address these inequalities. The first step is admitting they exist.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, MattForOklahoma.com, "Issues" Nov 11, 2013

Matt Silverstein: Firm support of marriage equality for gays and lesbians

Matt Silverstein this week was in Oklahoma City where he met with the Cimarron Alliance, an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) advocacy organization.

Silverstein expressed his firm support of marriage equality for gays and lesbians. "I will not be on the wrong side of the civil-rights issue of the day and that is marriage equality," he said.

Source: RedDirtReport.com coverage of 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Aug 13, 2013

Matt Silverstein: Grandmother beaten for speaking her native Choctaw language

Noting his Choctaw grandmother, Silverstein said her stories of being thrown into a government boarding school and beaten if she spoke her native language, taught him that government can't be allowed to get too big or too powerful, while also helping him recognize the importance of supporting the 2nd amendment's right-to-bear arms.
Source: RedDirtReport.com coverage of 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Aug 13, 2013

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