TULSA — The Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus held a news conference about Juneteenth on Friday.
Regina Goodwin, State Rep. 73 for the Greenwood area district, began the news conference.
Seven members of the Black Caucus and Chair of the State Democratic Party were also in attendance.
Goodwin said, when talking about Juneteenth, the Black Caucus is talking about ancestors, ancestors who had resilience to withstand injustice.
"We're not going to be distracted, we're not going to be deterred, we're going to be determined," said Goodwin.
What's next in the journey?
Goodwin expressed Medicaid and securing absentee voting rights is important because those are the next steps of celebrating the freedoms ancestors taught, which is why the caucus is pushing on June 30 people vote for SQ 820.
When someone votes, Goodwin explained it's the next step of celebrating ancestors which is why the Black Caucus is fighting to get more people of color registered and aware of the dates to vote.
The Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus will not be distracted by the divisiveness in the country. We honor the strength and freedom of Black ancestors once enslaved. June 19th, 1865, Jubilee Day, we recognize, black people are not yet fully free in 2020. We remain vigilant. Access, absentee voting, and all votes being fairly counted is a form of freedom. We work for fair redistricting and progressive policy. We work for economic equity, police reform, and Medicaid Expansion. We know well, freedom is not free, and true justice seekers fight forward.
This news conference took place after the recent announcement of President Trump holding a rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth.
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