By Nehemiah D. Frank
The 2016 US Presidential Election ushered-in a noticeable, polarizing country. America’s division has yet to be this divided since the ‘60s.
Tulsa, Okla. — In the birthplace of local activism and mass movements in Tulsa, Our Revolution‘s local chapter held its first body-meeting at the Rudisill Regional Library.
Unlike smaller organizations throughout the city, Our Revolution Tulsa is a subset of the national party, which was started by US Sen. Bernie Sanders. The social-democratic, political-action organization’s goals are to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders, and elevate political consciousness to the everyday man and woman in this country.
The local chapter’s goal aims at flipping local-seats from red to purple – focusing on everyone’s issues. Hence, filling the Rudisill was a demographic of citizens from northeast Oklahoma representing every race, trans, sex, religion, political party, economic, age group, and other.
Robert Founds said, with groups like Our Revolution “We can elect ‘real people’ [working class citizens] that can fight for us; not [a] career politician.” Founds is currently running for House District 25 in Okla. He says politicians across the country need to run campaigns with integrity and core values.
Allison Ikley-Freeman recently flipped District 37 by a mere 29-votes gaining national attention. In 2016, Trump won Ikley-Freeman’s district by 39-points. “It can be done,” she declared. Allison is just 26-years-old and will be a state senator. Three years ago she was homeless. Her story is unique and speaks to what Founds referred to as ‘real people.’
Although the room was mostly filled with members of the democratic party, republican speckles were dispersed amid a sea of blue. The local chapter is beholden to the national organization’s mission of “reclaim[ing] democracy for the working people of America by harnessing the transformative energy of the “political revolution,” which welcomes all working class people – all Americans.
Nehemiah D. Frank is the Founder of the Black Wall St. Times. Frank is also the Co-Executive Producer of the “Dominic Durant Sports Show.” Frank graduated from Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL in General Studies, and earned a 2nd degree in Political Science from Oklahoma State University. He is highly involved in community activism, a middle school teacher at Sankofa School of the Performing Arts, a blogger for Education Post, and dedicates most of his time to empowering and uplifting his community. Frank is a 2017 Terence Crutcher Foundation Honoree and has been featured on NBC, Blavity, and Tulsa People.