School Closures Cause Uproar

Due to several budget cuts, Oklahoma Public Schools are facing up to twenty elementary school closures in the upcoming year. The Oklahoman reported that Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent, Sean McDaniel, is calling this action the “Pathway to Greatness” plan, in an effort to better align the district’s facilities and resources with instructional needs.If this call of action goes as planned, many of these buildings will be used for after-school programming sites. In order to efficiently implement this plan, there will have to be a shift in grade structures.

Women Supporting Women!

On this 48th anniversary of the founding of the National Women’s Political Caucus, we commemorate the brave women that stood behind such an honorable and prestigious organization. These founders included Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Shirley Chisholm. Just one year prior, Congress failed to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, therefore, these three women united forces to become our nation’s political decision-makers on topics such as economic, legal, and social equity issues among women of our nation. “Founded in 1971, the National Women’s Political Caucus is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to increasing women’s participation in all areas of political and public life — as elected and appointed officials, as delegates to national party conventions, as judges in the state and federal courts, and as lobbyists, voters and campaign organizers.”1 Since the caucus’ founding, there has not only been a drastic growth in women who hold legislative positions, but also a positive shift in women’s’ rights for our nation. After all this time, the National Women’s Political Caucus is still the only national organization that focuses primarily on increasing women’s participation in all areas of not just political life, but public life as well.

Following the founding of the National Women's Political Caucus, Shirley Chisholm ran for office in 1972. Attached is one of her famous speeches accessed from our archives. She was the first black woman elected to the United States congress. She firmly believed in equality for all, and refused to surrender on her beliefs. What a fearless leader!

1. “About the Caucus” http://www.nwpc.org/history

 

Abby Sullivan, Summer Intern

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Political and Physical Tools: Workers as a Voting Bloc in Political Advertisements

This is the first part of a series of research excerpts from a short essay, by myself, for my internship at the Political Communication Center, on the topic of Unions, Workers, and the representations a politician chooses to bring out to obtain the support of this constructed voting bloc. This essay is a reflection of my research into the portrayal of the working class through the 60’s and 70’s, and its role as a tool of political gain.

Do Gamers Really Learn Faster?

On this National Video Game Day, we are reflecting on the infamous question of whether or not video gamers really do learn faster when compared to non-gamers. An experiment at Brown University has found a correlation between people who frequently play video games and their ability to retain learning about two quickly learned visual activities.

Independence Day

Tariffs, or taxes on the imports or exports of other countries, have played a pivotal role in American history.  On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed by our Founding Fathers, announcing to the world that the United States no longer wished to to be ruled by King George III and Great Britain.  This declaration was in response to series of taxes imposed on American colonists by King George III, to replenish his war-torn treasury.  The last straw was the Tea Act, which imposed a tax on tea imported to the colonies, designed to give a trade advantage to the East India Tea

The 55th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Johnson speaking to a camera during the signing of the Civil Rights Act, 1964.

The Civil Rights Act under President Johnson celebrates its 55thanniversary today, and through its passing on July 2nd, 1964, the United States took a significant legislative step towards the equal opportunity of all of her citizens in the aspects of voting, access to healthcare, education, transportation, and employment.The content of the bill is split into eleven titles, each aimed at a specific issue the bill was meant to tackle.

#Stonewall50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifty years ago today, gays, lesbians and transgender people took a stand
against discrimination. Homosexual relations were illegal in New York City
in 1969. Gay bars emerged as places where individuals could socialize
without fear of judgment from the general public, although the police
regularly harassed these establishments. On June 28, 1969, New York
City policemen raided the Stonewall Inn, a known gay bar, to arrest anyone
not wearing at least three articles of gender appropriate clothing.
Typically, these raids were met with little resistance, but on this night the
beleaguered patrons fought back. The police were forced to barricade
themselves in the bar until they were rescued by reinforcements.
“Stonewall” helped ignite political activism for gay rights, and is
commemorated annually in June Gay Pride celebrations.


Now, fifty years later, James O’Neill, Commissioner of the New York Police
Department, speaking at a Pride Month event, apologized to the LGBTQ
community for its discriminatory actions on the night of June 28, 1969.
Commissioner O’Neill said “The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong—
plan and simple.” You can watch his comments here: https://youtu.be/
PeyIrQF6gxY.


A special thanks to the following:
https://www.britannica.com/event/Stonewall-riots
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeyIrQF6gxY

 

- Abby Sullivan, PCC Summer Intern

June 28, 2019

 

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In Honor of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is an annual national holiday on June 19th to commemorate when Union soldiers imposed the Emancipation Proclamation, and set free all remaining slaves in Texas in 1865. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate the right to be free, and to have equal rights in the United States. There are a plethora of festivals, rallies, and observances taking place today all across the globe. It is really a time to grow and bond over our nation's trecherous past, and advance into our promising future. 

Summer Intern Profile: Connor Neale

Exterior shot of Burton Hall.

Hi everyone! My name is Connor Neale, I’m a senior history major at the University of Oklahoma, and I’m the summer history intern at the Political Communication Center at the University of Oklahoma. The PCC focuses on archiving and storing thousands of political ads and video and radio content and making them easily accessible for students and academics.

PCC's Curator, Lisa Henry, Receives 2019 Distinguished Performance Award

Congratulations to the Political Communication Center's curator, Lisa Henry, for receiving the 2019 Distinguished Performance Award at the University of Oklahoma's 56th Annual Staff Awards Ceremony.

Recipients are chosen based on the quality of job performance, service and dedication to the University as demonstrated by personal activity or achievement in behalf of the University or any of its organizational units, community service or special personal activities.

Congrats, Lisa! And thank you for your service.

 

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