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To: Elected Oklahoman Officials and Decision Makers

Petition: Oklahomans for the First Amendment

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We oppose all legislation that challenges First Amendment rights

Why is this important?

The First Amendment is FIRST for a reason. It secures a number of our inalienable and Constitutional rights including our rights to free speech and assembly, which are essential to democracy.

But we are now seeing extremist factions who seek to eradicate and erode these rights, replacing our shared American values as they are enshrined in the Constitution, with their own personal religious values.

The attack on these rights have left libraries and the people that they serve -- especially rural Oklahomans -- especially vulnerable.

Our democracy is in danger as extremist groups seek to diminish all rights for anyone who does not adhere to their religious doctrines. Book banning is just the tip of the iceberg. If we allow these attacks on the First Amendment to succeed, the security of al of our rights, and of our democracy, are in danger.

Join our growing network of First Amendment supporters in Oklahoma as we stand up and speak up in defense of our First Amendment right to share and receive information.

Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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2023-04-17 14:32:35 -0400

A common argument of would-be book banners is "children are accessing 'pornography'" According to the Dallas Morning News, "...if we don’t have trained professionals leading our children to quality sources of information, then we effectively are relegating children to a search engine such as Google to meet their information-seeking needs. And if what children are looking for is information about sex and gender, then they are eventually going to run across actual pornography." From:

2023-04-11 13:08:32 -0400

Hey you! Yes, YOU! Libraries contribute far more back to their communities than we get funded for... We connect the dots between education attainment and economic development, civic participation, and community building. We are the real deal when it comes to value-added services. Please take a minute (30 seconds if you're a faster typer than me) to send this letter to our senators.

2023-03-20 13:00:12 -0400

How citizens, teachers, and librarians are fighting attacks on the First Amendment in other states:

2023-03-17 22:40:07 -0400

100 signatures reached

2023-03-15 21:02:33 -0400

50 signatures reached

2023-03-15 00:18:47 -0400

25 signatures reached

2023-03-14 16:23:06 -0400

10 signatures reached

2023-03-06 11:59:50 -0500

2023-03-06 10:49:14 -0500

National and state-based professional library organizations do not have the ability to support Librarians and the First Amendment, so it's up to us, The People, to do so.