It’s Official: Wrapping Up National Crime Victims’ Rights Week With A Win
It’s official! Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma will be on the general election ballot in November 2018!
We couldn’t have asked for better timing with our joint resolution bill passing last Tuesday, during a time when the entire country was showering some much-needed attention on the cause of equal rights for crime victims – during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW).
And what a week it was. The Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma team traveled all over Oklahoma last week, visiting a handful of cities and participating in events and ceremonies in observance of NCVRW. If we didn’t make it to your town, we will be in a city near you soon, as the campaign for equal rights for crime victims takes off in advance of the consideration and vote of the people.
We spent Monday morning at the Capitol, hosting a reception for crime victims, family members and supporters of the cause of equal rights for crime victims. From there walked over to the House gallery together while Rep. Biggs spoke to a resolution in observance of NCVRW in Oklahoma and the Wiles family from Duncan was honored for their work with teens and healthy dating, as a result of the tragic loss of their daughter at the hands of an ex-boyfriend.
Tuesday, SJR 46 was heard on the House Floor and passed unanimously 88-0. We immediately conducted a press conference with Rep. Biggs and Rep. Jordan speaking, along with MLOK State Director Kim Moyer and Kelly Vierling, the mother of a young man who was murdered in 2014.
We spent Monday and Tuesday evenings in El Reno and Enid, respectively, at candlelight vigils hosted by DA Mike Fields and on Tuesday night the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Gardens was lit purple in honor of crime victims and the movement for equal rights. Wednesday we made a trip to Tulsa to visit with DVIS, that evening we led a silent march across I-40 via the beautiful Skydance Bridge as it was also lit purple and on Thursday we met with the Women’s Resource Center in Norman.
On Friday we were at Confidence Con and I spoke to a room full of women, all gathered in a very encouraging, safe space during their opening night events. Saturday morning we went back to Confidence Con, this time as an attendee and we got to network with the many women in attendance, and we spent Saturday afternoon at the Family Fun & Safety Festival in Guthrie, alongside many of the area’s most dedicated service men and women.
It was a whirlwind week, punctuated by a victory in the legislature that’s been heralded by advocates and supporters around the state. We look forward to continuing the fight for equal rights for victims of crime. But we also need your help as we fully jumpstart our statewide campaign efforts in advance of Marsy’s Law for Oklahoma being listed a state question in 2018.
Check out more pictures from these events and others here!