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Civil rights director to speak to Canadian County Democrats Feb. 13

posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:08 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 12:01 AM ]
YUKON, Okla. – Veronica Laizure, civil rights director for the Council on American Islamic Relations will speak to the Canadian County Democrats at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 13.

The February meeting will relocate to the Yukon Public Library, 1200 Lakeshore Drive, due to a scheduling conflict. Map:

After earning a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and being admitted to practice law in Oklahoma in 2014, Laizure joined CAIR Oklahoma as staff attorney.

Her role expanded to civil rights director in 2015.

Laizure’s commentary on the state of civil rights in Oklahoma has been published in dozens of local media outlets.

She has made presentations to a variety of organizations, including the Oklahoma Department of Education, the John Hope Franklin Symposium, the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission and many interfaith programs.

“I am proud to serve the Muslim community of Oklahoma and to build bridges of tolerance, justice, and mutual understanding in the state that I call home,” Laizure said.

“We are very happy to welcome Veronica Laizure to Canadian County and look forward to her presentation to our group,” Canadian County Democrats’ Vice Chair Tim O’Connor said.

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The Canadian County Democrats regularly meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Yukon Police Department,100 S. Ranchwood. However, Democratic county parties across the state, including Canadian County, are scheduling precinct organizing meetings on Thursday, March 9.

An announcement on the March meeting location is expected soon. Organizers are searching for a facility large enough to accommodate the number of Democrats planning to attend.

“The November election energized Democrats we have not seen before who are filling every seat at our recent meetings,” Canadian County Democrats’ Secretary Shirley Burton said. “Our precinct meetings are a great opportunity to get involved because we usually have a grassroots position for every person who comes to this organizing meeting.”

“Our volunteers can then be as active as they want be in voter registration, our scholarship and school supply giveaway and other community outreach programs.”

For more information, contact or 405-326-3600.