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Media Release: Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice President Martha Skeeters will speak to the Canadian County Democrats on May 12

posted Apr 28, 2014, 9:41 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated May 31, 2016, 10:05 PM ]
YUKON, Okla. – Martha Skeeters, president of the non-profit, grassroots organization Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, will speak from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12, at the Canadian County Democrats’ regular monthly meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Yukon Police Department conference room located at 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard.

Democrats and their guests are encouraged to attend. The presentation is free with seating available on a first come, first served basis.

Skeeters co-founded OCRJ in 2010 in response to legislation aimed at curtailing women’s reproductive rights and health. 

She is Professor Emerita and retired in summer 2013 from the University of Oklahoma where she taught women’s and gender studies and history. As a historian, she continues to focus on the history of the Reformation and the history of women.

She has been a member of the National Organization for Women since 1977 and testified as a NOW member before the Texas Education Commission on gender in textbooks and before the Harris County Commission in support of public funding for impoverished women’s abortions.

She served on the first board of Sally’s List, an organization to recruit and train progressive women candidates for legislative races in Oklahoma. 

Skeeters is currently an Oklahoma Democratic Party precinct officer and has been a delegate to the state Democratic convention for four years. In 2012 she was on the ballot as an elector for President Obama. 

OCRJ educates and advocates for reproductive justice, which includes a number of issues involving not only individual reproductive rights to have or not have a child, but also those things necessary for families to raise children in safe and healthy circumstances, such as crime-free neighborhoods, environmental safety, good schools, cultural resources, good public transportation to jobs that can support families, public parks and recreation, sexual education and access to contraception. 

The Canadian County Democrats regularly meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, except December, at the Yukon Police Department. For more information,  or phone 405-326-3600.