So here's a plan.
Let's start a group. A group of 10, a dozen, however many people we can get together, and get started. Call it "Oklahomans for a Modern Society", and work in whatever small ways we can to drag Oklahoma, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Not on big things like gay rights at first, y'know, but start with small things like tattooing and big-but-not controversial things like public transportation. Write letters to the editor of the Daily Oklahoman, the Gazette, the governor, state representatives. Go to city council meetings and lobby for it. Make it an economic discussion. You know, how the government here is wringing its hands about "brain drain" and how to attract young, talented people to the state -- instead of its current policy of sending them scurrying to more liberal states 10 minutes after they graduate from college. Get those tax dollars here instead of letting them go untaxed and underground or to Texas.
We can get together, find our talents, brainstorm ways to affect change or even make our voices heard.
What do you think? Who's with me?
What would be a good night and time for us to meet? Sundays? 6pm-ish? Any night is good for me. We could start out at my house, then depending on turnout we could see if someone would allow us to borrow space. I think Pastor Robin Meyers over at Mayflower Church might be a good person to ask, for example.
Don't be discouraged. There IS a progressive streak in Oklahoma, and look at it this way, 35% of Oklahoma voted for Kerry. 25% voted AGAINST banning gay marriage. In OKLAHOMA. That means we automatically have 25%-35% support on even the most liberal ideas. Look at Woody Guthrie. Look at Will Rogers. Wiley Post. All Okies. FDR was practically a candidate for sainthood here for most of the century. We have a Democrat governor, and Democratic state senate. The Gazette has managed to stay in business for 25 years.
And we're not even going to be working on the most liberal things at first. Even conservative Republicans like money, and are concerned about "brain drain" because it hurts the state's pocketbook. Money trumps ideology every time.
Not to mention the fact that this is such an assumed "red state" that there's not much of a conservative activist base here -- no existing organization to oppose us.
Also: what would you guys think about volunteering for other worthy causes? Ask any friends you have who might be interested if they'd like to come.
And any other suggestions for a name? Something more clever?
Comment here or email me if you're interested.