IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: “Norman, We Are Better than This”

The Norman Transcript Editorial Board Calls Upon Supporters of the Mayor, City Council Members to End Harassment, Intimidation, and Threats — in order to Let the People Speak & Participate “in the Democratic Process” Powerful editorial calls for “All of Norman” to “support a democratic process free of violence, intimidation and fraud.” NORMAN — The editorial board of The Norman Transcript has weighed in on the harassment, threats, fraud and intimidation that has occurred at the hands of supporters of the mayor and city council over the summer as they fend off a recall effort over their vote to defund the police by nearly $1 Million. The powerful editorial puts the city on notice that “democracy is sacred. The sanctity of the vote, the people’s right to petition, and an organization’s right to peacefully protest must be protected.” Excerpts of the editorial are below, along with a link to the full editorial that should be required reading for city leaders, activists and supporters of the mayor and city council: Regarding the Attacks, Harassment, and Intimidation Aimed at Unite Norman & Citizens Who Simply Wanted to Sign a Petition, The Norman Transcript writes: “It’s sad when Unite Norman, pro-police, or recall protest rallies don’t want to publicize advance event locations for fear of harassment from the other side.” “All of Norman must support a democratic process free of violence, intimidation and fraud.” “It’s not a good look, Norman. It’s time for a gut check. Whatever happened to fairness and respect?” On Citizens’ Rights to Petition their Government: “Politics is another matter, but democracy is sacred. The sanctity of the vote, the people’s right to petition, and an organization’s right to peacefully protest must be protected.” “All of us as citizens of Norman — whether elected officials, employees of the public sector, private business owners, progressives or senior citizens — must respect everyone’s personal right to exercise their participation in the democratic process.” “We must condemn all violence, intimidation, harassment and bullying across the board. There is no place for any of this in a civil society… The dignity of the system and our respect for democracy demands commitment to the process to let the people speak.” “…a recall petition is just as critical to the process for confidence in the system as the right to vote.” On the 30,000 Signatures Turned In: “Now we must let the process happen. Signatures need to be verified. City officials must have the confidence and cover to do their job without intimidation.” On Ensuring Citizens Aren’t Attacked after-the-fact for Signing Petitions for Recall: “The public has the right to see the petition signatures that will be viewed after the verification process… It’s all part of the democratic system, but it must proceed without harassment and attacks.” In Closing: “Our children are watching, and the world is watching… Norman, we are better than this.” We couldn’t agree more. ### Read the full editorial here: https://www.normantranscript.com/opinion/editorial-norman-we-are-better-than-this/article_62ab8f7e-e4b3-11ea-bb5b-b7f293b32942.html

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