Bates on your side

August 1, 2008

Don Grissom film, “Oklahomans Taken for a Ride”, to be screened in OKC Sat. 8/2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rena @ 4:24 pm

Don Grissom film, Oklahomans Taken for a Ride, to be screened Saturday, August 2, in OKC

The film “Oklahomans Taken for a Ride” will be shown 1 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the Belle Isle Library in Oklahoma City . The film highlights the importance of protecting Oklahoma ’s rail infrastructure and putting it to better use.  The event is being sponsored by the Coalition to Save Union Station Railyard.

This film explores the extent to which Oklahoma City ‘s transportation future is threatened by plans of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) to rip out the 12-track Oklahoma City Union Station railyard as a part of the I-40 Crosstown relocation.  The film details ODOT rerouting plans while also detailing efforts to fight the destruction of the railyard.  The video also shows how the facility could be reused as an Oklahoma multi-modal transportation hub.

The filmmaker, Don Grissom, is a graduate of Norman High School .  He worked in film and video production in Washington , D.C. for 28 years, recently returning to Norman in 2007 to continue his documentary career.  He has been involved in the production of “One World Quest” (Muheim Motion Pictures), “Benny Andrews Route 66 Tour” (Ogden Museum of Southern Art), “Intel Wars” (CNN Documentary), “Extreme Makeover” (ABC), “Drugs” (Frontline, Resolute Films), and many other films.

A discussion will follow the 24-minute film.

The film is free and the public is invited.

Belle Isle Library is located at 5501 N. Villa in Oklahoma City (on NW Expressway).


August 13, 2007

Fannie at the rally to “Save the Rails”

Filed under: issues — Rena @ 11:13 pm

Fannie Bates addresses Save the Rails RallyCitizens from Oklahoma, along with visitors from Texas and even Virginia, came out for the Save the Rails rally on August 11. The crowd was enthusiastic about the future of public transit in Oklahoma, and cheered Fannie’s promise to stop the new Crosstown in court if elected.

Future events are planned in the ongoing grassroots campaign for sound transportation choices in Central Oklahoma. For news and updates, email
Be sure to vote on Tuesday, August 14!

July 18, 2007

Future planning

Filed under: election, issues — Rena @ 11:24 pm

Fannie asks:

“Do you want a county commissioner who will fight for mass transit?”

Fannie Bates endorsed by Oklahoma County Green Party

Filed under: election, endorsements — Rena @ 11:03 pm

The Oklahoma County Green Party endorsed Fannie Bates in the primary for County Commisisoner. A spokesperson for the group noted Ms. Bates’ extensive history of progressive activism in the state, and said the county party and the Green Party of Oklahoma would help to organize a rally for Union Station at which Ms. Bates would be the featured speaker.

The Green Party does not have ballot access in Oklahoma and the state party has endorsed progressive Democrats, as well as independent candidates, in the past.


July 1, 2007

tornado alert

Filed under: issues — Rena @ 10:46 pm

Fannie asks:

“Have you ever wondered why Oklahoma County is in tornado alley, but there are no signs telling you where to go if a tornado appears on the horizon? When I am elected County Commissioner, I will correct that problem…immediately!”

Fannie Bates files for Oklahoma County Commissioner

Filed under: election, issues, press release — Rena @ 2:29 pm

Fannie Bates, a local teacher and activist, has entered the race to become the County Commissioner for Oklahoma County District I.

Bates received her B.S. from OU in 1971 and her M.P.H. from OUHSC in 2001.

She was one of the complainants who successfully attacked TABOR in the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Bates was one of eleven citizens who successfully attacked the English Only Initiative Petition in 2001.

In the mid-90’s, Bates unsuccessfully attempted to prevent the state legislature from selling University and Children’s Hospitals to Columbia HCA, a company then owned by the family of Bill Frist.

Bates is a fourth generation Oklahoman. Her Irish/Cherokee grandmother walked to Oklahoma from Alabama in 1896.

Bates has one son, Jonathan Bates, who is on the President’s Honor Roll at OCCC. He is also the youth pastor at Apostolic Faith Church in Northwest Oklahoma City.

Ms. Bates has done a great deal of volunteer work including tutoring, mentoring, and assisting students in college preparation.

Ms. Bates is an amateur playwright and director. Her most recent play, “Indian by Blood”, tells the story of the struggle of a Black Indian cowboy to be accepted fully by his tribe. The play has been performed in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Edmond.

Bates’ platform includes the following:

1. Using the position of County Commissioner to take back control of University and Children’s Hospitals from the three billionaires who now own/control them

2. Supporting the community health centers, including the new one that is being located in the old Truman School (where Bates taught in 1971-73)

3. Helping all local schools by providing technical assistance and labor

4. Fighting the local effects of globalization by pushing agriculture and the arts in our local schools

5. Providing free tutors for students on Sunday afternoons/evenings

6. Supporting mass transit within Oklahoma County – including utilization of existing tracks

7. Increase availability of medical services to all citizens of Oklahoma County

8. Making interpreters available to persons conducting county business, including sign languages and other languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, etc.) commonly spoken in Oklahoma County

9. Increasing tornado preparedness throughout Oklahoma County. Providing storm shelters around the District and providing information on how to find a storm shelter.

10. Studying the impact of the fiscal irresponsibilities related to the current war in Iraq on the citizens of Oklahoma County.

11. Developing a diesel production unit for Oklahoma County that will make fuel out of sunflower seeds, like Willie Nelson has done in Texas. This will save Oklahoma County money on fuel, reduce dependency on foreign oil, and give local people a way to make a little extra money

12. Using the profits from our bio-diesel operation to subsidize the bus service to Midwest City and Del City until we get light rail

Bates is a member of the OEA, AFT, NAACP and LULAC. She is not related to Bart Bates, who is also running.

Contact: Fannie Bates (405) 819-2617
3140 N.W. Expressway, #133, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

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