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December 15, 2013

Residents honored

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance honored several activists at the state capitol on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10. Among those recognized for contributions were Norman residents Ted Metscher and Mary Francis.

“These activists have committed their lives to advancing equality and fair treatment for all people in this state,” OUHRA Chairman Wallace Collins said. “We present these certificates as a symbol of our gratitude and as a small gesture to give back to those who have given us so much.”

Other 2013 honorees included: Father Don Wolf, Jody Harlan, Amber Big Horse, Diety Madrid, Rey Madrid, Nathaniel Batchelder, R.L. Doyle, Milton Combs, Judith Huerta, Jessica Vasquez, Martha Hernandez, Fredy Valencia and Mark McCaslin.

Francis is a grassroots activist who has worked for voting rights and fair elections, fought for environmental protections, championed compassionate treatment of animals and more.

Metscher is a former teacher and political activist.

The mission of Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance is to be a guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the constitution and laws of the United States guarantees everyone in this country.

OUHRA was formed in 2012 after a decision from Governor Mary Fallin dissolved the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission.

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