Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Award Honorees
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Ms. Flansburg has worked in a number of ways in Oklahoma to make our state more welcoming to immigrants and people of color. She is president of VOICE (Voices Organized in Civic Engagement), leading efforts to help ordinary OKCers learn to be effective in speaking about their concerns & building relationships with leaders & holding them accountable to the people they represent.
Following the Moore & Shawnee tornadoes in 2013, she raised money & organized several churches to reach out to undocumented families in the area who were impacted but unable to access some of the official relief efforts. Over $150,000 was raised and many families were helped. With the funds remaining, and as agreed with donors, the rest was rolled over into a scholarship fund that helps undocumented students pay for college. The first three scholarships have been awarded.
VOICE is a coalition of 25 congregations, nonprofits, and schools that have come together out of a deep sense of concern for the pressures faced by families the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
She co-chairs VOICE’s Restorative Justice Action Team, and helps lead efforts to build awareness & support for criminal justice reform.