Group Organizes Rally Supporting Norman City Council


Sunday, August 9th 2020, 10:15 pm
By: Hunter McKee


NORMAN, Okla. -

Dozens of people rallied Sunday in Norman in a show of solidarity for city leaders. 

We Are Norman used Legos to convey their message, saying they were representative of a city divided.

The group organized Sunday’s rally after another group filed petitions to recall Mayor Breea Clark and four councilmembers.

“I think this is a time to stand behind them, we elected them,” We Are Norman member Marcie King said. “We trusted them and so we need to stand behind them on some of the decisions they’re making.”

Drivers lined the streets in Noman, honking their horns and holding up signs of encouragement for Norman's city council.

“We want to come together as a community and be the echo of the opposite conversation to give out an example of positivity,” We Are Norman member Christen Thomas said.

Another group, Unite Norman, hopes to remove Clark and the councilmembers in Ward 1, 3, 5 and 7. The group filed petitions recalling the leaders after they voted to slash police funding. According to the group, they've collected 20,000 signatures on a petition so far.

“That's how you unify a town,” Unite Norman member Russell Smith said. “That's how you make a town united is to get these divisive figures out of there. We don't want radical right. We don't want radical left. We want out town back to the center.”

King does not support the petition.

“We think it's actually tearing the community apart,” King said. “We're just trying to send a message of peace and using your voice in a positive way.”

To spread their message, We Are Norman used donated Legos to represent their effort to build up the city while they say others are working to divide it. 

Members of Unite Norman, however, said they're not trying to divide the city. They just want to make it stronger.

“We love the diversity of this town,” Smith said. “We think it's got so much potential, and we don't think that's been harnessed by our mayor and city council.”