Citizens Use Poems As Form of Protest

May 27, 2016

About 300 people showed up at the State Capitol on Thursday to protest the proposed budget. Amidst the speeches and angry signs, a few men used an alternative way of asking for change.

Chad Reynolds, a poet, brought his type writer to the Capitol on Thursday – and wrote poems to protest the budget. Reynolds says poetry is his own personal form of protest. He has two children in Oklahoma public schools, and he worries that a lack of funding will affect their education. And he wants the legislature to do more.

"Just get the money by taxing people at the appropriate rates, and spend it on public education. It just seems like a no-brainer."

Lawmakers revealed their budget plan on Tuesday. The Senate passed it Wednesday, and the House votes today.