Myth of a Resilient Tulsa: The Problem with the Equality Indicators

by Staff Writer Torrel Miles Early February of this year, when questioned by a reporter from the Tulsa World on whether  the Equality Indicators were an “accurate representation of police use-of-force incidents within the department,” Major Wendell Franklin, Tulsa’s first Black police chief, responded: “I don’t want to get into whether or not the dataContinue reading “Myth of a Resilient Tulsa: The Problem with the Equality Indicators”

True Safety Means Less Police and More Community Support

by Contributing Writer Jadan Janak In May, the United States and the world reached a boiling point. With the COVID-19 crisis, lack of substantial support from local, state, and national governments and the refusal to protect citizens, the public became incensed following the additional murders of Black people by the state. Questions about the validityContinue reading “True Safety Means Less Police and More Community Support”

What happens when the data is inconvenient? Tulsa’s struggle with meaningful implementation

by Staff Writer Lindsay Myers Under Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Tulsa adopted the Open and Accessible Data Resolution in 2013. This set the stage to make data transparency a city-wide priority. Three years later, the citizens of Tulsa were promised four years of policy decisions based on data and facts. To make this happen, city officialsContinue reading “What happens when the data is inconvenient? Tulsa’s struggle with meaningful implementation”

Tulsa Has a Traffic Problem: How Leadership has Misled the Community into Investing in Inequitable Infrastructure

by Contributing Writer Kolby Webster “Good streets are more than a convenience – they are an economic necessity,” reads Bynum’s re-election site. However, in a city as sprawled as Tulsa, the attitude of entitlement to our vast and expensive street network and the hubris to expand it creates a false sense of due diligence andContinue reading “Tulsa Has a Traffic Problem: How Leadership has Misled the Community into Investing in Inequitable Infrastructure”

The Path Forward: Tulsa Star’s Guide to Tulsa’s Mayoral Candidates

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman Tulsa has been thrust into the national spotlight in recent years on the heels of the 100-year anniversary of the worst instance of racial terror to ever take place on American soil during one of the most unique times in our nation’s contemporary history. With this as the backdrop, theContinue reading “The Path Forward: Tulsa Star’s Guide to Tulsa’s Mayoral Candidates”