Vanessa Hall-Harper: Breaking chains in North Tulsa

by Contributing Writer Kristi (Orisabiyi) Williams District 1 City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper is a councilor who is loved by her community and people from afar. She has become known nationally as the “Dollar Store Lady” and “Unbought and Bossed.” “Unbought and Unbossed” was the mantra that she used throughout her campaign that she borrowed fromContinue reading “Vanessa Hall-Harper: Breaking chains in North Tulsa”

Reflections on Four Months of “Debate” on Race, Policing, and the Value of Black Lives

by Contributing Writer Mana Tahaie Author’s Note: These are my remarks from September 25th’s Tulsa City Council special meeting on racial and gender disparities in adult arrests. Opening Statement Good evening Councilors, Mayor Bynum, Chief Jordan, Ms. Doring, and Mr. O’Mellia. Before I begin, I want to acknowledge that we are on occupied land belongingContinue reading “Reflections on Four Months of “Debate” on Race, Policing, and the Value of Black Lives”

Black Pain on Display: Restoring Ourselves While Challenging Them

by Managing Editor Raynell Joseph As we wrap up the public hearings into racially biased policing in Tulsa, let’s acknowledge the great work of City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper, Demanding a JUSTulsa, and the organizing it took to push the Council in this direction. It was an eight month process of infuriating excuses from the CouncilContinue reading “Black Pain on Display: Restoring Ourselves While Challenging Them”

Dr. Crutcher’s Personal Journey Towards Justice and Reconciliation

by Contributing Writer Hannah Jarman When Dr. Tiffany Crutcher enters a space, the entire energy changes. Whether it’s a City Council meeting, a school board meeting, a panel discussion, canvassing in the community, or a casual discussion over coffee, she seizes the opportunity to harness its potential for change. Her passion for social change hasContinue reading “Dr. Crutcher’s Personal Journey Towards Justice and Reconciliation”

Making the OIM Matter: Why We Need To Go Back To The Drawing Board

by Contributing Writer Jaden Janak In February of this year, Mayor G.T. Bynum announced plans to create an Office of the Independent Monitor (more information about the proposed OIM ordinance can be found here) using the model currently present in Denver. This announcement came on the heels of 77 recommendations given by the Tulsa CommissionContinue reading “Making the OIM Matter: Why We Need To Go Back To The Drawing Board”

The case for greater police accountability: The story of Chief Egunwale Amusan

by Staff Writer Deon Griggs The year was 1996 and the city of Tulsa, OK had just agreed to allow a KKK rally to take place downtown. Groups of predominantly black peaceful protesters displayed their disapproval while a patrol of police officers on horseback were sent to disperse the crowd. During the commotion of policeContinue reading “The case for greater police accountability: The story of Chief Egunwale Amusan”

Our Children Got Left Behind: Humanizing the Lives Behind Juvenile Arrest Statistics

by Contributing Writer Jaden Janak This past Wednesday evening, a hundred or so Tulsans gathered to discuss disparities in juvenile arrests uncovered in the Tulsa Equality Indicators report.  The gathering was historic. Never have City Council members, concerned citizens, and city officials (including the city’s Chief of Police) gathered to have a frank conversation aboutContinue reading “Our Children Got Left Behind: Humanizing the Lives Behind Juvenile Arrest Statistics”