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… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More