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”

Is This The Best This City Can Do? The City’s Responsibility To Ensure True Justice for All

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde “We don’t need a show. We need a police chief that will take servicing our community seriously,” a demand rightly expressed by North Tulsa native and executive editor of the Tulsa Star, Timantha Norman. Mayor GT Bynum has an opportunity to remove himself from his comfort zone of political expediencyContinue reading “Is This The Best This City Can Do? The City’s Responsibility To Ensure True Justice for All”

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”

An Ill Wind Blowing: Exploring Environmental Justice Issues Affecting North Tulsa

by Contributing Writer Nancy Moran MS, RN In 1971, Marvin Gaye expressed melancholy and loss concerning the damage inflicted on the planet by humans in his #1 R&B hit,  “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology).”  At that time, there wasn’t yet a psychological term to describe his feelings. Today, The American Psychological Association (APA) might sayContinue reading “An Ill Wind Blowing: Exploring Environmental Justice Issues Affecting North Tulsa”

How do we truly see our children? Racial bias and its role in juvenile justice

by Contributing Writer Tyrance Billingsley II Are all children created equal in Tulsa, Oklahoma? Or rather, do the systems we have built and schemas we have constructed about our children reflect that? A section of the recent City of Tulsa Equality Indicators report showed a large disparity in youth arrests between minority and white children.Continue reading “How do we truly see our children? Racial bias and its role in juvenile justice”

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”

Are all cops the same? A black female officer’s perspective

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde We’ve heard the saying “Not all cops are the same!” Some of us have had respectable experiences, like being pulled over and only being given a warning or a ticket. But there are others whose experiences have triggered generational trauma. They have met their demise with a single police encounter.Continue reading “Are all cops the same? A black female officer’s perspective”

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”