A Closer Look At Protocol: How Antiquated Policy Hinders Police Accountability

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde Since March of 2020, from the murder of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, the social climate of nation produced protests against police brutality in… Read More

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… Read More

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… 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

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… Read More

Crisis in North Tulsa: Systemic Racism and its Effect on Black Mental Health

by Contributing Writer Shalon R. Youngblood People with mental illness are often left to deteriorate until their actions provoke a police response, which has occurred all too often in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On August 24, 2018, Joshua Harvey, an… Read More

Having the Tough Conversations: Racial Bias and Use of Force

by Contributing Writer Jaden Janak Wednesday’s special panel discussion on the use of force disparities in our city proved to be enlightening. Joining the esteemed panel of guests was Stanford Professor and MacArthur Genius Award winner Dr. Jennifer… 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

Continued apathy and misinformation by those in power showcases need for community members to tell their stories

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman Tulsa’s city council held their first listening session Wednesday evening regarding the disparities in juvenile arrests and financing the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM). The position was created in response to the… Read More

Who’s going to police the police? Establishing an OIM is crucial to carrying out meaningful justice in our city

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman It seems as if the vast majority of black folks who claim roots in North Tulsa have had some sort of negative experience of one sort or another with the city’s main law… Read More