Tulsa was chosen as one of five cities by the Resilient Cities program to participate in the Equality Indicators Project. The city's overall score was 38.93 out of 100. The city's score for Race and Officer use of Force was 20 out of 100. The city's equality indicator or score for Race and Employment was just 38 out of 100, reflecting the fact that black Tulsans are nearly 2 1/2 times more likely to be unemployed. Oklahoma has the highest rate of incarceration in the nation, and there is not enough effort focused on including the voices of the people directly impacted. It has been nearly a year since the Equality Indicator scores were released, and there has not been any real effort to bring about change in our community. The credibility of the scores are still challenged by those in positions of power, and request to City Council for an outside consulting firm have been ignored. Day of Empathy will be on the eve of the anniversary date of the Equality Indicator Scores. Oklahoma's Day of Empathy will highlight the voices of those impacted by the Criminal Justice system in Oklahoma. We will hold a press conference at City Hall, and demand that our voices be heard. There will be speakers to cover a range of topics. We will not stand by and continue to suffer without holding our elected officials accountable. #ReformNow!
Participating Organizations: ACLU, Action Tulsa, Democratic Socialist of America, Eaton Media, MetCares Foundation