Joint Letter of Appeal to Tulsa Police Department and Mayor

TO: Tulsa Police Department; Tulsa Mayor’s Office We, the undersigned, represent the diverse communities of Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a group of citizens concerned about the status of policing in our dear city. We are writing you to urge you to ensure a fair, just, and transparent investigation into the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, to … Read more

Have You Ever: The “Other Shoes” Challenge

Terence Crutcher: Questions From Two Perspectives .The news I have in front of me is confusing. I hear two stories, very far apart, both insisting they are the “truth” or point to the truth.  Justified or unjustified.  Guilty or not guilty. They are mutually exclusive narratives, and it is impossible for them both to be the “true … Read more

Stand up against bigotry

As the son of two Holocaust survivors who experienced the worst of intolerance, bigotry, hatred and violence for over five years, my heart goes out to the families of those murdered. From all of us at the Respect Diversity Foundation, our condolences to the families of those who died and our thoughts and prayers to … Read more

What We Want For Our Children

About 10 days ago the Jewish community observed Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. I attended and watched a stirring presentation on the “Monuments Men,” who bravely scoured Nazi occupied areas to recover and return art and precious belongings stolen from Jews and others they considered to be “untermensch “(a person considered racially or socially inferior). After this … Read more

Our City at a Crossroads

Growing up in this city, I saw great people doing amazing things. In 1995, I stood with my fellow Oklahomans and helped children and families in the wake of the Murrah Building bombing. I saw the nation and world recognize us as a model for loving community, calling our shared sense of ethic “The Oklahoma … Read more