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  • OCCJ Statement - Centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre

    May 31, 2021 - On the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the deadliest massacres fueled by racism, hate and intolerance our country has seen, we remember and honor the victims and descendants of such heinous acts of violence.

    We acknowledge that much work is still needed for justice to be met. We also pledge our commitment to continue our work of confronting racism, bias and bigotry in Oklahoma.

  • OCCJ Statement April 21, 2021

    The guilty verdict yesterday out of Minnesota is a key step toward police accountability in our communities — particularly communities of color. However, we know there is much work needed to dismantle systemic racism. We also know that no ruling can restore a life that was unjustly lost. Yesterday’s verdict was not justice for George Floyd, rather a step in the right direction. We acknowledge the pain and trauma that many in our community have felt throughout the trial and we stand in solidarity with them.

    OCCJ is committed to achieving respect and understanding for all Oklahomans. We will continue to do our part by providing meaningful programs and initiatives aimed to confront the biases and preconceived notions that maintain systems of oppression.

  • OCCJ Response to 2020 Election

    OCCJ acknowledges the election has led to heightened tension and emotion in our home city of Tulsa and around the nation. We continue to stand in solidarity with and support those who feel unsettled by the events that have transpired throughout this campaign season.
    We maintain our commitment to opposing white supremacy, hate, and oppression in all forms. We affirm the work of community organizations and grassroots organizers who oppose bigotry, bias, and racism, and uphold justice, equity, and inclusion.
    We must continue to demonstrate our commitment to these guiding principles through both words and actions. In the spirit of our mission, we invite you to engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue with others and learn about the history of racism and present-day racial inequities.

    Now more than ever, we cannot stand by and simply hope that things will change. We must reimagine systems and structures in our society so that they are no longer weaponized as tools of oppression.
    We walk with you on this journey.

  • OCCJ joins NFJC affiliates in opposing the federal ban on DEI training.

  • September 2020 Statement Denouncing White Supremacy

    We condemn, in the strongest terms, the rallying of armed, white supremacist militia groups. Through our work, we know that many feel disturbed, unsettled, afraid, and lost as white nationalist groups feel emboldened and continue to gain visibility. In the spirit of our founding as a volunteer-led movement to support and advocate for communities facing hostility, we stand with and are here for you.

    We are resolved to work to ensure the future reflects our vision – free of bias, bigotry, racism, and oppression in all its forms.

  • June 2020 Statement Honoring Juneteenth

    The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice honors and celebrates the significance of the Juneteenth holiday. We stand in solidarity with community organizations that oppose bigotry, bias, and racism, and that affirm diversity, equity, and inclusion. We remain steadfast in our dedication to achieving respect and understanding for all through education and dialogue.

  • 2020 Statement in Response to Deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery

    As members of the community who join you in organizing against racial oppression, we are alarmed, heartbroken and outraged at the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black and Brown victims of violence.
    Now more than ever, we want you to know - you are not alone. We are with you.
    For over 60 years, OCCJ has been dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism across the state. We offer opportunities for dialogue and education to empower individuals to create inclusive communities where justice and equity are the norm.
    We invite you to stand in solidarity and demonstrate that Black Lives Matter through both words and actions.
    • Learning about the history of racism and present-day racial inequities.
    • Listening to your colleagues and neighbors who are of different racial backgrounds and participating in community and workplace conversations as you become
    accountable for a change in your thinking and behavior.
    • Advocating for greater transparency and accountability from law enforcement
    • Ending repressive use of force by police and shifting funding priorities towards social justice restorative practices for community safety.
    • Going beyond traditional diversity and inclusion training to transform not only the organizations you are a part of but also the communities where you work and live so
    that Black people and other People of Color are seen as equal and treated with justice.
    We continue on the journey to identify, confront, and end systemic racism with you.
    For all,
    The Board of Directors and Staff of OCCJ

  • July 2019 Statement on Act of Vandalism & Assault

    OCCJ is alarmed by vandalism to the Philbrook Museum of Art's billboard advertising an exhibition of Islamic art and horrified by the recent assault of a Black man in Shawnee. As we prepare for Anytown Leadership Institute, we are reminded of the ladder of oppression and the fact that these incidents do not happen overnight, but originate as subtle acts of bias such as jokes and stereotyping.

    OCCJ encourages individuals to confront internally held biases and commit to equitable and just outcomes for all people. To join our work in achieving respect and understanding for all, visit

  • October 2018 Statement in Response to Recent Acts of Hate and Violence

    For 60 years, OCCJ has been dedicated to educating Oklahomans to realize our shared humanity while celebrating our rich diversity. In this work, we have learned that the dehumanization of individuals and groups leads to hate and human atrocities.
    We grieve for the victims and survivors of the anti-Semitic violence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We mourn for those who lost their lives due to racist violence in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. We are concerned for those who have been targets due to their political viewpoints. We hurt for our transgender friends and neighbors whose existence is constantly questioned and who face countless hateful acts. We ache with immigrants and refugees who live in fear due to the state of the world. We stand in solidarity with those who face systemic oppression each day.
    We are committed to continuing to work, today, tomorrow and for as long as necessary, to eliminate bias, bigotry and racism in our state, in our generation.
    Join us in advancing this critical mission.

  • January 2017 Statement on Immigration Ban

    In a time of greater divide, it is important to remember the principles and values which have made our community and nation a place of opportunity and refuge for many. Emma Lazarus captured so eloquently the compassion and selflessness which we strive to emulate, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to be free . . .” We urge leaders of our state and nation to consider the countless lives who will be negatively impacted by measures which aim to turn our backs on the most vulnerable.
    There are real dangers for Oklahomans whose identities are tied to immigration. The dangerous rhetoric against different groups has caused an increase of violence, discrimination and hate crimes in our very communities which must not be tolerated. When we ostracize and vilify the “other” we are bound to create a platform where fear will develop into hate.
    We stand in solidarity with those individuals who have made Oklahoma their home and who continue to positively contribute to our state. We will work tirelessly until we achieve respect and understanding among all people, despite our deepest differences.

  • September 2016 Statement In Response to Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

    Political grandstanding is expected in an election year. Such blatant pandering, however, should stop short of inciting violence against followers of a particular faith.
    That’s why we’re are so disappointed with the tepid response of state leaders to the anti-Muslim comments of a few of their fellow politicians.
    The words of our elected officials carry great significance. Their responsibility is to represent all Oklahomans, not just those they favor politically.
    That responsibility includes standing up for the rights of Oklahoma Muslims, who are routinely subject to threats and abuse.
    As directors and staff of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, we strive to eliminate bias, bigotry and racism in our state by promoting respect and understanding among all races, religions and cultures.

OCCJ in the News

OCCJ Newsletters

  • The 34th Annual Knippa Lecture is scheduled for Sunday, January 31 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary, will be the guest lecturer for the event. (Continue reading in January 26 newsletter)

  • Making sense of current events can be difficult for adults -even more so for those who are in the position of processing the news with the young people in their life. Below are some resources for educators, parents, or anyone who needs to discuss difficult news with children or young adults. (Continue reading in January 12 newsletter)

  • 2020 has been a historic year for OCCJ. From pivoting to a virtual model for events and programs in response to the pandemic to mobilizing to respond to acts of systemic racism, this year has been filled with setbacks and new challenges for our mission. (Continue reading in December 15 newsletter)

  • 2020 has been a historic year for OCCJ. From pivoting to a virtual model for events and programs in response to the pandemic to mobilizing to respond to acts of systemic racism, this year has been filled with setbacks and new challenges for our mission. (Continue reading in November 30 newsletter)

  • One from Many is an interfaith service of hope for America's future, presented by the Phillips Center for Religion in Public Life and OCCJ. (Continue reading in October 20 newsletter.)

  • We're entering a season of celebrations, rituals, and significance to many of our friends and neighbors. Join the Oklahoma Conference of Churches at 7 p.m. tonight to learn about holiday observances from a wide range of faith communities. (Continue reading in November 17 newsletter)

  • We are counting down until the sponsor premier of the virtual Oklahoma City Annual Awards recognizing former Governor Brad and Kim Henry. We are honoring the Henrys for their dedication to improving the lives of all Oklahomans through education, interfaith work, and philanthropy. (Continue reading in October 6 newsletter.)

  • My name is Erika Stone-Burnett, and I am an Oklahoma transplant. I have lived all over the country, but Tulsa has my heart. (Continue reading in September 22 newsletter.)

  • The deadline to register for the Youth Race and Leadership Forum is tomorrow (September 9). We are excited to offer this program in collaboration with the 1921 Race Massacre Commission. (Continue reading in September 8 newsletter)

  • From books and poems to songs and paintings, art across a variety of genres can play a powerful role in informing activism. During this panel, three experts will discuss the different and sometimes unexpected ways that art can inspire change and influence movements. (Continue reading in August 25 newsletter)

  • We are proud to announce our newest program in collaboration with the 1921 Race Massacre Commission, the Youth Race and Leadership Forum. (Continue reading in August 11 newsletter)

  • We are delighted to announce that our Annual Awards will take place as scheduled, in an exciting virtual format. (Continue reading in our newsletter)

  • The interfaith tour is moving online this summer! Youth are invited to learn about different faith and no-faith communities in Tulsa, join us for presentations, conversation, and make new friends. (Continue reading in July 28 newsletter)

  • Names hold significant importance to individuals. Parents spend significant time determining the name of their child, often giving thoughtful consideration of historical information and the current climate in determining what name to give. (Continue reading in July 14 newsletter)

  • We are grateful to count you as a friend of OCCJ – your commitment to a future free of bias, bigotry and racism ensure our work continues in new ways during this critical time. (Continue reading in June 30 newsletter)

  • We are now accepting applications for the 2020 cohort of the Inclusive Leadership Institute powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. This leadership training approaches diversity and leadership issues from a no-fault, interactive foundation with the goal of affecting positive change. (Continue reading in June 16 newsletter)

  • OCCJ is delighted to host a powerful panel today at 10 a.m. "Building Resilience in Times of Adversity" will feature three experts on how to nurture resilience in ourselves and others during difficult times. (Continue reading in June 2 newsletter)

  • Join us on Wednesday, May 20, for a conversation focusing on the rise of hate and bigotry. Our panelists will frame the issues involved, discuss recent incidents, and provide steps allies can take to support affected communities. (Continue reading in May 19 newsletter)

  • The Our Generation Essay Contest challenges young Oklahomans to envision a state without bias, bigotry, discrimination, and oppression. We invite students to visualize how our state and lives would change if people were treated equitably. (Continue reading in May 5 newsletter)

  • The classroom may look very different from a few short months ago, but the importance of inclusive learning remains the same. This week on the blog, Senior Manager for Social and Emotional Well-Being for The Opportunity Project and OCCJ Board Member, Jahaziel “Jazi” Hiriart discusses how educators can imagine more equitable environments for all students. (Continue reading in April 21 newsletter.)

  • Daily Dialogue is an opportunity for you and your loved ones to have thought-provoking conversations that encourage respect and mutual learning. (Continue reading in April 7 newsletter.)

  • For over 60 years we have labored in our community with the mission of bringing individuals together to develop respect and understanding for all, especially those who have been disfranchised and marginalized. (Continue reading in March 26 newsletter)

  • We are looking for a detail-oriented, self-starter to join our team as a Program Administrative Assistant. (Continue reading in February 24 newsletter.)

  • OCCJ hosted a reunion dinner for past Anytown advisors last night. (Continue reading in February 11 newsletter.)