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Guide to Inclusive Prayer
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.
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 occjok.org.
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.
OCCJ in the News
Tulsa World - The public is invited to share messages and artwork with themes of reconciliation and social justice through the community art project “And Justice for All: No More Silence,” an initiative of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation and 16 community organizations.
FOX 23 - Community leaders in Tulsa are holding a virtual conversation Monday to talk about the black experience in the U.S.
Tulsa People - When Ginny Creveling, TulsaPeople’s 2006 Tulsan of the Year, talks about the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, she exudes enthusiasm.
Tulsa People - Though Christmas is a day sacred to many, November and December also hold major and minor holidays recognized by the world’s religions. (Story continued on tulsapeople.com)
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.
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.
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.)
Join OCCJ on Monday, February 10, at 7 p.m. for a special screening of the film "Just Mercy" at Circle Cinema. This film shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free. (Continue reading in January 28 newsletter.)
After 30 successful years of uniting Tulsans in interfaith dialogue under the banner of the Trialogue series, OCCJ is excited to announce a new initiative in partnership with the Center for Religion in Public Life at Phillips Theological Seminary, "One from Many". (Continue reading in January 14, 2020, newsletter.)