This Learner Systems Module (LMS) assists participants with understanding the importance of Pedestrian Awareness Crosswalk Education (PACE) and Public Transportation Policy (PTP) “Traffic Signs” in The United States. SAFETY: Reduce Transportation-Related Fatalities and Serious Injuries Across the Transportation System.

Safe Driving and Safety on our Roads During Summer
Summer requires that we be attentive and also focus on our driving behavior and how it impacts on ourselves and all those around us!
It is critical that we are calm and well-prepared for the journey and that we consider the unique dangers and challenges on and next to our roads. In this section, we wish to create more awareness about safety advice that will make the Summer road trip both enjoyable and safe!  
Image:  SLC, SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER. “As the country now focuses its attention on the bloodshed in Tulsa nearly 100 years ago, it is in the midst of a new reckoning on racial injustice with the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Yassin Mohamed, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks,” English said. “Americans must decide once and for all that Black lives truly do matter. We must take direct action to ensure that Black lives are protected. We must all educate ourselves and others about the historic and current oppression against Black Americans in this country, and we must use our collective voices to speak out against injustice whenever and wherever we see it.”

What’s Juneteenth? Everything to know about holiday celebrating end of slavery in the US

O.W. Gurley, a wealthy Black entrepreneur from Arkansas, moved to racially segregated Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1906 and bought 40 acres of land. On it, he built three, two-story buildings and five homes for Black people who were not allowed to live on the white side of town.

Soon, word spread across the country about opportunities for Black people in the segregated section of Tulsa, which Gurley named “Greenwood” after a town in Mississippi. 

Other prominent Black businesspeople followed suit. 

J.B. Stradford, who was born into slavery in Kentucky but later became a lawyer and activist, built a 55-room luxury hotel in Greenwood – the largest Black-owned property of its kind in the country at the time. 

A.J. Smitherman founded the Black-owned Tulsa Star, informing Black people about their legal rights, along with news about court rulings and legislation that could help or harm them.

Eventually, Greenwood Avenue was lined with luxury shops, restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, jewelry and clothing stores, movie theaters, barbershops and salons. The district, which ultimately came to be known as the “Black Wall Street,” also had a library, pool halls and nightclubs as well as offices for doctors, lawyers and dentists. 

“As the country now focuses its attention on the bloodshed in Tulsa nearly 100 years ago, it is in the midst of a new reckoning on racial injustice with the murders of George FloydBreonna TaylorTony McDadeSean ReedYassin MohamedAhmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks,” English said. “Americans must decide once and for all that Black lives truly do matter. We must take direct action to ensure that Black lives are protected. We must all educate ourselves and others about the historic and current oppression against Black Americans in this country, and we must use our collective voices to speak out against injustice whenever and wherever we see it.”

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Image: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks onto the stage before speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Committee in National Harbor. (Susan Walsh/AP) Cincinnati- Police Officer Eric Weyda was fired from the department after getting “pure” tattooed on his right knuckles and “evil” on his left knuckles.

Tulsa mass shooting reignites gun policy debate in Oklahoma

On the afternoon of June 1, a man walked into a local gun store and bought an AR-style rifle. A few hours later, he used that rifle and a handgun he’d purchased two days before to kill four people at a Tulsa medical center before turning the gun on himself.

This came just a week after an 18-year-old bought an AR-style rifle and days later massacred 19 children and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas. 

And that came a little over a week after an 18-year-old, who had previously threatened a murder-suicide at his high school, purchased a semiautomatic rifle and killed 10 people in Buffalo.

In Oklahoma, someone is killed with a gun every 12 hours, and the state ranks in the country’s top 10 for weakest gun regulations. 

As mass shootings continue to make headlines around the country, advocates for gun reform in Oklahoma have a long and uncertain road ahead. 

 By Beth Wallis, 2011-2022 Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Veteran Dental Care Stimulates the Economy and Improves Overall Health

Senator Files Amendments to Help Eliminate Barriers to Dental Care Faced by Many Veterans

June 09, 2022 10:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Institute of Dental Public Health and CareQuest Institute for Oral Health® today commended U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for filing amendments to help expand access to dental care for veterans. The amendments are being considered as part of the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022.

 The Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum is located in the historic Page Memorial Library Building.

Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum exhibits “Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons”

Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum

01:00 PM – 05:00 PM, every day through Jun 20, 2022.

Editorial cartoonists deliver biting social commentary made palatable through amusing and well-crafted illustration. Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons features fifty-one original editorial cartoons from the nation’s great metropolitan newspapers during the Golden Age of print journalism. Included in the mix are six Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonists, each demonstrating the theme of political commentary through editorial illustrations and addressing issues from the first half of the twentieth century.

These deceptively simple drawings frame the publics’ understanding of early-to-mid twentieth-century world events and trends ranging from the two world wars, the great depression, public discontent with the US government, presidential elections, daily battles regarding work-related rejection, nostalgia for homespun neighborhood charm in the Midwest, and more. Along the way, these cartoons served a dualistic intention: to provide welcomed comic relief as well as shape opinion.
The editorial cartoonist presents a powerful distillation of political argument through a single image and maybe a few well-placed labels or a short caption. This exhibition of editorial cartoons convey how cartoons effectively expose hypocrisy, reveal contradictions, introduce news ideas, and promote fresh perspectives as news events unfold.
The museum is free and open to the public.

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Mayes TIF opponents collect over 3,000 signatures

The Rise of Relocation

How Mid America is capitalizing on relocation trends to recruit new
workers to Mayes County. In today’s economy, workers are leaving the East Coast and the West Coast not only to find a new job, but to also find a new way of life.

A Plan For ‘Placemaking’

Now, more than ever, the competition for employees is fierce. Cities and States are offering cash incentives for workers to move there. However, national census data shows workers are leaving crowded urban areas to re-evaluate their core values and become a part of a community. As of November 2021, Mayes County’s unemployment rate was measured at 1.9%, which means any citizen who has the ability to work essentially has a job already or is self-employed in our agriculture industry. Available jobs continue to grow at employers located at Mid America Industrial Park, but the population growth within Mayes County has remained static for the last 10 years. Mid America seeks to reverse that trend.

“Mid America Industrial Park is the perfect example of how private enterprise
is proactively shaping the economic future of Oklahoma through quality jobs
and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens,” said Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell, who attended the celebration. “As the economy continues to recover and prosper, employers like the 80 located here at Mid America, are helping to positively boost the vitality of our region. Oklahoma is well positioned for sustainable, balanced and equitable growth.”

The Just Home Project

Funding Housing Solutions to Reduce Jail Incarceration

The Just Home Project will give the city an initial $370,000 grant plus the opportunity to share a $15 million investment fund to “develop housing for populations that are not being served by current housing resources,” officials said. According to the Housing for Urban Development website there are currently 43 low income or affordable housing properties in Tulsa, OK.

The announcement comes one week after Mayor G.T. Bynum proposed changing a city ordinance to make it easier for police to remove homeless people from sidewalks and other public rights of way and take them to jail if they refuse. The consortium called A Way Home for Tulsa, which comprises more than 30 local organizations working to end homelessness in Tulsa, was not notified by the Mayor’s Office before Bynum announced the proposal to the City Council on May 11, 2022.

According to the MacArthur Foundation, one in four people had periods of homelessness in the year before their incarceration, and the problem has worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People who have been incarcerated face significant barriers to finding and maintaining stable housing. Incarceration can lead to job loss or other financial problems that threaten their ability to pay for housing. People with a history of justice involvement also have limited access to housing assistance through government programs and often face discriminatory screening practices when applying for housing. And experiencing chronic homelessness can increase the chances that a person becomes involved with the justice system due to the criminalization of sleeping, sitting, and asking for money or resources in public spaces. By coupling grant funding with impact investments, this demonstration project seeks to unlock local government innovation, absorb risk that housing providers are hesitant to take, and provide much-needed support for people in danger of remaining trapped in a cycle of housing instability and jail. All four of the selected communities are members of the MacArthur’s Safety and Justice Challenge, an initiative that began in 2015 to reduce the overall jail population as well as racial and ethnic disparities in jails. The project also draws on MacArthur’s experience supporting affordable housing through impact investments and grants as part of its Housing program, which ended in 2019. According to the Safety and Justice Challenge website Families and communities of color pay the heaviest price for America’s overuse of jails. Jails reflect our long history of racism in America. Across the country, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color are over-policed, over-charged, and over-incarcerated in jails. Human rights and dignity—especially the rights of people of color—are being denied.

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