Tulsa City Council cancels discussion of African-American commission, protests follow

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • The Urban and Economic Development Committee meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday
  • Tuesday, City Council pulled an item off the agenda about forming an African American Affairs Commission
  • Protesters want to know why it was pulled; they gathered at 10 a.m. outside City Hall
  • City Councilors said GT Bynum pulled the item off because it is not ready to be discussed

An agenda item struck from a city council committee’s agenda prompted a protest.

Tulsa City Councilors on the Urban and Economic Development Committee were set to discuss the formation of an African American Affairs Commission during their 10 a.m. meeting Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the council pulled the item from the agenda. Protesters, led by Vanessa Hall-Harper, want to know why. Hall-Harper challenges Jack Henderson for the District 1 seat.

FOX23 reached out to City Council, who said Mayor-elect GT Bynum put the item on the agenda, then took it off saying the item was "not ready" to be disucssed yet.

The Mayor's office said it could be another 90 days before they are ready to talk about it again; some city councilors said they were supportive of the commission and hope it moves forward soon.

In response to the cancelation of that discussion, protesters gathered outside City Hall at 10 a.m.

Protest over African American commission

Protesters criticize city council for cancelling discussion on African American Affairs Commission. Read about the protest on FOX23: https://t.co/QQm7DAScNu

Posted by FOX23 News on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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