OUR VISION: An engaged, equitable community where all people have power to influence public decisions. OUR MISSION: To strengthen institutions, build power, and advocate change by acting collectively to improve our quality of life in the Tulsa area.
Currently working on:
Student Loan Debt Protections - SB261 Student Loan Borrowers Bill of Rights
Over 463,500 Oklahomans have student loans totaling $14.6 billion, with the average amount due of $31,500. The Student Loan Debt team is working in coordination with Senator John Montgomery and Representative Melissa Provenzano to get Senate Bill 261 to the Governor’s desk! SB 261 made it out of the Senate 45-0 and has been approved for a House floor vote. We need help making sure that it makes it out of the House and gets the Governor’s signature. Please call your Representative and ask for their support. It is especially important to include your personal experience with Student Loans and how that affects your life. Make sure to share with others the good news about this bill and encourage them to call their Representatives as well. You can review Senate Bill 261 here, and find your Representative to send a message asking for a YES vote!
There are over 44 million people who owe more than $1.5 trillion in the U.S. simply because they sought an education. Learn about a Tulsa woman who has been grappling with student loan issues for years: "I beat cancer, but I can't beat my student loan problems!"
Tenant Rights and Resources - We're part of the Good News in Tulsa, watch here!
1. Utility Assistance
2. Rental and Utility Assistance
Restore Hope Ministries has been selected by the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County as the lead agency to administer an additional $19.6 million in critical federal funding to provide much needed rent and utility relief to Tulsa County residents.
Applicants can learn more about this program and apply online at erap.restorehope.org
3. Eviction Moratorium
The CDC eviction moratorium remains in effect through June 30, 2021. Tenants can delay an eviction by filling out this declaration, giving it to their landlord and going to their eviction hearing (take a copy of the declaration with you to court).
4. Tenant Survey
Please fill out this brief, 4 question survey to help ACTION identify the needs of renters in Tulsa.
Follow Tulsans for Renters' Rights for more information.
6. News Stories
Oct 2, 2020: Love your neighbor, don't evict him: Tulsa World Editorial from Rev. Greg Taylor
Protect the Health of Tulsans
Provide Funding for Public Schools
Guard the Economic Capacity of Residents
Balance the Rights of Landlords and Tenants
Build Racial Equity
IAF Network Supports Help for Families
ACTION, and the 65 other members of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) network to which we belong, urged Congress to deliver an economic stimulus plan that protects those who urgently need help the most: American workers, families, and small businesses on the front lines of this national emergency. We ask our leaders to focus on Urgent Principles for Maintaining Economic Stability
We stand together!
Holding candidates accountable -
ACTION drew more than 500 attendees to two online city candidate accountability ahead of the August city elections. The accountability sessions were framed with stories told by Tulsans about how they are impacted by the Health crisis, Economic recovery efforts, Racial inequity, and Eviction worries. City Council and Mayoral candidates were asked how they would address challenges like these for Tulsa families, and to pledge to work with ACTION for long-term solutions. “We are looking for bold leaders who are HERE for our families,” said Deanna Tirrell, ACTION president.
Candidates for state and federal office joined local education and community leaders for In the Shadow of the Pandemic: A Conversation with Candidates on Schools, Debt, and Eviction in October. Watch here
Member Institutions in action: