We work to shift the narrative that Black men are “bad dudes” and that Black people more broadly are inherently bad. Our vision stems from this ambition. Read more about our narrative change work in our report Our Generational Vision for Justice & Liberation
The mission of the Terence Crutcher Foundation is to create just and liberated communities free from racial violence and harm. We do this through building power, policy advocacy, community development, and education. We engage community, law enforcement, and policymakers to identify, prevent, and confront racial inequities in Tulsa, Oklahoma and across the country.
Dr. Tiffany T. Crutcher is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was thrust into the national spotlight following the death of her twin brother Terence Crutcher, who was shot by a police officer in Tulsa while holding his hands in the air. The murder of her brother compelled Tiffany to speak out against police brutality, particularly the killing of unarmed black men. She has chosen to turn her personal tragedy into an opportunity to bridge fear and mistrust and help transform a justice system that has perpetuated injustice dating back to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when white rioters burned down her great-grandmother’s prosperous community of Black Wall Street. Dr. Crutcher has remained committed to organizing coalitions throughout the country that promote the interests of minority communities. Dr. Crutcher is the founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundation (TCF), whose primary focus is criminal justice and policing reform, providing scholarships to African-American students, community and youth development, and policy advocacy.Show MoreShow Less
Sheyda Brown is a trained Community Organizer and Social Worker originally from Tulsa, OK, with over 8 years of nonprofit experience across Oklahoma and Texas. She began her organizing career following Hurricane Harvey, specializing in disaster organizing within communities of color in Houston, TX. Sheyda understands that strengthening collective community power is critical to achieving equity and justice. In her previous philanthropy and current organizing and activism work, she finds ways to elevate marginalized voices to reclaim their power and influence. She is a 2021 New Leaders Council fellow and holds a Master of Social Work.Show MoreShow Less
aurelius miles francisco is a community organizer, anti-oppressive educator, forever-student, and researcher with a passion for transformative social change and coalition building. aurelius co-founded and currently serves as the Co-Executive Director for the Foundation for Liberating Minds (FLM), a community nonprofit organization working to dismantle systems of oppression through the empowerment of young people and justice-oriented education. He leads FLM’s Deconstructing Masculinity Program and hosts its DreamRadically Podcast. aurelius currently works as an organizer with Black Lives Matter OKC Chapter and facilitates a group co-hosted by BLM OKC, FLM, and Dream Action Oklahoma: Study and Struggle OKC, an abolitionist study group organizing against incarceration and criminalization. He also serves as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant with the Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma. aurelius is a visionary leader who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in the Spring of 2020 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in African and African American Studies and Political Science as well as minors in International Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.Show MoreShow Less
Paige is a Tulsa Native and social justice advocate who is committed to the well-being of our city and its community members. Paige is a citizen of the Muscogee Nation and a graduate of Carver and Booker T. Washington. Paige holds a Master's of Social Justice from Phillips Theological Seminary and a Bachelor's of Environmental Science from Colorado College. She has many years of development experience in multiple contexts and started a program in Colorado to change common narratives around folks who experience hunger, poverty, and houselessness. Paige is a trained doula and gives regular sermons in Tulsa.Show MoreShow Less
Brandon is a community organizer, global citizen, and believer in the liberation of oppressed peoples through systematic change. In college, he was a co-founder of Young Democratic Leaders, the only progressive organization on a conservative campus. Additionally, he worked on local political campaigns, the U.S. Census Bureau, interned with the Department of Veteran Affairs, and was an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Post-graduation, he became a fellow with Dr. Jared Williams' Campaign for City Council District 6 in Fort Worth, TX, as well as worked with United Fort Worth, pushing for a progressive vision for the city, collaborating with various organizations like the AFLCIO, Working Families Party, Black Voters Matter, and the Atatiana Jefferson Foundation. In the fall of 2020, Brandon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Urban Studies from Texas Christian University and a certificate in Global Human Rights from The University of Pennsylvania's Carey Law School.Show MoreShow Less
Fernande "Fern" Galindo is a nonbinary transmasculine Chicano and Indigenous abolitionist. With 15 years of community organizing, nonprofit advising, and resource managing experience in Missouri, Florida, and Oklahoma, Galindo’s passion for radical equity and justice fuels their career and community initiatives. Their work has included anti-racism education, queer liberation advocacy, sex work decriminalization, drug decriminalization, mutual aid networks, and harm reduction. In addition to working as an executive assistant for the Terence Crutcher Foundation, Galindo co-founded the Tulsa Intersectional Care Network (TICN), a mutual aid and community care project serving the Tulsa 2SLGBTQIA+ BIPOC communities. In 2020, they conducted a research project and co-authored a report for the ACLU-MO entitled, "The State of the Hustle: Sex Workers Speak Out in the Show-Me State". This report reflected the disparities experienced by Missouri trans people doing sex work, as well as key findings and recommended policy changes. When not working, consulting, organizing, or volunteering, Fern enjoys spending time with their three children, their dog Annie, and the world's best cat, Sgt Pepper.Show MoreShow Less