Oklahoma requires a $35,000 filing fee for alternative presidential candidates or signatures from 3 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election, laws Howie Hawkins says are designed to keep him off the ballot.
Less than a day after enacting a curfew covering a portion of downtown that includes the BOK Center, the site of President Donald Trump’s planned rally this weekend, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum surprisingly rescinded the curfew on Friday afternoon.
And while the Tulsa Race Massacre will, and in the case of national attention on Trump’s visit, already has, serve as a backdrop to the rally, there are many more racial incidents that curl like inky fingers around the city’s recent history.
As Tulsa prepares to host thousands of people downtown, and health officials warn about infections and possible deaths as a result of the rally, the group that manages the BOK Center said during a public meeting Thursday they were “looking for” Tulsa’s mayor to tell them to turn down the event.
“We are basically making the argument, and we have the facts to support it, that there is a brisk trade in illegal fighting animals coming from Oklahoma,” said Wayne Pacelle, founder and president of Animal Wellness Action.