TULSA, OK/ 27 Aug 2020/ Tulsa City Council off on discussion of “Black Lives Matter” street painting.

SIGACT: Tulsa officials have again delayed a hearing on the Greenwood Ave “BLM” mural. The latest delay comes from a new proposal to retain the mural, which will be debated by officials.

RECOMMENDATION: Continue to monitor local media reports as the Greenwood Ave. mural has been the site of pro-BLM activism, anti-BLM vandalism, and competing demonstrations. 

SOURCE:

https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/government-and-politics/council-holds-off-on-discussion-of-black-lives-matter-street-painting/article_86c11ee4-e7cc-11ea-9316-dfe6bd43da8d.html

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution-conan/amendment-1/the-public-forum

Notes: The legal argument will boil down to the mural being considered either “government speech” or the streets constituting a “public forum” in which the mural will either need to be removed or similar space made available for other public advocacy messaging.