Who We Are
#FTP Crew Members
Nissa D. Tzun
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Nissa D. Tzun is the Project Founder & Editor-in-Chief of the Forced Trajectory Project (FTP). She is a multimedia artist specializing in illustration, graphic and web design, photography, film, public relations and investigative journalism. In 2009, She founded FTP, an independent media outlet that began as a long-term documentary project illuminating the narratives of families impacted by police violence. FTP has been exhibited across the nation and has received numerous awards and recognitions including the 2015 OHA Emerging Crisis Grant, and most recently the 2018 Resist General Support Grant.
In 2014, Nissa supported the inception of Families United 4 Justice, a growing nationwide collective of families affected by police violence. Over the last two years, Nissa and her team have raised over $50,000 to subsidize150+ family members affected by police violence to convene at FU4J’s first two national network gatherings in Detroit and Oakland. Currently she serves as a family advocate, organizer and board member for FU4J. Nissa's expertise on police homicide and family advocacy has invited her to be a presenter and guest speaker at multiple conferences and on several media outlets including Linc Up Community Spirit Awards, UNLV Center for Social Justice's Radical Consciousness Conference, Allied Media Conference, Left Coast Forum, NPR, Paul DeRienzo's Let Them Talk, The Guy Dawson Show, The 'Ism Hour, and Speak Out with Tim Wise.
Nissa’s other works include documenting the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the movement for sustainable solutions for native Haitians, and establishing the guerrilla media arts collective, ACD Media (Studios). She has served as a documentary photographer for movements including Anti-War, the Palestinian Right to Return, Immigrant Rights, Prison Rights, PRIDE and Climate Justice. Her work has been featured on several media outlets including Democracy Now!
She is a professor for the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies and writes for the Vice President of the Division of Student Affairs at UNLV. Nissa is a part of the core working group for Groundswell, a national coalition of oral historians working for social change. She serves as a Communications Fellow for the Center for Community Change and publishes on the Change Wire and ArtsEverywhere. Nissa is a 2018 Davis-Putter Scholar and is currently pursuing her Masters’ in Social Work and Journalism & Media Studies at UNLV.
Co-Founder & Producer
Oja Vincent, is a producer, DJ, educator and activist whose life work is to create, connect and be part of the global movement to build community through sound-based story-telling, production, performance and logical construction while dynamically passing the tradition onto the next generation.
University-trained and self-taught in the music business and music production, he was a member of Earthdriver, a progressive live arts collective as the group’s DJ/Samplist, co-engineer, arranger and co-producer of two Earthdriver albums.
As a solo DJ & producer, Oja has been responsible for providing kinetic song selection/blends, sound design & ambiance for everything from live theatre and musical performances, fundraisers, festivals, conferences, television and films, to radio programs and sound installations accompanying visual arts. Oja co-producing two tracks from the soundtrack of the Southeast Emmy award-winning documentary, “Mr. Dial Has Something to Say."
In the past decade he has continued to work to document, produce, collaborate, create and perform alongside like-minded artists in order to help tell untold stories, construct environments and inspire thought, dialog and action through sound. In 2010, Oja supported the inception of the guerrilla media collective ACD Media, and joined the Forced Trajectory Project, a project focused on sharing the stories of the families of victims of police murder and their journey.
Since one year after the earthquake of Jan.12th, 2010 in Haiti, he has been collaborating as well with a film project called The Diaspora Travels: Haiti, a project in progress by filmmaker Malinda Francis from Toronto which explores what Haitians are doing for Haitians and the path of the diaspora who has been returning to Haiti.
Over eight years of returning to Haiti, a strong collaboration with a grassroots sustainable life group AYITI INI, developed that introduced Oja to an alternative eco-friendly building method called Earthship Biotecture, which creates sustenance through interacting with natural phenomenon. In September of 2013 he attended the 8th Earthship Biotecture Academy in Taos, New Mexico to deepen his knowledge about this building technique. The group is currently working with the community in Oban, Sud-Est, Ayiti to construct a hybrid community center and amphitheater called 'Sa-k-la-k-wel', slated for completion in early 2021.
As the Operations Director and Manager of The People's Climate March Arts Space in Bushwick, Brooklyn in 2014, Oja was a part of organizing the largest ecological justice march in history and maintains connections with several of the international artists and organizers who were involved in the production, actively continuing to be a part of illustrating the movement for ecological and social justice through the application of activism, art, skill sharing and construction.
He currently resides in Las Vegas, but can frequently be found in Brooklyn, New Mexico, the Bay Area and anywhere in between.
Karintha Fenley is a multimedia journalist focused on the media construction of police homicide narratives. Currently she is working on a long-form narrative article covering the case of Rex Wilson, a member of the Lakota Tribe, who was killed by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police in October 2016.
Karintha earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Marketing and Cultural Studies from Chatham University in 2003. She has extensive presenting experience through her previous employment as an Orientation Leader at Mandalay Bay and as Vice President of Public Relations for Toastmasters International.
A former internet television co-host for The Guy Dawson Show, Karintha still works with Guy Dawson and Classy Communications as a media partner.
She currently works as an academic advisor for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, guiding undergraduate students to academic success and progress at the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. She is pursuing her Master's in Journalism & Media Studies, and serves as a board member with Families United 4 Justice, a growing nationwide collective of families impacted by police homicide.
A writer that specializes in local and national politics, Jordan contributes photojournalistic work and original reporting to Forced Trajectory Project. He graduated Summa Cum Laude at UNLV with degrees in film and journalism, and considers himself a native to Las Vegas. He is originally from Whittier, California.
Shannon Miller is a freelance writer, copy editor, communications specialist and an independent journalist reporting on Las Vegas police use of force. Her work has appeared in Miroir Magazine, Vegas Seven, DTLV.com and NevadaForward.com. Since obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Seattle University, she has been an editorial assistant and columnist for the urban weekly magazine Vegas Seven, and has assisted various independent and nonprofit organizations with strategizing social media, blog and email campaigns and other online communications. Aside from being an intern and contributor to Forced Trajectory Project, she currently is working on a feature about water management in Nevada. Follow her on Instagram: @shannon.miller9315