Who We Are
#FTP Crew Members
Nissa D. Tzun
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Nissa D. Tzun is the co-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 is a two-time recipient of the Resist General Support Grant. She is the director Residuum, an award-winning docuseries highlighting cases of police abuse, misconduct, violence and corruption in the Las Vegas Valley produced by ChangeWire.
In 2014, with the late Cynthia Howell, 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 subsidize 150+ 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, KNPR, Paul DeRienzo's Let Them Talk, The Guy Dawson Show, The 'Ism Hour, Community Players, Our Voices, The Opperman Report 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. 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 an independent media consultant for Mass Liberation Project, a national grassroots organization focused on ending mass incarceration, and serves as a Video Communications Fellow for Community Change, where her work is produced on ChangeWire. Nissa is a part of the core working group for Groundswell, a national coalition of oral historians working for social change. Nissa is a two-time 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 has a Master's in Journalism & Media Studies, and serves as a board member for 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
Joey Lankowski is a father, husband, journalist and podcaster who was born and raised in Las Vegas. He is passionate about his community and volunteers regularly with Food Not Bombs - Las Vegas. He is also a journalist for Nevada Cop Block and an on-air host of ACAB Radio, an online video podcast reporting on policing issues in Nevada and nationwide. Joey serves as a communications specialist with Forced Trajectory Project.
Brandon Summers is a professional violinist, street performer, activist, and substitute teacher. His professional music career came to fruition through busking-- an old and universal tradition of entertaining the public in exchange for monetary donation. Brandon took an interest in activism because he and other performers were having their free expression criminalized by law makers and law enforcement. After several [criminal] citations, it became clear that city government was willing to use police to ticket, arrest, and expel performers from the sidewalks along the "resort corridor"-- an act that epitomizes the privatization of public space. Eventually, his talent evolved into paid gigs locally and around the country. Brandon has performed for the likes of Netflix, Ciroc, JBL, Nordstrom, Hudson Jeans, and many more. His love of the arts has inspired him to continue fighting for free expression in public spaces. In 2016, Brandon created BuskLV.info to provide present and future Las Vegas performers with resources to navigate the streets and state oppression.
Brandon majored in mathematics and holds a BA in Liberal Studies at Fort Valley State University.
Jasmin Bryant is a writer, activist and budding journalist born and raised in Las Vegas. She is currently working on her B.A. in Journalism & Media Studies with a Minor in Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Through her writing she hopes to tell stories that humanize the realities of people many have trouble empathizing with due to stereotypes and stigmas. In her free time, Jasmin enjoys being introverted, reading memoirs, volunteering and rollerblading.
Brooke Creer is a writer and student at UNLV, majoring in English and minoring in Journalism. She plans to get her Master's Degree in English and aspires to write and teach at the collegial level. She desires to tell human stories that help inform and touch the public. In her free time she enjoys writing poetry, watching films, and going out with friends. Brooke is originally from Monongahela, PA, but considers herself a Las Vegas resident.