Defenders of Liberty winners announced

Tulsa Beacon columnist Randy Bright was given the Thomas Paine Award Saturday night as part of the 2016 Defenders of Liberty Grassroots Activism Awards.

Bill Bickerstaff, the husband of Tulsa Beacon proof editor Cathy Bickerstaff was given the James Madison Award.

Here is a list of the award winners of the fourth annual event, which was held at the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown:

Paul Revere AwardAlex Allen
Martin Luther King, Jr., AwardLiza Greve
Barry Goldwater AwardMark Irwin
Thomas Paine AwardRandy Bright
James Madison AwardBill Bickerstaff
Patrick Henry AwardMark Thomas
Dolly Madison AwardKaren Price
George and Martha Washington AwardDarrin and Valerie Mudge
Thomas Jefferson AwardDr. Kevin Crow
Murray Rothbard AwardPorter Davis
Frederick Douglass Outstanding Achievement AwardLeague of Oklahomans for Change in Alcohol Laws
Mark Costello Statesman of the Year AwardRobert Hubbard

Bright has a bachelor of architecture in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is certified with the National Council of Architectural Boards and a member of the American Institutes of Architects. He owns R.W. Bright Architects, Inc., which specializes in helping churches build new buildings and expand. For 15 years, Bright has written hundreds of weekly columns in the Tulsa Beacon on the following topics:

  • New urbanism/densification • PlaniTulsa
  • Agenda 21/United Nations • Eminent domain
  • Religious liberty • Terrorism
  • The war on Christianity/religious land use
  • America’s Founding Fathers • The U.S. Constitution
  • Earthquakes • International Christian persecution
  • The rise of socialism • Traditional marriage
  • Mosques and the Islamic Movement • Global warming

Bright has spoken before groups, including OK-SAFE, the Muskogee Patriot Townhall and has been a guest on Tulsa Beacon Weekend on KCFO AM970.

“Randy Bright has been a great resource in writing about grass roots issues that are ignored by the mainstream media,” said Tulsa Beacon Publisher Charles Biggs. “His columns are read all over America.”

Bill Bickerstaff has supplied copiers and printers plus technical support that helped the conservative newspaper survive through some lean years.

“I honestly don’t know if the paper would still be here without their support and others who are dedicated to grass roots values,” said Charles Biggs, publisher of the Tulsa Beacon.”

Bill Bickerstaff has helped numerous political campaigns by providing copy machines and printers plus technical support. He is an active member of the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly. Their son Daniel is a former president of TARA.