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Walk for the Earth on Earth Day

2015 earthday logo

6 pm: Gather at 1501 NW 24th & McKinley
(United Methodist HQ parking lot)… for music, inspiration, and …
Walk through & around OCU Campus

Earth Balls to carry and bounce!

BRING:

  • Baby Strollers, Kids, Dogs on leashes
  • Posters & Pictures “What I Love on Earth”

ALL AGES
Young & Old Families & Children

Sponsors: The Peace House, Sierra Club of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Conference of Churches, OCU World House Scholars, United Methodist Environmental Coalition, Edmond Trinity Church, Edmond Trinity Church, Church of the Open Arms, First Unitarian Church, Joy Mennonite Church, Mayflower Congregational Church, Center for Conscience in Action, Citizens Climate Lobby of Norman.

More information and sign-up on the national website www.earthday.org.

Flyer for download, printing, distribution.

March – April 2015 issue of Oklahoma Peace Strategy is now online

OPS201503In this issue:

  • Racism Must Be Taught, p. 2
  • Hope/Reconciliation for Syria, p. 3
  • ALERTS of State Issues, p. 5
  • 1,826 Billionaires, p. 6
  • Kashmir Crossroads, p. 7
  • Climate Morals, p. 8
  • Sr. Helen Prejean in OKC, p. 9
  • 47 US Senators WRONG, p.13
  • Murrah Bomb Remembrances, p. 14

Download OPS March 2015 for offline reading/printing (PDF)

 

Peace House writes letters against Keystone XL Pipeline

Nathaniel Batchelder sent the following letter to 20 Oklahoma newspapers and five Texas newspapers, to mark a day of action against the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands from Canada to the Gulf coast.

KXL PIPELINE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Dear Editor,

Opponents of the KXL pipeline are not so much against oil as they are for a living earth, where humanity protects rather than damages nature.

The scientific consensus is that CO2 emissions must be reduced to prevent environmental catastrophe, and that means phasing out fossil fuels while clean energy sources are developed. Excavating the Canadian tar sands is an environmental disaster of huge proportions.

Fact is, global warming is real; it is human-made; and all humanity must participate in resolving this challenge. Unborn generations of the future are depending on us.

Sincerely,

Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma City

 

 

 

 

At the hearing, Batchelder made a strong statement about the need for the EPA to

Stephen Kinzer, acclaimed foreign correspondent, to speak in Norman, OKC, Stillwater

kinzerok1 STEPHEN KINZER is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents for the New York Times and many other journals. His articles and books have inspired the Washington Post to call him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.”

Through the cooperation of AANW and local universities, Mr. Kinzer will address the very timely topic of “Iran & the U.S.: Permanent Enemies or Natural Partners?” Events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 20th

SAM MOBLE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
6:30 pm – Book Signing
7:00 pm – Lecture
Friday, November 21

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY – Stillwater
Noon – 1 PM
108 Wes Watkins Center
SPONSORS: International Studies & Outreach, AmericansAgainstTheNextWar.org

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY – OKC
5:45 pm
Meinders School of Business, Kerr-McGee Auditorium

Photos from the 2014 Fall Peace Festival

Two of our stalwart regular photographers shared their pictures online for the rest of us to enjoy. Feel free to download and/or share them.

But first, here’s a shot by John Walters of the people most responsible for makiing the Peace Festival happen: Anne Murray, Nathaniel Batchelder and Donna Compton.

Peace House team leaders: Anne Murray, Nathaniel Batchelder and Donna Compton

You can click in the boxes below to view a slide show of multiple photos taken by John and Rena:

The Oct. – Nov. 2014 issue of Oklahoma Peace Strategy is now online

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In this issue:

  • ISIS: US Policy Wrong p. 2
  • Why is Nicaragua different? P. 4
  • Oklahoma Voting Choices Nov.4 p. 5
  • Climate March Photos pp 8 & 9
  • US Nuclear Policy Wrong p.10
  • Protesting a “Fracking” Book p. 12
  • Courageous Peacemakers p. 14
  • Why vote?

Download for offline reading/printing (PDF)

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Vote! Oklahoma STATEWIDE CANDIDATES in November General Election

your_vote_counts_button_3_400VOTE as if …

EARTH mattered;
NATURE mattered;
SCHOOLS mattered;
CHILDREN mattered;
WOMEN mattered;
HUMAN RIGHTS mattered;
CIVIL RIGHTS mattered;
FAIR WAGES mattered;
INFRASTRUCTURE mattered.

Deadline to Register:  October 10th
Deadline Request Absentee Ballot: October 29th (Request absentee ballot here)

Early Voting:
Thursday, Oct. 30: 8am-6pm
Friday, Oct. 31: 8am-6pm
Saturday, Nov. 1: 9am-2pm

ELECTION DAY VOTING
Tuesday, Nov. 4th  –  7am-7pm

DEMOCRATS                           REPUBLICANS
For U.S. Senator
Matt Silverstein-D                    Jim Inhofe-R (incumbent)

For U.S. Senator (unexpired term)
Connie Johnson-D                    James Lankford-R

Governor
Joe Dorman-D                           Mary Fallin-R (incumbent)

Lt. Governor
Cathy Cummings-D                  Todd Lamb-R (incumbent)

Superintendent, Public Schools
John Cox-D                                Joy Hofmeister-R

Labor Commissioner
Mike Workman-D                     Mark Costello-R

U.S REPRESENTATIVES

Dist. 5, OKC, etc.
Al McAffrey-D                          Steve Russell-R

Dist. 4, Norman, south
Bert Smith-D                              Tom Cole-R (incumbent)

Dist. 3, Western OK
Frankie Robbins-D                   Frank Lucas-R (incumbent)

Dist. 2,  Muskogee, etc.
Earl Everett-D                           Markwayne Mullin-R (incumbent)

Dist. 1, Tulsa, etc.
No Democrat in race                Jim Bridenstine-R

STATE QUESTIONS
STATE QUESTION #769, LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 364
STATE QUESTION #770, LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 365
STATE QUESTION #771, LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 366

 


Request an absentee ballot.

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