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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.


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.


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

6:30 pm – Book Signing
7:00 pm – Lecture
Friday, November 21

Noon – 1 PM
108 Wes Watkins Center
SPONSORS: International Studies & Outreach,

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


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;

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

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

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


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



Request an absentee ballot.

Don’t miss the 2014 Fall Peace Festival

OKC Peace Festival

Peace House Director Nathaniel Batchelder staffs the Peace House table at the 2011 Fall Peace Festival.

Saturday, Nov. 8th, 10 am to 4 pm
Where:   Civic Center Hall of Mirrors
Admission Free

Poster for download, printing and sharing —  help spread the word!

Oklahoma City’s 28th annual Peace Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 9th, from 10 am to 4 pm, in the Civic Center Music Hall’s “Hall of Mirrors” in downtown in Oklahoma City, 201 N. Walker.  The event is free and open to the public.

“Visitors will find tables and booths of local groups and organizations active in social justice, human service, human rights, environmental sustainability, and peace,” said Nathaniel Batchelder, director of the Peace House.  “The Peace Festival showcases the good efforts of private groups working in those areas,” he said.

Holiday shopping is a big draw for visitors.  Fair trade and home-made goods at the tables will include organic coffee, pottery, crafts, carving and hand-made items from Africa.  Local artists and craftspeople sell their art as well.  Many groups offer books, calendars, t-shirts and bumper stickers furthering their mission.  All groups display their brochures, newsletters, and membership opportunities in addition to sales items.

“Background music during the festival will feature local musicians Steve McLinn, Jahruba, and others,” Batchelder said.  There will also be a harpist, a solo performance of the Middle Eastern stringed instrument called the oud, and dancing by members of the Aalim School.

A Children’s Activity Room, supervised by adults, is sponsored by the Peace Education Institute.  There will be a story quilt, floor puzzles, games, poster-making and face-painting in the Children’s Room.

Other festival sponsors include the Social Justice Committee First Unitarian Church, Bob Lemon, Oklahoma Observer, Home Creations and Kay Adair.

More information is available by calling the Peace House in Oklahoma City at 405-524-5577. » Continue reading “Don’t miss the 2014 Fall Peace Festival”

July-August 2014 issue of Peace Strategy News now online


In this issue:

  • Earth Day Rally
  • US and Iran: Allies?
  • Elections Pit 99% vs. 1%
  • Support the New EPA Regs
  • Condaleezza Rice Protested
  • KXL Protestors Go to Trial
  • Obamacare Opponents Off Base
  • Outrages of Oil & Tobacco
  • Donors and CUBA Dinner

Download for printing (PDF)

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