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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”

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)

» Continue reading “The Oct. – Nov. 2014 issue of Oklahoma Peace Strategy is now online”

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.

July-August 2014 issue of Peace Strategy News now online

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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)

» Continue reading “July-August 2014 issue of Peace Strategy News now online”

April-May 2014 issue of Peace Strategy News now online

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In this issue:

  • Billboard Campaign Targets Gov. Fallin for failure to expand Medicaid
  • Global Warming’s Tipping Point
  • Coffeehouse serves Ft. Hood GIs
  • OKC Minimum Wage Initiative
  • Boycott Koch Industries
  • Medicaid Expansion Popular
  • Iran Nukes: Manufactured Crisis
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at OCU

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28th Annual Annual Fall Peace Festival

2012 Peace Festival crowdTo be held:  Saturday, Nov. 9th, 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, Kay Adair, Summit Business Systems, Home Creations, Bright Lights of OKC, and the Oklahoma Observer.

More information is available by calling the Peace House in Oklahoma City at 405-524-5577.

28th Annual Fall Peace Festival coming on November 9

We ask your assistance in getting this word out. Please forward, share, announce and promote freely. Flyers can be downloaded and printed for distribution (see links below). Thank you!

The 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.  The event is free and open to the public.  Booths and tables of some 40 organizations working in social justice, human service and environmental issues display their information and sell crafts, calendars, and books.  Select vendors offer home-made and fair trade items for sale, making the Peace Festival a holiday shopping opportunity for good causes.  Entertainment and a Children’s Activity Room make the event an inspiring visit for families and friends of peace and local efforts making a difference in all our lives.

More information is available by calling the Peace House in Oklahoma City at 405-524-5577, or by going on the website www.PeaceHouseOK.org.

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