June-July 2016 issue of Oklahoma Peace Strategy is now online

This issue includes: Time for Transgender Visibility US-Saudi relations OK legislature punishes the poor Veterans for Peace seeks end to Nuclear Weapons OK State Questions on Nov. ballot Moral Policies Debate Global Climate Agreement Dan Berrigan, RIP Chelsea Manning update and more! Click here or image to read/print (PDF) Print copies of the paper are … Read more…

Film shows how solar power can change lives, the economy and the world

JOBS & SOLAR POWER = A BRIGHT FUTURE Promoted by Oklahoma Interfaith Power and Light The Oklahoma United Methodist Environmental Coalition, Peace House, Environmental Committee, Oklahoma Conference of Churches Sierra Club, Oklahoma Catching The Sun docu-movie 6/9 at Penn Square Mall 7:00 pm – Introduction to film by Sierra Club 7:30 pm – Movie at … Read more…

Oklahoma can play vital role in abolishing the Death Penalty nationwide. Get involved!

This article first appeared in the June-July 2016 issue of The Oklahoma Peace Strategy News. Article compiled from information provided by the Think Twice Oklahoma campaign. The death penalty is on the ballot in at least three states in November: California, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Here, a state question asks to add the death penalty to … Read more…

Congress calls for Declassification of 28 Pages of the 9/11 Congressional Joint Inquiry

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS TO DECLASSIFY 28 PAGES OF THE CONGRESSIONAL 9/11 JOINT INQUIRY June 2, 2015 · Washington, D.C. S.1471 – – – On June 2, 2015, at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), flanked by former Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL), Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), … Read more…

Participants lined up for People's Climate March in Oklahoma City

Action needed to save Earth

Peace House Director Nathaniel Batchelder has an op-ed in the current issue of the Oklahoma Gazette entitled “Of climate marches and extinctions.” Global Climate Marches took place in Oklahoma City and around the world on the weekend before the Paris Climate Summit began Nov. 30. According to the Global Climate March website, 780,000 people participated … Read more…

Guest Editorial: Military Interventions in Kashmir, India, and Pakistan hinder the growth of democracy

By Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, University of Oklahoma The road to Kabul from India and Pakistan runs through Kashmir, my homeland. A crucial step to winning the peace in Afghanistan is to ensure the empowerment and stability of Kashmir’s culture, economy, and democratic institutions. This is because Central and Southern Kashmir shares borders with India, … Read more…

Fall Peace Festival 2015 brings spirit of season to colorful and rhythmic life

Peace Festival DrummingSaturday, Nov. 14th, 10 am to 4 pm
Where:   Civic Center Hall of Mirrors
Admission Free

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

Registration packet – apply for a table for your business or organization.

Oklahoma City’s 29th annual Peace Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 14th, 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.

The event is an central Oklahoma tradition, with music, dancing, food, shopping and community organizing for peace and justice always on the program.

“The Peace Festival celebrates groups working for peace, human rights, civil rights, economic justice, environmental sustainability, animal rights, community building, fair trade & home-made, ” said Peace House Director Nathaniel Batchelder.  “Holiday shopping opportunities supporting a better world surround visitors at every table in a festival atmosphere.”

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.

A Children’s Activity Room, supervised by adults, is available.  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 of the 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.

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