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Take action to stop war with Syria

Attend OKC rally against military intervention in Syria When: Saturday, August 31; 2 – 4 pm (come for as long as you can during this period) Where: Northwest Expressway and Penn. This event has been organized by a grassroots coalition of concerned citizens. The Peace House, Oklahoma Center for Conscience, Americans Against the Next War and other local groups are all joining in support, and urge our friends to [...] Continue reading Take action to stop war with Syria

Oklahoma Needs Medicaid Expansion

Sent the following letter to eight newspapers in Oklahoma. Hope you will call the Governor about this.

Oklahoma needs the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid that Governor Mary Fallin is refusing. It would extend Medicaid to some 150,000 Sooners currently not insured. She says Oklahoma cannot afford it, but it is 100% federally funded the first three years, then Oklahoma begins to pick up a maximum of 10% of the cost. [...] Continue reading Oklahoma Needs Medicaid Expansion

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson visit to Oklahoma focuses on peaceful solutions to international issues

Lawrence Wilkerson with Hal Spake and Nathaniel Batchelder

Lawrence Wilkerson with Hal Spake and Nathaniel Batchelder

On Feb. 5 and 6, Col Wilkerson visited Central Oklahoma, speaking at several events.

On Feb. 5, he was the guest of the University of Central Oklahoma, and his speech at the Nigh University Center, attended by over 100 students and local residents, was entitled “We Need Not be Enemies: Iran the the U.S. in the 21st Century.”

The talk was [...] Continue reading Col. Lawrence Wilkerson visit to Oklahoma focuses on peaceful solutions to international issues

Rachel Maddow will examine the build up to the Iraq war in new documentary

Hubris: Selling the Iraq War, a documentary with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will premiere on Monday, Feb. 18 at 8pm Central Time.

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The Wisdom of Peace

Speech at the Midwest City Martin Luther King Breakfast Jan 21, 2013

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Nathaniel Batchelder

The title of today’s talks – The Wisdom of Peace – is crucial to our times. Dr. King’s words – his sermons and speeches – ring in our ears today as we commemorate his life and lift up again his prophetic messages for the ages.

He advocated nonviolence and [...] Continue reading The Wisdom of Peace

Peace House contingent in OKC 2013 MLK Holiday Parade

Peace House volunteer John Walters helped make the Peace House “float” in this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade, which wound through Oklahoma City spreading our messages through banners, signs and flyers. And, he provided these great pictures.

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John Walters and David Brinker.

John Walters, OKC Amnesty coordinator

John with the Peace House banner.

The big sign that graces our monthly streetside demonstrations.

Peace House Director Batch and David Brinker

The poster below the banner is from Americans Against the Next War.

Israel & Iran: A Love Story – Tears For Peace

Please watch and share this 15-minute video of a TED presentation by an Israeli graphic artist who began posting “Israel Loves Iran” photos of himself on Facebook. He reports a whole movement of people-to-people Facebook diplomacy by Israeli and Iranian people guaranteed to move the hardest hearts.

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