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High Schools and Military Recruiters

Recently, the Peace House was sent a copy of a letter written by a Metro area high school student expressing frustration at presence of military recruiters in his high school. A portion of that letter is printed here along with reflections by Risa Wilkinson, a member of the local Oklahoma Committee for Conscientious Objectors (OCCO). The OCCO is currently accessible at the Joy Mennonite Church, (405) 945-1925.

The writer identifies […] Continue reading High Schools and Military Recruiters

Tragic Misuse of the Military

By Nathaniel Batchelder Printed in the Daily Oklahoman, Wednesday, February 8, 2006 In January three years ago, almost 2,000 Oklahoma City citizens participated in an interfaith Spiritual Walk for Peace, expressing hope in prayer that war in Iraq could be avoided. Many of us had supported the U.S. effort to capture Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, but it seemed the 9/11 terrorist attack was being used to justify a […] Continue reading Tragic Misuse of the Military

America: More Like El Salvador Every Day

OPS News, September, 2005

I preface these remarks with the encouragement that elections and voting are the only viable means for changing the faces in government enacting policies affecting all of us. Beginning with President Ronald Reagan’s two terms, I have observed an America becoming more like El Salvador every day.

During the 1980s, under President Reagan, the UmiliS annually poured $500 million dollars into El Salvador in mostly military […] Continue reading America: More Like El Salvador Every Day