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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Peace House Promotes A Moral Agenda for America

Peace House Director Nathaniel Batchelder has developed a presentation entitled “A Moral Agenda for America” that seeks to find common ground between groups and build a consensus for human-focused and sustainable government policy at the local, state and national levels.

It is a non-partisan program suitable for any organization or group of people interested in public education and political advocacy on a host of issues, including the environment, health care, the economy, national security and more. It is particularly relevant as we enter the 2016 electoral season, as the opportunity exists to replace a large percentage of elected representatives, if we find they are not voting in ways that align with the “moral agenda” that we, the voters, have adopted.

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Mark Davies’ Prophetic Sermon on Climate Change

Friends, On June 28, Mark Davies gave a 19-minute sermon, entitled The Church and Climate Change,  summarizing the environmental challenges facing humanity as stewards and students of Creation. You will find the audio recording of the sermon at that link. I urge all to listen to this — perhaps forward it. I know Mark Davies. … Read more…

CUBA Caravanistas’ Supper Program in OKC, Friday, July 10

Join the Oklahoma City Solidarity community with Cuba and the Peace House to welcome the 26th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba! 6pm, Friday, July 10 Cocina de Mino Restaurant, SW 59th & Western Ave. No Admission Fee – Buy Your Own Supper The annual Caravan to Cuba this year will have special significance with the new … Read more…