Recipients: Sadie Mast, Chelsea Manning, and Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance
The Center for Conscience in Action, along with local friends and supporters, will honor Oklahoma peacemakers in a program on Sunday, October 26 in Oklahoma City.
This is the fourth year that CCA (formerly the Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research) has recognized Oklahomans who have contributed to a culture of peace by courageous individual action, but this year, rather than a single award, several will be presented.
“We are very excited to expand our annual recognitions this year, and especially with the particular individuals and groups we have selected,” said Rena Guay, CCA’s Executive Director.
The 2014 awardees are Sadie Mast, who will be honored for her many years of service to local peace organizing; Chelsea Manning, a native of Crescent, Oklahoma, who is serving a 35-year sentence at Ft. Leavenworth for exposing war crimes; and Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, a small but powerful group of activists who have used direct action and creative public awareness campaigns to help Oklahomans better understand the connections between energy policy, environmental justice and state economic policies.
“Sadie Mast has been a force for peace and community building in Central Oklahoma for decades, and the organizations, causes and events she has contributed to are, literally, countless.” Guay said. “Chelsea Manning has sacrificed her freedom so that the world could know the realities of US war making. And Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance has revived in our community a critical factor in progressive organizing: resistance.”
The program will take place at Church of the Open Arms, 3131 N. Penn in OKC on Sunday October 26, beginning at 4pm. The public is invited to this free event. Light refreshments will be served.
Included in the schedule is a presentation about projects that CCA is involved with, including the Fort Hood Support Network, Restoring Justice Oklahoma and a community bicycle recycling program founded by Richard Geary.