Author: OCC

Statement on Manning gender transition story

The Oklahoma Center for Conscience issues the following statement in regards to the announcement of the desire of Bradley Manning to transition to female and be known as Chelsea Manning. Quotes from this statement should be credited to Rena Guay, OCC Executive Director. Anyone who has given the Bradley Manning…

Statement on the sentencing of Bradley Manning

The Oklahoma Center for Conscience has issued the following statement in response to today's announcement of a 35 year sentence for Bradley Manning, marking the conclusion of his court-martial and the beginning of appeals and petitions for clemency/pardon. This statement can be published in full or part. Credit quotes from…

Teaching peace workshop kicks off counter-recruitment program

We are very excited to be hosting a workshop on teaching peace in Oklahoma public schools, and with that workshop kicking off a program to provide alternatives to the pro-war messages and limited options offered to young people by recruiters in schools, malls and just about everywhere they go these days. Here's the text of our invitational flyer:

Understanding and treating the hidden wounds of war

PTSD DVD cover

Documentary video explores the hidden wounds of war

Date: Wednesday, 7/21 Time: 6:30 pm Place: Joy Mennonite Church, 504 NE 16th, OKC The Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Oklahoma GI Rights Hotline invite you to a screening of the film "PTSD: Invisible Wounds of War" on Tuesday, July 21 at 6:30 pm at Joy Mennonite Church in Oklahoma City. After the film, there will be a discussion led by Nathanial Batchelder, a medic in Vietnam and director of Oklahoma City Peace House, Phyllis Byerly, a retired psychologist, and James Branum, a lawyer specializing in military law and supervising attorney for the Oklahoma GI Rights Hotline.

Workshop on Army AWOL regs and procedures for surrender and discharge

GI Rights: AWOL in the Army

Introductory training session for anyone seeking to help GIs know their legal options Sunday, June 21, 4:30-6:30 Joy Mennonite Church, 504 NE 16th, OKC A workshop entitled AWOL No More: (Relatively) Painless Processing Out of the Army will be offered on Sunday June 21 at 4:30 pm. The program will help volunteers learn about the regulations concerning AWOL soldiers and how to help them return to civilian life by turning themselves in and, when eligible, being processed through the Army's PCF at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. The Ft. Sill facility is one of only two in the U.S. where "absent without leave" service members who meet certain requirements can surrender and be discharged. Leading the workshop will be James M. Branum, an attorney with a private practice specializing in military law who has worked with hundreds of soldiers to facilitate their surrender to and separation from the Army. Branum is the supervising attorney with the Oklahoma GI Rights Hotline, serves on the board of the National Lawyers Guild’s Military Law Task Force and is a co-founder of the Oklahoma Center for Conscience.

Winter Soldier hearings set for Austin, TX on Feb. 28

OCC is thrilled to be working with IVAW and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild to help organize and promote Winter Soldier Austin, hearings using testimony from soldiers to tell the realities of the war in Iraq. Several of our members will be participating, either by providing testimony,…

Film Screening: Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future

On Jan. 13, we will show the film Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future. It is a short film with a big agenda: ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Just a dream? The election of Barack Obama has brought a new spirit of hope to the U.S. and the world…

Support COs by helping to cover their legal costs

The Oklahoma Center for Conscience has helped a number of active duty service members who are seeking status as conscientious objectors. Such status is allowed within the Military Code of Justice, but is difficult to prove to their satisfaction. We are fortunate that OCC's co-founder, James M. Branum, right here…

Benefit Concert for OCC at OKC Infoshop

Music Operator Dead: Post Abandoned I Resign Ali Bro and the Hippo Unidentified Meat James M. Branum of the Oklahoma Center for Conscience will talk about their work. Donations of any amount accepted. Start Time: Friday, December 12, 2008 at 7:00pm - Midnight Location:OKC Infoshop, 29 NE 27th St, Oklahoma…
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