Author: Rena Guay

David Rovics concert Nov. 14 to benefit Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance

David Rovics in Concert in OKC!  Nov. 14 Internationally renowned singer songwriter chronicling people's movements around the world and inspiring its activists through his music. Visit davidrovics.com to download and learn more. Fundraiser to benefit GREAT PLAINS TAR SANDS RESISTANCE and their efforts to stop Keystone XL pipeline and expansion…

Book talk and signing by oral historian and author Rosalie Riegle

The Oklahoma Center of Conscience is hosting a talk and book signing with oral historian/activist Rosalie Riegle, author of Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace and Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community. Ms. Riegle is in Oklahoma City to receive the Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi…

Supporters vigil in Crescent to protest Manning sentence

Thirteen Oklahoma residents, from Tulsa, Stillwater and Oklahoma City, gathered in Crescent for a candlelight vigil on the evening after the sentence for the Wikileaks whistleblower was announced. OCC statement on sentence.   On his personal blog, OCC Legal Director James M. Branum reflects on the Manning case, his work…

Army to deploy conscientious objector

Editor's note: The lawyer representing PVC Munoz, James M. Branum, is legal director for OCC. Private still scheduled for upcoming deployment to Afghanistan Killeen, Texas - A soldier seeking a discharge from the Army based on a conscientious objection to war has been told by the command at Fort Hood that it still intends to deploy him to Afghanistan sometime in the coming weeks. PVC Christopher MunozPrivate Second Class Christopher Munoz, 22, applied for a C.O. (conscientious objector) discharge on June 25, 2013. He has also asked for his deployment to be delayed until request for discharge would be given a fair hearing. Servicemembers are eligible for C.O. status if they can prove to military authorities that they are opposed to all wars, and that the opposition is grounded in religious belief or moral conviction that is sincere and occurred at some point after enlistment. PV2 Munoz's application asserts that he qualified for this status according to the provisions of Army Regulation 600-43. As a C.O applicant, PV2 Munoz cannot be made to carry weapons or munitions if deployed. “If deployed, PV2 Munoz will be at significant risk for harassment by his fellow soldiers since he will effectively be a 'dead weight' on the unit. Despite these very real risks, PV2 Munoz's command has said that a delay of his deployment will not be considered,” said James M. Branum, an attorney who represents PV2 Munoz.

Op-Ed: Nations, Not Just Individuals, Must Be Held Accountable For War Crimes

by Moses Mast The incident of the soldier from the U.S. army leaving the military base in Afghanistan and murdering sixteen Afghanistan citizens, nine of them children, is shocking news to the American people. This is just not American.  We might say we could understand this from our enemies, Muslims…

OCCPR to recognize and celebrate Oklahoma conscientious objectors

Conscientious Objectors of Oklahoma to be remembered and honored by peace group at 5/12 event in OKC On May 12, the Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research will celebrate International Conscientious Objectors Day with its second annual Oklahoma Conscience Award Ceremony and Fundraiser. Conscientious Objectors Day is observed around…

OKC says NO to war with Iran

On Thursday, February 2, Oklahoma City activists, including members of OCCPR, took part in a nationwide demonstration called No War in Iran. Huge signs calling on motorists to "Honk for Peace" and "No War on Iran" prompted quite a racket at the busy intersection during the evening rush hour. Veterans…

As Bradley Manning’s trial nears, supporters rally

With Bradley Manning's Article 32 (pre-trial) hearing beginning on Dec. 16 and expected to last several days, supporters around the country are staging coordinated support actions. Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research organized a rally near Penn Square Mall and was joined by Nathaniel Batchelder of the Peace House…