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Free End of Year CLE – 1st Annual CCA End of Year CLE Human Rights Law Webcast

NOTICE: If you hope to receive CLE credit for participating in this webcast, please complete this registration form http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-3289728/Event-Registration-Form     The Center for Conscience in Action and the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild are proud to invite attorneys to attend a FREE and LIVE webcast…

CCA’s James Branum appears on Democracy Now!

CCA's legal director James M. Branum, was interviewed on Democracy Now! about Bowe Bergdahl and the conscientious objector discharge from the US military. "There Were No Good Options": Bergdahl Should Get Honorable Discharge, Says Lawyer. (transcript)

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.

Imprisoned US Army war resister needs your help today

Part of the work of the Oklahoma Center for Conscience is helping to provide low cost (and sometimes no cost) legal assistance to military war resisters. The following story is about one of the clients that our legal director has worked with. We urge you to read this statement and…

So what? Why the Collateral Murder video is important

by James M. Branum As a long-time peace activist, I've grown a bit jaded. I've heard many excellent speakers when they've come through our city, but often after hearing them I'm left with a burning question --- so what? Does the act of hearing the truth about an area of…

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…

We are proud to nominate Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

PRESS RELEASE Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Oklahoma Peace Organization Accused whistleblower deserves the prize for casting light on war crimes committed in Iraq, nomination states The Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research (OCCPR) announced on Tuesday that it has nominated US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning…

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…

Sign the petition in support of Bradley Manning

Join the thousands from around the world who have called for justice for Bradley Manning. To: US Department of Defense; US Department of Justice We, the Undersigned, call for justice for US Army PFC Bradley Manning, incarcerated without charge (as of 18 June 2010) at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Media accounts…

OCC creates special fund to assist Travis Bishop’s appellate defense

OCC has set up a fund for the appellate defense costs of Travis Bishop, a conscientious objector who received a 12 month prison sentence (later reduced to 9 months) for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan. Travis hopes on appeal to have his conviction overturned, as well as to see the courts recognize that all soldiers have the right to be informed that they can apply for C.O. status.

Moses Mast on the Critical Work of the Oklahoma Center for Conscience

This is an article written by OCC founding member Moses Mast. In various forms it will appear in the Joy Mennonite Church newsletter and in the Oklahoma Peace House newspaper, Peace Strategy News. It has a good overview of our Oklahoma GI Rights Hotline project. Oklahoma Center for Conscience was…
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