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CCA debuts new creative project with concert “Singing History”

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We have started a new ongoing project at CCA, called CREATE☮PEACE.  To learn more about it, click the link.

Singing History: The American Story You Aren’t Taught in School

Featuring
The Starvation Army Band

Friday August 14, 7pm
Church of the Open Arms
3131 N. Penn, Oklahoma City
                                                            
Freewill Donations, give what you can:  $1?   $5?   $50?

Fundraiser for the Center for Conscience in Action
centerforconscience.org

You are invited to attend a unique musical event, where history gets revised to include the progressive contributions of workers, people of color, women, LGBTQ, leftists and the entire 99%.

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Chelsea Manning supporters gather in Oklahoma hometown to celebrate her 27th birthday and demand release from prison

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On Wednesday, December 17, for the second year, supporters of Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) will celebrate the Oklahoma-born whistleblower’s birthday in her hometown of Crescent, which is about 40 miles north of OKC. The event is hosted by last year’s sponsor, the Center for Conscience in Action (CCA), now joined by local chapters of Amnesty International throughout the state, with a grant from Amnesty USA to help with expenses.

The event will take place in the middle of the small rural town, at El Palmo Restaurant at 224 N. Grand (Map: goo.gl/maps/gu2a2),beginning at 6:30 pm. Representatives from CCA and the Equality Center of Tulsa will speak.

Manning, who will be 27, was an Army intelligence analyst stationed in Iraq who leaked thousands of documents to Wikileaks in 2010, exposing war crimes and unjust detainment, torture and prisoner abuse, diplomatic deception and embarrassingly candid communications relating to US policies in the war on terror. Court-martialed in 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years and is serving that sentence at Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas. Immediately after the verdict, Manning announced her medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and desire to live as a woman, along with the change of name.

CCA has held numerous support events for Manning since her arrest in the summer of 2010, joining the international support network that funded the legal defense and continues to raise funds for an appeal and advocate for a pardon or clemency as well as proper medical treatment for the gender dysphoria. Amnesty has also been advocating on Manning’s behalf for several years and has named her one of the world’s top political prisoners and among their “individuals at risk” for whom global action is promoted.

The party will be combined with an advocacy letter-writing campaign, as well as cards and letters to be sent to Manning at Ft.Leavenworth. Donations will be collected for the support network’s drive for the legal appeal case.

Since her sentencing, Manning herself has become more and more vocal about her case and with thougthful criticism of US national security policies, having published op-eds in The New York Times, The Guardian, and other newspapers as well as through Amnesty and the Chelsea Manning Support Network websites.

Amnesty has several chapters in Oklahoma, including OKC, Norman High School, OSU and Tulsa.

For more information:
Chelsea Manning Support Network – chelseamanning.org
Amnesty International Petition – campaigns.amnesty.org/actions/write-for-rights-chelsea-manning

CCA to Present 2014 Awards for Courageous Peacemaking

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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.

Drop “terrorism hoax” charges against peaceful protesters, petitions demand of Oklahoma County DA Prater

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Supporters to deliver over 14,000 signatures to demand end to politically motivated overreach

OKLAHOMA CITY – Supporters of the Center for Conscience in Action will gather at the Oklahoma County courthouse on Friday January 24 in support of two activists who have been charged with carrying out a “terrorism hoax” when extraneous glitter fell from a banner during a peaceful protest action at Devon Tower on Dec. 13, 2013.

The group will deliver letters and petitions to District Attorney David Prater calling for him to drop the charges against Stefan Warner and Moriah Stephenson, which they consider overreach by the police and DA office to discourage future protest in OKC.

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“Our city has a long history of nonviolent civil disobedience going back to the lunch counter sit-ins conducted by Clara Luper and her students in 1958,”  said James M. Branum, legal director of the Center for Conscience in Action. “We believe that Warner and Stephenson are following in that great tradition. We urge DA David Prater to drop the felony terrorism hoax charges in this case.”

The case has garnered media attention around the globe. Supporters from central Oklahoma and across the country have contributed over 14,000 signatures on two petitions related to the case.

The Devon Tower action was organized by the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance. For background and details on that protest visit www.gptarsandsresistance.org

A media availability will take place in the lobby of the Oklahoma County Courthouse at 3pm, prior to the group entering the DA’s office to present the materials to Mr. Prater. The organizers will also be available for interviews immediately after the drop off.

Some of the petition signatures will also go to Gov. Mary Fallin.

The Center for Conscience in Action, formerly the Oklahoma Center for Conscience,  is a group of organizations and citizens committed to nonviolent action to end war, injustice and environmental destruction, and to create a more equal and peaceful society through the development of personal conscience and collective action. For more info, see centerforconscience.org

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

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rovics2013flyerDavid 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 of tar sands infrastructure. Visit http://gptarsandsresistance.org.

Sponsored by Center for Conscience in Action, the Peace House – Oklahoma City, and dedicated local activists.

Thursday, Nov. 14.

Cocina de Mino banquet rooom
6022 S. Western (corner of 59th)
Oklahoma City (map: http://goo.gl/maps/Xpp8k)

6pm Doors open for drink and dinner orders (optional & exclusive of concert ticket)
7-9pm Concert – $10 donation





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Not in Central OK area? David is playing in Tulsa on 11/13, Dallas on 11/15 and in Austin on 11/17. See davidrovics.com for more info.

Can’t attend but want to donate?
Visit http://centerforconscience.org/rovics2013
or mail to GPTSR, PO Box 901, Drumright, Oklahoma 74030

http://gptarsandsresistance.org/

Center for Conscience in Action – centerforconscience.org

Book talk and signing by oral historian and author Rosalie Riegle

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Rosalie RiegleThe 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 Award from the Oral History Association (event not associated with that organization).

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday Oct. 10 at 7pm at Joy Mennonite Church, 504 NE 16th Street. Light refreshments will be served.

Crossing the Line (Wipf and Stock, 2013) and Doing Time (Vanderbilt UP, November, 2012) are oral histories of nonviolent resisters and their communities and the families that support them. They contain 150 interviews covering the period from WWII to the present, including renowned peace activist from Catholic Workers, Plowshares, School of the Americas Watch and others. Copies of these books will be on sale for less than they can be purchased in bookstores.

Ms. Riegle’s two previously published books include Voices from the Catholic Worker (1993), a collection of oral histories of CW communities up to the 1980s, and a compilation of interviews entitled Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her (2003). Day founded the CW movement.

The evening promises to provide a good overview of the peace movement over the past few decades, and the most committed activists within it who have dedicated their lives, and in some cases their freedom, to make a positive difference in US foreign policy.

Learn more about Rosalie Riegle and her books:

48 min audio interview with Rosalie Riegle discussing her book Doing Time For Peace.

Book reviews:
Waging Nonviolence
WarIsACrime.org
National Catholic Reporter