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New monthly action meeting – 3rd Sunday of June and July

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We’re very excited about this change in our schedule: We are going to have monthly meetings for some hands-on activities that serve to help end war, promote and enhance GI Rights, counter military recruitment and engage other peace work. The meeting will be on the third Sunday of June and July at 3 pm at Joy Mennonite Church. We’ll see how that time works out and may change later to meet the schedules of participants.

Some of the things we’ll be doing, and ask you to help us with, are:

  • letter-writing
  • poster/banner making
  • literature prep (folding, stapling, and the like)
  • newsletter production
  • website posts and Facebook sharing
  • library management (books, videos)

We’ll play some of our great peace-themed DVDs, or some music. There will be refreshments, laughter, camaraderie, probably a moderate level of mayhem and undoubtedly some fun. If you have any questions or ideas for these meetings, please let us know. Please join us if you can and share this info with others.

The People’s Journey tour to stop in OKC for talk about Iraq War

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Josh Stieber, Iraq War vet, peace activistU.S. Iraq War vet and Iraqi journalist to share their experiences and mission for peace

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Center for Conscience is pleased to announce that our community will host a nationwide speaking tour on the Iraq War, named “The People’s Journey,” whose speakers come from diverse backgrounds, each having firsthand accounts of war and moving stories of how they came to actively work towards a more peaceful world.

The stop in OKC will feature two of the tour participants: Salam Talib, an Iraqi journalist and refugee, and Josh Steiber. Steiber is a former member of Bravo Company 2-16, the military unit involved in the 2007 helicopter shooting of Iraqi civilians that killed twelve people, including two Reuters employees, as seen on the military video released by WikiLeaks. Stieber has recently been speaking to international media about his former company’s role in the “collateral murder” tape and the letter of reconciliation that followed,

According to Steiber, the idea for this trek evolved from two other odysseys: a trip he completed last year called “The Contagious Love Experiment,” and the “Our Journey To Smile” – an effort by Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (AYPV) to connect with other peace seekers around the world.

“We’ve been blessed,” Steiber said, “to have inspiring people from all over the world come together for this journey that will help to spark examination as to what we support as a country and who we are as fellow humans, no matter where we come from.”

The public is invited to attend and learn more about the war’s impact on civilians in Iraq and their desire for peace and prosperity, as well as ways that Americans can assist them recover from their long suffering and struggle.

The talk will take place at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 8 and is sponsored by OCC and Mayflower UCC Church, where the event will be held in Milligan Hall. Mayflower is located at 3901 Northwest 63rd Street.  The event is free and refreshments will be served.


OCC: | 405-236-4938 ext 2

Mayflower UCC: | Map

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WikiLeaks video of the massacre in Baghdad:

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Peace House and OCC to show Rethink Afghanistan on Nov. 22

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Rethink Afghanistan filmOCC is joining the Oklahoma City Peace House to screen Robert Greenwald’s new 90-minute documentary Rethink Afghanistan from BRAVE NEW FILMS FOUNDATION.

Sunday, Nov. 22
Church of the Open Arms
3131 N. Pennsylvania Ave, OKC

  • 4:15 pm: Early seating & Refreshments
  • 4:30 pm SHOW STARTS
  • 5:59 pm DISCUSSION “What to do Now”

If you attend, you can sign the petition calling for civilian solutions, or you can add your name at the film’s website.

To help promote this event, you can  download a flyer to print and distribute.

OCC to screen Rethink Afghanistan on 10/14

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Rethink Afghanistan filmJoin us for the Oklahoma City premiere of Robert Greenwald’s newest film, Rethink Afghanistan. OCC will host the film on Wednesday October 14 at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public. Because seating is limited, RSVP is requested.

The screening will take place at Joy Mennonite Church, 504 NE 16th Street. The church is is a large house on the corner of 16th and Lincoln. On street parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.

Greenwald, who also created the films Uncovered: The War on Iraq and Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers, is using his Brave New Foundation as a vehicle for making the film part of an advocacy effort for initiating a citizen’s campaign to bring a new approach to the country where the U.S. has been at war for eight years.

Trailers and large parts of the film are available online. Here’s a segment that discusses how the war could further destabilize a nuclear-armed Pakistan:

Update: Here’s a pdf flyer promoting the event. Download, print and share freely.

Rethink Afghanistan OKC screening flyer

Update 2: The film is part of an advocacy campaign to get political leaders to heed the desires of the majority of Americans to pull out troops out of Afghanistan. To this end, BNF is distributing a petition (pdf) to Demand Civilian Solutions for Afghanistan. You can also sign online at

Update 3: When you buy a copy of Rethink Afghanistan through this link, OCC receives $5.

Teaching peace workshop kicks off counter-recruitment program

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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: Continue reading

Understanding and treating the hidden wounds of war

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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. Continue reading