Category Archives: Work without war

Educating youth, parents and teachers on non-military career alternatives

2011 Oklahoma City Peace Fest gives us a chance to visit with old friends and make new ones

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Tabling at 2011 Peace Fest

The annual Peace Festival, organized by the Oklahoma City Peace House, is always a great opportunity for our outreach efforts. We see lots of people we know of course, but what really thrills us each year are the new connections we make with folks who want to know what’s happening in central Oklahoma to help stop war, support resisters and foster a world of mutual cooperation. At our booth, we try to answer that question!

Opt-out of military recruitment information for parents of HS juniors and seniors

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If you are the parent or guardian of an 11th- or 12th-grader enrolled in public school, please read on. If you know a parent (or student) that can use this info, please pass it on.

According to the No Child Left Behind Act, your school must release your child’s contact information on demand to military recruiters. But if you act now, you can stop these recruiters from invading the privacy of your home by trying to convince your child to join the military. To say “no” to the school’s release of your child’s information, you must inform the school in writing of your desires no later than Sept. 20.

There is a simple form that should have been provided with your child’s enrollment materials; if not, it should still be available at the school.

If you have problems getting this form from your school, or if you need help with what to write to opt out, call the Oklahoma Center for Conscience at 405.445.0115.

Print and sign this generic form if you do not have a form available in your enrollment packet:

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

“American Idealist” documentary about Sargent Shriver to be shown Dec. 2

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The Oklahoma Center for Conscience has added the film American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver to its library and will show it free to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7pm at Joy Mennonite Church, 504 NE 16 St., Oklahoma City. Following the film will be an informal discussion period.

The film depicts the early years of the Kennedy administration, when a young generation was inspired to public service through the Peace Corps and VISTA, two programs Shriver helped develop and manage. It was a period of intense social change and hopefulness to which the Obama campaign and pending administration has been compared.

What lessons for solving today’s problems can we learn from man’s life and the historic time he represents? The film is a bittersweet look at a time of upheaval, empowerment and social change that is sure to leave viewers with a renewed commitment to the continuing struggle for justice and peace.

Below is more info on the film from the website:

Peace Corps, VISTA, Community Action, Head Start, Legal Services for the Poor, Youth Corps, Job Corps, and more. Sargent Shriver invented a string of social initiatives that shaped an era and dared millions of young Americans to live out their ideals. Those who knew him—Bill Moyers, Andrew Young, political commentator Mark Shields, and so many others—have spoken of Shriver in the same breath as Martin Luther King, Jr., calling him a visionary of deep humanity who helped create a more just society.

American Idealist brings Shriver’s story to life in a new film premiering nationally on PBS, primetime January 21, 2008. A powerful 90-minute depiction of practical activism, it offers a hopeful vision of what this nation could be and could do, based on the experience of what it once did when pushed by the civil rights movement and guided by the War on Poverty. Beyond broadcast, a multi-media National Education and Outreach Campaign will extend the reach and impact of the program and its powerful themes for years to come.