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.

OCC’s Email Newsletter

This is the first issue of a newsletter that will be going out occasionally to our email list. If you would like to receive it by email, please visit the…

OCC to screen Rethink Afghanistan on 10/14

Join 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…

Teaching peace workshop kicks off counter-recruitment program

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:

Understanding and treating the hidden wounds of war

PTSD DVD cover

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.

Workshop on Army AWOL regs and procedures for surrender and discharge

GI Rights: AWOL in the Army

Introductory training session for anyone seeking to help GIs know their legal options Sunday, June 21, 4:30-6:30 Joy Mennonite Church, 504 NE 16th, OKC A workshop entitled AWOL No More: (Relatively) Painless Processing Out of the Army will be offered on Sunday June 21 at 4:30 pm. The program will help volunteers learn about the regulations concerning AWOL soldiers and how to help them return to civilian life by turning themselves in and, when eligible, being processed through the Army's PCF at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. The Ft. Sill facility is one of only two in the U.S. where "absent without leave" service members who meet certain requirements can surrender and be discharged. Leading the workshop will be James M. Branum, an attorney with a private practice specializing in military law who has worked with hundreds of soldiers to facilitate their surrender to and separation from the Army. Branum is the supervising attorney with the Oklahoma GI Rights Hotline, serves on the board of the National Lawyers Guild’s Military Law Task Force and is a co-founder of the Oklahoma Center for Conscience.