You are invited to join The Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research
, its supporters and friends on Saturday May 12 for a recognition and celebration of Oklahoma conscientious objectors*. On that evening, OCCPR will host its annual event that observes International Conscientious Objector Day by honoring a special person or persons who displayed courageous dedication to their conscience for refusing to fight or support war despite the personal cost.
There have been and are many such people in Oklahoma, but they are being lost to history if present-day peace advocates do not remember them and record their sacrifice.
Please join us as we honor the Oklahoma COs we have been able to locate -- and the many who have passed away or otherwise remain unknown. Let us hold up their acts of conscience and thus encourage new generations of war resisters in Oklahoma.
The event will be held at Mayflower Congregational UCC Church, 3901 NW 63rd in Oklahoma City, starting at 7pm. The program will include a video featuring interviews with Oklahoma COs and current peace and justice activists who are inspired by them. Entertainment will be provided by musically talented members and fiends of the Joy Mennonite Church, in their first public performance together. Light refreshments will be served.
If you can't make the event, but would like to make a donation to the ongoing work of OCCPR, please see centerforconscience.org/donations
or mail to the address below.
Conscientious Objector Day is officially observed around the world on May 15.
For more info visit centerforconscience.org
or call 405-771-4743
. Please feel free to forward this announcement, or to print and share the attached flyer.
* COs from Oklahoma or with an Oklahoma connection (stationed at one of the state's military bases, did alternative service in Oklahoma, or did time in prison in Oklahoma for refusing to serve).Mailing address:
Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research
c/o Joy Mennonite Church
504 NE 16th
Oklahoma City, OK 73104