[OCC News] Workshop in OKC will showcase alternatives to military recruitment, kick off youth outreach campaign

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The folks from Fort Worth and Austin are ready show OK how they reach
students with a message of peace and non violent service to community
and country. I've just prepared the packet of materials and can tell
you that this is going to be a fun and informative evening.

Please share this info with anyone you know who might want to join us.



Please join the Oklahoma Center for Conscience on Monday August 10 for
a dynamic workshop on "counter-recruitment" or giving youth full
information about the military and a wide range of options for
constructive public service and caring careers.

The workshop will kick off a concerted effort in OKC and across the
state to make sure our youth do not feel compelled to join the
military for lack of other practical options.

Date: Monday, 8-10-09
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Joy Mennonite Church, 504 16th St,
Oklahoma City (corner of Lincoln and 16th, just south of Capitol.

All are welcome. The workshop is free of charge; donations for our CR
outreach is greatly appreciated. If you can't make the workshop, but
would like to donate, see www.centerforconscience.org

For more info, call 405-771-4743 or 405-615-2700. Or visit

Experienced CR activists from Fort Worth and Austin will share with us
the resources and techniques they use to reach young people with an
important message about the realities of war and military life. A
report from the recent national CR conference will be part of the


Yvette Richardson is a United States Army veteran, who was stationed
at Fort Hood , Texas from 1992 – 1997. While serving five years on
active duty as a Military Police officer, she deployed to Honduras ,
Guantanamo Bay , Cuba , and Bosnia-Herzegovina. When she is not
working as a client advocate for domestic violence victims, she is
working as a community activist in Fort Worth, Texas . She is a
co-coordinator of the counter-recruitment organization, Peaceful
Vocations, and the coordinator of CodePink Fort Worth. Yvette holds a
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Texas at
Arlington .

Diane Wood is a native Texan, a community organizer with areas of
social justice past 30 years and a retired Registered Nurse She is a
co-coordinator of Peaceful Vocations, a counter military recruitment
group serving North Texas. Areas of involvement have been nuclear and
anti-war issues, Central American issues, local poverty issues, local
movement to stop urban gas drilling. Led a coalition to establish a
shelter in Fort Worth for Central American Refugees, and was the
director of the shelter. She participated in civil disobedience in the
1980’s, related to the U.S. funding of the corrupt governments of El
Salvador and Guatemala and of the U.S. creation of the Contras in
Nicaragua. She recently founded a local coalition, The Texas Christian
University Divest and Boycott Israel Campaign

Hart Viges joined the Army in reaction to the events of 9-11. He was
with the 82nd Airborne Div. in 2003 when they invaded Iraq. Shortly
after returning in January 2004, he applied and received Conscientious
Objector status. Hart is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and
works with Nonmilitary Options for Youth.

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