Politics and Policy:
- Peace in Iraq Rally and Picnic in OKC
- Saturday, Oct 26
Noon to 1 pm – Peace Family Picnic BYO everything
1 pm to 2 pm – PEACE RALLY – speakers, musicians
A coalition of local citizens and organizations opposed to a U.S. war in Iraq plan a public peace rally and picnic, Saturday, October 26, in Memorial Park, at NW 36th Street and Classen Blvd. in Oklahoma City. The events are planned in conjunction with national demonstrations for peace to be held the same day in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, according to organizers.
“We have grave concerns about the consequences of a war in Iraq, without more certainty that every alternative to war has been exhausted,” said Peace House director Nathaniel Batchelder. “No evidence has been shared with Congress or the media of Iraq’s real threat to the U.S. or the world, or of any links to the Al Quaida network. To the contrary, evidence suggests that Iraq is far less of a threat today than ten years ago,” he said.
Events will kick off with a noon “Peace Family Picnic” on the west side of Memorial Park, according to Batchelder. Families are invited to bring their own picnic baskets and refreshments, blankets, frisbees, and kites, Batchelder said, to create a celebration of life.
The Rally for Peace in Iraq will begin at 1 pm, Batchelder said. Speakers representing different religious traditions and local musicians will rally the gathering, while participants may sign peace petitions or send post cards to elected officials from tables and booths from the sponsoring organizations.
Sponsors sharing expenses include the Peace House, Joy Mennonite Church, the Oklahoma City Friends Meeting (Quakers), Mayflower Congregational Church, the Oklahoma Conference of Churches IMPACT Committee, Pax Christi of Oklahoma, the Peace & Justice Commission of the Oklahoma Episcopal Diocese, the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarinan Church of Oklahoma City, Soulforce in Oklahoma, United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma City, Constructive Consulting, Priority Properties, Dan Hardt and Joe Kirk, Len and Amy Williams, Mary Sine, and Lydia Gill-Polley.
Endorsers to date include Metropolitan Ministries, Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, Church of the Open Arms – UCC, Herland Sister Resources, and Mission Service Team of the Oklahoma Conterence of the United Methodist Church.
For more information, or to add names to the list of sponsors and endorsers, contact Nathaniel Batchelder at the Peace House in Oklahoma City at 405-524-5577.
CONTACT: Nathaniel Batchelder @ the Peace House
I plan on being there from 1-2 pm, so if you’re one of my peace-lovin’ OKC friends, look for me there. 🙂