This announcement is from a listserve that I am part of. I will be at the festival at the Oklahoma Green Party booth so I hope to see y’all there.
- Friends, the Peace Fest is back – six hours of a wonderful spirit and energy, plus great shopping…… Hope to see you there!
15th PEACE FESTIVAL – Saturday, Nov. 22
Holiday Shopping Opportunities for Social Justice
Saturday, Nov. 22 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Civic Center Music Hall
(2nd floor “HALL OF MIRRORS”)Oklahoma City’s 15th FALL PEACE FESTIVAL takes place Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the downtown Civic Center Music Hall’s “Hall of Mirrors.” Admission to the Festival is free. (Street parking is also free) There will be 60 booths and tables highlighting local groups and organizations working for social justice, human rights, environmental protection and peace.
“It’s a holiday shopping opportunity to benefit good causes,” said Anne Murray, co-organizer.
Visitors will find books, calendars, weavings, pottery, clothing, sculpture, and carving from Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. Artisans will display hand-made jewelry, crafts, prints, and quilting. Many groups offer T-shirts, posters, buttons, bumper-stickers, newsletters, and memberships.
The purpose of the Peace Festival is to showcase and build public support for Oklahoma organizations working for social justice, human service, and environmental protection, Murray said. “Folks can learn about and support organizations doing this work all across the state.”
Organizations represented at the festival include groups like Amnesty International, Herland Sister Resources, United Nations Association, World Neighbors, NAACP, Vegetarians of Oklahoma City, Esperanza en Accion, Department of Environmental Quality, Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Skyline Urban Ministries, Sierra Club, Gay/Lesbian Political Caucus, RESULTS Hunger Project, Human Rights Alliance, and Metropolitan Fair Housing Council.
Live entertainment all day provides a festival atmosphere for visitors. Refreshments and a variety of snacks, cookies, cakes, and popcorn are available at various tables. Some 200 volunteers participate in putting on the Festival.
Oklahoma City’s annual “Fall Peace Festival” is unique in this region, drawing groups from Tulsa and Amarillo, Texas. The concept of spotlighting local organizations working for the betterment of the human condition originated in 1985.
Past Peace Festivals have been held at Christ the King Catholic Church, First Christian Church, Epiphany Catholic Church, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Myriad Convention Center and Civic Center Music Hall.
The Peace Festival is cosponsored by Oklahoma Conference of Churches, Mayflower Congregational Church, Spiritual Walk for Peace, and Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Church. More information is available by calling 524-5577.