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Peace Festival to Highlight Local Groups

The 25th annual Peace Festival will offer vast array of groups concerned with the diversilty, the oppressed, bigotry, peace, environmental responsibility, plus a multitude of other causes.

The Fall Peace Festival returns to downtown Oklahoma City and the Civil Music Center’s “Hall of Mirrors” this Sunday.

Admission is free to the 25th annual Fall Peace Festival, scheduled for Nov.14, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Civic Center, 201 N. Walker Avenue.

Tables of some 50 organizations working for human rights, civil rights, the environment, nonviolence, and peace will offer their information and a colorful display of items for sale, said Nathaniel Batchelder, director of the Peace House that sponsors the event.

“Background music by Steve McLinn and Jahruba will set a peaceful tone at the festival,” Batchelder said. “A dance program at 2 p.m. is donated by students and faculty from the Aalim School,” he said. A local hula dancing troupe will perform at 3:30 p.m.

A Children’s Activity Room will be supervised by adults during the festival, sponsored by the Peace Education Institute.

Fair trade goods available will include coffee, pottery, carving and weaving from Central America, Africa, and Asia. Environmental group Sierra Club will offer calendars, books, and other eco-friendly items.

The Oklahoma Vegetarian Society will provide homemade snacks, egg rolls and recipes teaching visitors nourishment without meat.

Others groups include Amnesty International, World Neighbors, Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Planned Parenthood.

Others are United Nations Association, Manos Juntas, Central Oklahoma Labor Federation, and Oklahoma Human Rights Alliance.

Diverse cultural and spiritual traditions sharing literature and information include Religions United, Oklahoma Conference of Churches, Buddhist, Baha’i, Moslem, Quaker, and Unitarian Universalists.

Information from local houses of worship especially welcoming to gay and lesbian members will be available.

Waste recycling will be highlighted as this event will be committed to a “Zero Landfill” theme this year. Special containers provided by Oklahoma City Beautiful will facilitate recycling. Youths from the “Closer to Earth” group will circulate to pick up recyclables from tables.

Batchelder said, “We hope people will invite friends, and carpool to the Peace Festival to see all the good work being done by good people in Oklahoma.”

More information is available at the Peace House web sitesite, or by calling 405-524-5577.

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