Meet Andrew Sartain, panelist at our U.N. Day luncheon

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At our U.N. Day Luncheon this Saturday, the theme is “Global Goals, Local Leaders.” One local leader we asked to be a panelist is Andrew Sartain, founder of Earth Rebirth.

Earth Rebirth is a local non-profit based educating & empowering people on solutions in food, energy & water. Andrew believes that he most sustainable solutions apply to both the economy and environment and we can meet the needs of everyone without compromising the growth of society if done properly.

Earth Rebirth won the 2014 Oklahoma Recycling Nonprofit of the Year from Metropolitan Environmental Trust of Tulsa, the 2015 Environmental Excellence Winner (40,000+ city pop.) from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, and the 2016 Small Business Recycling Award from the Norman Chamber of Commerce.

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Some of Andrew’s main focuses with Earth Rebirth are promoting local sustainability with urban garden setups — some at local public schools — and cleaning, testing, and appreciating our local water sources.

Andrew’s work is in alignment with several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals including Good Health and Well-Being and Sustainable Cities and Communities. We are proud to have him in our community and on our panel.

Join us on October 28th at 12 pm at Mayflower Congregational Church for our Global Goals, Local Leaders panel and fundraiser. There will be a silent auction and lunch buffet. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

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Meet Kechina Nelson, panelist our our U.N. Day luncheon

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Kechina Nelson has a passion for protecting the land, her people, and keeping indigenous culture alive. She was born in South Dakota and comes from the Oglala Lakota Tribe.

Her father is Lance Nelson and mother is Henrietta Stands Nelson, both families come from long histories of activism — one an American Indian Movement family and the other descendants of the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890.

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Kechina traveled to Standing Rock as an activist to, in her words, “stand for not only the water but also to bring attention to how indigenous peoples all over are being treated by their colonizers.” Kechina also opposed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline with the Great Planes Tar Sands Resistance group here in Oklahoma.

Kechina’s work aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development goals Clean Water and Sanitation, Reduced Inequalities, Life on Land, and more. We are proud to have her in our community and our panel.

Join us on October 28th at 12 pm at Mayflower Congregational Church for our Global Goals, Local Leaders panel and fundraiser. There will be a silent auction and lunch buffet. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

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Meet Candace Liger, panelist at our U.N. Day Luncheon

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Candace Liger is the CEO of  The Goodfunk Collective, empowering resilience and self-care through creative wellness, arts, and activism. She is also a Community Organizer for American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma, a certified health and wellness expert, and an award-winning performance and spoken word artist.

Her organization creates high-frequency events and initiatives that emphasize creativity and social consciousness by incorporating a healing & racial justice lens to empower, educate, and inspire people of color.

As a facilitator for after school programming, she has worked with the Oklahoma City Urban League as a Peak Certified Instructor teaching spoken word and expressive movement and the lead Fitness Instructor at Langston OKC.

In her current community organizer role at the ACLU of Oklahoma, she focuses on encouraging intersectional approaches to challenging systems of oppression in marginalized communities with a particular focus on racial justice, healing justice, and criminal justice reform.

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She was recognized for the 2017 Social Justice Activator Award from the YWCA of Oklahoma and the 2017 ACLU Angie Debo Civil Libertarian award for her many contributions in the state of Oklahoma. She was awarded the 2016 Community Impact Award presented by Perry Publishing and Broadcasting and the 2016 Woman of Action Award from the National Organization for Women.

The United Nations Association’s national theme for U.N. Day this year is “Global Goals, Local Leaders,” wherein our network will recognize local efforts to champion one or more of the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Candace’s work is in alignment with several SDGs including Good Health and Well-Being, Reduced Inequalities, and Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. We are proud to have her in our community and on our panel.

Join us on October 28th at 12 pm at Mayflower Congregational Church for our Global Goals, Local Leaders panel and fundraiser. There will be a silent auction and lunch buffet. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

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Meet Kendra Horn, panelist at our U.N. Day luncheon

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At our U.N. Day luncheon on October 28th, Kendra Horn is a distinguished speaker on our Global Goals, Local Leaders panel. Kendra Horn is the Executive Director and founder of Women Lead Oklahoma.

Kendra describes herself as a practical idealist. She — like many of our panelists — believes that “can’t” is a dirty word.  Kendra started Women Lead after touring the state on a political campaign. She encountered many strong women who nonetheless felt isolated and disempowered.

Kendra wanted to show women that they can be the catalyst for change. She says, “I want to show them that not only they can but that they already are. Women are so much more powerful than they think. I am striving to show more women the power they already have to make a difference in their communities and world, to create connection, dialogue and action that leads to real changes in their experience in the world.”

Kendra also serves on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women Advisory Board. She is involved with the NEW Leadership Program, American Legion Girls State, and is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. She is the former executive director of  Sally’s List, an bipartisan organization that recruits and trains women to run for office.

Kendra’s work aligns with several United Nations Development Goals, such as Gender Equality and Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. We are proud to have her on our panel.

Join us on October 28th at 12 pm at Mayflower Congregational Church for our Global Goals, Local Leaders panel and fundraiser. There will be a silent auction and lunch buffet. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

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Meet Jamie Caves, ​guest speaker at our Young Professional Happy Hour

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At our Young Professional Happy Hour on October 26th, our guest speaker is Jamie Caves. Jamie Caves is the president of Sisu Youth Services

Sisu Youth Services began when a mother of five decided “there are no other options out there” was not an option.
 
Under Jamie’s leadership as president, Sisu Youth Services offers a safe and inviting overnight shelter. At-risk youth may use laundry, showers, a donation closet, hot meals, a food pantry, and more. Teens aged 15-17 may use the dorm, an overnight shelter.
 
“When we started, there were just no beds (in Oklahoma City) for unaccompanied minors,” Jamie told The Oklahoman.
 
The Oklahoma Association of Realtors recognized Jamie with the Community Rock Star Award. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy recognized Sisu Youth Services with the 2016 Laura Choate Resilience Award.
 
Jamie’s work is in alignment with several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Some examples are No Poverty, End Hunger, and Good Health and Well-Being. 
 
The United Nations Association of Oklahoma City is proud to host Jamie Caves at our Young Professional Happy Hour. It is on October 26th at 6:30 PM at The Jones Assembly. See you there! Please RSVP on Facebook.

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