Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we celebrate Anne Murray and 12 other winners of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award. The program will begin at 10am in the House Chamber of the Oklahoma Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. You’re welcome to join us!
For most of her adult life, Anne Murray has been an active advocate for numerous human rights and social justice issues. She has been a volunteer at the Peace House in Oklahoma City since 1985, working on its Peace Strategy Newspaper, helping to organize public events, speakers and films, and serving today as its volunteer financial accountant.
In the 1980’s and early ‘90’s, Murray was an active member of NukeWatch, which did fall and spring demonstrations at the Pantex Nuclear Weapons facility in Amarillo, TX. Activists, including Murray, watched the plant and followed unmarked convoys of nuclear weapons trucks delivering H-bombs to facilities as widespread as Knoxville, TN, Grand Forks, ND, Cheyenne, WY, and the San Diego Naval Base in California. These efforts did much to alert the American public to the many “H-Bombs on our Highways.”
A longtime opponent of capital punishment, Murray has been the Unitarian Church representative to OKCADP, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Following two years of church classes given by Murray and others, the members of the Unitarian Church voted unanimously to designate it as “Abolition Church.” Murray has also been involved several years no with “Moms Demand Action on Gun Control.”
For 15 years, Murray has served as Chair of the Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Church in Oklahoma City. In this position, she has called for active support for human rights and social justice events at the church. For example, the church has raised over $55,000 to support the micro-lending mission of FINCA in Guatemala. Through the program, small loans are made to impoverished women to support their cottage industries and businesses. The loans – usually less than $100 – are paid back with interest.
Murray first traveled to Guatemala in 1987 on a human rights mission to learn about the challenges facing Guatemala during the civil strife there. She became involved with the national organization, “Women For Guatemala.” She also helped to form a group to import from Guatemalan women the weaving and handcrafts they produced. The products were sold in Oklahoma, with all proceeds returned to the women in Guatemala.
In 1992, when Rigoberta Menchu was selected to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, Murray was one of 20 international women who accompanied Ms. Menchu, providing protection for the Nobel laureate.
For these and other efforts, Anne Murray richly deserves to be recognized as a champion of human rights.
Nominated by Nathaniel Batchelder.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.