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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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Oklahoma City Celebrates U.N. International Peace Day at the Capitol

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Candace Liger of ACLU Oklahoma speaks at the International Peace Day rally hosted by UNA-USA Oklahoma City (Richard White photo)

The United Nations Association of Oklahoma City (UNAOKC) hosted a rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol building on Thursday in honor of U.N. International Peace Day.

An estimated crowd of 40 gathered at the at the steps of the Capitol at 6 pm for a casual rally before the special session began Monday.

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Dr. Nyla Khan speaking at the Capitol (Alejandra Salinas photo)

Richard White, Director of Communications for UNAOKC, began the laid back affair without podium or microphone and introduced the guest speakers: Dr. Nyla Khan of the University of Oklahoma and Rose State College, Maurianna Adams of Community Alliance of Oklahoma, Camille Landry of Black Lives Matter Oklahoma, and Candace Liger of ACLU Oklahoma.

Khan spoke about the effect of U.S. foreign policy as it relates to international peace. “The perpetuation of a politics that emphasizes, reinforces, or creates cultural myopia and monocultural identities in societies as diverse as those of the US and South Asia would be the bane of our existence,” she declared.

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Maurianna Adams speaking at the Capitol (Kuaybe Basturk photo)

The next speaker, Adams, discussed peace as it relates to our local community. Landry touched on a wide variety of topics from environmental justice to racial justice and closed her speech with a poem.

Liger spoke about peace as self-care and asked the small gathering what personally brought them peace and related it to what brought her and her family peace. She emphasized self care in a world where peace is disrupted by systemic racism in local bureaucracies.

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Camille Landry speaking at the Capitol (Alejandra Salinas photo)

After the short speeches, the crowd moved to the south lawn to plant “pinwheels for peace,” a program that local schools and Girl Scout troops contributed to by decorating pinwheels. After the picturesque presentation was planted in the park, the group made plans to meet afterward at local patio lounge The Pump on NW 24th St.

UNAOKC will be having its next public event on October 26th at 6:30 pm at Jones Assembly. Their monthly Young Professionals Happy Hour will be hosting Jamie Caves of Sisu Youth Services, a shelter for at-risk teenagers.

More photos from the event can be found below:

Come Together on UN International Peace Day at the Capitol

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Join us on Thursday, September 21st at 6:00 PM and unite at the State Capitol steps to observe United Nations International Peace Day.

Listen to five community leaders working to promote respect, safety, and dignity for all: Maurianna Adams, Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, Debra Echo-Hawk, Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, and Candace Liger.

5Adams is the founder and President of CommUNITY Alliance of Oklahoma, a non-profit working to facilitate ally development and intersectional coalition building. She has been featured on News 9 and has articles published in The Journal Record, The Oklahoman and various newsletters.

4Dickerson is the founder and Executive Director of Black Lives Matter Oklahoma. She is a current member of the MLK coalition board, OKC PRIDE, Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Jusitce, and the Board Secretary of the Nat’l association of Black Social Workers.

1Echo-Hawk is is a Coordinator with the Pawnee Nation Elders and an activist for indigenous rights in Oklahoma. She is co-founder of the Pawnee Seed Preservation Project, an organization that works to preserve indigenous Pawnee corn.

3Khan is a visiting professor at The University of Oklahoma and the author of three acclaimed books. Her second book, Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between India and Pakistan, examines the seminal spiritual and political role of women in Kashmir and is used as a teaching text at several universities.

2.jpgLiger is the founder of the Abstract Ebon Collective, Community Organizer for American Civil Liberties Union, and an award-winning performance and spoken word artist. She was recognized for the 2017 Social Justice Activator Award from the YWCA of Oklahoma and the 2017 ACLU Angie Debo Civil Libertarian Award.

We have partnered with community organizations to decorate pinwheels for peace and will be planting them on the South Lawn. We have plenty extra left to decorate. Tell the world why peace is important to you.

After the event we will be exploring nearby Uptown Oklahoma City to relax and celebrate a year of accomplishments and look ahead for the coming challenges. We hope to see you there. RSVP and share the event with your friends on Facebook:

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UNA-OKC Meeting Minutes August 14, 2017 

 

Present: Kellen Brooks, Bill Bryant, Priya Desai, Misheala Giddings, Sinead Maguina, Nancy Musselman, Michelle Rodriguez, Floydette Seal, Jo Snyder, Richard White. 

Guest: Sam West.

Opening of Meeting, Introductions & Announcements. Sinead called the meeting to order at 5:35pm. We convened at the Disciples Center, 301 NW 36th Street.

(1)        Announcements: The directors addressed a couple of items of general interest.

Our community service project for Nelson Mandela Day was “great,” according to those who participated. About 5 of us worked the food pantry at Mercy Mission.

On August 24th, we will enjoy Trivia Night at The Barrel, 4308 N. Western, in OKC. It will be part of the “Think Global / Drink Local” series – for our Young Professionals Network (YPN). The fun starts at 6pm.

The YPN planning committee will meet after this meeting to discuss planning of activities in September and October.

 

(2)        Program Planning. The board considered the planning of future events.

(a)    Peace Day. Priya reported that our observance of the International Day of Peace – which was scheduled to include two events – is now back to one. The Turkish Festival, which had been set for September 9th, has been postponed ‘til next spring. The good news is that we are proceeding with plans to dedicate a temporary exhibit of Pinwheels for Peace at the State Capitol on Thursday, September 21st. There will be speakers from several organizations as the pinwheels are deployed on the Capitol lawn, 6 to 8pm.

(b)   Our plans for United Nations Day are still forming. We think a panel of local community leaders will be more attractive than a national speaker. This year’s theme is “Global Goals, Local Leaders.”

The date is unsettled. We’re hoping that Nancy is able to get approval from Mayflower Church to use their community hall. We’ll request Saturday, October 21st or October 28th.

Priya suggested that we should plan a little something to express our appreciation for Larry Eberhardt and Jarrett Jobe. Each of them has helped to support our chapter so much over the years.

More brainstorming: Richard White suggested the names of several people who might be invited to form a panel. We would like to find some smart, knowledgeable folks who can speak about Peace, Gender Equality, Poverty and Economic Justice, Health, Food and Sustainability, etc.

Traditionally, this event has been a luncheon. Finger food was suggested, served at tables. Michelle said we should ask Olive Garden about catering. Sometimes they will provide a discount for non-profit groups. Other options were suggested, as well.

Ticket pricing: Regular, $20; Student, $10. For people without a lot of money, we might offer “Scholarships Available.”

 

(3)         Business Reports.

Minutes of the July Meeting. The minutes of the July meeting were reviewed. A motion for approval was made, and a second was heard. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report. Floydette Seal gave us a financial report:

Treasurer’s Report

Previous Balance on 06/30/2017      …         …         …         $ 3,001.83

Income:

OU Donation: Refugee Crisis Panel                …              70.00

Guyutes Fund-Raiser               …         …         …            300.00

Square, Inc.                 …         …         …         …              24.31

Total Income               …         …         …         $ 424.31

Expenses:

P.O. Box Rental           …         …         …         …             112.00

Total Expenses            …         …         …         $  112.00

Ending Balance 07/31/17      …         …         …         …          $ 3,314.14

 

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Communications Report. Richard invited everyone to let him know if you have any ideas about news to share on Facebook and other social media platforms.

(4)        New Business. Priya gave us an update on the controversy involving the human rights award.

 

The Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance (OUHRA) re-considered its decision to recognize Kendall Wayne Vowell with an award in 2015. The Alliance decided to rescind the award to Mr. Vowell. Instead, they gave the award to “the family of” Kendall Wayne Vowell – expanding the award, in effect, to include his parents. They started a program for inmates with developmental disabilities.

 

(5)        Tasks. We are looking for a volunteer to step into the role of Chapter Secretary. Also, the office of Treasurer is available to anyone who has a knack for managing money and keeping a balance. Let Sinead know if you are interested.

Finally, consider making a gift to our chapter. It’s easy. Find the “donate” link on this webpage:

http://una-okc.blogspot.com/2015/10/support-your-local-chapter.html

 

(6)        Adjournment. With no further business to conduct, the meeting ended at 6:15pm.

 

Next Meeting:
Monday, September 11, 2017 — 5:30pm
The Disciples Center
301 NW 36th Street
OKC   73118 

UNA-OKC Meeting Minutes July 10, 2017

Present: Kellen Brooks, Bill Bryant, Priya Desai, Misheala Giddings, Sinead Maguina, Bansari Mehta, Michelle Rodriguez, Floydette Seal, Jo Snyder.

Guest: Alejandra Salinas.

Opening of Meeting, Introductions & Announcements. Sinead called the meeting to order at 5:34pm. We convened at the Disciples Center, 301 NW 36th Street.

(1) Announcements: The directors addressed an item of general interest.
Our Young Professionals Happy Hour will take place at 6pm on Thursday, July 20th, at Fassler Hall. This will be our “Think Global / Drink Local” program. This month’s emphasis is on hunger and sustainable development. Guest speaker, Andrew Sartain of Earth Rebirth.

In August, Think Global / Drink Local is scheduled for August 18th. Misheala will have the details about the time, place, etc.

(2) Program Planning. The board considered the planning of future events.

(a) Nelson Mandela Day. This is our annual day of community service. We will form a team of volunteers to work at the Mercy Food Pantry, 3840 N. St. Clair Ave., in OKC. We’ll meet there on Saturday, July 15th, at 10am.

(b) Think Global / Drink Local. (See above).

(c) Peace Day. Two events are being planned in conjunction with the International Day of Peace, September 21st. First, on Peace Day itself, we will create a field of pinwheels at the State Capitol. It will be a static display that can be enjoyed by people as they pass by on Lincoln Boulevard. We’ll ask several community representatives to participate in a ceremony commemorating the International Day of Peace display. Details are still being worked out.

The second event will take place a couple of weeks in advance of Peace Day. We have been invited to participate in the Turkish Festival on Saturday, September 9th, at the Myriad Gardens. There will be a peace walk at 2pm. Additionally, throughout the day, we will have a table where we will invite people to make pinwheels to be donated to our Peace Day display at the Capitol. We’ll offer raw materials that can be crafted into
2 small, colorful pinwheels. We’ll invite people to add a small message of peace to their
creations.

It was suggested that we should also have a supply of ready-made pinwheels to sell as a
fund-raiser. Michelle has an on-line source for durable, inexpensive pinwheels.
The Peace Day planning committee includes Sinead, Priya, Michelle, Misheala, Bill, Sarah
Adams-Cornell, Noel Jacobs, Kadir Akkus (Raindrop Turkish House), and others.

(d) United Nations Day will be observed on Saturday, October 21st. This year’s theme is
“Global Goals, Local Leaders.” We’re hoping that Nancy is able to get approval from
Mayflower Church to use their community hall. A panel discussion will be organized, andit will relate to Global Goals somehow. We’re hoping for a 3-4 person panel plus a
moderator. Lunch will be served. We need to be thinking about Silent Auction items,
too.

(e) Michelle observed that we ought to have a fund-raiser in advance of UN Day so that
we’ll have cash on hand to pay for catering. We brainstormed some possible event ideas
and venues. Michelle will do some research. Further discussion will take place via email
or elsewhere online.

(3) Business Reports.
Minutes of the June Meeting. The minutes of the June meeting were reviewed. Priya moved for their approval; seconded by Michelle. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report. Floydette Seal gave us a financial report:

Treasurer’s Report
Previous Balance on 05/31/2017 … … … $ 2,835.03
Income:
Donations … … … … 70.00
PayPal Transfer … … … … 96.80
Total Income … … … $ 166.80
Expenses:
No expenditures … … … … 0.00
Total Expenses … … … $ 0.00
Ending Balance 06/30/17 … … … … $ 3,001.83

It was noted that the rental fee on our post office box is due. Floydette is on it.
Membership Development Report. Bansari summarized the latest membership report from our national office.

(The report for the period ending June, 2017, shows that we have 46 regular [paid] members and 26 GenUN members).

(4) New Business. Several items were considered in this part of the meeting.

A. Fund-Raising. It was noted that fund-raising is a continuing need of our chapter. Is anyone interested in Bowling for Peace? Possibly on December 9 or 10? Ideas are being explored.

B. Human Rights Award Sponsorship Situation. Priya reported on a controversy arising from one of the human rights awards that was made by the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance (OUHRA). Our chapter co-sponsors the awards. We received a letter from an individual who was protesting the decision to recognize Kendall Wayne Vowell with an award in 2015. Mr. Vowell was recognized for his work to support the rehabilitation of prisoners. He, himself, is incarcerated for a crime he committed 34 years ago – a murder.

The letter of protest was from a family member of the murder victim. The letter asked for the award to be rescinded.

Priya brought this situation to the attention of the members of the OUHRA. They were
scheduled to meet earlier in the day (July 10th) to make a decision on the protest. We don’t know the outcome of the meeting yet.

C. Other. Sinead reported that Carmen Clay has invited our chapter to provide a guest speaker to participate in Peace Week activities at Casady School on September 12th. The speaker will fill a time slot from 7:45am to 8:30am. Alejandra Salinas volunteered for this task. Michelle Rodriguez also expressed an interest in helping.

(5) Tasks. We are looking for a volunteer to step into the role of Chapter Secretary. Also,
the office of Treasurer is available to anyone who has a knack for managing money and keeping a balance. Let Sinead know if you are interested.

Finally, consider making a gift to our chapter. It’s easy. Find the “donate” link on this webpage:

http://una-okc.blogspot.com/2015/10/support-your-local-chapter.html

(6) Adjournment. With no further business to conduct, the meeting ended at 6:20pm.

Next Meeting:
Monday, August 14, 2017 — 5:30pm
The Disciples Center
301 NW 36th Street
OKC 73118

You can download a copy of the minutes here:

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Meet Andrew Sartain, the Guest Speaker at our Young Professional Happy Hour

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Andrew Sartain, Founder of Earth Rebirth

At our monthly Think Global, Drink Local Happy Hour this week, our topic of discussion will be the number one U.N. Millennium Development Goal: ending hunger. To help give the global issue a local perspective, we asked Andrew Sartain, founder of Earth Rebirth, to speak with us.

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.

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.

We can’t wait to hear Andrew speak and can’t wait to meet with you all for another great Young Professional Happy Hour. We’ll see you Thursday at 6pm at Fassler Hall. After Andrew has inspired you, we’ll be giving out seed packets to start your own urban garden!