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Meet Angela Beatty, panelist at our International Women’s Day event

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This year’s theme for the Commission on the Status of Women 62 is Empowering Rural Women and Girls. UNA-OKC took this to heart when we chose our panelists and the topics we would be covering. We looked at what issues Oklahoma women and girls, both urban and rural, face in this state. Domestic violence has a high prevalence in Oklahoma. We felt that it was not only necessary, but crucial to include this in our Women’s Day dialogue. Specific data to Oklahoma can be found here.

Meet Angela Beatty. Angela Beatty, BA, CDSVRP, is the Senior Director of Domestic Violence Victim Services at YWCA Oklahoma City. In this capacity, she provides leadership, management and supervision for all of the agency’s domestic violence programs as well as offers direct services in the areas of risk assessment, safety planning, court accompaniment, individual and group support to survivors of domestic violence. Angela received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 2007. She has 9 years of social services experience and has previous professional experience with children in the child welfare system as well as providing case management services to newly identified HIV positive individuals.

In 2014, Angela completed the training to become a Certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional. The rigorous training program was crafted by the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to provide advanced crisis intervention, trauma and advocacy expertise to those working with survivors every day. While at YWCA, Angela has served on the agency’s Multicultural Competency Committee and worked on the Board of the Women of Color Caucus to address the specific needs that women of color have while receiving services at the DV/SA programs across the state. She was recently given the opportunity to serve on a special taskforce with the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board to address how homicide disproportionately affects among Women of Color.

To hear more about domestic violence in the state of Oklahoma and its effects on women and girls, come and join us at this year’s International Women’s Day Program. Buy tickets here.

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Join us March 10, 2018 for UNA-OKC’s International Women’s Day Program

UNA-OKC Save the Date for International Women's Day Program 2018

Please join UNA-OKC for our annual International Women’s Day event scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Raindrop Turkish House located at: 4444 North Classen Boulevard,Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

We will be hosting a panel discussion regarding The State of Women’s Public Health in Oklahoma. We will be discussing three topics regarding women’s public health from the perspectives of domestic violence and sexual assault, mental health, and Indigenous maternal health and well-being.

Our will panelists include:

Angela Beatty, Senior Director of Domestic Violence Victim Services at YWCA Oklahoma City

Leslie Ross, LPC, Project Director – Pathway to Recovery, Assisted Outpatient Treatment, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Enedina Banks, Language Preservationist, Citizen Potawatomi Nation & Advocate and Activist for Indigenous Women’s Health Issues

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Don’t forget to bring your bidding skills! Silent auction items will also be available to bid on.

At our program, we will also be awarding two winners (one woman, one young girl) for UNA-OKC’s PowHer Microgrant. Come and learn about their community service projects and how you can support their efforts.

Tickets for the event are $10.00 and you can find them here. We hope to see you there!

Join us February 1st at Prairie Artisan Ales for our Young Professional Happy Hour with Whitney Anderson

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Whitney Anderson, Executive Director of The Dragonfly Home

Join United Nations Association of OKC as we host Whitney Anderson of The Dragonfly Home at our Young Professional Happy Hour on Thursday, February 1st at 6 PM at Prairie Artisan Ales at 3 NE 8th St.

Whitney Anderson is co-founder and Executive Director of The Dragonfly Home, an organization serving those impacted by human trafficking.

She gained her experience working with survivors of sex and labor trafficking abroad, then participated on Oklahoma’s Human Trafficking Taskforce and assisted in the establishment of a state certified shelter for adult victims of sex trafficking. She has extensive experience providing direct care for survivors of sex and labor trafficking, building partnerships and leveraging strengths in the community to combat human trafficking, and increasing community awareness of the crime. 

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Prairie Artisan Ales OKC Taproom

Whitney is a member of the Office for Victims of Crime Consultant Network and has spoken nationally on matters of trafficking in professional, academic, community, and tribal settings to thousands of individuals.

In 2016, Whitney, seeing a major gap in services for survivors of human trafficking in Oklahoma, co-founded The Dragonfly Home. There, she alongside her team, opened Oklahoma’s first state-certified crisis center for victims of human trafficking, The Dragonfly Home Human Trafficking Relief and Restoration Center, which provides specialized, non-residential services to human trafficking victim/survivors.

We’re proud to have Whitney help us kick off our first YP Happy Hour of the year and we can’t wait to see you there!

Lydia Gill-Polley

Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we honor the memory of Lydia Gill-Polley – along with 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!

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Lydia Gill-Polley (July 18, 1931 – Sept. 24, 2017) was a lifelong advocate of “peace and justice for all.” An adult educator by profession, Polley conducted training events nationwide and in Costa Rica. A renowned speaker and workshop facilitator, she attracted “repeat participants” who proclaimed her sessions as “the most rewarding you’ve ever been a part of.” Polley worked as Oklahoma State Coordinator with Congressman Dennis Kucinich to promote a United States Department of Peace. A fierce anti-death penalty activist, she served as OK-CADP’s chair, co-chair, and secretary and was active with the group until her death.

“As a tireless resister of the death penalty, I knew that she frequently visited and befriended death row inmates, and worked for their clemency, believing that all of us are more than the worst thing we have ever done,” said Robin Meyers, Senior Minister at Mayflower Church, where she attended.

Nominated by Darla Jane Shelden.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

Michael Barlow

Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we honor the memory of Michael Barlow – along with 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!

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Michael Barlow (Nov. 2, 1944 – Nov. 28, 2015) was a passionate teacher who often performed workshops and seminars for school administrators. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Educator’s Hall of Fame in 2010. Many knew him as an ardent supporter of the State of Israel, a voice for the Oklahoma City Jewish Community, a negotiator and education consultant, a teacher, union leader, an improv comic, a snow camper, cross country skier, world traveler and the guy with the “Moses beard.”

Wilfredo Santos Rivera nominated Michael Barlow for this award. Rivera remembers Barlow as a “mover and a shaker for labor and for education.”

“We miss him dearly,” he added.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 26.
(1) Everyone has the right to education….
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

Dr. Mari Fagin

Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we celebrate Mari Fagin 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!

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Dr. Mari Fagin‘s life’s work has included positions as a college professor, director of outpatient services of a large mental health center, and a private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. She is a member of Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City and is committed to the encouragement and support of interfaith relationships and activities. She is a board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and a former chairman of the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 22.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

 

Peter K. Schaffer

Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we celebrate Pete Schaffer 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!

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Attorney Peter K. Schaffer opened Kaiser’s Grateful Bean Café on North Walker, in Oklahoma City in 1993 with the intent to hire people down on their luck. The people that he hires are from half-way houses, Dale Rodgers Training Center, the Department of Corrections and court-related or mental-health organizations. The café hires people in need as a “hand-up not a hand-out.” Last Thanksgiving, Schaffer opened his restaurant to homeless people, gave them a typical Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings and had volunteers waiting on each table.

“Pete’s selfless work on behalf of the less-fortunate among us for so many years certainly qualifies him for the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Award,” said OKUHRA vice chair John Walters.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 23.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

Veronica Laizure

Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we celebrate Veronica Laizure 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!

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Attorney Veronica Laizure is the Civil Rights Director for the Council on American Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter (CAIR-OK). She was nominated by the organization’s executive director, Adam Soltani who said, “Veronica Laizure is defining what it means to protect the human rights for one of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable communities: the Oklahoma Muslim Community.”

In addition to her work for CAIR-OK, Laizure’s commentary on the state of civil rights in Oklahoma has been published in dozens of media outlets. She has been asked to speak on the topic at organizations including the Oklahoma Department of Education, the John Hope Franklin Symposium, the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission, and many interfaith programs.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 18.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

Rena Guay

Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we celebrate Rena Guay 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!

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A longtime activist, Rena Guay has worked to combat sexism, poverty, racism, homophobia, AIDS, homelessness, and war, seeking a unified vision of peace, justice and community. Her photographs provide a visual record of Oklahoma City’s progressive movement, and she has used her technology skills to further her causes through websites, podcasts and on social media. She serves as chair of Amnesty OKC and is the state death penalty abolition coordinator for Amnesty USA.

Nominated by David Brinker.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 21.
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

Narciso Arguelles

Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we celebrate Narciso Arguelles 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!

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Narciso Argüelles’ life is rooted in education and service. With time spent balancing community work, teaching art, and an art career, he has played a significant role in the development of Oklahoma’s first Latino Cultural Center, to be unveiled later this year. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the non-profit group, Inclusion in Art, whose mission is to advance racial and cultural diversity.

Inclusion in Art’s mission is to advance racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community. The group puts on exhibits at @1219 Creative Galley, near the Plaza District, for artists of color. They have also started a mentor program with the goal of teaching students the in’s and out’s of putting on a successful exhibition.

For the last six years, Arguelles has worked full time at the high school level, and teaching at night at OCCC, Oklahoma School of Science and Math (OSSM), and Rose State College.

Most recently, Mr. Arguelles produced and directed a conceptual art film – part of which was filmed in the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. The film, called “Imaginary Spaces,” includes Wanbli Tallchief dancing with members of the Oklahoma City Ballet in the still unfinished cultural center. (The museum is scheduled to be finished in October, 2021). If the name of Wanbli Tallchief is familiar, it is because she is related to the famous Tallchief ballerinas.

Nominated by Hilda De Leon Xavier.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html