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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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!

Our fundraiser and Young Professional Happy Hour last night were incredible!

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A quick group photo to wrap up the night

We were so happy to see new and friendly faces last night at Guyutes on NW 23rd and Shartel! Wayne, co-owner and great guy, graciously partnered with us for Giving Tuesday, where Guyutes donates a portion of their sales to local non-profits. So all day people who had a drink and a bite were fundraising for UNA-OKC!

To take advantage of this, we invited everyone we knew to come out and eat and  the turnout was great. We saw another great local organization, Community Alliance of Oklahoma, holding their monthly meeting there to benefit us. Thanks!

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Community Alliance of Oklahoma

We also held our monthly Young Professionals Happy Hour and our topic was the refugee crisis. We invited local American Red Cross employee, police translator, and former interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq, Hiba Jameel, to talk about her experience coming to the United States as a refugee. Her story was incredibly powerful and we are so glad to have her in Oklahoma City. She is living testament that you don’t have to be born in America to be a patriot.

Our next Young Professionals Happy Hour will be on July 20th at Fassler Hall on NW 10th and Hudson at 6 pm. The topic will be about part of the number one United Nations Millennium Development Goal: End Hunger. Our guest speaker will talk about food scarcity in Oklahoma and we will be providing everyone with seeds to plan in their own home or community gardens. We can’t wait to see you there!

Our First Young Professional Happy Hour was a Success!

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UNAOKC Board Members Sinead, Michelle, Kellen, and Priya welcoming new and old friends

Thanks to all who came out to meet other people in the Oklahoma City metro who are interested in a global community—even in a landlocked state in the middle of the country.

It was great meeting people from a variety of backgrounds and professions who all had a passion for international issues. We chose to highlight the U.N.’s Shot at Life campaign but were very interested to hear what you were most concerned with, like indigenous peoples’ rights and the protection of religious minorities.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you are following us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about more young professional happy hours and other advocacy projects.

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Let Oklahoma City know that we need the U.N.!

We were also proud to debut our new t-shirts! You can buy yours for only $25. They come in crew neck and vee neck, depending on your personal style (we recommend buying both in bulk). We’ll have them available at our next UNAOKC happy hour in May!

Check out some of the pictures from yesterday’s event. We hope to see you again at the next one!

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