Director Nathaniel Batchelder of the The Peace House will be the guest speaker, Thursday, January 12 at 7:00pm at the Payne County Democratic Headquarters at 302 North Main in Stillwater, OK. The Peace House is a center for education and non-violent action on issues relating to human rights, economic justice, environmental sustainability, and nonviolence.
The Peace House, under the leadership of Director Nathaniel Batchelder, is an education and advocacy center for a wide variety of justice and peace issues, including human rights, economic justice, environmental sustainability, nonviolence, and peace. The Oklahoma Peace Strategy Newspaper has been in publication since 1986.
Regular and frequent letters to the editor, Op-Ed pieces, and editorials published in the Daily Oklahoman, smaller newspapers around the state, and national publications have made Director Nathanial “Batch” Batchelder and the Peace House widely known and recognized.
During the 1980s, Peace House work centered around the nuclear arms race and US involvement in the civil strife in Central America. Through the 1990s, Peace House work expanded to include hunger and poverty advocacy through RESULTS and Bread For the World. Civil Rights continued to be a focus as Batch worked with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Coalition, the Latino Community Development Organization, Native American Indian groups, and emerging gay rights groups.
The Peace House developed and maintains a strong relationship with “Pastors For Peace” which annually sends mission caravans of humanitarian aid to Nicaragua, Cuba, and the Zapatista movement in Mexico. The Peace House is affiliated with numerous national groups, including PEACE ACTION, but is funded entirely through contributions from individuals and a small number of organizations and houses of worship.
Batch’s work for human rights, including founding and chairing for ten years the Central Oklahoma Human Rights Alliance (COHRA), earned for him the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission’s annual human rights award in December, 2007.
With Conna Wilkinson, Batch and the Peace House have founded the Peace Education Institute which generates public education programs for people of all ages, and summer peace camps for children and youths. While the Peace House has 501(c)4 status, permitting advocacy and lobbying on political issues, the Peace Education Institute may receive tax-deductible contributions, serving the educational missions of both institutions.
Payne County Democratic Headquarters is located at 302 N. Main and doors open for this event at 6:30. Parking is available in front of the office and to the north of the building at Hastings Entertainment. Check online at www.paynecountydemocrats.org or call the PCD office at 405-533-5310 for information.