AANW rally in support of Iran Nuclear Agreement, 8/28

The organization Americans Against The Next War (AANW) has announced a public “Rally for Peace” on Friday August 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The rally will take place at the State Capitol South Steps Plaza in Oklahoma City. The event is being held in support of the “Iran & P5+1 Nuclear Agreement.”

“Our purpose is to show support for the Iran agreement with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, and Germany,” said Hal Spake, member of AANW. “Those nations are China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the USA, plus Germany.”

Spake is a former US diplomat with 22 years of Foreign Service in nine nations.

“The entire United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on July 20th to support the agreement,” Spake added. “The agreement drastically reduces all of Iran’s nuclear programs, particularly Iran’s capacity to produce material that could be used in a nuclear weapon.”

From 6:30 to 7 p.m., the rally will be launched with live music by Nashville folksinger Dana Cooper, recipient of the 2015 International Folk Alliance Award. Cooper has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

From 7 to 8 p.m., prominent Oklahomans will speak in favor of the Iran agreement, which Congress is slated to approve or disapprove by a vote in September.

Speakers at the rally will include State Representatives Emily Virgin and George Young, State Senator Anastasia Pittman and former State Senator Constance Johnson.

Also speaking will be the Reverends Mark Davies and Christine Byrd, President of the Oklahoma City UN Association Priya Desai, and former candidate for US Senate Matt Silverstein. Light refreshments will be provided.

Peace House director, Nathaniel Batchelder said that the agreement ushers in a new era of better relations with Iran and the world.

“Verification of the terms of the agreement is being carried out or managed by inspectors from the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations,” Batchelder added.

“Congress must now vote on whether to support this agreement or revert to no agreement, and to confrontation, as most likely to ensure peaceful relations between Iran and the world,” Batchelder said.

The event is co-sponsored by The Peace House, United Nations Association Oklahoma City Chapter (OKC-UNA), New Life Baptist Church, The Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC), Oklahoma State University Iranian Student Association, KVOY Radio and Mayflower Congregational Church.

AANW is a coalition of central Oklahoma organizations and individuals working for diplomatic and nonmilitary solutions to world situations where US interests are at stake. Other organizational members include the Center for Conscience in Action and Voices of Oklahoma.

For more information call Batchelder at 405-824-2794 or visit http://www.facebook.com/AmericansAgainstTheNextWar

Americans Against The Next War invites you and your friends to rally for peace in support of “Iran & P5+1 Nuclear Agreement”

South Steps of State Capitol
Friday, August 28st, 2015
6:15 pm Music by Dana Cooper and Starvation Army Band
7:00 to 8:00 pm Rally
Refreshments provided

Confirmed Speakers:
State Senator Anastasia Pittman

Representatives: George Young, Emily Virgin

Reverends: Mark Davies, Christine Byrd
Former State Senator Connie Johnson
Former Candidate for US Senate Matt Silverstein

Co-Sponsored by:

  • KVOY Radio
  • Mayflower Congregational Church
  • New Life Baptist Church
  • OKC Chapter of UN Association
  • Center for Conscience in Action
  • OSU Iranian Student Association
  • Peace House

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Acclaimed journalist Stephen Kinzer to speak in central Oklahoma.

kinzerok1 STEPHEN KINZER is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents for the New York Times and many other journals. His articles and books have inspired the Washington Post to call him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.”

Through the cooperation of AANW and local educational institutions, there are several events throughout the central Oklahoma area. Events are free and open to the public.

Lecture: Iran & the U.S.: Permanent Enemies or Natural Partners?

Thursday, November 20th

6:30 pm – Book Signing
7:00 pm – Lecture

Friday, November 21

Noon – 1 PM
108 Wes Watkins Center
SPONSORS: International Studies & Outreach, AmericansAgainstTheNextWar.org

5:45 pm
Meinders School of Business, Kerr-McGee Auditorium

Hot day doesn’t stop AANW and friends from tackling hot issue

Between 4 and 6 pm on Friday August 3, as the temperature hit a record-matching 113 degrees, 26 AANW members and friends stood with signs and banners, waving to hundreds of passers-by. It was the first day of “no-tax weekend” so we were thrilled to be at the busy intersection of Penn and Northwest Expressway, near Penn Square Mall.

The event featured banners and signs with the artwork from our billboards campaign. You and/or you group can still sign on as endorsers or co-sponsors of the advocacy effort or donate to help defray the costs.

“No War on Iran” rally in Oklahoma City shows widespread concern about potential military action

On February 2, members of AANW and others gathered in Oklahoma City for a streetside protest against the notion of using military action in response to the claims that Iran has a nuclear weapons program that is an imminent danger to the US or to any of Iran’s neighbors in the Middle East.

In this video, participants at the demonstration express their concerns and motivations for coming out to the event. The near-constant honking is in response to large signs calling on drivers passing by to “Honk for Peace” and “No War in Iran.”

Organizers said that the honking was the most that any such event had ever elicited in their many “Honk for Peace” events in the city.

The video was shot by Rev. Bruce Prescott of Oklahoma Mainstream Baptists.

For still photos of the event, see this Flickr album, where you can download or link to individual photos.


No War with Iran Action, a set on Flickr.