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The Peace House director to speak to the Canadian County Democrats November 9

posted Dec 28, 2015, 10:44 PM by Jody Harlan

YUKON, Okla. – Nathaniel "Batch" Batchelder, director of The Peace House Oklahoma City, will be the speaker for the Canadian County Democrats’ last meeting of the year at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 9.

The meeting will take place in the conference room at Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood.
 
The Peace House is a center for education and nonviolent action on issues relating to human rights, economic justice, environmental sustainability and nonviolence.

Batchelder’s presentation will focus on 15 key justice and peace issues, which he believes are linked together because opponents oppose them all.

“To enact a moral agenda, America needs the votes of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans, Middle Eastern-Americans, Native Americans, LGBT Americans, people of all faiths and no particular faith, women, and everyone with a heart of compassion for the common good and general welfare of all,” Batchelder said. 

Batchelder became a peace activist while serving 14 months in the U.S. Army as a surgical technician in Vietnam.
After an honorable discharge, he attended Oklahoma City University where he earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in biology in 1972.

Batchelder was employed in public education and publicity for the Omniplex Science Museum, now called the Science Museum Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma City Zoo.

He then became a volunteer working full-time for justice and peace with the Sisters of Benedict at the Benedictine Peace House in 1985.

In 1990, Batchelder became the full-time director at The Peace House when the Sisters of Benedict shifted their focus to building their Benedictine Monastery and Retreat Center in Piedmont.

The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, except December, at the Yukon Police Department located at 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard. The group will celebrate the holidays with a party in December. For more information, call 405-354-3189 or visit http://www.canadiancodems.org/.

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