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OCCJ board Chairman Shane Fernandez, in a press release announcing the appointment, said: “Moises lives, breathes, and exudes the mission of our organization and is authentically wired to take OCCJ to the next level.”

OCCJ honors Dayal Meshri family; Guts Church’s Nightmare is under way; International Gospel Center conference to begin; Centenarians to be honored at luncheon; Redeemer Covenant plans marriage conference; Speaker will address civil rights in Turkey

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The bench program will be coordinated with another OCCJ program, Different and the Same, which goes into second-grade classrooms to teach children to have empathy and to avoid stereotyping and bullying. Students will be taught how to respond when they see one of their classmates on the bench.

Reasons for Tulsa's peaceful protests are likely a combination of several factors: A quick admission by the sheriff's office that the death was an accident, the tenor set by the victim's family, nonviolent attitudes of demonstration organizers, the arrest and charge of Bates and the decades-long work in reconciliation led by several organizations and faith leaders.

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OK’s “Muslim Day at the Capitol” is set for Friday at the Oklahoma Capitol. A group reportedly plans to protest the event outside the Capitol, but the Oklahoma Conference of Churches and the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma plan to have representatives there to support the Islamic community.

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Jayme Cox will become the new president and chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice in March, it was announced Thursday by Sanjay Meshri, chairman of the OCCJ board.

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