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Oklahoma City protesters gather to oppose Keystone XL pipeline, military strike against Iran

President Barack Obama's visit to Oklahoma drew demonstrators into downtown streets Wednesday evening to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Activists from a number of organizations called for an expansion of clean energy programs and a shift in priorities at the federal level.
BY SILAS ALLEN sallen@opubco.com Published: March 22, 2012

Ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to Oklahoma, protesters gathered in downtown streets Wednesday evening to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

Activists from a number of organizations called for an expansion of clean energy programs and a shift in priorities at the federal level.

“We want our priorities taken off energy policy and put on human needs,” said Rena Guay, an organizer with Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research.

Diplomacy, not war

is group's aim

Guay's organization is part of a larger coalition of groups called Americans Against the Next War. The coalition, which organized the event, hopes to see the federal budget remade to reflect a shift away from military priorities.

The group calls for an end to the conflict in Afghanistan and opposes an escalation of tension with Iran. Guay said the group is particularly concerned about the possibility of American military action against Iran to deal with the country's growing nuclear capabilities.

“We believe that diplomacy is a far better method to gain their compliance,” she said.

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