I am a patriot
and I love my country, but I will not hesitate to criticize and resist when its policies and actions are morally wrong and ultimately jeopardize the integrity and safety of its people, or any others who mean or do us no harm.
“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
- Howard Zinn
“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
PeaceArena.org consists of a blog, wiki, (and soon) news feed and discussion forum. It is owned and produced by Serena Blaiz, the nom de tubes of a longtime progressive political activist and communications professional. If you meet me in person I will be happy to tell you my real name, I’m just paranoid about it being plastered all over the internet. Someday I’ll post about my complicated feelings about names; in the meantime, I’m just Rena (thus “Peace Arena”), which summons me in both worlds.
I am a feminist, secular animist and collectivist, working at the grassroots level for peace and justice, previously in Florida, and since 2003 in Oklahoma. Sometimes I get paid for this work, mostly I do it out of a desire to seek justice and build community.
Affiliated with that activism, I also do freelance web development, print production and data management. Recently I’ve also begun to “go pro” with some freelance computer consulting and web hosting for community organizations, activists, artists and small businesses.
I consider myself an ardent patriot, but my allegiance is not to a flag, a president, a party or a state, but to the U.S. Constitution and the ideas of liberty, human rights and freedom that it embodies; as well as to other philosophies and documents that address the rights and dignity of all living creatures.
This blog will cover politics, grassroots and electoral; media and its reform; social issues; culture; with some history and science thrown in, since these topics interest me. Since I am involved in community organizing, and currently find myself in central Oklahoma, I’ll be posting about grassroots peace and justice work with which I am involved or concerned.
I am not a typical Oklahoman, and do not pretend or seek to speak for all Oklahomans, or even anyone other than myself. My views are further left than most of the country, and certainly different than the vast majority of Oklahomans.
But I do seek to widen the discussion about politics, in the widest sense of the word, in this state, both on this site and on others that I contribute to. I know from living in many places and cultures that Oklahoma citizens are not being well served by its traditional media sources.
My primary goals for this site are to
- share news about my philosophy and activism work and how it relates to the wider political landscape, and
- present progressive and/or liberal opinions, my own and others, about current events, the media, government, business and other social institutions.
For more info:
Current organizing projects:
- Oklahoma Independent Media Center
- Oklahoma Center for Conscience
- Oklahoma GI Rights Hotline
- Green Party of Oklahoma
- Green Commons
- Oklahoma Progressive
For professional services and internet resources, please visit Net Routes.