Sunday, October 18, 2009

Human Rights Watch - The Empire State Building


While my scheduled travel to NYC included intentional plans from weeks ago to meet at the U.N. with staff from the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, I was surprised by another unique opportunity while in New York City.

I had the opportunity to get special access to the offices of the organization, Human Rights Watch. While I had known about this organization and the impact of their work from far away - of course I was able to learn more about what happens in their offices - including opportunity to speak with personnel about their role in the New York City office. They were established in 1978 and have been advocating in positive ways for some 31 years!

The picture posted here gained me access to the Empire State Building - without having to pay to get the "tourist" view again this time! That was nice an added bonus (the free view!) to the already nice opportunity to meet with personnel working with Human Rights Watch!

Towards eupan!

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Friday, October 16, 2009

U.N. Visit

A couple of pictures from a wonderful lunch in the Delegates Dining Room at the U.N.! Also, a snapshot at the end of my time with Steve who had coordinated my visit through the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.







Toward eupan!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The U.N. ( United Nations ) & Columbia University

I'm typing out a quick blog entry from a campus computer at Columbia University in New York City! I'm here tonight for a lecture. Had opportunity to meet with representatives at the U.N. today dealing with Genocide. Also had a wonderful private tour of the facility (in and among plenty of other public tours, of course!) Nice lunch. Great day to be in NYC!

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Looks good?



Do you see anything that needs to be added/edited to this poster before we publish and print? If so, please advise!

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Meetings @ the Capitol and Downtown OKC

A successful day toward eupan efforts!

I met with Randy Swanson at the State Capitol! I learned much and have several new persons to meet and work with as an extension of that meeting!

Additionally, I met with the Program Director at the Ronald J. Norick Library in Downtown OKC to confirm our public screening of Pray The Devil Back to Hell in the "46th Star Auditorium."

We have our contracts in hand to screen Pray the Devil Back to Hell for Monday, November 30th at the Herrick Auditorium at Southern Nazarene University at 7:30 p.m.(Located on Old Route 66 at 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany OK 73008 ). The downtown library screening will take place Sunday afternoon, 2:00 p.m. on March 28th, 2010.

We will be providing public information in the way of flyers and posters for each event soon!

Here is a picture of Randy and I in the entry-area for the State Senators at the State Capitol.




Toward eupan!

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Senator Glenn Coffee - toward eupan!

In anticipation of work to take place on our genocide efforts - including forthcoming travel to the U.N. - I have scheduled a meeting with Randy Swanson at the State Capitol for this week. The meeting agenda I have requested includes how Oklahoma Senators are apprised of issues relating to global violence in the form of Genocide.

Randy Swanson is part of the Senate leadership staff as Majority Leadership Communications Director. Swanson directs media, press and public outreach activities for Coffee and the Senate’s Republican leadership team. For the first time in the state’s history, Republicans have the majority in the Oklahoma State Senate.


"Glenn Coffee is a businessman and attorney who is the first Republican in Oklahoma history to serve as President Pro Tempore, the top leadership position in the Oklahoma State Senate. Coffee is also the longest-serving Republican leader in the Senate. In 2008 Republicans made history by winning their first-ever majority in the Oklahoma Legislature’s upper chamber. As the leader of the new majority, Coffee was elected to a two-year term as President Pro Tempore (2009-2010)."

Towad eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Eupan and Peace

I have been asked recently how eupan is different from any other "peace" movement.

I offer the following as a reflection.

First, in some fundamental ways we are not trying to do something "new" for the world.

Second, we recognize there are good "groups" out there doing many good things towards "peace" and reconciliation and justice.

Third, we are not trying to "do more" or "do better" than any other group that exists and we applaud all groups working toward peace/reconciliation.

Fourth, we certainly do want peace in the world, so, we bear resemblance with any "peace" movement.

Fifth, more than "justice" or "peace" - we want to see something that is more akin with uniting justice and peace. (Nicholas Wolterstorff authored Until Justice and Peace Embrace which has similar themes.) Peace can be viewed as "merely" the absence of war or violence. And we certainly hope for this, want this, and will work for this! But, we want more than only passive peace - where peace is seen as the absence of violence and oppression. We want to see active peace where the good is extended - charity exemplified - grace demonstrated and mercy lived out. We want not only the absence of violence, but the extension of good - good food, good resources, good neighbors, good environment, good, good, good,good . . . good for all!

So, eupan is about peace, but is also about *more* than just peace. It is about extending peace in totalizing ways.

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

November 30th, 2009 - possibly March 2010!

We have a confirmed screening of PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL for Monday Night, November 30th.

This viewing is hosted and paid for by the Eupan Global Initiative and is open to the public!

The event will take place at the Herrick Auditorium, located on 39th Expressway (Route 66) in Bethany. Address is: 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

Time will be announced later - and we will be doing more advertising - so hopefully you will see more details in and around Oklahoma City.

Also, we have a likely 2nd screening of the Movie in association with the Downtown Ronald J. Norick Library in Oklahoma City - which will take place in conjunction with Women in History Month (March 2010) - anticipating Genocide Prevention Month (April 2010). And that will be *very* appropriate since the women in the history of Liberia, it seems, brought an end to violence that could have become a genocide!

If you have interest in joining our efforts towards advancing "the good for all" - we will be able to use help in the next few weeks in "advertising" and informing person about our efforts.

Please email mmichelson (at) snu (dot) edu if you have time and interest to work with us toward this specific effort!

Toward eupan!

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.