Thursday, June 6, 2013

1,000,000 bones on display - National Mall - Washington D.C.

After years of planning - partnering with thousands of persons around the world - under the leadership of fellow Carl Wilkens Fellow Naomi Natale, her inspiring idea about a large scale art exhibit to raise awareness about Genocide - will come to full reality this weekend!

I'm thankful for many persons from Oklahoma - and persons in OKC and many students from SNU & SWCU (where I teach) and Putnam City Public Schools and Bethany Public Schools  nearby - to have been participants in the project.

More news at this link from the Washington Post.

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

India & Pakistan touch Hands with Coca-Cola

What a GREAT way to connect people!

In March 2013, Coca-Cola set out to break down barriers and create a simple moment of connection between two nations -- India and Pakistan. The initiative "Small World Machines" provided a live communications portal between people in India and Pakistan and showed that what unites us is stronger than what sets us apart. The key to engaging with each other through the machines was simple: people in India and Pakistan could complete a task, like touching hands, drawing peace, love, and happiness symbols -- together.
Fantastic 3 minute video!

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Inter-Faith and Jewish Peacemaking!

It is great to know & work with people of no faith who work for peace - and people of deep faith who work for peace.

I just learned of the Shomer Shalom Network - a  movement within Judaism dedicated to the study and practice of Jewish nonviolence as a way of life. Members span the denominational spectrum from Hasidic to Secular.  They affirm an identity as Jews who want to replace war, economic injustice and violence with restorative justice, nonviolence and peace.  They are about Stewarding Peace!

While I only know of them from their website posts at this time, their projects sound entirely in line with our efforts toward eupan.

I hope to get to know them more - and know you can get to know them as well.

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Violence Against Women - A story of Hope & Kindness

I don't follow Hollywood actors or particular Television Shows - though I recognize figures here and there.  I recognized Sir Patrick Stewart - from his roles in Star Trek - and felt compelled to watch this video when it was linked with this information entirely copied from the website.

A powerful 7:47 video of a Question and Answer described here, and worthy of your time for the story that is narrated.  Powerful. 

"While at Comicpalooza, a girl asked Sir Patrick Stewart a question about what the most important thing he’d ever done besides acting was. His answer was his work with campaigns against violence toward women, which led to this impassioned answer and wonderful gesture."

The girl who asked the question, Heather, wrote about what happened on her - including this tidbit:
They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that it is never the woman’s fault in domestic violence, and how wrong to think that it ever is. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”

Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.

A compelling story that reminds us that the work of eupan is not just about large scale violence, massive casualties or major exploitation or harm.  The work of eupan begins in homes and with families, with a better understanding of all relationships.

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.