Links and further information regarding organizations and projects Michael has been involved with.
The Ráday Salon is an independent human rights oriented program run by Michael and partner/co-director Linda Carranza, and rooted in their history as human rights activists. The aim of the Salon is to provide a venue for learning, exchange, and discussion of various human rights issues in an informal context, where small groups of interested parties can engage closely with each other on topics that they may not often have the opportunity to discuss. Salon evenings usually involve either a film screening or a presentation by an expert and/or practitioner on a particular topic, with discussion to follow. Topics have included such varied subjects as the African American Civil Rights Movement; the Hungarian Revolution of 1956; sexual assault and sex trafficking; the experience of Afro-Germans in Nazi Germany; environmental justice in Roma communities; and the current war in Iraq, among others. During a typical “season” (from fall through spring) Salon events are scheduled roughly every six to eight weeks.
Visit the Ráday Salon website at www.radaysalon.org.
NO! The Rape Documentary
NO! is the first documentary of its kind. Produced and Directed over a period of eleven years, seven of which were full time, by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an incest and rape survivor, this groundbreaking feature length documentary features riveting testimonials from Black women survivors who defy victimization. Violence prevention advocates, theologians, sociologists, historians, anthropologists, and other leading scholars and human rights activists provide an interdisciplinary context with which to examine sexual violence in African-American communities.Impacting archival footage, spirited music,transformational dance, and performances from award-winning poets take viewers on a journey from enslavement of African people in the United States through present day. Michael served as Creative Advisor on the film, and has used the film as an educational and organizing tool in a number of countries.
To learn more about NO! please visit the NO! website at http://www.notherapedocumentary.org/.
Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors
Member, Board of Directors
The Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO) is a U.S. non-profit organization established in 1948 to support and promote individual and collective resistance to war and preparations for war. The CCCO maintained several anti-militarism programs, including the "Military Out of Our Schools" project, addressing military recruitment in secondary schools, and the "GI Rights Hotline" which provided a volunteer-staffed call-in center to answer calls from members of the military seeking information about discharges, grievance and complaint procedures, and other civil rights. Michael served as a member of the CCCO Board of Directors from 1983 to 1989, and from 2007 to 2010.
The Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors website can be found at http://www.objector.org/.
Global Network for Nonviolence
Member, International Steering Committee
The Global Network for Nonviolence (GNN) was established in early 2007 by individuals who participated in a course on Nonviolent Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Peace Building and Reconciliation that was held at the United Nations University’s International Leadership Institute (UNU-ILI) in Amman, Jordan, in October 2006. The founding membership of the GNN included some 55 people from South Africa, Russia, Pakistan, India, Uganda, Cameroon, Burundi, the USA, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, other Middle East countries, and more. The GNN aims to create and sustain a robust global network committed to the principles of nonviolence, human equality, human security, restorative justice, sustainable development, freedom from coercion, and accountable governance. Michael served on the international Steering Committee of the GNN.