Friday, November 27, 2015
On December 10th, the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance will honor human rights heroes from Tulsa, Norman, McLoud, Chickasha, Oklahoma City, and beyond. A recognition program will take place at the State Capitol, in the chamber of the state House of Representatives. More information about the program can be found here: "Celebrate Human Rights."
From the nomination submitted by Priya Desai:
"Sarah Adams-Cornell's dedication to uplifting and engaging her fellow Indigenous Peoples to fight for their rights and representation in the public sphere is unmatched.
"In a state like Oklahoma, it is sometimes disheartening and discouraging when we pride ourselves on Native History, but turn our backs to their struggles. She is finding a way to empower indigenous youth and adults to engage in civic participation while educating the general community about Indigenous Peoples and Cultures to create change.
"Her work promotes human rights for a population that has been ignored for far too long and has been subjected to racism, prejudice, and numerous injustices. She led the effort to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day which garnered tremendous public support, but failed when the City Council voted. She managed to galvanize groups of diverse people to stand up for human rights.
"I am proud to nominate her for the 2015 Human Rights Award."
In the News:
"Oklahoma City woman foresees celebration of native dance, language"
"Oklahoma City Council votes against Indigenous Peoples Day"
The Oklahoma Gazette online, 10/21/2015
“States shall take effective measures, in consultation and cooperation with the indigenous peoples concerned, to combat prejudice and eliminate discrimination and to promote tolerance, understanding and good relations among indigenous peoples and all other segments of society.”
--Article 15 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (pdf)
Sunday, November 22, 2015
|Marq Lewis of "We The People Oklahoma"|
Mr. Lewis and his organization are being honored for their efforts to call attention to police violence as well as misconduct in the office of the Tulsa County Sheriff.(Nominated by Rep. Seneca Scott)
On December 10th, the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance will honor human rights heroes from Tulsa, Henryetta, McLoud, Chickasha, Oklahoma City, and beyond. A recognition program will take place at the State Capitol, in the chamber of the state House of Representatives. More information about the program can be found here: "Celebrate Human Rights."
Oklahoma Human Rights Commission (which was abolished after Governor Mary Fallin took office in 2011).
Since 2012, the Human Rights Alliance -- a non-profit, non-partisan, all-volunteer organization -- has recognized Oklahomans who, through their voice and action, have helped to illustrate the importance of human rights in our state. (A listing of previous winners of the award can be found here: 2012, 2013, 2014).
This year, our list of winners will include more than a dozen organizations and individuals who have helped to support human rights where we live.
The first of our 2015 winners to be announced is Marq Lewis and "We The People Oklahoma."
Mr. Lewis and his organization are being honored for their efforts to call attention to police violence as well as misconduct in the office of the Tulsa County Sheriff.
On Facebook, the members of We The People Oklahoma are described as, "...Community activists, expressing our First Amendment Rights."
Marq Lewis felt compelled to form We The People Oklahoma in 2014 after attending a vigil for 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, who was shot and killed allegedly by an off-duty Tulsa police officer whose daughter Lake had been dating.
In 2015, after the death of another man during an arrest by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Lewis organized a successful petition drive for a grand jury investigation. Sheriff Stanley Glanz ultimately resigned from office after indictments were issued by the grand jury.
“A lot of times what happens in a police brutality situation is they have one rally or one vigil and then drop it. That’s not social justice,” Lewis says. “Social justice is a continual form of pressure to create this atmosphere, this awakening from the community.”
Marq Lewis is celebrated for his positive energy, leadership, and enthusiasm.
The Frontier (the online website of "illuminating journalism") notes that, "While other cities have erupted with violence over controversial shootings of unarmed black men, these marches in Tulsa have remained peaceful, despite real anger over revelations of alleged corruption in Glanz’s office."
In the News:
"Marching for justice: The leader behind Tulsa’s grassroots group trying to oust Sheriff"
The Frontier, 6/22/2015
"Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association."--Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
"Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law."
--Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Join Us as We Celebrate
Human Rights Heroes from
Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Norman,
Chickasha, and Elsewhere in our Great State!
If you value the rights expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- and who doesn't? -- you are invited to attend the 2015 Oklahoma Human Rights Awards program on December 10th at the State Capitol.
The awards are sponsored by the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance with help and assistance from the Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association.
This year, once again, the awards program will take place in the chamber of the State House of Representatives:
Thursday, December 10th -- 10am to 12 NoonState House of Representatives
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Award winners will include Sarah Adams-Cornell (Oklahoma City), Marq Lewis and "We The People Oklahoma" (Tulsa), Dr. Jeanne Mather (Chickasha), the World Experiences Foundation (Norman), Hilda De Leon Xavier (Oklahoma City), and many more.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled.
The thirty articles of the Declaration are generally agreed to be the foundation of modern international human rights law. They have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, etc.
The first article of the Declaration stands as a beacon to inform and illuminate the thinking of all members of our global civil society:
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
Come help us celebrate some of the many human rights heroes who inspire and encourage us in Oklahoma.
More details about our program and our winners will be announced in the coming days and weeks.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Here are 3 Things To Know About Dr. Levin's Visit --
He Visits Central Oklahoma on Monday, November 9th
First, you should know that Dr. Marc Levin's talks in OKC and Edmond are made possible because of the support of the members and friends of UNA-OKC. We're the Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association. Our friends include the OU Physicians. They are co-sponsoring Dr. Levin's appearance at the Samis Education Center at Children's Hospital.
|Dr. Marc Levin, MD|
The Second Thing to Know:
Dr. Levin is a volunteer for Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). He's not a full-time staffer. We don't expect him to know about all of the MSF operations in more than 70 countries around the world. We won't ask him to recite all of the details about the bombing of the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, or about the other attacks on medical facilities in South Sudan, Syria, etc.
We do expect Dr. Levin to offer helpful insights about providing health services to populations affected by conflict, neglected diseases, and recurrent epidemics. And we think he will help to inform our understanding of the importance of international humanitarian law (under which MSF operates).
Dr. Levin agreed to come to Oklahoma and spread the message about MSF because he believes in the goals and principles of MSF. The principles of MSF are stated in their charter as published on their website --
"Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a private, international association. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims. All of its members agree to honor the following principles:
"MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political convictions.
"MSF observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.
"Members undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and maintain complete independence from all political, economic, or religious powers.
"As volunteers, members understand the risks and dangers of the missions they carry out and make no claim for themselves or their assigns for any form of compensation other than that which the association might be able to afford them."
Read more at:
MSF shares many common values and objectives with UN agencies that help to serve the humanitarian needs of our global civil society. The medical services provided by MSF help to support the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. All are working toward the fulfillment of the Global Goals related to ending extreme poverty.
The Third Thing to Know:
We're asking everyone to "RSVP" if you're planning to attend either of Dr. Levin's talks. "RSVP" means register in advance. It isn't a strict requirement. But it will help us prepare for the events if we know about how many people are planning to come.
Here are the links for online pre-registration:
Dr. Marc Levin at Children's Hosptial -- 12 Noon
RSVP for Dr. Levin at the International House at UCO -- 4pm
Thanks to the support of our members and friends, we are able to bring Dr. Levin to Oklahoma at no cost to the Central Oklahoma community.
For more information about Dr. Levin's speaking appearances, see our blog ("To Reaffirm Faith"), here ...
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Sunday, November 1, 2015
Do you know a human rights hero who works to advance equal justice and equal dignity for people in Oklahoma?
Nominations are now open for the annual human rights awards that are co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance (OKUHRA) and the Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA).
Do you know a human rights hero who works to advance equal justice and equal dignity for people in Oklahoma? Please consider nominating them for a recognition award through OKUHRA and UNA-USA.
As in previous years, we will honor these human rights heroes at a special mid-day ceremony at the Oklahoma Capitol on December 10th, Universal Human Rights Day -- which happens to fall on a Thursday this year.
To make it easy for you to submit a nomination, we have established a convenient online nomination form that you may use:
Online Nomination Form (administered by Constant Contact)
We are seeking nominees from every background and every walk of life. You can see a list of some of our previous winners on our blog, "To Reaffirm Faith." Here are the links:
Please note that nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, December 1st. If you do not have access to the online nomination form or if you have any questions about the nominations process, please feel free to call Wilfredo Santosrivera: 405-631-3027.
The annual Human Rights Day observance at the State Capitol carries on a tradition that was started by the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission many years ago. We are proud to carry on this tradition of honoring the men and women in our state who help to define the meaning of human rights where we live.
"Where, after all, do universal rights begin?"
–Eleanor Roosevelt, “The Great Question,” remarks delivered at the United Nations in New York on March 27, 1958.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Todos los seres humanos nacen libres e iguales en dignidad y derechos.
Tous les êtres humains naissent libres et égaux en dignité et en droits.
ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏂᎨᎫᏓᎸᎾ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏠᏱ ᎤᎾᏕᎿ ᏚᏳᎧᏛ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎨᏥᏁᎳ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏌᏊ ᎨᏒ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᎾᏟᏅᏢ ᎠᏓᏅᏙ ᎬᏗ.
Ĉiuj homoj estas denaske liberaj kaj egalaj laŭ digno kaj rajtoj. Ili posedas racion kaj konsciencon, kaj devus konduti unu la alian en spirito de frateco.
Review the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article I) in over 300 languages at the Omniglot website ... http://omniglot.com/udhr/index.htm
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Experience of a "Doctors Without Borders" Volunteer
by Dr. Marc Levin, MD
Monday, November 9th -- 12 Noon to 1pm
at the Samis Family Education Center in OKC
Dr. Levin's talk will take place in the Rainbolt Auditorium of the Samis Family Education Center, 1200 Children’s Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. The talk is being presented in cooperation with OU Physicians.
(1) Register online using Eventbrite ...
or (2) Call Jacklyn, (405) 250-6263.
Marc Levin, MD, a family physician, has completed three field assignments with Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Following that assignment, Dr. Levin participated in a large-scale response to malnutrition in Maradi, Niger, in 2008. While in Niger he worked in a referring center and intensive care unit for severely malnourished children younger than five. His work involved treating malnutrition and secondary diagnoses such as malaria and respiratory infections, rehydrating patients, and starting them on nutrient-rich therapeutic foods that enabled over 90 percent of them to return home within weeks.
His third mission, ending in June 2011, was a six-month placement in Batangafo, in the Central African Republic, where he was the medical director of a seven-site project which provided health services to populations affected by conflict, neglected diseases, and recurrent epidemics.
RSVP now, online ...
A Message from UNA-OKC President Priya Desai
Global Goals for Sustainable Development, UNA-OKC is delighted to sponsor Dr. Levin in an effort to share his vast knowledge and unique field experiences with those now entering the health sciences professions. As a Doctors Without Borders’ physician, Dr. Levin provided care to primarily children in the most dire circumstances.
"For the first time in history, recent data indicates that we are gaining in our quest to end the world’s worst aspects of global hunger, poverty, and disease. Much of the credit for these achievements goes to groups like Doctors Without Borders, working in concert with the many entities of the United Nations, being supported by local UNA chapters such as ours.”
United Nations Association of the USA
Oklahoma City Chapter
An Encore PresentationDr. Levin will deliver a second presentation about his experiences in Doctors Without Borders at the University of Central Oklahoma on Monday, November 9th, at 4pm. For more information about the program at UCO's International House, please see our blog entry, "Doctors Without Borders."
Sunday, October 25, 2015
You're Invited to Hear Dr. Marc Levin Speak
About His Work with Doctors Without Borders
on Monday, November 9th, at UCO in Edmond
Your OKC Chapter of the United Nations Association is proud to announce an appearance by Marc Levin, MD, a family physician, who has completed three field assignments with Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). While not on assignment with MSF, Dr. Levin works as Coordinator of Obstetrics, Maternity Care and Community Health for the Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine in New York City.
|Dr. Marc Levin|
Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 4 - 6pm
Location: The UCO International House, 912 Chowning Avenue, Edmond, Oklahoma
*There is limited parking at the International House. Additional parking is available across the street at the football stadium.
For more information about the International House, please see their website, http://www.uco.edu/student-affairs/international-house/index.asp.
|The International House at UCO|
Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in dozens of countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. The organization received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 "...in recognition of the organization's pioneering humanitarian work on several continents."
The Nobel Prize Committee describes MSF in this way:
In accepting the Nobel Prize, James Orbinski, president of the MSF International Council, commented:
"Our volunteers and staff live and work among people whose dignity is violated every day. These volunteers choose freely to use their liberty to make the world a more bearable place. Despite grand debates on world order, the act of humanitarianism comes down to one thing: individual human beings reaching out to their counterparts who find themselves in the most difficult circumstances. One bandage at a time, one suture at a time, one vaccination at a time. And, uniquely for Médecins Sans Frontières, working in around 80 countries, over 20 of which are in conflict, telling the world what they have seen. All this in the hope that the cycles of violence and destruction will not continue endlessly."
|Christopher Stokes, general director of MSF, inspects|
the hospital in Afghanistan that was destroyed by U.S.
bombs earlier this month.
Earlier this month, an MSF hospital was bombed by American airplanes in Kunduz, Afghanistan. President Obama apologized for the attack, and the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan said it was a mistake. Christopher Stokes, the general director of MSF, says the bombing should be investigated as a possible war crime.
For more information about MSF, please visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org.
We are so grateful for the members of our UNA-OKC chapter who make it possible for us to bring Dr. Levin to Oklahoma in cooperation with our friends at the University of Central Oklahoma.
The United Nations Association is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that supports the work of the United Nations and encourages active civic participation in the most important social and economic issues facing the world today. As a local chapter of the nation's largest grassroots foreign policy organization, your UN Association of Greater OKC offers Oklahomans the opportunity to connect with issues confronted by the UN -- from global health and human rights to the spread of democracy, equitable development, and international justice.