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The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
Today is Updated 5-1-16
Martha in Dialogue, the AEU journal-- see page 14
Check out Advocates for Children and New Jersey
Ethical Culture is a Humanist Religion--Come and visit!
516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040 Phone 973-763-1905 Email: email@example.com
Board of Trustees: Bill Graves, President Zia Durrani, Vice-President; Rosalie Sussman, Secretary; Melissa Birun; Karen Bokert;
Barbara Cotler; Elaine Durbach; Fred Fink-Armstrong, Allan Parmet, Jeanine Rosh
Martha Gallahue, Leader Member; Liz Cunningham, Office Manager
Boe Meyerson, Leader Emerita; Jim White, Leader Emeritus
Office hours Monday through Friday, 8:15 to 9:45 am, Sunday, 9:30 am to 12 pm
This society is a religious and educational fellowship that seeks to achieve the ethical life without dogma; to develop the highest values in human relationships in ourselves, our families, and our community; and to elicit the best in others, thereby eliciting the best in ourselves
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Former Member Bob Bender Fighting the Good Fight in South Florida!
Bob Bender had the following letter published in the Jewish Journal (a free weekly paper with a huge South Florida circulation -which runs very few letters).
Dear Jewish Journal,
I am sorry to learn in her April 6 Jewish Journal pro-Trump column that in the 1930s one of Babette Freed's close relatives suffered permanent injury from "goons" trying to unionize him.
I am even sorrier and angrier about:
1911: 123 women and 23 men with no union die in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan because the owners locked the doors to the stairwells and exits to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to reduce theft. The company's owners were acquitted of manslaughter but found liable for wrongful death and plaintiffs were awarded $75 per deceased victim. The insurance company paid Blanck and Harris about $60,000 more than that cost – about $400 per casualty. Two years later owner Blanck was again arrested for locking his factory doors during working hours -and fined $20!
1914: Some two dozen people, including miners' wives and children, were massacred in Ludlow Colorado by the Colorado National Guard and the John D. Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel and Iron Company camp guards at a tent colony of 1200 striking-for-union-recognition coal miners. Initially following the massacre, Rockefeller denied any responsibility and minimized the seriousness of the event.] When testifying on the Ludlow Massacre, and asked what action he would have taken as Director, John D. Rockefeller stated, "I would have taken no action. I would have deplored the necessity which compelled the officers of the company to resort to such measures to supplement the State forces to maintain law and order." Rockefeller admitted that he had made no attempt to bring the militiamen to justice.
2010: 29 people killed in a Massey Energy Company coal mine explosion in West Virginia. On April 6, 2016, the same day as Freed's column appeared, former Massey Energy Chief Executive Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $250,000 for conspiring to violate safety standards at the site of the blast. Massey Energy had been bought in 2011 by Alpha Natural Resources for about $7 billion.
Among many others.
Deerfield Beach Associate Member, United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO;
Member, New Jersey Industrial Union Council
Member Florence Weisz at her Stripes exhibition: Learn More Below!
3-12-16 We celebrated Betty Levin's 90th birthday!
Images above: Left, Jim White congratulates Betty; Right: Betty listening to her granddaughter, Stephanie Rudolph
The Social Action Committee's 2016 Local Hero Award
will be presented May 22, 2016 to Widney Brown
The Social Action Committee has instituted a program for celebrating Local Heroes. We believe that many people in our communities are doing important, under-appreciated work in social service and social action. Our first honoree, for 2015, was Susan Barry, a long time language arts teacher at Maplewood Middle School who organized a Model UN that is accessible to all types of students.
Our Local Hero Honoree for 2016 is Widney Brown. We are honoring her leadership at Physicians for Human Rights; her support of our Essex Ethical Culture Society; and her efforts to spread good will and respect for gender differences in her neighborhood. She will be accepting the honor on Sunday, May 22.
Widney Brown is the Director of Programs, New York, for Physicians for Human Rights. She oversees PHR's research, investigations, monitoring and evaluation, documentation, advocacy, and capacity-building projects. Prior to joining PHR, she served as the senior director for international law and policy at Amnesty International's Secretariat in London. She was responsible for Amnesty International's strategic litigation program, standard-setting initiatives, international justice program, advocacy in global and regional intergovernmental settings, and policy development. Before Amnesty International, she worked at Human Rights Watch for nine years during which time she served in a variety of roles, including as deputy program director, where she was responsible for overseeing the work of both regional and thematic programs.
Locally, she has spoken for us at the Ethical Culture Society. She also has, in her own backyard in Maplewood, quietly supported and eased the coming out of young people, and has spread good will to the children who attend a Jewish Day Care Center near her home, explaining gender issues in a way they can understand. We honor her both for her engaged, neighborly presence in our community, and for her work for all of us at the national and international level.
Last year's Local Hero was Susan Barry
Susan Barry & Friends 6-7-15
Susan Barry retired from Maplewood Middle School, but is still working on the Model UN Program with the Students there. Learn about their UN trip in April 2016.