ESWoW Newletter - April 21, 2012
- From the Leader - Sad to See the Lilacs, An Earth Day Reflection
- ESWoW Community Call - April 22, 2012 - Bart Worden, Racial Bias and Law Enforcement
- Elliott-Black Award Recipient - Bob Gangi
- AEU Assembly Registration
From the Leader
Susan Rose writes about Earth Day and how she is sad to see lilac trees in bloom a month earlier than usual.
ESWoW Community Call - April 22, 2012
Bart Worden on Racial Bias and Law Enforcement
Bart Worden, Leader of the Ethical Society of Westchester will join the ESWoW call to discuss racial bias and law enforcement and how our own racial biases reflect those in law enforcement. Bart has been involved with several cases in NY and has written a commentary piece for a local Westchester newspaper - Police Officers Reflect Our Racial Bias.
What is happening in your community? What do you think about this? Please join us for this call andf invite anyone who might be interested.
The call, on Sunday, April 22, 2012 is at 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, and 8pm ET.
The number for the call is 866-740-1260, access code 5766842#.
Each year the AEU selects an individual to receive the Elliott-Black Award given as a recognition and tribute to an individual in the larger community who has made a significant ethical contribution to society at personal risk and hardship. This year, the recipient is Bob Gangi who was nominated by the NY Society for Ethical Culture. Here is some of what they wrote in their nomination: "Bob has been the key change agent in the dramatic reform of profoundly unjust drug laws; the impending transformation of the inhumane juvenile detention system; and the improved prospects of eliminating the racially targeted New York Police Department’s “Stop and Frisk” policy. NYSEC has been a partner in, or witness to all three movements." It seems particularly fitting that the awardee has been so active in the criminal justice field since that is the social justice theme of this year's Assembly.
Our Assembly is an important point in our lives as Ethical Culturists. It is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in what it really means to belong to Ethical Culture. The annual Assembly gives us an opportunity to experience the Ethical Movement in a larger context.
This year, there is especially exciting programming. I am most excited about the social justice programming happening on Saturday, June 16, 2012. The social justice theme is Criminal Justice, and there is a stellar line-up of speakers both from within the Ethical Movement and people working in the criminal justice field.
There will be a special meeting time for ESWoW members to get to meet with each other in person and we are able to renew and make new acquaintances with members of societies from across the country. It is an exciting opportunity to learn from each other, not only through the many workshops but by strengthening communication Rose know if you are planning to attend the Assembly and interested in being an ESWoW delegate.
Yours in Ethical Community,
Susan Rose, Leader
Ethical Society Without Walls