Alexandra Piñeros Shields is the Executive Director of the Essex County Community Organization.
BEC was proud to award a grant to the Essex County Community Organization last year to aid in their ongoing efforts to foster community relations on the North Shore.
From their website: “ECCO is a diverse network of congregations and organizations across the North Shore building relationships and power to put human dignity at the center of public life. We work together across race, class, and faith lines to ensure that all people on the North Shore can thrive, grow, and dream.”
TED Talk video by Robb Willer, followed by a discussion.
A quote from the talk: “If you want to persuade someone on some policy, it’s helpful to connect that policy to their underlying moral values. And when you say it like that it seems really obvious. Right?“
Erica Mattison is the Legislative Director for the Environmental League of Massachusetts.
You care about having a clean, healthy environment for your community (and beyond), as well as future generations. So, what are some ways you can make sure you are an effective advocate for the issues you care about? How can you influence your elected officials? This interactive advocacy training, led by the Environmental League of Massachusetts, will cover the following:
- Strategies for building relationships with influencers, elected officials, and other key decision makers
- How to hone your message for maximum effectiveness
- How to become a go-to resource on the issues you care about
- The importance of going beyond the expected parties and building power through working collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders.
The session will be lead by Environmental League Legislative Director Erica Mattison, MPA, JD. In addition to working as an environmental protection lobbyist on statewide issues, Erica is a community activist. In her neighborhood in Dorchester, she serves on the board of Greater Ashmont Main Street. She is actively involved in advocating for safer streets and vibrant, sustainable communities. Erica obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Commonwealth College and her Masters in Public Administration and Juris Doctor from Suffolk University.
John Froio is Deputy Director at Community Legal Services and Counseling Center.
John will talk about housing issues and CLSACC’s efforts to promote immigration rights.
Join us for the video Jamila Raqib:”The secret to effective nonviolent resistance,” and a discussion to follow.
Michael Bleiweiss is Vice President of the Boston Ethical Community.
The earth has existed for 4½ billion years and it’s been a very busy planet. Continents have formed and broken up and formed again. Millions of species of living things have come and gone. Eventually, one species capable of understanding this history evolved. This three-part lecture series will explore our knowledge of this history. The first part will take us from earth’s formation up until the appearance of the first reptiles.
In light of the recent failure of the Trump/Ryan attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we will gather to discuss what’s changing in health care. All welcome.
The central ethical issue in America is sustaining a benevolent civil society in all its permutations. How’s it going? Dr. Harris Sussman thinks we need to revive our commitment to learn, and practice, civics. We’ve really fallen down on the job.
A video and presentation on the rise of the Indivisible Movement and other ways in which we can effectively make an impact followed by an open discussion for sharing of ideas.
Join the Cannabis Society of Massachusetts at the Boston Ethical Community to discuss the ethics of marijuana legalization and its implications on racial justice, personal freedom, government oversight, and the ballot question process. We will focus on the current statute as written, changes proposed by the legislature, and the ethics of altering a ballot question passed by the citizenry without due process or public hearing.