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.
What are the new threats to humanism under the guise of “religious liberty”? Everyone is welcome to join us in this community discussion.
Cheryl Crawford is the Executive Director of MassVOTE.
MassVOTE is a grassroots organization that works to increase voter participation and engagement in civic affairs, especially in traditionally low voter communities. In the presidential election of 2016, Mass VOTE organized voter registration, Get Out the Vote efforts, and voter tracking efforts in key MA communities. MassVOTE and Nonprofit VOTE collaborated to win a grant from the Boston Ethical Community. Cheryl will discuss the mission of the organization, the work they do (including upcoming municipal elections), and how BEC might contribute. She’ll also reflect on the results of the 2017 election.
What are the causes and consequences of rising inequality of income and wealth and what we can do about it? Come share your thoughts in an open discussion after a couple of short videos.
This President’s Day weekend we will have an open discussion to look back on the first month of the new administration and think about what we should be doing both as individuals and as a group.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER.
Dr. 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. Dr. Shields will discuss the collaborative work of her organization to address building a positive dialogue between community members and the Lynn police department. 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.”
Mary Tittman is the Director of Outreach for Mass Budget and Policy Center.
The 2018 ballot in Massachusetts will ask voters to levy a tax on annual incomes over $1 million, with the revenue earmarked for education and transportation. This talk will delve into the social and political questions around the so-called “millionaire’s tax.”
Sovanna Pouv is the Executive Director of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association.
Who are Cambodian Americans? What is the work of CMAA? What is the future of this community?
The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Organization supports the Cambodian American community and other minorities and economically disadvantaged persons in Lowell, Massachusetts. The goal of the organization is to provide needed services to a population that requires language, economic, social, and educational services, as well as cultural integration and cultural celebration strategies. Sovanna Pouv will discuss the mission of the organization and the work they do. CMMA won a grant this year from the Boston Ethical Community.