Pictures from our Refugee Welcome Dinner

Pictures from our Refugee Welcome Dinner

Thank you all who helped make our Refuge Welcome Dinner Such a successful event. BSEC members and several organizations and volunteers got together to warmly welcome new friends from all over the world who recently came to make NYC their homes. We are glad you are here, and our doors are always open to you!


Pictures from Charley Horwitz Event

We would like to thank everyone who helped make this event a success. Below you will find some images from this inspiring day.

Future of Ethical Societies (FES) in Asheville, North Carolina May 26-29

Dear AEU Members and Friends

Future of Ethical Societies (FES), the young members of the Ethical Culture Movement, are preparing a fantastic conference in Asheville, North Carolina May 26-29 and fun activities at the AEU Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland June 8-11.

Join young Ethical Humanists in North Carolina this Memorial Day Weekend for the 14th annual Future of Ethical Societies (FES) Conference! FESXIV Flier JPG & PDF. Conference fee of $50-85 covers meals, activities, materials, and housing*. Register by May 6th to avoid late fees. Schedule below (subject to change):

  • Friday, May 26 – Gather at Rich Wasch’s house (address will be provided to attendees) for dinner, games, and introductions.
  • Saturday, May 27 – Workshops on Intentional Share Activity, Movement and Dialogue, and Social Justice Through Relationships. Service Project 1-5pm TBA. Night out in Asheville.
  • Sunday, May 28 – Platform talk & BBQ lunch at Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville and FES Business meeting.
  • Monday, May 29 (optional) – Socializing and goodbyes.

To learn more and register, please visit:


FES members are:

  • 18-35 years old,
  • Dedicated to ethical humanist values and social justice, and
  • Supportive of FES and Ethical Culture with 3+ hours of service annually.

FES members will:

  • Meet, connect, and network with other young adults working to create a humane and sustainable world, forming a safe and supportive community in person and online
  • Share, learn, and collaborate in our active Facebook and Google Group for members
  • Receive discounted rates to attend FES and AEU events
  • Gain a voice (and possible formal roles) in FES, AEU, and IHEYO

If you are interested in joining FES and you fit the above requirements, please fill out our FES Membership Form.
If you know others who might be interested in FES (i.e. family, friends, Society visitors), please share FES with them.
If you want to support FES, you can click here to donate to FES.
If you have any questions, email us at
Thank you!
FES Officers:
Emily Newman, Doug Miller, Christian Hayden, Favio Apollon, Thomas Allen

Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform – Scholarship and Activism: The Lessons of W.E.B. Du Bois in an age of Trumpism

Sunday, May 7, 2017: Guest Speaker Professor Aldon Morris

Aldon Morris

Professor Aldon D. Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and award-winning author of The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of American Sociology.

Through path-breaking scholarship that challenges and, when necessary, overturns conventional thinking; humane, inclusive, and transformative teaching and mentoring; constructive and peaceful direct confrontation in pursuit of social justice; and longstanding public engagement in service of building and transforming institutions to better include and serve all communities, Professor Aldon D. Morris truly embodies this living tradition of critical public engagement.

Professor Morris is also the author of the timeless classic The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change for which he received multiple best book awards. Origins challenged the orthodoxy on the Civil Rights Movement by documenting the multiple ways black communities, north and south, strategically employed their own resources, institutions, networks, and innovations to collectively disrupt state-sanctioned racism in the United States.

Equally committed to bringing greater understanding and recognition of W.E.B. DuBois, Professor Morris’ most recent articles, presentations, and campaign to name the ASA’s Distinguished Career of Scholarship award after DuBois have resulted in far greater awareness of DuBois’s long, brave history of intense public engagement (national and international) and formidable, but remarkably under-appreciated, corpus of scholarship.

Born in Tutwiler, Mississippi, Morris experienced Jim Crow racism and segregation and the lynching of 14-year old Emmett Till.

Noted author and philosopher, Dr. Cornel West says: “Aldon Morris has given us a great gift: The truth of Du Bois’ genius and America’s denial of it! Don’t miss this pioneering text!”

Remembering Charley Horwitz

The Charley Horwitz Platform is held annually to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian.

“I thank Charley Horwitz for inviting me to join BSEC in 2004,” says Vandra Thorburn, chair of the Ethical Action Committee. “From a game of tennis to meetings around Haiti, Brooklyn Community Action Network,   Bed-Stuy’s PS 44 partnership and various Ethical committee meetings, Charley was always organizing and inviting me to participate. Sometimes I forget that’s what needs to be done: organize!”

“Charley was a wonderful man, as well as a gifted community and issues organizer. He took no personal credit for the myriad of local, state or national organizations, projects and campaigns he worked for over the decades,” remembers former BSEC leader, Lisel Burns. Charley Horwitz left his

Charley Horwitz left his hometown of Chicago for Mississippi in 1964. For the next nine years he worked for the SNC Freedom Fund, the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches and organized local chapters of the ACLU. “I regard my work there as the most significant and enriching experience of my life,” Charley wrote in 1985.

“I regard my work there as the most significant and enriching experience of my life,” Charley wrote in 1985. While in Mississippi, Charley met and married Carol Hinds, a teacher and activist, and together they raised two daughters, Rebecca and Allison. In 1974 the family moved north where Charley continued his legal work eventually becoming lead-counsel with the New York State Department of Labor enforcing the garment industry sweatshop laws, minimum wage and related employment laws.

In addition to being President of BSEC Board of Trustees (1997-2003), Chair of its Ethical Action Committee, on the National Board of Fonkoze USA (a micro-credit bank in Haiti), he served on the Executive Committee of the Brooklyn Parents for Peace and its Israel-
Palestine Committee. In 2005, he organized a group of civil rights leaders to visit the occupied territories in Gaza and provide “report backs” to congregations and community organizations in the NY metro area.

“When Charley and I visited Gaza in 2005, we were horrified to see what oppressive  conditions were being carried out by the Israeli Government,” shares Carol Horwitz. “I know Charley is with me as I oppose the bigotry and oppression of US and Israeli policies through my work with the Jewish Voice for Peace.”

An Event for Activists, Organizers and Scholars

On Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 53 Prospect Park West, the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture will honor the leadership of two great civil rights organizers – Charley Horwitz and W.E.B. Du Bois – and invites the community to join in a day long conversation to learn from them and each other as we “level up” and prepare to take on the challenges of today.  We will also enjoy a Haitian Kermesse with food, crafts, music and dance throughout the day.  

Please join us in supporting this important work by becoming a sponsor of The Journal to Honor Activists, Organizers and Scholars ( please use the form below for the donation and sponsorship)

The Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform:  11am – 12:30pm
This Memorial Platform is held to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights’ activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian. Charley Horwitz moved to Mississippi from Chicago in 1964 to work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Council of Federated Organizations and the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches. He was President of the Board of Trustees at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Chair of its Ethical Action Committee. Charley also served on the Executive Committee of Brooklyn for Peace and initiated the Israel/Palestine Committee after he and several SNCC organizers visited the Palestine occupied territories in Gaza in 2005.

Featured Speaker: Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the author of The Scholar Denied where he argues that W.E.B. Du Bois was the founder of modern America sociology and that his contributions to the field were suppressed for decades due to institutional racism.  Born in Tutwiler, Mississippi, Morris experienced Jim Crow racism and segregation and the lynching of 14-year old Emmett Till. 

Haitian Kermesse: 12 – 7pm
Featuring arts, crafts, food vendors, musicians and entertainers, the Kermesse will include Haitian organizations like Fonkoze US, Neges Foundation and Greenhaiti. Musicians and entertainers sourced through the Haiti Cultural Exchange.

“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills” — a teach-in and awards program:  2 – 4pm
Co-hosted with The Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy as an open session to honor activists, organizers and scholars. The DuBois Bunche Center was founded at Medgar Evers College to empower and cultivate the work of the next generation of scholar activists dedicated to solving the challenges confronting urban communities in the USA and throughout the African Diaspora. 


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Pictures from Families Celebrate Africa – A MLK Event

We celebrated Martin Luther King Jr’s Day celebrating our community’s diversity and talents. More than ever, it was a good time to honor the cultural richness of our country and the power of peaceful action. A huge thanks to all who helped make this event so successful. All people who worked hard to put it together, the amazing volunteers who welcomed everyone with a smile and with willing helping hands, and all who came with their families to share this event with us.
Check out some of the pictures of the event below:

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