Reusable Solutions ( Zero Waste)

Reusable Solutions ( Zero Waste)

We had a wonderful platform on August 2nd, 2020, about reusable solutions with Ben Kogan. Ben and some of our members and visitors shared a few links of resources to help us reduce waste and support our planet. They can be found below:

Break Free from Plastic Bill:

How to support Break Free From Plastic Bill: 

Farm Based Education:

Upstream Solutions:

Deliver Zero ) Delivery in reusable containers:

Plaine Products(reusable body care products, ie. Shampoo, conditioner, etc..)

Reusable Solutions :

Diaper Kind (Reusable Cloth Diaper Service)

Vokashi (easy compost pickup)

Mission Blue – Clean Water Charity

Ancestral Soaps ( Palm oil-free and paper wrapped):

New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling

Northeast Permaculture:

America Not at its Greatest

Note: This is a statement of solidarity with and for the current public responses to the police murder of George Floyd, late of Minneapolis, Minnesota by the Ethical Action Committee of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.

Today, millions of people around the world are on the brink of new thinking. New information is decimating old values and generating different perspectives about how we as Americans should live with each other. Having one’s life in the hands of sadistic, uniformed, gun-toting authorities is an impossible situation to negotiate especially when down on the ground, cuffed with someone’s knee on the throat. People are speaking out, calling for accountability by the police and their handlers — those at the top of civil authority — to change their MO (modus operandi), their way of conducting themselves in all quarters and at all times. Demonstrators are calling out to all federal, state, county, and city policing authorities. This is a national issue affecting police work on the street that we can see to the work in precincts and in jails and prison where we cannot see.

Now for those who didn’t know before, this treatment is a blueprint of the behaviors to which Blacks were subject in slavery. With help from our racial and class allies, these pro-Floyd responses have the momentum to be the catalyst to writing the next chapter in American life. Such improvement requires significant changes inclusive of having infrastructures in place with open channels ensuring increased inclusion of Black people through the American economy. Improving the police means permanently weeding out those with temperaments and attitudes of rabidity. Better policing will require fundamentally the revamping and reorientation of those in uniform, not just in rhetoric, but in behaviors and policy with heavy accountability for misconduct.


BSEC Statement on the Protests

We at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture denounce the violence toward African Americans and other People of Color. We speak out against failures to reform police practices and to the underlying systemic racism that contaminates our world and distorts our common humanity.

We stand in support of the groundswell of protests across the city and the country, to the movement and organizations working to end racial and other discrimination. We commit to working together to end the inequities that threaten the daily lives of individuals, and policies which support ongoing bigotry, bias, and racism.

We believe in and stand for true justice and equality for all people.

The Statement of the American Ethical Union can be found HERE.

COVID Related Resources

Dear friends,
Below you will find a few resources that might be helpful during this difficult time. If you would like to suggest a resource, please send your suggestions using the form at:
Please note that these are suggested resources only and not an endorsement of any kind.

Below you will find:
Information on COVID
Food Delivery and related resources
Governmental Assistance
Voting and Legal Resources
Making Donations and Helping Others
Free Entertainment
more to come…

Information on Covid:

NYC COVID Information
Explanation fo what COVID is and direct resources available from the city.

What is Known about COVID
COVID Information – Part 2 (NEW)
COVID Information gathered by our member Muriel  Tillinghast.

Food Delivery and related resources:

DOE Free meals
Any New Yorker who wants one can get free meals at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. Each person can get up to 3 meals each day.

Food Bank NYC
Operates food pantries and soup kitchens and directs you to SNAP enrollment sites.

Food resources for Park Slope and Carroll Gardens
Specific food delivery in the neighborhood, car services, elderly resources and large list of

Invisible Hands Delivery Service
Invisible Hands is powered by engaged, healthy volunteers who deliver groceries, medication, and other essential items to those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. They are primarily focused on supporting the elderly, disabled, and immunocompromised.

Met Council
MET council’s community services are still operating during the pandemic: they have a confidential hotline for victims of domestic violence at (212) 453-9618, as well as a helpline for seniors needing free assistance with SNAP enrollment, emergency home repairs, or tax filings, accessible at (929) 292-9261.

NYC Food Delivery Assistance
If you cannot go out to get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, New York City will deliver emergency meals to you.

Governmental Assistance:

Help Now NY
Assistance provided by NYC for Individuals and organizations.

NYC Council Resources 
Large list of local services, places to donate and volunteer groups.

SBA Coronavirus Small Business Resources
Guidance for small businesses and loan resources.

Voting and Legal Resources:

Getting an absentee ballot
Click above to visit and complete the application online Or, if you don’t have access to a computer, you can call the New York City Board of Elections and request your absentee ballot by phone (1-866-VOTE-NYC / 1-866-868-3692).Make sure to do it before June 16th.

Housing Court Answers
Here is up-to-date information about housing situations like illegal lockouts and emergency repairs during the COVID-19 crisis.

Making Donations and Helping Others:

Brooklyn Mark Makers
Make masks for healthcare workers and drop them off at drop off locations in Park Slope

Donate Plasma
Mt. Sinai 
and Columbia University are looking for people who have had and recovered from COVID-19 to donate their blood plasma to help current patients.

Meals for Methodist
Help feed healthcare workers while supporting local restaurants,

Operation Feed Brooklyn:
Currently, They are supporting NYP/Methodist, Maimonides, & SUNY Downstate Hospitals in Brooklyn, New York, with weekly meal deliveries of 200-400 meals, and the need is growing.

Free Entertainment:

Alvin Ailey
The legendary Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater is offering a new program, Ailey All Access, where for a limited time, fans can stream full length videos of the Company performing on stage.

Baryshnikov Arts Center
Free streaming of experimental arts projects from BAC.

Great Performances
Enjoy our summer social distancing programming featuring Much Ado About Nothing, Rupert Goold’s Macbeth, and more.

Martha Matinees
On Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, the Martha Graham Dance Company invites viewers to tune into its YouTube channel for screenings of all things Graham, including vintage clips of the modern dance matriarch herself.

MET Opera Free Streaming
Each stream becomes available at 7:30 p.m. EDT and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30 p.m. the following day.

NY Phil Plays On
A new portal for free digital content to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans worldwide.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
There are lots of free and exciting ways to virtually-attend productions online and stay connected to Shakespeare’s Globe at this time when their buildings are temporarily closed.

Trisha Brown Dance Company
Though its 50th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater was called off, this troupe is moving the celebration online, letting Brown’s ingenuity dance across our screens.




NEW – We have a BSEC MEMBERS’ MESSAGE BOARD now. Want to share information about an event? Have a message for other members? You can post it yourself by CLICKING HERE.

Below, you will find links to some of our weekly events:

Dear members,
Below you will find a summary of discussions across the breakout groups, the text of reports from the
breakout group facilitators (with names of speakers removed), and notes from the President and Vice-president.
Relevant information about the meeting has been emailed to all members. It can also be found at:

Sunday Platforms at 11am:
By phone: (929) 205 6099
Passcode: 535353
Meeting id: 584 886 619

Issues and Action, Sundays at 4:15pm
Passcode: 535353
Or by phone at: (646) 558 8656
Meeting id: 913 1297 9108

BSEC Happy Hour – Saturday at 5pm
Passcode: 535353
Meeting id: 811-4501-4282
By phone: (929) 205 6099

Sunday Morning Mindful Meditation – Second Sunday at 10am
Meeting ID: 997 8411 3893
Passcode: 535353

Basic Flow Yoga, Mondays at 5pm:
Passcode: yoga ( if needed)
Meeting id: 959-0733-2873

Accessible Yoga, Tuesdays at 5pm:
Passcode: yoga ( if needed)
Meeting id: 959-0733-2873

Life and Death Discussion Group (formerly “Art of Dying”), 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30:
Meeting ID: 146 873 363
Passcode: 535353
By phone
(929) 205 6099

Social Justice Book Club, 4th Monday of each month:
Meeting ID: 920 063 580
Passcode: 535353
By Phone:
(929) 205 6099

Lucy’s Children ( Fridays at 4pm)
By Phone
(646) 558 8656
Meeting ID: 988 7047 3549
Passcode: 535353

Board Meeting
First Tuesday of each month at 4pm:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 937 4272 6276
Passcode: 535353
By phone: (929) 205 6099

Executive Meeting (Tuesdays)
By Phone
(646) 558 8656
Meeting ID: 881 6996 1969
Passcode: 535353