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Feb
2
Sun
Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Speaker:
Lana Dee Povitz and Kathy Goldman
Presider: Rebecca Lurie
Featuring Music by:
The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus

Author Lana Dee Povitz talks with the book’s most featured protagonist, Kathy Goldman. The stories touch the range of free school lunch, breakfast and summer food programs to the origins of the Park Slope Food Coops and God’s Love, We Deliver. Feeding people in need may seem like a charitable act. And getting good food to people at good prices may be part of a sustainable practice. But the book and the stories go further to illustrate that when done in connection to the broader view of our unjust political and economic system, getting people fed is directly tied to a movement to end poverty and for economic justice. We will explore through a personal lens what we can do when we espouse notions of “good food”.

Visit https://uncpress.org/ to purchase a copy of Stirrings, use discount code 01DAH40.

Feb
16
Sun
John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859), A Catalyst for Change
Feb 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859), A Catalyst for Change @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Americans, perhaps more than other nationals, want to believe the best about their country.  The prevailing historical norms generally point to people who stand with little ambiguity relative to the “big picture” of what is America and what is espoused as its founding principles.  It is a rosy and romantic stroll down history’s lane ignoring anything that interferes with that idyll.  Contemporarily and in retrospect, a review of John Brown strikes at the heart of that romantic picture.  Our attention is directed to the oft-ignored undertow which gave the plantations their magnolia fragrance, their courtly life with their extravagant balls.  Clearly, this life allowed some groups to become embedded local elites, their representatives flagrantly exercising their will fostering supportive national policies and steering the economic direction of the country to serve their ultimate interests.  The obvious crux of the matter was African slavery.   John Brown vowed to destroy it and the hope, of course, is that others would rally to the cause.  In anticipation, John Brown moved towards the inevitable showdown, first in Kansas and then at Harper’s Ferry.  Then it was over with his execution, but was it?  Eleven months later, the election of Abraham Lincoln sent the South to paroxysms and by March, the states that had been united had become undone.