Lucy’s Children Meeting
Aug 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
Lucy’s Children is a community effort to examine the fiction of Race in order to address the fact of Racism. Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that can help us come together as a society to end racism. We will meet Fridays from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

All members of BSEC and their personal guests are welcome at the learning sessions of Lucy’s Children. Please contact one of the members for information on how to join the group.

Lucy was discovered in 1974 by paleontologists in Ethiopia. At that time she was the earliest known ancestor of the human species. This is why we call our group Lucy’s children.

Police Reform and Restructuring Law Enforcement with Maya Wiley  
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Police Reform and Restructuring Law Enforcement with Maya Wiley  

Though police reform has been in the spotlight recently, the need for restructuring law enforcement has been an ongoing issue for many years. On Sunday, August 16th, the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture will host a platform featuring Maya Wiley, an  American civil rights activist and former board chair of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board. Among her many accomplishments, she founded and served as president of Social Inclusion, a national policy strategy organization dedicated to dismantling structural racism. Until recently, Maya was an MSNBC legal analyst.

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Maya Wiley has spent her career fighting to dismantle structural racism and win transformational change with low income communities of color. From the ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to founding the Center for Social Inclusion, a national policy strategy organization working with community based and national organizations for equity, Maya has worked on the front lines of the intersection between racial and economic justice at the community level.  Maya is a leader in city government and in spurring democratic change. As Counsel to the Mayor she delivered for New York City on civil and immigrants’ rights, women and minority owned business contracts, universal broadband access and more. After leaving City Hall, she made police discipline more accountable as Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, and worked to improve public education as a Co-Chair of the School Diversity Task Force. At the New School, where she currently serves as a University Professor, she founded the Digital Equity Laboratory on universal and inclusive broadband.

Maya Wiley is committed to a New York City where every New Yorker can afford to live with dignity.  That’s why she is exploring a run for Mayor. Maya will fight for a New York City of all races, all religions, all classes, all types of people; where no matter who we are or how we see ourselves, we can find a home here. Her vision is a New York that rises from the ashes of the twin pandemics of the Coronavirus and of systemic racism and its historic refusal to invest in people of color. New Yorkers must rise together; rising above hate to empathy, rising from joblessness to dignity, rising from homelessness to hope, and rising from an affordability crisis devouring half of our residents to communities that sustain all of us. Never has that been more possible but it requires bold leadership that fearlessly faces the realities New Yorkers confront to make history, not deals; to transcend the business-as-usual tinkering of government to the truly transformational that marshals all of government for the fight. New Yorkers cannot afford the politics of the path of least resistance and deserve leadership that will beat a path to shared prosperity so that we become one city, rising together, out of the ashes and into a future we make and live together.

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Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country, and world. The meeting begins at 4pmpm, Sundays.

To join this group, please RSVP on Eventbrite by clicking HERE.

Basic Yoga Flow
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Basic Yoga Flow

This class will leave you feeling strong, energized and balanced. Lea will guide you through the basic postures of yoga with clear alignment cues, steady and dynamic movement and a focus on physical and mental balance. This class is intended for students with a basic familiarity with yoga asanas (the physical postures) and an average to good fitness and mobility level. While not intended for complete beginners, if you know what a “downward dog” is, you will be fine! The class is designed for adults however all ages are welcome.

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Lea Bender, E-RYT-500, combines twenty-four years of personal yoga practice with a deep knowledge of anatomy and therapeutic techniques to offer private students a fully integrated experience. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification from Jaya Yoga Center and her 300-hour Advanced RYT certification at Abhaya Yoga, both in Brooklyn. Lea works with all ages, abilities and client goals. Her students leave feeling strong, centered and inspired.