Calendar

Jul
12
Sun
The Sorry State of Our Asylum Law (Closed Caption Available)
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Sorry State of Our Asylum Law (Closed Caption Available)

Attorney Michael Barkow will outline the grounds for asylum and discuss the many public misconceptions about eligibility and why only a tiny minority of Central American seekers at our Mexican border are likely to succeed, he will discuss the Trump administration’s unprecedented attempts to alter the playing field and the extent to which the courts have saved the system from his worst excesses, and he will describe the actual experiences of successful asylees he has represented and the applicants whose requests are currently pending in a never-ending backlog of cases.

Live music performed by Bev Grant.

To attend this platform, please RSVP at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sorry-state-of-our-asylum-law-tickets-113161274418

Michael Barkow
Michael practices law at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips where, apart from his regular practice as a sweepstakes and sports fantasy league specialist, he has, for the past 16 years, represented asylum seekers from Asia, Africa, Russia and South/Central America who have been persecuted for their political views, their religion or their LGBTQ orientation. He advises other pro-bono lawyers from other firms and Columbia Law School students with their first-time asylum cases and has assisted the New York Legal Assistance Group, Immigration Equality and Human Rights First in asylum related matters. He is a graduate of Penn Law and lives in Manhattan with his wife Carole and their cat, Herman Levy.

To attend this platform, please RSVP at:
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Jul
19
Sun
How to Live a Good Life In Times of Crises: An Ethical Culture Perspective
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
How to Live a Good Life In Times of Crises: An Ethical Culture Perspective

This Sunday’s platform, led by Leader Emerita of the NY Society for Ethical Culture, Anne Klaeysen is based on a thought-provoking and wide-ranging collection of essays called “How to live A Good Life” edited by the Stoic scholar, Massimo Pigliucci. In this talk she’ll share with us both the history of Ethical Culture and some key concepts of our non-theistic religion of ethics and answer any questions we may have about how Ethical Culture can support us in times of crises such as these.

Anne Klaeysen is Leader Emerita of the NY Society for Ethical Culture, Humanist Chaplain at New York University, and Ethical Humanist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University. She serves on the boards of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools and The Encampment for Citizenship. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling from Hebrew Union College. She and her husband, Glenn Newman, were married at the Brooklyn Society and raised their children, Andrew and Emily, there.

To attend this platform, please RSVP at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-live-a-good-life-in-times-of-crises-an-ethical-culture-perspective-tickets-113720154042

Jul
26
Sun
Changing the World Using Social Media
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Changing the World Using Social Media

Social media is changing the way we communicate, the way we are perceived, and the way we understand life. Although social media has been used for bad, we can and should use it for good. From educating millions in seconds to generating support globally with a few clicks. Let’s spread a message of respect, caring, and action to all and truly make a more humane world (both real and virtual).

Emily Newman is the Education Coordinator at the American Humanist Association’s Center for Education and Communications Coordinator at the American Ethical Union. She holds a BS in psychology and creative writing as well as an MA in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Emily grew up in Ethical Culture and has been active with the Future of Ethical Societies, National Ethical Service, and Young Humanists International. Over the years, she has assisted local nonprofits and small businesses with social media, design, events, website development, and marketing.

To attend this platform, please RSVP at:
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Aug
2
Sun
Reusable Solutions ( Zero Waste) with Ben Kogan
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Reusable Solutions ( Zero Waste) with Ben Kogan

“Reusable Solutions” – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It’s phrase we’ve heard over and over but there are currently minimal convenient options for reusables. There are approximately 20,000 members of these organizations in NYC alone which hopefully will prove to be the early adopters to help bring reusables to the mainstream. Reusable Solutions aims to change that by promoting reusable and companies through the existing environmental and municipal organizations.

Ben Kogan is a professional touring musician and educator, climate activist, zero waste advocate and new dad that has been living in NYC for 12 years.

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