The Sentry (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

We are mourning the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg who for 27 years sat on the United States Supreme Court. Her impact in writing, affirming and advocating primarily the rights of women in a fractious and increasingly conservative judicial arena gave her various monikers, the Notorious B.E.G. is one that I have found to be the most illuminating and endearing, an unlikely “street” moniker for a scholar, a jurist and a lady in every respect.

I will leave you to read about her illustrious career and struggle with cancer in other places. This is a note of commemoration for a public hero of which we have far too few in this decade of our America.

The holder of not only ideas, Justice Ginsburg fashioned the trajectory of theory against which to make judgments at the High Court level to hold people accountable as well as to retread laws and review actions which bound women’s interests against their own fundamental rights. She consistently applied the measuring rod: what does this mean for and in the lives of women?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a sentry at the judicial gate. Sometimes it was a lonely vigil, but she stood at attention in her solitary role, ever vigilant, on duty until the last light left her eyes.

Muriel Tillinghast,
Co-Chair Lucy’s Children*
(Named for the Australopithecus “Lucy” discovered in 1974 by the Johanson Team in Ethiopia, East Africa)

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:

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 (Updated)

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.

Letter By Brad Lander with updates sent April 1st ,2021

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
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.