Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia
1906 South Rittenhouse Square, (215) 735-3456,
Sunday Platforms

Weekly Ethical Society meetings are at 11 AM Sundays. Our Platforms are free and open to the public. A coffee hour follows for discussion and conversation.

The Sunday Ethical Education for Kids (SEEK) is a program for elementary-school-age children and early adolescents. In May, SEEK will be meeting during platforms on the 7th and 21st. If you have questions, please contact Nick Sanders.

Free street parking is available if a permit is displayed on your dashboard. You can get a permit from the Society's office.

May 7, 2017, 11:00 AM
Inclusive Feminism: A Strategy for Collaboration and Justice
Brandi Blessett, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University - Camden

The experiences of women of color (WOC) offer important insights for understanding the marginalizing effects of i ns t i t u t i on a l practices and administrative discretion. In response, inclusive feminism describes a counter-narrative that can be used to pose difficult questions about how disparity emerges, the role of institutions in perpetuating inequality, and why communities of color are adversely represented by the most disparaging quality of life statistics. Inclusive feminism recognizes womanhood in the broadest conception and therefore holds the voices and experiences of WOC in high esteem. Ultimately, challenging dominant narratives is an important way to begin to repair damaged relationships across diverse constituencies.

Brandi Blessett is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy & Administration at Rutgers University-Camden. Her research interests include institutional racism, cultural competence, and administrative responsibility. Specifically, she examines the role institutions and administrative actions play in facilitating disadvantage among underrepresented groups. Each area has the potential to offer insightful perspectives regarding the effects of systemic injustice as well as their contemporary implications for urban communities and their residents. Ultimately, she hopes her research will help public administrators move toward thoughtful consideration of and engagement with underrepresented groups to decrease disparity through social equity measurement and evaluation.

May 14, 2017, 11:00 AM
Environmental Justice is a Civil Right
Jerome Shabazz, Director, Overbrook Environmental Education Center

Civil Rights brings to mind a citizen's protected human and political rights and the freedom from their infringement by powerful groups and individuals. By contrast, Environmental Justice addresses the non-discriminatory, fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in environmental issues.

Our relationship with the environment is currently an important topic of discussion. Whatever the issue - energy production, chemical use in agriculture, fracking, or the disturbance of domestic toxins - our most vulnerable communities need to assert their rights to protection from the abuse of the built and natural environments.

Jerome Shabazz is the founder and Executive Director of the Overbrook Environmental Education Center/ for his environmental justice and education programs in vulnerable urban communities. Shabazz has trained over 8,000 students on the Clean Water Act and Toxic Substances Control Act, and other topics that reduce human exposure to hazardous substances at home and at school. He has received numerous citations and awards, most recently from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and from the City of Philadelphia, for his commitment to environmental justice. He is a radio host for WURD 900 AM's The Green Hour show and has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Protection and Safety Management from St. Joseph's University.

May 21, 2017, 11:00 AM
What's Ethical About Ethical Culture?
Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader, Philadelphia Ethical Society

Begun by Felix Adler in 1876, Ethical Culture has offered those not attracted to theistic religion a humanist congregational alternative. Adler saw the greed and brutality flowing from materialistic approaches to life and hoped Ethical Societies would retain the essence of many religious traditions, in particular the importance of compassionate, respectful relationships and the "golden rule." How do you answer the question, "What's 'ethical' about Ethical Culture?" Come explore many answers with Hugh Taft-Morales.

May 28, 2017, 11:00 AM
War, Genocide and the Refugee Experience
Sarorng "Rorng" Sorn

Sarorng Sorn will speak about her experience during the Khmer Rouge Regime, her refugee journey to find a new home in America, and her struggles and successes as a former refugee and as a woman. She will touch on the long term impacts of wars and genocide on social, psychological, economic, and legal ramifications of Cambodian communities in Philadelphia and in the United States. Sorn is the Director of Immigrant Affairs and Language Access Services for Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). Her role is to assist in the development of an agency-wide strength-based approach to providing wellness and culturally and linguistically appropriate services for immigrant communities with behavioral concerns. She is a former Executive Director of the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia where she spent almost 15 years focusing on community and leadership development, coalition building, program and resource development, and strengthening organizational structure to better serve the under-served communities. She has over 30 years of experience working at local, national and international levels to address social, health and economic development issues affecting refugee and immigrant communities. She holds a master's degree in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice.

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