Saturday, February 26, 2011

From Civil Rights to Economic and Environmental Justice: Ongoing Organizing in the African American Community

On Sunday, February 27 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Aissia Richardson will speak at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, on the topic, From Civil Rights to Economic and Environmental Justice: Ongoing Organizing in the African American Community. Please join the discussion. For more information about the Ethical Society or directions to the site, call 215-735-3456.

"We are dedicated to the principle that relationships of respect, compassion, and integrity are the building blocks of personal and global harmony. We hold that democracy is not just a political system but also a personal commitment—a continual exercise in freedom of conscience, thought, and moral responsibility expressed through humane deeds. We seek to promote personal moral development and social responsibility through direct assistance, social action, and public advocacy."

Except from ... a statement on where Ethical Culture/Ethical Humanism stands at the beginning of the 21st century. Adopted by the National Leader’s Council of the American Ethical Union, November 1, 2008

The perception that organizing in the African American community began with the Civil Rights Movement is a false one. Organizing began when slaves were brought to America. Whether it was forming churches, working to raise funds to free family members, creating escape plans on the Underground Rail Road, leading mass uprisings against slave owners or forming the Abolitionist Movement, organizing in the African American community is an ongoing effort to attain equity in America. In my platform on February 27, I will discuss the exciting work of several organizations that are addressing Food Justice/Sovereignty, Economic Justice for the formerly incarcerated and the burgeoning Environmental Justice movement in low income and communities of color.

Please join me on February 27 to learn about the work of the African American United Fund and the exciting collaborations we have formed to realize our mission to improve our community.


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