Living up to our motto of Deed Before Creed, since our founding in 1876 the Society and its members have led and supported efforts to address the key social and political issues of our day through activism, community service, and financial support.

The Society’s Ethical Action Committee organizes advocacy and educational events in our building, marches and protests in the streets, letter-writing or petition campaigns, and other projects, both on our own and in partnership with many local organizations.

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Watch Now: Leader Nori Rost at the UWS January 6 Day of Remembrance and Action Vigil

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Watch Leader Nori Rost’s speech from the UWS MoveOn/Indivisible January 6 Day of Remembrance and Action Vigil at Verdi Square on January 6, 2022! Transcript: I’m Dr. Nori Rost, leader of…

Metro NY Ethical Societies Push for Passage of the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA)

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Ethical Societies in New York State have been invited to reach out to their representatives and urge them to pass the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA). The bill would…

Society Coat Drive Helps High School for Climate Justice Support Their Community

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With winter approaching, the Ethical Action committee's coat drive supported the High School for Climate Justice's Jaguar Locker. The East Harlem school supports the students and the local community with…

Ethical NYC Expands Food and Toiletries Drive with the Help of Marlene Meyerson JCC

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The Society's Ethical Action Committee partnered with the Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan for a food and toiletries drive as part of NYSEC’s food insecurity initiative. On December 6, members…

Sign and Share Our Petition: Tell the U.S. Government to Release Humanitarian Aid for Afghanistan Now!

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Dear Members and Friends of Ethical NYC, From The New York Times on Saturday, December 4: "Facing Economic Collapse, Afghanistan Is Gripped by Starvation": Nearly four months since the Taliban…

November Call to Action: Learn About Plastics and Climate Change, Support Youth Climate Plaintiffs, and Tell NYS to Make Polluters Pay

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Explore our list of actions you can take this month to make our city, state, country, and planet a better place! The motto of The New York Society for Ethical…
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Our Partnerships

In pursuit of our mission, since our founding the New York Society for Ethical Culture has worked in partnership with other local organizations and community groups who are dedicated to achieving social justice in New York City and beyond.

American Indian Community House

Amnesty International NYC Groups 9 and 280

Formerly Fundamentalist NYC, a secular organization which connects people who left various fundamentalist faiths and are now living in the NYC area.

League of Women Voters of the City of New York

Radical Age Movement

Women's Rights and Gender Equality

Environmental Stewardship

We at the New York Society for Ethical Culture have committed ourselves to supporting and promoting the important work of local environmental and climate groups as part of our mission to help bring human activity into harmony with the earth’s natural systems.

Our Environmental Stewardship Committee meets on the fourth Sunday of each month at 1:30pm. We also host environmental justice and climate speakers once a month on Sunday mornings at our Platform talks. See our calendar for upcoming talks, and our YouTube channel for past speakers on topics including animal agriculture, sustainable economics, and climate change. We also host film screenings and educational forums on a wide range of related issues.

Ethical is also proud to have hosted the organizing committee of the People’s Climate March (2014) for the Faith Contingent and has provided space for civil disobedience training for Democracy Spring.

350NYC which meets three times each month at Ethical to educate the public about the issues and provide opportunities for engagement at every level of climate advocacy, organizing, and activism.

New York City Grassroots Alliance meets monthly at Ethical to bring together people from many groups in the climate activism community to network, learn from one another, and support each other’s work—because we’re stronger together.

Food and Water Watch which meets monthly at Ethical to promote their corporate and government accountability efforts to protect our food and water supply.

Climate Reality Project NYC who educate and catalyze our local community on the realities and urgency of the climate crisis. They inspire action by mobilizing the diversity of people and resources across New York City.

Drawdown NYC who work to stop global warming with solutions that exist today. In order to do this, we must work together to achieve Drawdown, the point when greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere start to decline.

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