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NEW: April Call to Action

By April 5, 2021April 14th, 2021No Comments
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 Culture is Deed Above Creed, something we’ve worked to live up to with our rich tradition of activism since 1876.

In that spirit, in 2021 and beyond the Society will be sending out Calls to Action, featuring important causes selected by our member committees and allies, because your voice and your deeds matter!

Tell Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to Co-Sponsor the Build Green Act

Environmental Stewardship Committee

The Build Green Infrastructure and Jobs Act is a new plan to address both the climate crisis and our crumbling infrastructure by providing $500 billion in grant funding for roads, bridges, and rail, while electrifying our public transportation systems (including school buses!) over the next ten years. Use this online form provided by our friends at to quickly and easily send a message to your representatives and voice your concerns.

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Tell Lawmakers to Support a National Climate Bank

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Our friends at The Climate Reality Project NYC are asking for citizens to contact lawmakers and urge them to support the creation of a National Climate Bank that would invest nearly $500 billion in green energy and infrastructure, and create over 4 million jobs in four years.

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Educate Yourself About Ranked Choice Voting

Ethical Action Committee

Prepare for the Mayoral Primary in June by learning about ranked choice voting. Find out everything you need to know at the NYC Civic Engagement Commission’s RCV online tutorial.

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Organize a 1-Hour Food Drive In Your Building

Ethical Action Committee

Join our Food Insecurity Initiative by organizing a one-hour food drive in your building, or set up a collection for a week or longer. The Roses will pick up all donations and deliver them to one of three food banks in the city. Contact Janet Rose at for details.

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Provide Clothes to Needy Children

Young Ethical Explorers & Ethical Action Committee

One of the Society’s Food Insecurity Initiative charity partners has expressed an urgent need for children’s clothing, sizes 4T-14, clean and lightly used. For more information or to donate, please contact Janet Rose at

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Support Your Local Greenmarket

Sunday Platform Inspired

At our upcoming April 25th Sunday Platform, urban farmer, food justice activist, and Black Urban Growers co-founder Karen Washington will discuss “Moving Beyond COVID-19 Towards a Just Food System.” As spring warms up, consider doing your part by (safely!) patronizing your local greenmarket. (Karen’s Rise & Root Farm will return to Union Square later this month!)

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Why Calls to Action Matter

We’re living in a crucial period in our country’s history. Our very democracy is under threat from ever-growing wealth inequality, racial injustice, and the escalating impact of the climate crisis–all exacerbated by the pandemic.

A few minutes of your time, on a regular basis, can truly be influential. Whether by making calls and writing letters to politicians, helping the needy, or educating yourself about the environment and changing your behavior, you absolutely do make a difference!

The following video, produced by our friends at Indivisible, is worth six minutes of your time. It demonstrates the value of your voice–your phone calls, in this case, just one type of action we’ll highlight. Watch below, and then commit to responding to our Calls to Action when your deeds are needed!

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