Human Rights

Lee Porter on Fair Housing

Lee Porter (right) is pictured with Bergen member, Jean Strickholm (left). More than 50 years ago, Jean, an escort volunteer for fair housing, showed Lee the house that the Porters bought. Lee still lives there. By Janet Glass Lee Porter, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey, spoke
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Racism Endures

By Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader of The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County The refusal to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the killing (one wants to say murder) of Eric Garner is shocking, egregious, even incomprehensible.  Even more so than the grand jury verdict in the killing of Michael Brown in
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Is Respect for Culture Good for Women?

Platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, May 4, 2014 It is a well-worn cliché that we can look at the glass as half full or as half empty. What is true for the smaller experiences we encounter in our daily lives is also true for the long march of history. It is easy for us […]
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Children and Their Human Rights

Throughout the world many children are denied their human rights. Many children are forced to become child soldiers, or are trafficked for labor or sex, and often wind up in adult jails with life sentences without parole. Since the 1980’s, advocates for children’s human rights have increasingly agreed that
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Simply Because It Is The Right Thing To Do

Platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County Dec. 1, 2012           The horror of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, last month, has revived a debate and an issue in American life that has been dormant for far too long.  For decades, gun rights extremists have
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Human Rights and the UN

Sixty years ago, in 1948, the General Assembly of the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On Dec 10, that declaration was reaffirmed as Human Rights Day. This extraordinary document was a response to the horrors of World War 2. It became the first global statement that all human beings have
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Is it Ever Right to Impose our Cultural Beliefs on Others?

“Circumcision” vs. “Mutilation” By Richard Bernstein A dozen gathered on a fine May evening to discuss if the appropriate attitude about garbage strewn streets and female circumcision should be acceptance, indignation or belligerence. Were these two issues even related? Strolling along the streets of the
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Ethical Culture Confronts Life’s Challenges

When I began my graduate seminar in human rights last Thursday evening at Columbia University, I told my students that to investigate the human rights field, to study in depth such phenomena as international trafficking, the conscription of child soldiers, the horrors of genocide and torture, is to expose oneself
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