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  • June 12, 2020 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ClassACT for Election Protection

    Class Act has found an important and convenient opportunity for lawyers to volunteer and help voters during this election season.  

    Election Protection (EP), a non-partisan organization that advises voters on their rights, is looking for lawyers to staff its hotlines on a remote basis.  You can take voters' calls at home to assist them with problems they encounter registering or trying to vote.     

    EP needs volunteers now, as several states are conducting primaries.  Your service for EP will count for pro bono credit.  EP will assign you a particular state, which may not be your home state.  EP will provide you with three hours of training online, in two separate sessions, which you can watch at any time.  

    Please see EP's message below, which includes the link for signing up and more details.  You can also contact Ryan O'Connell of Class Act (ryanoconnell2@gmail.com) if you have questions; please copy him if you sign up.  

    The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law seeks the pro bono assistance of volunteers with staffing remotely the Election Protection English language national voter hotline.  Please see below for additional information. 


    Election Protection – Staffing National Voter Hotline Remotely (Remote)  - Record Call Volume

    The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its coalition partners seek legal volunteers to remotely staff Election Protection’s English language national voter hotline (1-866-OUR-VOTE)). The hotline is answered by remote volunteers seven days a week from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Eastern, with additional shifts on Election Day.  The hotline provides assistance to voters with problems and guides them throughout the voting process.  Volunteers must complete two 1.5 hour trainings, including one on accessing the technology remotely.  Support is provided to the volunteers via a captain during their shift and “user guides” and substantive information on voting.   The Lawyers’ Committee is the client.  Volunteers sign up directly using the link provided below. 

    The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting – from registration, to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to their participation. Election Protection helps voters make sure their vote is counted through a number of resources, including a suite of voter hotlines (866-OUR-VOTE,  888-VE-Y-VOTA, 888-API-VOTE and 844-Yalla-US), field programs and digital outreach tools.   Election Protection is not affiliated in any way with any candidate or political party and is available to all Americans.  For more information about Election Protection, please visit www.866OurVote.org.

     

    What:

    Staff Election Protection Hotline remotely from home

    Who:

    Lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants and law students

    When:

    Ongoing

    How:

    Online platform; computer with internet plus headphones needed

    Training:

    The training consists of two parts. YOU MUST DO BOTH OF THESE.

    o    Part 1 – 1.5 hour on-demand (i.e. watch at any time) substantive training

    o    Part 2 – 1.5 hour on-demand training on how to use the technology.

    • You will receive this link via We the Action.

    Other Support:

    1. Captains will be available during a volunteer’s shift.
    2. Extensive helpful documents available online.

    Volunteer Code of Conduct:

    Volunteers must “virtually agree” to Code of Conduct.

    https://forms.gle/EAq8AsM39DA5MeeY9

    How to Volunteer: 

    Sign up directly using the link: 
    https://electionprotection.wetheaction.org/volunteering/private/A9XBmdJfCi4x

     

    NOTE:  If you have a We the Action volunteer account, you must login before signing up for a shift.

    NOTE:  All shifts and trainings posted are Eastern Standard Time.


    Share the pdf version of our volunteer opportunities here!

  • June 07, 2020 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Per our mission to address vital issues on a local, national, and international level, ClassACT stands with Black Lives Matter. Click below for our statement in support,  join us in our current work fighting voter suppression, and take a look at future initiatives we are taking towards strengthening civil and human rights.

    Click here for our full letter to the community.


  • May 13, 2020 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our classmate Jono Quick has newly been appointed the Managing Director of the Pandemic Response Preparedness, and Prevention Team at the Rockefeller Foundation. Congratulations, Jonathan!

    Click here for more information.


  • May 13, 2020 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ClassACT is thrilled that our sustained collaborator JusticeAid is hosting their Benefit Concert on May 18th!

    JusticeAid invites you to Voices to Protect the Vote, an at-home concert with an amazing line-up of talent in support of JusticeAid’s beneficiary, Election Protection 888-OUR-VOTEIf you are not on the JusticeAid list, please sign-up for JusticeAid’s news, so you’ll receive a reminder on the day of the concert.

    Join us on May 18th at 7:00 pm on JusticeAid’s YouTube Channel.

    Featuring musical artists Paula ColeDavid Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Leyla McCallaKandace SpringsDavid Shaw and Zack Feinberg of The Revivalists, and Paine the Poet. Hosted by Rita Houston, NYC’s WFUV (90.7) Program Director, with a special video presentation by our Emmy Award-winning team.

  • April 27, 2020 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a question a lot of us are asking ourselves these days! The COVID-19 pandemic is creating personal and emotional challenges for all of us.

    For its third ClassACT ZOOM Forum on Thursday, May 7 at 7pm EDT, ClassACT HR73 has assembled a remarkable group of  HR73 mental health professionals to share their insights about the effects of the pandemic on our mental health and to provide suggestions for effective coping strategies. They will examine the range of reactions to the unprecedented challenges of the illness itself, and its personal and societal consequences for adults and children alike: physical distancing and isolation, financial insecurities, and conflicting medical and political information. We invite you to listen, learn and ask questions.

    Register here

    We will get back to you with a Zoom link on the day of the panel.

    OUR PANELISTS

    DR. PATRICIA POTTER

    @Psych_BPSI   @MIP_Boston   @harvardmed

    Dr. Patricia Potter is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, and an adult psychoanalyst. She is on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has also been an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.




    DR. ROBERT WALDINGER

    @robertwaldinger

    Dr. Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Zen priest. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever done. The Study tracked the lives of two groups of men for over 75 years, and it now follows their Baby Boomer children to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades to affect health and wellbeing in middle age. He writes about what science and Zen can teach us about healthy human development.

    Dr. Waldinger is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as two books. He teaches medical students and psychiatry residents at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and he is a Senior Dharma Teacher in Boundless Way Zen. robertwaldinger.com.


    HENRIETTA W. LODGE, LCSWR

    @pnwboces

    Henrietta W. Lodge, LCSWR, is a recently retired school social worker with 40 years’ experience working with both middle and high school students, their families and school staff in public and private schools.  She serves on the Putnam/Northern Westchester (NY) Regional Crisis Team and the Putnam County (NY) Suicide Task Force. She is also a member of ClassACT’s Communication Committee.


  • April 18, 2020 5:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The right to vote is a fundamental Constitutional right and a guiding principle of American democracy.  Yet this right is increasingly being put to the test this election year, challenged by voter suppression, uncertain access to the polls, accessibility of ballots, vote by mail restrictions, COVID-19 and other issues.

     For its second ClassACT ZOOM Forum on April 23rd at 7pm EDT, ClassACT HR73 and its Voter & Civic Engagement initiative has assembled a terrific line up of guests to discuss these challenges. Join us for:

    Voter Suppression and the Impact of COVID-19 on Voting Rights

    Email us here to register for the forum!

    Learn more about the forum here!

    Featured panelists include classmate Steve Milliken, CEO and Founder of JusticeAid, a ClassACT Sustained Collaboration since 2014 whose 2020 theme is Voter Suppression; Julie M. Houk, Managing Counsel for the Election Protection Voting Rights Project, which is JusticeAid’s 2020 beneficiary; classmate Helen Hershkoff, Professor of Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties at NYU Law School and Co-Director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program; Myrna Perez, Director of Voting Rights & Elections Democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice; and Kevin D. Benish, Associate Professor of Law at NYU, who has been directly involved on issues relating to safeguarding the right to vote and access to the polls in Wisconsin. Therese Steiner, Co-Chair of ClassACT’s Voter & Civic Engagement Initiative and JusticeAid Board member, will moderate the panel.

    The forum will end with a ClassACT CALL TO ACTION: How you can help fight voter suppression and get involved in protecting our constitutional right to vote.

  • March 10, 2020 10:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Classmate, physician, health management expert, and author of The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It Jonathan Quick spoke on several platforms recently on the COVID-19 virus that is sweeping the world. 

    Listen to his interview on NPR's Life on Earth here.

    Read his article in The Guardian here.

    And for those of you with a subscription, read his article in the Wall Street Journal here.


  • March 03, 2020 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UNAGB's *new* UN Perspective Series is off to a strong start! These free programs run every other month and feature global and local speakers on one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as updates and opportunities for local action and advocacy. So far in 2020, we've focused on SDG 15: Life on Land and SDG: 5: Gender Equality. Our next program will take place May 4th and focus on SDG 13: Climate Action and the Green New Deal.

    Register hereAll are invited and are encouraged to register as soon as possible as these events have been reaching capacity quite quickly. 

    Additionally, members of ClassACT HR73 are invited to deepen their connection with the United Nations’ Association of Greater Boston by joining UNABG's Charter Circle. Charter Circle Members our an inner circle of donors who share a vision for a better world. Learn more about the Charter Circle here!

    Please email executive director Caitlin Moore if you'd be interested in attending our May gathering at the British Consul General's residence to learn more about the Charter Circle. The exact date will be announced soon, and no financial commitment is required for first event. This is an excellent way to stay informed and involved with UNAGB's programs!

  • January 03, 2020 5:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Dick Friedman 

    Fake News may have met its match in Tom Cooper. Since 1983 Cooper has been a professor in the Visual and Media Arts department at Emerson College. The author or co-author of seven books, Cooper is an expert on media ethics. In 2017, he was approached by the United Nations to be among an international panel devising educational programs on this topic and others. The result is Education for Justice (E4J), which now presents online “modules” for use in classrooms worldwide.

    “The United Nations is seeking to find more people who can share their talents and, in this case, their ethical training with people around the world who often don’t have the resources or maybe the political ability or the awareness that ethics instruction even exists,” says Cooper. “The U.N. is reaching out not only at the university level but—and this is very heartening to me—at the high school and even at the elementary level as well. So as with ClassACT, there’s some outreach, some new ground and some support for people of integrity, wherever they are.”

    Cooper explains that the courses have two audiences. “One is teachers themselves,” he says. “Now there is online a universal curriculum that can be customized. The second is, all those young people who have some kind of longing for a better world but don’t know how to go about achieving it. They can learn a plan of moral reasoning.”

    The E4J courses deal with many aspects of the craft of journalism, among them accuracy, objectivity and transparency. In an era when media are in flux and under attack, ethics are often the first casualty, for many reasons. “One is speedup,” says Cooper, noting the way newsroom staffs have thinned even while reporters and editors are now responsible not only for the print stories but also for fast-breaking online items. “And one of the victims of speedup is ethical decision-making, People don’t take the time to verify sources and think things through.”

    What are the program’s main precepts? “You have to open both your mind and your heart in ethical decision-making,” says Cooper. “A closed mind is usually prejudging. A closed heart may not be able to empathize with all of the innocent people in a situation. You have to be able to put yourself in the shoes of all parties. Don’t go in with an assumed verdict.”

    In all his ethics instruction, Cooper looks for what he refers to as “green-light ethics.” These can be embodied in “moral exemplars…Mandela or Gandhi or Mother Theresa, from whom you can learn a positive approach to ethics. So by virtue of that, the book that I have coming out next is called Doing the Right Thing. It goes back in history to find 12 moral exemplars who had very difficult ethical decisions to make who nevertheless rose to the occasion and managed to make a decision that changed the world. And the most recent of those is Malala. She’s the final chapter and one of the green-light models I hold up to my students, because she’s the same age as they are. Our own attention in ClassACT to Malala comes for different reasons by virtue of Pinkie Bhutto, whom I barely knew but greatly respected. And here we are, finding her to be important to our work.”

  • October 03, 2019 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come celebrate the Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program's newest fellow, Nadia Rehman! There will be cocktails, hors d'oevres, and plenty of conversation to get to know Nadia better. Click here to register for the event!

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