Events of Interest Outside NYSEC

From time to time we will list events around the city and beyond that might be of interest to our visitors.




On May 22, Governor Cuomo is attending the Democratic Convention on Long Island – and we must be there in full force demanding a ban on fracking.  
This is a very important event for Cuomo – and for New Yorkers fighting to protect our state from fracking. 
Cuomo will describe his vision for New York’s future – and we must show him the power of the movement demanding it be frack-free.
Cuomo will ask New Yorkers for their support – and New Yorkers will call on him to ban fracking and stop fracking infrastructure, including the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility off the coast of scenic Long Beach.
WHEN: Thursday, May 22, 10:00 am – noon
WHERE: State Democratic Convention, Hilton Long Island/Huntington Hotel, 598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville
TRANSPORTATION: Buses from Manhattan, Westchester, Rockland, and Hudson Valley will be available
Links to register for buses:
CO-SPONSORS: New Yorkers Against Fracking, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, United for Action, Frack Action, Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, Long Island MoveOn, Environment New York, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Sierra Club Long Island Group, Citizen Action of New York, Credo Action, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, MoveOn NYC, Frack Free Catskills, New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, Surfrider Foundation, Three Parks Independent Democrats, Grassroots Environmental Education, 350NYC, South Shore Audubon Society, WESPAC, Jews Against Hydrofracking, Green Party of Nassau County, Greene Renewable Energy & Environmental Network, Reach Out America, Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline, Brooklyn Food Coalition, The Mothers Project, Rockland Coalition Against Fracking, Sacred Water Project, Western NY Drilling Defense, Brooklyn For Peace, Northwest Bronx for Change, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, Clean Ocean Action, Energy Action Coalition, West 80s Neighborhood Association, Peace Action Manhattan, Gray Panthers (New York Network), New Yorkers for Clean Water, New York Society for Ethical Culture, NY Statewide Senior Action Council, Granny Peace Brigade (list in formation)
For more information, contact Eric Weltman at Food & Water Watch: 718-943-9085;


The Humanist Institute (an affiliate organization of the American Humanist Association) is pleased to announce a new online course is now available.  Philosophy and the Humanist Connection is the Institute’s latest addition to COHE (Continuum of Humanist Education) –the Internet’s first website offering interactive courses in humanist thought.  

Howard Radest, a founder and the first Dean of The Humanist Institute, wrote this course.  No one is better equipped to present humanist philosophy than Howard.  He says; “In this course, we try to become philosophical critics.  With that in mind, we explore some of the basic areas of humanist philosophy: what is humanism’s view of human nature, of nature, of culture, of religion, and of science.  We ask ourselves the Socratic question:  what do we mean by humanist philosophy in these areas and how well does it stand up to challenge.”
Register or login today to take this free available course and many others at:
Camp Quest (noun): 1. Summer camp beyond belief! 2. A place for fun, friends, and freethought for kids ages 8-17.
The purpose of Camp Quest is to provide children of freethinking parents a residential summer camp dedicated to improving the human condition through rational inquiry, critical and creative thinking, scientific method, self-respect, ethics, competency, self development and personal growth. Campers explore these ideas through fun hands-on activities. They also enjoy traditional summer camp games, crafts and challenges