Descripción del producto
My memoir has five themes:
1. How five generations changed their views of my 1953 inter-racial marriage;
2. My howling into the winds of injustice and being surprised when someone listened.
3. My personal growth despite handicaps;
4.My Jewish birth clan;
5. My vision for the survival of our species.
Biografía del autor
Abe Markman earned a Master’s Degree in Social Group Work from New York University in 1958. He worked in inner-city settlement houses as a group worker, supervisor and director of children’s and youth programs for fifty years. In 1980 Abe co-founded and ran a highly successful social service non-profit, till his retirement in 2000. The Neighborhood Self-Help by Older People Project is now in its 37th year serving several areas of The Bronx. Abe chaired the Lower East Side Call for Justice from 1992 to 2012. It is a grass roots organization that opposed the death penalty, the draconian Rockefeller Drug laws, and police brutality. He believes in non-violent, civil disobedience and was arrested twice in support of these causes. With his colleagues, Abe conducted over 250 workshops with youth groups on what to do when stopped by the police. As head of the Call for Justice Abe was credited with initiating a campaign and seeing adopted a New York Police Department rule. As a result police officers are banned from carrying their guns when they know they will be drinking heavily. Abe has been a member of the New York Society for Ethical Culture for 16 years but says he has had an emotional and philosophical bonding with Ethical Culture for over fifty years. In 2008 he helped start and chair the Public Issues Committee (PIC.) It partnered with other organizations in support of paid sick leave, paid family leave, children’s health insurance, stem cell research, and global warming. The Borough President of the Bronx credits Abe with playing a crucial role in the passing of paid sick leave in New York City. Two of his essays were published by The Humanist magazine, “Overcoming a Heritage of Prejudice” and “Why Are So Many Black Americans Killed by the Police?” Also, the on-line African-American magazine Politics365 published his article, “Challenging Obama’s Calmness.” In recognition of his activism, and courage in pursuit of justice he was awarded the 2010 Community Service Award by The New York Society for Ethical Culture — his spiritual home.