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Through oral history, photography, archival footage, and submitted pieces, "Queers in Exile: The Unforgotten Legacies of LGBTQ Homeless Youth" running through July 28th, engages the voices of Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, San Francisco's Vanguard youth, and more in an intergenerational conversation that reflects the incredible resilience and important contributions of LGBTQ homeless and transitional young people in spite of society's desire to keep them at the margins.

On Wednesday, July 17 more than 76 organizations and groups are convening to host a Mayoral candidate forum and to discuss the future of food in New York City. The forum will be moderated by Marion Nestle, award-winning author and Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. The forum will offer our city’s and our region’s food communities — that’s you! – the opportunity to come together and engage mayoral candidates, learn their positions on food issues, and inspire them with a vision for a better food system.

The Children's Magical Garden at Norfolk and Stanton streets on the lower east side are being dug up by developer Serge Hoyda. Hoyda has a construction crew in the community garden and has begun digging giant holes for a new plywood fence within the space he is claiming. The garden is sacred to the children in the community and they are shocked and saddened.

The community asks for their representatives to find a solution, just as they have before with another two lots.

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East Village alliances, businesses, neighbors, friends and concerned citizens have already begun to donate to an emergency fundraiser to help cover the medical costs of 62-year-old flower shop operator Akkas Ali who suffered severe injuries after being plowed down by a drunk driver.

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In May, the Department of Transportation chose Petrosino square as a docking station for its city-wide CitiBike program—effectively displacing any future art shows. Though many strongly object to its current placement, the program is generally considered popular and favored by residents. They support the alternative transportation but believe it should be moved to the roadbed where most of the bike rentals are located. On Wednesday, June 19th at 8:30am the SoHo Alliance will hold a rally to save the park.

While many politically incorrect words point a strong negative stigma at the perpetrator who spoke it, calling someone a “retard” is a common practice that is seldom given much thought. We asked Anna Bzura, a special education teacher who works with mentally disabled youth, and Jaime and Erik Vice, father and son, their opinion on the controversial word and how it affects those in their lives.

While Bill Thompson seems like an underdog in the mayoral race at this point, there are some important similarities to his last run four years ago. The fact that he did not have access to something like $120 million in personal funds to edge out a billionaire definitely played out against him, and had the Democratic Party supported him wholeheartedly we’d now be discussing his re-election.

Join the SoHo Alliance at Petrosino Square, Spring and Lafayette Streets, today, Saturday May 25, at 12pm for community action and festivities to restore our public art space and parkland. Various arts, civic, Italian-American and community groups are organizing the event, with free drawing classes and life models. The press and local electeds have been invited, and the community is counting on you to be there too!

Following a string of heinous bias attacks against gay men, including the murder of a 32 year old man on Friday night, community members, elected officials, LGBT community leaders and allies will march to the site of Friday's shooting to demand an end to hate crimes against the LGBT community and to reclaim the City for all New Yorkers.

Featuring Max Power, Twisted Resistor, and Data Tones, since 2008, IPCs annual Battle of the Bands charity event has donated over $130,000 to organizations such as, Winthrop University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCK), Little Kids Rock, Autism Speaks and The Boomer Esiason Foundation. Join us on May 29th, for the 6th annual Battle of the Bands where we hope to continue our success in 2013 with some new and familiar faces, and the incredible raffle prizes you've come to expect from this event. Help support this great cause!